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Seg. 1: Kansas City's 'Healthy Homes' Initiative. Seg. 2: Will Missouri Remain Right-To-Work?

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An estimated 43 percent of Kansas City's population lives in a rental home or apartment.

Segment 1: "Healthy homes" ballot initiative addresses rental property inspections. 

Kansas City, Missouri, voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on a "healthy homes" initiative this August 7. If the measure is approved, rental properties in town will be subject to health department inspections if community members complain about their condition. Today, we learned why supporters think the measure will hold landlords more accountable, while those against it think the initiative will drive landlords away from Kansas City properties.

Segment 2, starting at 26:44: Missouri's right-to-work fate. 

The General Assembly and former Governor Eric Greitens made Missouri a right-to-work state last year. Opponents of the new law, though, thought the issue should have been decided by voters, and received enough support to get the bill on the state-wide August ballot as Proposition A. We heard arguments for and against the measure, and discussed how African-American workers are disproportionately affected by mandates that no person be required to pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment. 

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.