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Around 7am in the Senate, democrats who had been filibustering for over 39 hours straight were cut off by a PQ motion (you can read more about a PQ here). In short, the motion is a break from usual decorum, and almost never used. In fact, there was bipartisan condemnation of the move.
The Missouri Senate went nearly seven years (2007) without a PQ. They've now had them in 2014 (veto session), 2015 and 2016. #SJR39
— Jason Rosenbaum (@jrosenbaum) March 9, 2016
No such thing as "decorum" in this senate
— Jill Schupp (@JillSchupp) March 9, 2016
Dixon, Silvey, Schaaf, and senate dems vote against second PQ to force vote on #SJR39
— Sarah K. Rossi (@SarahKRossi) March 9, 2016
Missouri legislators invoked nuclear option to put discrimination in our constitution. But ethics reform is just too hard. #moleg
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) March 9, 2016
The Executive Director of the ACLU of Missouri release a statement that said it best:
"It's an outrage that extremist senators would use a rare procedural move to shut down debate and silence the voices of countless Missourians, inlcuding major corporations and the very people these officials represent, who have spoken out against the anti-LGBT SJR 39."
Read this from the Executive Director of PROMO, Missouri's leading LGBT advocacy group. And stay tuned as we track the progress of this bill and others like it.
— PROMO Missouri (@PROMOMissouri) March 9, 2016