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Right to Work: House and Senate action

The Missouri Senate discussed at great length SCR 49 Thursday night. The Senate Concurrent Resolution, if approved by the House and the Governor, would move the election date of the “Right to Work” referendum from November 6, 2018 to August 7, 2018. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Dave Schatz.

SB 19 was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Eric Greitens last year. That bill should have been effective August 28, 2018. But before it could become effective, union leaders gathered more than enough signatures to require the issue to be place on the November 2018 ballot unless an earlier date is chosen by the General Assembly. SCR 49 would move the election date to August 2018.

Associated Industries of Missouri was the only business group to support the change, primarily because of the economic development benefit it could provide.

“Every day that goes by that Right to Work is not the law in Missouri we miss out on more opportunities to add new facilities or additional work at existing facilities from companies that will only locate that work in Right to Work states,” Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri testified at the hearing on SCR 49. “We don’t even know the opportunities we are missing because we don’t meet the initial criteria established by some companies,” he said.

SCR 49 was debated from early evening Thursday until the early morning on Friday when the resolution was finally adopted in the Missouri Senate and advanced to the House for further consideration.

Meanwhile, the Missouri House on Friday took up and gave initial approval to HJR 79, sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin. That resolution would establish Right to Work in the Missouri Constitution if approved by voters at the November 6, 2018 election.

HJR 79 faces one more vote in the Missouri House before advancing to the Missouri Senate. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session ends at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

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