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Sen. Brown: Legislating all night long
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 1, 2019) — As a freshman legislator, I see and experience new things almost every day I’m in Jefferson City. This week, I witnessed my first protracted filibuster. The Missouri Senate went into session at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and did not gavel out again until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone who thought they had finished pulling all-nighters when they left college has not been a member of the General Assembly. During a filibuster, legislators opposed to a particular piece of legislation start talking and they don’t stop. Sometimes, the intent is to talk the bill to death. By maintaining control of the debate, senators can ensure that a bill does not get a vote. Other times, it’s a stalling tactic to allow negotiations to take place off the floor. That’s what happened this week in the Missouri Senate.
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