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House Leaders Agree To Delay Right-To-Work

Democrats left the floor Tuesday, protesting a House committee meeting on Right to Work.

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Republicans and Democrats will both be on the floor Thursday to conduct business.

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Minority Leader Pat Bauer have struck an agreement to keep a Right to Work bill off the floor until next week in an effort to keep Democrats in the chamber.

Democrats left the floor Tuesday, protesting a House committee meeting on Right to Work. Bosma says after reviewing video of the meeting, he felt it was not “democracy’s finest hour,” but says he saw nothing against the House rules.

After meeting with Bauer Wednesday, Bosma announced Right to Work would not come before the full House for amendments until next Tuesday.

“It was either adjust the schedule or start the fines,” he says “and I decided adjustment of the schedule was the right thing to do.”

Bauer says delaying the legislation until next week will give his caucus more time to conduct public meetings around the state. Meanwhile, Democrats will conduct business on the floor.

“Unless there’s any aberration,” he says “like there was with the committee hearing when they didn’t allow testimony. I mean, that’s the reason we left yesterday.”

Democrats filed an official protest over the committee hearing Wednesday

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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