Florida House Passes Bill to Restrict Unions

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 25, 2011 --

What critics are calling a union-busting bill has cleared the Republican-controlled Florida House.

It would end the automatic payroll deduction of union dues from
public employees' pay checks.

The bill (HB 1021) passed on a largely party line 73-40 vote
with most Republicans for and Democrats against. It now goes to the

The bill also would require public employee unions to get written permission from members before their dues could be used for
political contributions.

Democrats and union officials say the real purpose is to
eliminate public employee unions.

Rep. Chris Dorworth, a Lake Mary Republican who is sponsoring
the bill, says he just wants to get government out of the dues
collection business.

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