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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Missouri Senate calls it quits a bit early

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Missouri Senate calls it quits a bit early

Senate Democrats stalled work to demonstrate their frustration about Republican passage of a bill limiting union powers earlier this week

Missouri Senate calls it quits a bit early

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has quit early on the final day of its session, causing the demise of numerous bills.

Senate Democrats briefly relented Friday from a weeklong blockade to allow final approval of a bill reauthorizing $3.6 billion of annual health care provider taxes for the state’s Medicaid program.

But that was the only bill they let come to a vote.

Conceding that nothing more could be accomplished, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard moved that the Senate adjourn around 3:15 p.m. That was nearly three hours ahead of the 6 p.m. deadline.

The House is continuing to vote on bills. But all legislation pending in the Senate is now dead.

Senate Democrats stalled work to demonstrate their frustration about Republican passage of a bill limiting union powers earlier this week.

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By Colin Jeffery

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