Public-sector union reform heads to Missouri governor’s desk

House Bill 1413 limits the power of some collective-bargaining units

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri General Assembly last week approved legislation tightening restrictions on public-sector labor unions.

Under the proposal, House Bill 1413, government employees must annually authorize paycheck withholdings for union dues. Additionally, public-sector unions would need prior authorization before using a member’s dues to fund political activity.

Proponents of the measure say it will hold public-sector unions more accountable to their members.

“This is a common-sense labor reform bill to make unions — government unions, specifically — more accountable,” said Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis. “I think it’s a big victory for the state of Missouri.”

The bill’s opponents, however, say it will hinder the ability of unions to bargain in employees’ favor.

“I just wonder, at what point do we get to where we’ll say ‘enough is enough,'” said Sen. Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, who serves as secretary-treasurer for the Missouri AFL-CIO. “All of the power doesn’t need to be on one side of the bargaining table.”

House Bill 1413 awaits consideration from Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who is expected to sign it into law.

Missouri General Assembly approves state budget legislation

The proposal now heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri legislature has finalized the state operating budget for the next fiscal year.

The legislation now awaits further action from Gov. Eric Greitens. Under Missouri law, the governor can veto individual line items in the budget. In September, the General Assembly will have a chance to override any vetoes with a vote of two-thirds of the members of each chamber.

As it stands, the approved budget legislation provides increased funding for elementary and secondary education, and reverses proposed cuts to colleges and universities. Various social service programs will see increased funding, as well, while state employees, currently some of the lowest paid in the nation, will receive modest raises come January.

Missouri legislature finalizes 2019 state budget.Still008Because of projected revenue increases, this year’s budget process was less contentious than others of recent years. That made for relatively pleasant debate on the legislation, which passed both chambers well before its May 11 deadline.

Passing a balanced budget is the only constitutionally-mandated responsibility of the state legislature. With the appropriations process completed, the General Assembly will now consider a few final bills and resolutions before the 2018 regular legislative session ends at 6 p.m. Friday.

Immediately after the regular legislative session concludes, the General Assembly will gavel in to a historic special session for the sole purpose of considering the possible impeachment of the governor. Greitens is currently under investigation by a special House committee for potential infractions relating to sexual blackmail and campaign finance violations.

As a multimedia specialist for the Missouri Senate, I compiled a video package on the passing of the 2019 state budget. Watch it below, and be sure to visit the official Senate website for daily updates on legislative activity.

 

Missouri legislature to finalize state budget

Over the coming week, the Senate and House of Representatives will reconcile opposing plans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri General Assembly has nearly determined the state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The state Senate and House of Representatives have already passed opposing budget proposals. The two legislative packages differ slightly in allocating state funds, with higher education appropriations being a major point of contention.

A conference committee, composed of delegations from each chamber, is set to negotiate these discrepancies. By May 11, the legislature will send a final budget to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

As the Senate’s multimedia specialist, I created a video overview of the upper chamber’s budgetary proposal. Watch it below, and be sure to visit the Senate website for daily updates on legislative activity.