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GOP leaders tout successes in legislative session as spring break arrives



Missouri lawmakers wrapped up several items before heading home from Jefferson City Thursday for the legislature’s annual mid-session break.

Republicans have rolled out right-to-work legislation, which quickly moved through both chambers before Gov. Eric Greitens quickly signed into law. Republicans also pushed through a number of contentious bills seeking to address economic development in the Show-Me State, focusing on reforming labor, regulations and torts.

The GOP leaders in the House and Senate on Thursday called their work in the first half very successful.

“We’ve had an outstanding session,” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said. “We’ve done some labor reform, tort reform, and some other legislation that I never thought we’d sign in my lifetime, and it was a pleasure to sign it.”

But Democrats disagree with the Republicans’ view, saying the legislation passed during the session has weakened public education, attacked workers’ rights, and targeted the weak, elderly and disabled.

Read more: Missouri Times, Missourinet

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