‘Right to work’ among bills pre-filed for 2017 legislative session

The start of December is the start of Missouri lawmakers pre-filing legislation for the 2017 legislative session. On Thursday, multiple Republicans pre-filed versions of what figures to be one of the biggest business bills of the 2017 session, a so-called right-to-work measure.

Right-to-work legislation, which would prevent unions from requiring employees to pay dues as a condition of employment, is “one of the governor-elect’s top priorities,” Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, said. “It’s going to be law (in Missouri).”

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) says if Missouri becomes a right-to-work state, it would mark a “massive shift” in the balance of power between employers and employees and would suppress wages. Beatty says any right-to-work measure that passes should be placed on the statewide ballot.

Other bills pre-filed included two efforts to repeal Missouri’s prevailing wage law, the creation of a prescription drug monitoring program, and legislation that would increase penalties for attacking police officers and first responders.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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