JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – With scores of union supporters watching in disapproval from the galleries, some Republican senators laid out their case Monday for legislation that would prohibit private-sector employees from being required to pay union fees.
The Republican senators asserted Missouri is missing out on an untold number of jobs because companies prefer to locate in states with so-called “right to work” laws such as the one they are proposing. Democrats countered that jobs were going elsewhere because other states were offering more lucrative incentives.
Monday’s long-awaited Senate debate amounted to an opening argument for what could be a lengthy discussion with an uncertain resolution.
The Senate quit after three hours Monday without voting on the bill.
Senate Democrats — aided by several majority party Republicans — have vowed to block the legislation.
Some Republicans are trying to rally enough support to cut off a filibuster.
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