After two-thirds of voters rejected a ballot measure that would have made Missouri a “right-to-work” state, at least one lawmaker wants to try again with a right-to-work law.
This week, Sen.-elect Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, pre-filed legislation, Senate Bill 63, that would bar collection of union dues as a condition of employment.
It’s one of hundreds of bills filed this week as lawmakers begin early filing for the state’s 2019 legislative session, which begins Jan. 9.
The state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate previously passed a right-to-work bill in 2017, and then-Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law. But unions, who opposed the law, successfully petitioned to put the issue before voters, who rejected it by a wide margin in August.
Some Republican lawmakers have suggested they are hesitant to push for a law that proved unpopular with voters, and it’s not clear how much attention Burlison’s measure will get in the upcoming session.
“I campaigned on this issue,” Burlison said. It’s a “priority of not just myself, but people in my area.”
Other pre-filing bills
Elsewhere, Rep. Chuck Bayse, R-Rocheport, said Republicans will make infrastructure and workforce development top priorities in the upcoming session.
For the 2018 legislative session, more than 2,200 pieces of legislation were pre-filed. Fewer than 150 were adopted.