The deployment of a rarely used procedural motion to help end a filibuster and push “right-to-work” legislation through the Missouri Senate last week stirred tensions in a chamber reliant on personal relationships. Some members of the Senate’s Democratic minority say hard feelings raised by the move will bleed into the next legislative session.
The tactic used, known as “previous question,” helped the Senate’s Republican majority cut short a Democratic filibuster of the anti-union bill, which bars workers from having to pay union dues if a majority voted to organize.
However, the move effectively led to a stronger Democratic filibuster for the rest of last week, the final week of the legislative session. That derailed other Republican legislative priorities, and it raises questions about the ramifications of the move beyond the recently concluded session.