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"Paycheck Protection" Bill Remains Stalled In Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate spent a few hours Wednesday debating legislation that would bar labor unions for public workers from withholding money from public employees’ paychecks.

The so-called "Paycheck Protection" bill would also require consent from public employees before labor unions can use fees and dues for political purposes. State Senator Paul LeVota(D, Independence) says the bill should be called “paycheck deception."

“If you’re a member of the public employees’ union and you don’t want to contribute to the political fund, there’s a way for you to opt out," LeVota said.  "If you do not want your money or your dues taken through electronic form out of your check, you don’t have to.”

The bill’s supporters say it would give public employees a say in how their union dues and fees are spent.  It was laid aside Wednesday night without a vote, and may sit idle until Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement.  The Missouri Senate also briefly debated a proposed $1.1 billion tax cut before adjourning for the night.

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Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.