Missouri lawmakers are pushing a fleebagger prevention bill. The law will impose fines on AWOL politicians who flee to neighboring states like Illinois to prevent voting on budget repair bills.
The Missouri News Horizon reported:
An effort to impose fines equivalent to lawmakers’ daily salaries should they one day flee the Missouri Capitol is a taxpayer protection, says House Majority Leader Steven Tilley, R-Perryville.
Listen to Tilley explain his concern here: 03-04-11-Tilley on fleeing lawmakers
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House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, chose a different description in a letter to Tilley sent Thursday.
The measure is an “astounding” display of “pure ignorance of the fact that the Missouri Constitution already renders this tactic impossible.”
The law says Missouri legislators need a simple majority to advance legislation, not the super-majority requirement that offered Wisconsin and Indiana minority lawmakers an opportunity to stall bills trying to gut most collective bargaining rights for public workers.
The video is here.