A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would change the ability of certain public employee labor unions to collect fees.
The Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee heard public testimony Monday on the measure its supporters call "paycheck protection."
If passed, the measure would go to the voters for approval. Sponsoring Rep. Holly Rehder, of Sikeston, says that would get around a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who vetoed similar legislation last year.
After recent successes in Michigan and Indiana, supporters of "right-to-work" laws now are focusing their efforts on Missouri, Ohio and Oregon. But instead of relying on potentially reluctant governors to enact the measures, they are looking to place the issue before voters.
In Missouri, the Republican-led Legislature will consider whether to refer the measure to the 2014 ballot.
Two dozen states currently have "right-to-work" laws that prohibit union fees from being a condition of employment.