Speaker predicts more ‘right-to-work’ efforts, says GOP governor needed

Debate over right-to-work legislation drew a crowd in the Missouri House during the General Assembly's veto session on Sept. 16, 2015. | Tatiana Darie/Missouri Business Alert
Debate over right-to-work legislation drew a crowd in the Missouri House during the General Assembly’s veto session on Sept. 16, 2015. | Tatiana Darie/Missouri Business Alert

During Wednesday’s veto session, the Missouri Legislature’s Republican supermajority overrode Gov. Jay Nixon on more than half the bills the Democratic governor had vetoed. But afterward, GOP leaders were already discussing future efforts in support of one bill they had failed to pass into law: The contentious “right-to-work” legislation.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff said right-to-work bills will continue to emerge in the House but would most likely need a Republican governor to be signed into law. The measure, which bans union membership as a condition of employment, is generally opposed by Democratic lawmakers.

Disappointment over the right-to-work measure aside, Richardson said the veto session was “historic” for the House. With the 10 vetoes this session, Nixon became the most overridden governor in Missouri’s history.

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