Lawmakers eye prevailing wage law as legislative break looms

With Missouri lawmakers set to take their annual spring break later this month, the Missouri House and Senate approved 20 and 21 bills, respectively, last week. But the House didn’t vote on the state’s prevailing wage law, a key labor issue that GOP leadership plans to address this week.

Republicans want to do away with the law, which requires non-union workers on public projects to be paid the same as union members. House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, said he expects a House vote on the issue this week.

Meanwhile, the Senate approved renewal of a tax credit for crisis pregnancy centers. The House approved a similar measure last month.

The Senate also gave initial approval of a bill to legalize industrial hemp in Missouri. Leadership in the Chamber plans to vote the bill to the House this week.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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