TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing proposals to limit collective bargaining between state agencies and their workers and to overhaul the state’s civil service.
The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday debated a collective bargaining bill. Chairwoman and Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe said the panel would vote on it Thursday.
The measure would limit bargaining between state agencies and unions to setting minimum wages.
Supporters said the state should operate more like private industry. Critics said workers would be harmed.
Lynn said the committee also will consider another bill preventing state and local government agencies from doing payroll deductions for workers for union dues.
Meanwhile, a House committee planned Wednesday to debate a bill making it easier to move state jobs out of the civil service.