With Gov.-elect Eric Greitens looking on, Missouri Republican lawmakers spent their first day back at the Capitol outlining pro-business goals for the new legislative session, many of which already have the blessing of the soon-to-be chief executive.
Discussions Wednesday were in line with a GOP agenda that has slowly emerged in recent weeks, including a fast-tracked right-to-work bill that would limit the ability of labor unions to collect dues from members.
Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate no longer have to contend with Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, whose veto pen has been a roadblock to their efforts in the past.
Acknowledging their new favorable political reality, House Speaker Todd Richardson reminded his caucus that greater power came with greater responsibility “to make the legislative process deliberative.”
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