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Representative Jeff Roorda (D-102) introduced a bill to bring Missouri statutes in line with a previous landmark Missouri Supreme Court ruling:

HB 1006 Allows all employees of any public body to form and join labor organizations and present proposals to any public body relative to salaries and other conditions of employment

Sponsor: Roorda, Jeff (102) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2009

CoSponsor: Meadows, Tim (101) LR Number: 2385L.01I

Last Action: 03/11/2009 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)

HB1006

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

The Missouri Supreme Court decision in 2007:

SC87980: Independence-National Education Association, Independence-Transportation Employees Association, Independence-Educational Support Personnel, Randi Louise Mallett, and Ron Cochran, Appellants, v. Independence School District, Respondent.

… Case Style: Independence-National Education Association, Independence-Transportation

Employees Association, Independence-Educational Support Personnel, Randi …

Handdown Date: 05/29/2007      Author: Michael A. Wolff, Chief Justice     Vote: REVERSED AND REMANDED. Stith, Teitelman, Russell and White, JJ., concur; Price, J., concurs in part and dissents in part in separate opinion filed; Limbaugh, J., concurs in opinion of Price, J.

…Court en banc holds: (1) Article I, section 29 of the state constitution – which guarantees that “employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing” – applies to the public employees who brought this case as well as to private-sector employees. To the extent that it holds otherwise, City of Springfield v. Clouse, 206 S.W.2d 539 (Mo. banc 1947), contradicts the plain language of the constitution and is overruled.

Let’s see what HB 1006 actually says:

[The bill will remove the text in bold and brackets]

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1006

95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES ROORDA (Sponsor) AND MEADOWS (Co-sponsor).

2385L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 105.510, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to public employee labor organizations.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

           Section A. Section 105.510, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 105.510, to read as follows:

           105.510. Employees[, except police, deputy sheriffs, Missouri state highway patrolmen, Missouri national guard, all teachers of all Missouri schools, colleges and universities,] of any public body shall have the right to form and join labor organizations and to present proposals to any public body relative to salaries and other conditions of employment through the representative of their own choosing. No such employee shall be discharged or discriminated against because of his exercise of such right, nor shall any person or group of persons, directly or indirectly, by intimidation or coercion, compel or attempt to compel any such employee to join or refrain from joining a labor organization[, except that the above excepted employees have the right to form benevolent, social, or fraternal associations. Membership in such associations may not be restricted on the basis of race, creed, color, religion or ancestry].

[emphasis added]

That looks simple enough. Want to make any bets on if the republican controlled General Assembly does anything to pass the bill?