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Lawmaker proposes ‘right to work’ months after voters reject law



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.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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