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Missouri right-to-work measure fails in GOP-controlled House

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Lawmakers have rejected an effort to make Missouri the 26th right-to-work state.

The Republican-led House voted 96 to 63 for the right-to-work bill during a veto session Wednesday. The vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overcome Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.

The contested measure would have prohibited workplace contracts with mandatory union fees.

The Republican-controlled legislatures in Missouri’s Midwestern neighbors of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan have recently enacted similar policies with the help of GOP governors. Six of eight states bordering Missouri have the law.

The bill’s failure is a national setback for the measure. Enacting it in a heartland state with a Democratic governor would have been a significant victory. But even with supermajorities in Missouri, Republican lawmakers couldn’t muster enough support because of GOP division.

Gov. Jay Nixon issued this statement:

“Today’s bipartisan action by the legislature to uphold my veto of this divisive, anti-worker bill is a victory for workers, families and businesses here in Missouri and across the country,” Gov. Nixon said. “I thank the members of the General Assembly – both Democrats and Republicans — who sent a clear message to the nation that Missouri will stand by its workers and oppose attempts by outside special interests to cut wages and weaken the middle-class. I look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate on the bipartisan priorities that will truly strengthen our economy — like creating jobs, balancing budgets, investing in our local schools and making college more affordable.”