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Analysis: Mo. Dems could stall union legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Senate Republicans so far have been the most aggressive in drawing out debate to prevent votes on legislation in the Republican-controlled chamber.

Outnumbered Senate Democrats have condemned bills they dislike but have not led efforts to prevent votes on the legislation. Democrats could face a decision this week on whether to change tactics.

Senate leaders say they plan to start debate Monday on legislation that would make Missouri a "right-to-work" state.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, of Dexter, has said the measure is important to him. Supporters say the bill would help boost economic development.

Critics have raised concerns about its effect on wages and working conditions. Democratic Sen. Ryan McKenna, of Crystal City, says he plans to talk as long as necessary about the legislation.

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