Push to rewrite Kansas collective bargaining laws stalling

Kansas Statehouse (KSN Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A push by business and conservative groups in Kansas to rewrite laws on collective bargaining and public employees unions has stalled for now.

The state Senate Commerce Committee had a hearing Thursday on a bill to prohibit state and local government agencies from deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks.

The committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill restricting collective bargaining between government agencies and their workers.

The committee was set to vote Friday on both measures, but Chairwoman and Olathe Republican Julia Lynn canceled the meeting.

Lynn said she’s not sure when the votes will occur and said House GOP leaders have signaled that they’re reluctant to tackle such issues.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Mark Hutton said he can’t guarantee action on the bills because he hasn’t seen them.

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