(AP) – Missouri lawmakers are putting a right-to-work
measure on a fast-track to passage with support from a new Republican governor.
House members within days of the session’s January start held a Tuesday
committee hearing on right-to-work bills barring mandatory union fees. A Senate
hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature for years has wanted to enact right to
work. But it’s been blocked by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Republican Gov.
Eric Greitens’ support for the proposal means it likely will become law this
Still, union members, business groups and others for more than three hours
argued the pros and cons of the proposal during a sometimes tense House hearing.
Proponents say the policy will bring businesses to Missouri. Opponents say it
undermines unions and leads to lower wages.
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