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SENATE SLOWDOWN
HOUSE APPROVES “RIGHT-TO-WORK”; BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR
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MNEA Legislative Update   Week 18, No. 3, May 13, 2015
By Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
SENATE SLOWDOWN
Senate activity on May 13 was blocked by filibuster by Senate Democrats.  The filibuster was in response to unusual and contentious procedural activity on May 12.  The Senate took the rare step to force a vote on SCS/HCS/HBs 116 & 569 (Burlison) regarding the so-called “Right-to-Work” proposal by moving the “previous question” several times to end debate and bring the bill to an immediate vote.

HOUSE APPROVES “RIGHT-TO-WORK”; BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR
The House approved SCS/HCS/HBs 116 & 569 (Burlison) by a vote of 92-66 on May 13.  The bill is now Truly Agreed To (TAT) and will be delivered to the Governor for his approval or veto.
The bill contains the so-called “Right-to-Work” proposal.  The “Right-to-Work” provision applies to all employees and would remove the ability of labor unions to receive compensation for the costs of fulfilling their duties as exclusive representative.
The Association opposes the bill and appreciates the support of the bipartisan group of legislators who voted against the bill.