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Jan. 20, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Coffey / AP

Right to work bill passes Missouri House

A bill prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces is moving to the Missouri Senate after winning House approval. The 100-59 vote Thursday comes after a Republican supermajority made the so-called "right to work law" a priority for the year.
 
If the law passes employees won't be required to pay union fees, even though the union may still be required to represent all employees. 1st district State Rep. Allen Andrews, a Republican from Grant City, says he's in favor of the bill. Opponents argue it will take power away from unions and lead to lower wages.
 
Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation, but new Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to sign the bill into law if it also passes the Senate.