Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kansas Legislature Passes Union Dues Deduction Ban


AP (3/20, Hanna) reports that the Kansas House has passed a bill "barring public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks to help finance political activities," noting that the measure has already passed the state Senate. "The bill's passage was a political victory for conservative Republican legislators and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce." The piece notes that Kansas National Education Association lobbyist Mark Desetti "said the bill singles out public employee unions for special restrictions." The AP quotes Desetti saying, "The bill is there because we disagreed with the Chamber and the governor, and we need to be silenced. Go after us, but you're not shutting us up."

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