Gov. Nixon issues statement on the failure of Right to Work to garner the votes necessary for final passage

April 9, 2014
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement on the failure of House Bill 1770 to garner the votes necessary for final passage:

“Today, a bipartisan coalition of legislators rejected Right to Work, marking a victory for Missouri working families and a setback for the out-of-state ideologues and special interests trying to attack them,” Gov. Nixon said. “At a time when we should be focused on policies that create jobs and move our state forward, this misguided political maneuver would take us backward by undermining workers and weakening our economy.  I will continue to stand on the side of the hard-working men and women of Missouri as we work together to build a brighter, more prosperous future for our state.”

The Missouri Constitution requires a constitutional majority for final passage of a bill.  House Bill 1770 was perfected by a vote of 78-68, four votes short of the constitutional requirement for final passage.