26-Hour Filibuster Ends in MO Senate

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Jefferson City, MO — After 26 hours… a filibuster in the Missouri Senate has come to an end. 

It was a tactic some senators used to avoid working on an economic development provision in Senate Bill 68 that would allow General Motors to get $50 million in tax credits to expand in Wentzville, Missouri.

Rather than talking it out, Senator Lincoln Hough says a six-member conservative caucus wasted an incredible amount of time rather than talking about ways to compromise.

“The first order of business whenever we come into the chamber everyday is we have to read the journal from the previous day. They weren’t necessarily filibustering a bill or the workforce development package. They were actually filibustering the approval of the previous legislative days journal,” Hough says. 

The damage may have already been done for those watching their bills die while all of this took place. 

One of those is Senate Bill 358. Doctors Lynn Morris and Tricia Derges of Springfield have been wanting to add an amendment to help assitant physicians, but with only three days left in the session, they likely will have to try again next year. 

“There are some great bills up there, not just ours. There are some amazing bills up there that unfortunatley are not going to go anywhere. They’re going to go in the trash and have to start all over. We need our Senators to be doing there job versus trying to do this filibustering. That’s what we put them up there for,” Derges says.

Derges says many med school graduates aren’t able to find a place to do their residency requirements, leaving them with hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt and without those requirements, they aren’t making a full doctors’ salary. 

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