This year’s version of litigation reform is on its way to Governor Bob Holden’s desk after the Republican-controlled Senate exercised a rarely used tool to move the legislation to a vote. Hour after hour of filibustering by Senate Democratic Leader Ken Jacob of Columbia finally came to a head as Senator Delbert Scott of Lowry City, the Senate sponsor, attempted a parliamentary procedure to cut off debate to force a vote. It’s a procedure used often in the House, but rarely in the Senate. Senator Jacob objected, telling Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell, who was presiding, that the rules were not being observed. Despite his objection, business moved forward. Senate Leader Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau had had his fill. The Senate voted to cut off debate then passed litigation reform.
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