Members of the Missouri House have taken a big step toward delivering a “right-to-work” law to Missouri.
On Wednesday, the House initially passed a so-called right-to-work bill sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston. The legislation, which passed 101-58, would bar unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues. It also paves the way for criminal penalties for anybody that violates the proposal.
Business groups and many Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to pass a right-to-work law for decades. But passage of Rehder’s bill appeared to become inevitable when Gov. Eric Greitens took office.
During Wednesday’s debate, Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to make Rehder’s bill subject to a vote of the people. That comes as some leaders of labor unions are considering circulating an initiative petition to ban right to work.
Rehder’s legislation needs another vote in the House on Thursday before it can go to the Senate.