By Taylor Beck/University of Missouri News Service
After less than an hour of Senate debate, a veto override on a bill that would change how certain public employee unions can collect fees was defeated.
An override would have required public sector union workers to authorize how much of their dues went toward political contributions. It also would have required union members to annually authorize automatic union-fee deductions from their paychecks.
Unions representing “first responders” would have been exempt.
The override attempt failed to achieve the required 23-vote majority by one vote, 22-11. Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, joined the Senate’s 10 Democrats in voting against the override. Several Democrats said the override would fail in the House or the bill would be thrown out by the courts.
Bill Sponsor Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, spoke in support of the bill.
“Employees won’t be forced to support lobbying efforts and advertisements they don’t believe in,” Brown said.