Missouri Senate could consider ‘right-to-work’ legislation quickly

The Missouri Senate could take up ‘right-to-work’ legislation as early as Monday if it chooses.

The House passed its version and sent it over to the upper chamber last Thursday. Republicans, who dominate the legislature and now control the governor’s seat, have made right-to-work their top priority this session.

After Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed previous right-to-work bills numerous times, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City says the Senate won’t waste much time before considering the proposal.

A ‘right-to-work’ law would stipulate that employees can’t be required to join a union as a condition of employment.

This year, the House passed its version of the bill in near record time, using only two-and-a-half weeks of the current session to do so. Democrats sought to attach a referendum clause to the measure, which would place the legislation before a public vote, but were denied by the Republican majority.

With rules differing in the Senate from the House, Democrats there are likely to try and filibuster the legislation on the floor.  If successful, it’s not clear how long they could delay a vote.

Read more: Missourinet

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