The Missouri House has voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill called “paycheck protection” by supporters, and “paycheck deception” by opponents.
The measure, HB 1891, now goes to the Senate where it is believed there are enough votes there to complete the override.
The legislation would require annual permission from a public union employee before union dues and fees could be deducted from his or her pay. The House needed 109 votes for an override and there were exactly 109, against 47 “no” votes and 6 members absent.
Two representatives who voted “no” when the House passed the bill in March switched to “yes” votes in Wednesday’s override vote: Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) and Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters).*
Nixon, in his veto message, said the bill would impose an additional and unnecessary process on public employees such as teachers and mental health caregivers, for the purposes of hindering their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to organize and bargain collectively.
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- Correction: An earlier version of this story said Representative Nick King (R-Liberty) switched his “no” vote in March to a “yes” vote in Wednesday’s override vote. He did not – he switched from a “yes” in March to a “no,” Wednesday.