Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A state Senate committee has postponed
discussion of a bill that its critics have dubbed the "Worker Gag Bill."
Senate Community Affairs chairman Mike Bennett said that the committee had run out of time at its Monday meeting, but the Bradenton Republican promised the measure would be first for discussion next week.
State Sen. John Thrasher is sponsoring the bill. It would prohibit union dues from being automatically deducted from public employees' paychecks, among other provisions.
Before the meeting, union members from across the state stood in
silent protest outside the committee room, their mouths covered by blue tape with the Senate bill's number -- "830" -- scrawled in black marker.
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