House speaker: Too soon to tell if Legislature can override ‘right-to-work’ veto

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson says it’s too early to speculate about whether the Legislature’s Republican majority can override Gov. Jay Nixon’s likely veto of a “right-to-work” bill approved last week by the Senate and House.

Nixon, a Democrat, has indicated he plans to veto the anti-union bill, which would bar employers and unions from requiring workers to pay dues if a majority have voted to join a union. The bill fell short of garnering veto-proof support in both the Senate and the House.

“We’ll talk with our members and see if there’s a will to override and obviously see if there is not a will to override,” said Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. “Any override of the governor’s veto, even with the majorities that (Missouri Republicans) enjoy right now is extraordinarily difficult, and ‘right-to-work’ will be no exception.”

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