Missouri lawmakers are back at work with an agenda that includes tax cuts and proposed changes to school and labor policies.
Legislators convened around noon Wednesday for a session that runs through May 16.
Beforehand, House Speaker Tim Jones and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder rallied with about 100 activists in support of a "right to work" proposal that would bar union fees from being a condition of employment.
Republican leaders in the House and Senate say an income tax cut will again be a priority, a year after Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed their last attempt.
The agenda also includes proposals to revamp a Missouri law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to other nearby schools.
Republicans outnumber Democrats 108-52 in the House and 24-9 in the Senate.