I make it a point not to express a political opinion on this blog and I’ll try to do my best with this post to “walk the fence”.
Missouri Senate Pro Tem Rob Mayer intends to bring legislation up for debate to classify Missouri as a “right to work” state. In a “right to work” state union membership or fees can not be a condition of employment. I won’t share my personal views on the legislation but I do believe unions have no place in health care. I don’t work in any other industry so I won’t categorically make an assumption that unions aren’t good for other industries.
When Senator Mayer’s bill comes up for debate, Missouri will join Wisconsin and a few other states consider “right to work”. The thought is, a right to work policy would open the door to new businesses to move to Missouri and would help retain businesses and encourage hiring.
If you’ve seen or heard any news over the past couple of weeks you know that the debate over “right to work” in Wisconsin has essentially caused the legislative process to grind to a halt.
There is a “right to work” bill on the state Assembly floor in Wisconsin and it’s just a matter of time before the bill passes the house and moves onto the Wisconsin Senate. The bill is supported by the Republican majority in Wisconsin so its assumed that if the bill comes up for vote in the Senate it will pass.
Regardless of your personal stance, here’s the rub as I see it. For the bill to be voted on in the Senate there must be a quorum present. While the Republicans have enough votes to pass the bill they do not fill enough seats to have a quorum and unless a quorum is present no official action can take place.
In an effort to stymie the process all Wisconsin Democratic Senators have fled the state and at least one of them needs to be present for a quorum to occur. A vote, when taken will be won by the Republicans, but the vote can’t take place until there’s a quorum. If any of the AWOL Senators return to the State of Wisconsin they can be forced to enter the halls of the Senate which would create a quorum and allow for a vote so the absent Senators are staying holed up in Illinois.
I have no problem with anyone’s political views and those elected have an obligation to represent the interest of those who elected them but I have a problem with elected officials interfering with the democratic process and I believe every one of the absent Senators should be impeached. The essence of democracy, the foundation of our nation, is that we are allowed differing views but in the end majority rules. The absent Senators are making a mockery of our fundamental rights. But hey, that’s just how I feel.
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