Right-to-work passage could cause lingering tension

Photo courtesy of EliMizzou/Flickr
Photo courtesy of EliMizzou/Flickr

The 2016 legislative session could be tense at times in the Senate from the aftermath of Republicans forcing a vote on a right to work bill. The proposal would have prevented workers from having to pay union dues as a requirement for employment.

During the last week of the regular session, Senate Democrats stalled for several hours a vote on the bill before Republican leadership called a motion forcing a vote on the measure. Democrat Leader Joe Keaveny said such a move is considered an insult in a chamber where all members expect to be allowed to speak as long as they like.  After that vote, Democrats blocked debate on all but one bill before the end of the session.

If a right to work proposal makes it to the Senate floor again next year, the issue could stir up tension between legislators.

Senate Democrats will meet in January to decide on their approach for the 2016 legislative session. The new session begins on January 6.

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