This week, the Missouri House passed the 72-hour waiting-period bill, HCS HBs 1307 & 1313, sponsored by Representative Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) and Representative Keith Frederick (R-Rolla), by a vote of 115-39. The bill will now move to the Senate, where a companion Senate bill, sponsored by David Sater (R-Cassville), faces significant opposition from Democratic lawmakers who filibustered the bill when it was brought up for debate on the Senate floor. Senate Floor leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) said he may stop debate on the bill and bring it to a vote, if those opposing it refuse to sit down. The Missouri Senate over the last few years has been very reluctant to “call the previous question” in order to stop debate on legislation. Stay tuned.
Posted: March 14, 2014