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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Republican leaders are vowing to consider legislation known to supporters as "right to work" when lawmakers return from their weeklong break.

The bill that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees was the first measure considered by a House committee this year and was named a top priority by the Republican speaker.

As the Legislature heads into the second half of its session, House leaders say the issue could be debated soon. Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka, says he wants the bill passed this year, and that it would make Missouri more economically competitive.

The House's discussion on right to work could come as union members opposed to the legislation rally Wednesday at the state capitol.

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