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Paycheck protection legislation moves through Senate

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The Missouri Senate debated for more than seven hours before passing legislation that would protect the paychecks of public workers by passing House Bill 1891. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican and handled by Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla. The bill passed by a vote of 23-8, which is enough to override a veto of the governor.

HB 1891 would end the practice of taxpayers’ dollars going to political campaigns every year from public employees’ paychecks, and would provide public employees “paycheck protection”, barring public employee unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.

This legislation would require public employee labor unions to get annual written permission from each employee before withholding union dues or using those dues for political purposes.

First responders are exempt from HB 1891 because of a compromise that was added during 2013 debate of similar legislation that was passed. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed that bill.

The bill now goes back to the House for final approval.

For more information on this issue, contact Brian Bunten, Missouri Chamber general counsel at bbunten@mochamber.com, or by phone at 573-634-3511.

 

How they voted:

AYES – 23

Brown(R); Chappelle-Nadal(D); Cunningham(R); Dixon(R); Emery(R); Hegeman(R); Kehoe(R); Kraus(R); Libla(R); Munzlinger(R); Onder(R); Parson(R); Pearce(R); Richard(R); Riddle(R); Sater(R); Schaaf(R); Schaefer(R); Schatz(R); Schmitt(R); Silvey(R); Wallingford(R); Wasson(R)

 

NAYS – 7

Curls(D); Holsman(D); Keaveny(D); Schupp(D); Sifton(D); Walsh(D); Wieland(R)

 

Vote info provide by GovWatch

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