The inaugural festivities were barely over Tuesday afternoon when the House Economic Development Committee held a hearing on five separate bills that would have removed the union requirement that a member must pay dues as a condition of or continuation of employment. Known as Right-to-Work, the measure is a top priority of the Republican Party. On Wednesday the bills were combined under HB 91, et al with Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) as the lead sponsor. By an 8-4 vote the bill was approved by the committee and is now in the House Oversight Committee.
Right-to-Work legislation was passed in previous sessions, but the General Assembly failed to override the veto of then Gov. Nixon. Gov. Greitens has promised to sign the legislation.