Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains collectively on their behalf. Right to work advocates have stated that they believe the timing is perfect for Missouri to pass the legislation. And, although the Senate version of the bill is still pending in committee, the measure is expected to pass both branches of the state legislature. New Republican Governor Eric Greitens, an ex-Navy SEAL, is expected to sign the bill into law once it reaches his desk. In other news on right-to-work initiatives, unions challenging the Wisconsin right to work law filed their opening briefs last week in their appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Locals 139 and 420 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contend that not forcing non-members to pay for representation (whether it’s wanted or not) constitutes an unconstitutional “taking” of union property and that it is preempted by the National Labor Relations Act. Back in 2014, the same 7th Circuit Court upheld the Indiana right to work law against the identical argument in its Sweeney decision. The Wisconsin right to work law was enacted in March of 2015 and upheld by the lower court last September.