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On First Day of Prefiling, Lant & Dugger Launch ALEC-Inspired Attacks On Workers And Voting Rights

Today was the first day of pre-filing for bills for the 2015 session. Instead of filing legislation on issues of importance to Missourians like creating jobs, expanding Medicaid, and helping Ferguson, the Republican-controlled legislature instead launched attacks on Missouri's workers and voters. The proposals are all inspired by ALEC model bills. The bills are pushed by ALEC's corporate backers and are designed to help their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. 

Representative Bill Lant has already prefiled three bills attacking Missouri workers. HJR 2 and HB 47 are ALEC's so-called "right to work" proposal that has been repeatedly defeated in the legislature. HB 48 is an ALEC-inspired paycheck deception bill. It's no surprise that Lant sponsored these bills. He has been a member of ALEC and served on their Commerce and Economic Development Committee which approved their model bills on right to work and paycheck deception. As you can see below, the language for HJR 2 is a direct match for language in the ALEC model

HJR 2 ALEC's Model "Right to Work Act"
No person shall be required as a condition or continuation of employment to: No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
(1) Become or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization; (B) to become or remain a member of a labor organization;
(2) Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other similar charges, however denominated, of any kind or amount to a labor organization; or (C) to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor
(3) Pay to any charity or other third party any amount equivalent to, or on a pro rata basis, any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of members of a labor organization, in lieu of the payments listed under subdivision (2) of this subsection. (D) to pay to any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount
equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges regularly
required of members of a labor organization; or

Representative Tony Dugger has filed two bills to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Missouri voters by requiring photo identification to vote, HB 30 and HJR1. ALEC has made photo ID laws a priority in the past, sucessfully pushing their <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/04/voter-id-alec" href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/04/voter-id-alec" "="">model bill in multiple states.  Dugger has long been a member of ALEC and has served on their Public Safety and Elections Task Force which is responsible for approving their model legislation on voting issues. 

Missourians deserve better legislators focused on helping them instead of representatives like Lant and Dugger who are pawns in ALEC's corporate bill mill.