Beginning of Legislative Session Heralds Quick Passage of Right to Work

Today, the Missouri House and Senate officially began the 2017 legislative session, and leaders in both houses of the Missouri General Assembly sent a clear message that Right to Work would be among the legislature’s top priorities.

In his opening remarks, Speaker Richardson said that he intended to refer Right to Work to committee tomorrow, citing the important role this policy will play in promoting our state’s economy.  He called for quick action on the bill, saying, “I would ask the chairwoman of the economic development committee to get (right-to-work) legislation to the (House) floor as soon as possible.”

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard also made it clear that Right to Work would be the Senate's top priority, with KMIZ noting that "Richard said 'Right to Work' will be the first bill to be assigned to a committee and likely the first one passed in the Senate."

This is a very good sign that this year, Missouri will finally give our state’s workers the right to work without being forced to join or pay a union.

The Adam Smith Foundation applauds Speaker Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Richard for their call to action on Right to Work, and we strongly encourage you to call your local legislators and ask them to quickly vote in support of increased freedoms for Missouri workers.