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Worker discrimination bill passes in Senate.

Date: March 8, 2012
By: Paige Hornor
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1219 SB 592

Intro: 
After a Wednesday evening filibuster, the Missouri Senate passed a bill changing requirements for worker discrimination cases.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill requires discrimination to be a motivating factor, instead of a contributing one.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 23 to eight, but the bill's sponsor, Republican Maryville Senator Brad Lager is expecting a veto from the governor.

Actuality:  LAGERVT.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "Considering the lack of communication that has come out of his office to date, meaning they have not given us any indication that they are willing to work with us on this, or try to give us any direction on where we need to go, I think they want to veto it."

St. Louis County Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal filibustered the bill several times. She also expects that the bill will be vetoed. She says it is unfortunate so much time was spent debating this bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

Intro: 
After an evening of filibustering, the Senate passed a bill changing worker discrimination cases on Thursday morning.
RunTime:  0:39
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill would require discrimination to be a motivating factor instead of a contributing one. This changes the Missouri Human Rights Act, which currently requires discrimination to be a contributing factor.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a similar bill last year and some Senators are expecting a veto again.

St. Louis County Democratic Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal filibusted this bill several times.

Actuality:  CHAPNDVT.WAV
Run Time:  00:09
Description: "I'm just very happy that the bill is going to be vetoed by the governor and I don't think at this point there are enough votes to override that veto in the House."

The governor's office says they will give the bill a thorough review.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

Intro: 
The Missouri Senate approved changes to worker discrimination laws Thursday morning.
RunTime:  0:42
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill requires discrimination to be a motivating factor in lawsuits. Currently, under the Missouri Human Rights Act, discrimination only needs to be a contributing factor.

Democratic Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal has spent many hours including two filibusters debating this bill. She says it is unfortunate that so much time was spent on a bill that she expects will be vetoed by the governor.

And she's not the only one. Bill sponsor Republican Senator Brad Lager expects the same.

Actuality:  LAGER06.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "Hopefully what will happen is when we get back from Spring break we can get some feedback from him then we still have the same bill that is in the House."

The governor's office says they will give the bill a thorough review.

Reporting from the state Captiol, I'm Paige Hornor.

 


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