(AP) – Missouri lawmakers will start the 2017 legislative
session with a new ally for Republicans: Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.
Legislators will meet for the first day of session Wednesday at the Capitol in
Republicans hold commanding majorities in both the House and Senate. But GOP
lawmakers for eight years were checked by outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nixon was barred by terms limits from seeking re-election. His Republican
predecessor takes office Jan. 9.
Greitens shares top priorities with Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson
and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard. All three want to pass a right-to-work
law barring mandatory union fees, which the legislative leaders say will be one
of the first goals for the session.
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