A new normal awaits when 2017 Missouri session starts Wednesday

Not since Matt Blunt was governor of Missouri nearly a decade ago did the Republican Party control both the executive branch and both houses of the legislature. Even then, there were enough Democrats in both the House and Senate to block any veto override attempts, rare as they were then.

That will change once Eric Greitens takes the oath of office and has the benefit of veto-proof GOP majorities in both chambers.

House and Senate leaders have made no secret that they’re excited to have a governor who won’t make them rely on the annual veto session to get their top priorities passed. House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, suggested during a recent Politically Speaking podcast that Greitens’ win as governor plus the re-election of GOP super-majorities equal a mandate from Missouri voters.

“I think Missourians wanted to see a different government than they had – that’s why the results of the election were the way they were – so we’re going to be mindful of that and we’re going to be working hard every day when the session starts to make sure we deliver on those expectations.”

The GOP’s first priority of 2017 is turning Missouri into a right-to-work state. Doing so would bar labor unions from forcing all workers in a bargaining unit to pay dues or fees.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio


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