50-Cent Filibuster

(AP) – The Missouri Senate has tabled a sales tax bill after a senator filibustered it by reading a book about 50 Cent.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Monday read for almost an hour from “The 50th Law,” a self-help book co-authored by 50 Cent and Robert Greene that draws on anecdotes from the rapper’s life.

Chappelle-Nadal opposes a provision in the bill that would allow unincorporated areas of St. Louis County to vote on a sales tax to fund law enforcement. She says the county’s government should not see additional funding until it addresses a number of issues, including the way law enforcement responded to protests in Ferguson.

She began her filibuster after the chamber overwhelmingly rejected her proposal to strip the law enforcement sales tax from the bill.

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