Greitens approves moving ‘right-to-work’ vote to August

Gov. Eric Greitens has approved a plan to move a vote on the state’s “right-to-work” law from November to August, when voter turnout tends to be lower.

Greitens on Thursday signed a resolution that was approved by lawmakers last week.

The law, approved by the Republican Greitens and Missouri’s GOP-controlled legislature in 2017, would ban the mandatory collection of union fees in the state.

Before the law could take effect last year, labor groups submitted an initiative petition seeking to let voters decide on the issue.

Supporters of moving the vote say enacting a right-to-work law sooner would provide more certainty for companies interested in doing business in Missouri. Opponents of the date switch express concerns about voter turnout for the primary.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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