Well, the 2011 legislative term ended with Governor Nixon courageously vetoing SB 188. The Governor was decisive and brave, reciting the history of the civil rights movement and the importance of equality in the workplace. The Governor was eloquent. Anyone with a conscience knew he was right. We thought the American desire for justice had prevailed in Missouri. We knew that all rational minds agreed that justice had been served. NOT SO!
The 2012 legislative session and some overly-ambitious and highly lobbied senators have offer SB 592, a worse and more unconstitutional bill than the year before, all geared to allow big business to discriminate based on race, age, sex, and disability with little consequence. It is my understanding that the bill's sponsor, or one of the Sponsors is Senator Lager. I guess these sponsors feel beholden to the businesses who support their campaigns and PACs.
Ironically, all these Senators say they want to create jobs, but in reality what they are doing is making it easier for businesses to discriminatorily fire employees with little or no consequence. Creating jobs? I think not. These are job elimination bills. Let's all try to stop this and preserve civil rights and justice in this great state.