Both proponents and opponents of “right to work” are urging lawmakers to take their respective side if a bill that would make Missouri a “right to work” state is brought up during next week’s veto session.
Missouri Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan says the Chamber is lobbying hard for an override, that would allow the bill to become law.
“We’re working our grassroots program, such as letter writing, making sure our members know what’s at stake next week and energizing their activity to contact their legislators and have their voices be heard,” said Mehan. “We’re concerned that we’re not at the necessary number of votes in the House. I think we are in the Senate. However, it’s just a question of moving a handful of people in the House.”
Representative Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) voted against the measure. He said he would be very surprised if an override attempt is successful.
Engler said he’s being lobbied hard to change his vote.
“I’ve been in office almost fourteen years and this is probably the one that’s had the most pressure applied. But still, when your constituents are against an issue like this in such great number, I don’t have a choice. I have to represent them,” said Engler. “They can send ten mailers to my house and have robocalls. It doesn’t change the fact that my people are against it and I will be.”
Engler thinks even bringing the veto up for a vote next week would be a politically driven move.
The “Right to Work” proposal is one of 16 vetoed bills that Missouri lawmakers could consider during the veto session.