Legislation requiring photo ID of those voting and registering to vote is given preliminary approval in the Senate. But the final vote didn’t come until early in the evening after the Republican majority threatened to resort to a rarely used procedure to cut off a Democratic filibuster and force a vote. It’s called “moving the previous question” or PQing.” Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields of St. Joseph is happy Democrats decided to end the filibuster and allow a vote. Senate Democratic Leader Maida Coleman of St. Louis is not pleased with the bill that was approved, but she convinced fellow Democrats to end the filibuster and allow a vote, believing the Republicans were ready to cut off debate and force a vote. She realizes that would not have been good for the atmosphere in the Senate in the remaining three weeks of the session. Democrats claim the legislation would disenfranchise some voters. One more positive vote in the Senate sends the bill to the House.
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