January 30, 2013
The Kansas House tentatively approved a bill restricting political fundraising by public unions, a measure critics contend is meant to destroy union clout.
The measure, advancing Wednesday on a 66-54 unrecorded vote, would prohibit groups that represent teachers and government workers from automatically deducting money from members' paychecks to finance political activities.
Similar legislation was defeated last year. But Republicans now have supermajorities in both legislative chambers, and Gov. Sam Brownback is a GOP conservative, making it likely the measure will become law later this year.
Critics say the bill is part of a broader campaign against union activities, including national efforts to curb union members' bargaining rights.
Supporters contend they're trying to protect teachers and other government workers from being coerced into contributing to political activities they don't support