Shaul a Convert on Right to Work

22 Sep

Last week at the veto override session of the Missouri Legislature, the right to work (RTW) bill came up for a vote. It passed both houses during the regular session, but was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. Representative Rob Vescovo from Arnold (R-112th district) was the only JeffCo rep to vote for the bill that time around.

RTW failed to get the necessary 109 votes for an override; it got 96. But four Republicans switched from ‘no’ votes during the regular session to ‘yes’ votes on the override. One of them was Dan Shaul from Imperial (R-113).

When Vescovo cast his pro-RTW vote in February, I noted that this would give us a test of whether an elected official who supports RTW can win in purportedly pro-union Jefferson County. Now we will have two tests. The unions will probably go after these two representatives pretty hard (the man Vescovo defeated in 2014 has already announced that he will run again), but I suspect that, in a presidential election year, that the unions will be unable to unseat these two.

It is interesting to ponder whether any other JeffCo reps would have switched votes if the 109-vote tally had been more within reach. This tantalizing tweet came out in early September:

Rep. John McCaherty of High Ridge (R-97th) denied that he would be flipping:

The state Senate did not vote on the override, since it did not pass the House, but:

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, contended that he had the necessary 23 votes in the Senate for an override, if the measure had gotten through the House.

The Senate version of the bill got 21 votes in May, two short of the 23 needed to override. Four Senate Republicans voted no on the bill including Paul Wieland (R-22nd) and Gary Romine (R-3rd) who represent parts of JeffCo. Were they potential flippers? Wieland has been critical lately on social media of labor’s links to Planned Parenthood:

Other Bills

Bills sponsored by local legislators that received successful override votes include:

  • Shaul’s ban on plastic bag bans, which was lumped in with a ban on local minimum wage increases.
  • Romine’s bill to require the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to prepare an implementation impact report before mandates are passed down by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Romine’s bill requiring a student to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to be eligible to receive scholarships from the A+ Schools Program.
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