by Taylor Beck
After less than an hour of debate, a veto override attempt 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 by one vote — 22-11. Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, joined the Senate’s 10 Democrats in voting against the override, which multiple Democrats said would fail in the House or 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.