After 10-Hour Block, Mo. Senate Gives First Approval To Scaled-Back Bill On Union Paycheck Rules

Mar 12, 2013

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The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a scaled-backed version of the so-called Paycheck Protection bill.

The original bill would have barred unions from automatically withholding dues from the paychecks of public employees, but Senate Democrats spent nearly ten hours Monday night and Tuesday morning blocking the bill. The filibuster ended when the bill was changed to allow annual consent for withholding union dues from paychecks.

In addition, unions for public workers would have to seek their permission each year to spend dues on political donations. And unions for first responders would be exempt from the proposed law.

It needs one more vote before moving to the Missouri House.