Right to Work moves through Senate Committee

The effort to bring Right to Work status to Missouri passed another hurdle as a Missouri Senate committee approved the bill in a split vote.

The Senate Committee on Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee voted 5-3 in favor of the Right to Work legislation.

Voting in favor of Right to Work were Sens. Mike Parson, R-Boliver; Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff; Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau; Jay Wasson, R-Nixa; and Brian Munzlinger, R-Clarence. Voting against Right to Work were Sens. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial; S. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City; and Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors.

The bill passed by the Senate committee is Senate Bill 127, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla.

The same Senate committee has also received the House version of Right to Work legislation, House Bills 116 and 569, which was passed by the House in mid-February. That bill is sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Springfield.

The Senate action on Right to Work comes as Missouri is falling further behind other states in adopting this job-creating legislation. In February, Wisconsin became the 25th Right to Work state.

The Missouri Chamber is strongly advocating for the passage of Right to Work this session in order to help Missouri compete for jobs and business growth.

For more information about Right to Work, contact Jay Atkins, the Missouri Chamber’s general counsel and director of governmental affairs, at jatkins@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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