Missouri Republican lawmakers get priorities in line for next legislative session

JOPLIN, Mo. - Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard both say passing three reforms will be top priority under the next governor. 
 
"Our focus is going to be putting people back to work and we are going to be able to do that with a couple of different things," Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis. 
 
One will be a right-to-work law, which means employees would not be forced to join a union. 
The second will a regulatory reform, reforming the regulations that control the businesses.
 
"If we can work on getting the government off the backs of businesses and let the businesses create jobs, that solves a lot of our budgetary wounds," Davis commented. 
 
The third will be tort reform, which typically places limits on the amount of money that can be awarded in personal injury lawsuits. These proposed laws struggled under current Democrat Governor Jay Nixon, but Richard says it's something republican governor-elect Eric Greitens supports. 
 
"We are going to pass all of it -- all the issues that we've been trying to dip for 50 years. We are going to pass by large numbers," Missouri State Senator Ron Richard explained. 
 
These proposed laws will be pre-drafted and pre-filed this December. Then in January, lawmakers will start debating these issues on the floor.

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