In session’s second half, Missouri Legislature to focus on boosting economy

Welcoming an ally in the governor’s mansion for the first time in eight years, Missouri Republicans spent the first half of this year’s legislative session crafting long-sought policies curbing union power and easing regulations on businesses.

Among them: a right-to-work measure already signed into law by Gov. Eric Greitens, who on the campaign trail vowed to make Missouri the 28th state to bar labor unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment.

In the second half of the session, which begins Monday, lawmakers are expected to push for changes that would alter the state’s employment discrimination law and workers’ compensation statutes.

GOP leaders promised those changes in January, along with aggressive education reform, ethics reform and other proposals they say will lure businesses to the Show-Me state and boost Missouri’s economy.

Looking ahead, Senate President Ron Richard said the top priority would continue to be keeping Missouri competitive and attractive to investment.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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