The survival rate of conservative legislation is expected to increase when Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens takes his oath of office next Monday.
During his eight years in office, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed more than 150 Republican proposals. And while Nixon’s vetoes were frequently overridden — more than any other Missouri governor — there remains a long list of would-be laws that state legislators have unsuccessfully tried to enact, such as passing “right-to-work” legislation to prohibit labor unions from charging fees for representation and changing the rules of the civil court system to limit lawsuit awards.
Looking to the past is one way Missourians can try to predict what happens next in Jefferson City. Soon after being sworn in, Greitens is expected to sign a series of executive orders. Greitens’ campaign manager Austin Chambers did not specify what these orders might do beyond saying they would “change the way business is done in Jefferson City.”
Passing right-to-work was another promise Greitens made on the campaign trail, and the move to weaken unions is expected to be a priority for Republican majorities in the 2017 session, which begins Wednesday.
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