Missouri GOP starts 2017 legislative session with new ally

     (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

Jefferson City.

     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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