Paycheck protection bill heads to the governor's desk
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Paycheck protection bill heads to the governor's desk

Date: May 13, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB29 Roll Call vote

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A plan supporters call the paycheck protection bill is headed to Governor Nixon's desk, but opponents say they want more proof this is a real problem for Missouri workers.
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Wrap: The Missouri House gave final approval to a measure that would require union members to give written consent for money from their dues to be used for campaign contributions.

Democratic Representative Clem Smith from St. Louis County belongs to a union, and he says this legislation is a waste of time.

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Description: "This deal about dues, dollars that you're paying for, I need proof. We're up here to be shown proof, no proof has been brought up. It does not exist."

Supporters of the plan say it will protect Missouri workers' First Amendment rights by having them anually renew their consent. The plan was passed by a near party line vote. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

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The Missouri House gave final approval to a meaure that would put restrictions on automatic withdrawls from union workers' paychecks, but opponents say it is a waste of time.
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Wrap: A plan that would require labor union members to consent to having money from their dues used for political contributions will head to Governor Nixon's desk. But, opponents of the measure say that they want more proof that these fee withdrawls are a problem.

Democratic Representative Clem Smith from St. Louis County belongs to a union, and he says this plan is a waste of time.

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Description: "We're getting paid a lot of money by the taxpayers, and I'm trying to figure out why we're chasing something that's not, that doesn't exist."

Supporters of the measure say Missouri workers' rights will be protected by anually renewing their consent. The fate of the plan now lies with the governor. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

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The Missouri House passed what supporters call a paycheck protection measure that will now head to the governor.
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Wrap: Lawmakers at the Missouri Capitol sent legislation to Governor Nixon's desk that would require unions to get permission to use membership dues for political contributions. Employees would give annual consent for part of their paychecks to be withheld.

Republican Representative Rick Brattin supports the measure and says he thinks this bill protects Missourians and the organizations to which they belong.

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Description: "If anyone in this body believes in our First Amendment rights, then they should be supporting this piece of legislation."

Opponents of the plan say they want more proof of union finances going to political activity. The measure now awaits action by the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.  


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