Missouri lawmakers switch seats after alleged fistfight

Missouri lawmakers switch seats after alleged fistfight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri lawmakers have switched seats in the House chamber after one filed a restraining order against the other because he says they got in a fistfight.

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis this week said Rep. Michael Butler swung at him outside a union reception over a dispute on a contested right-to-work bill. Butler has declined to comment.

Curtis was granted a restraining order against Butler. The two previously sat close to each other in the House chamber, where members vote and debate bills.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1UtCh5R) that House officials this week switched seating in the chamber to separate the two St. Louis-area Democrats.

Curtis was the only Democrat to vote last September in favor of enacting controversial right-to-work legislation that would have banned mandatory union fees.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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