Se­nate passes bill that bans union pay­roll de­duc­tions,

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - — CHUCK LIN­DELL, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

The Texas Se­nate gave fi­nal ap­proval Thurs­day to leg­is­la­tion that would end pay­roll de­duc­tions for state and lo­cal pub­lic em­ployee union mem­bers, though po­lice, firefighters and emer­gency med­i­cal work­ers would be ex­empt.

Se­nate Bill 13 was sent to the House on a 20-11, party-line vote.

State Sen. Kirk Wat­son, D-Austin, said SB 13 was an at­tempt by Re­pub­li­can sen­a­tors to curb unions they op­pose. “Some­times we don’t re­ally like what oth­ers say and with whom they as­so­ciate, but that’s their right,” he said.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dal­las, said the dues col­lec­tion cost very lit­tle but pro­vided a con­ve­nience for teach­ers, jail­ers and child pro­tec­tion work­ers.

The bill’s au­thor, state Sen. Joan Huff­man, R-Hous­ton, did not speak on SB 13 but has pre­vi­ously said she did not be­lieve gov­ern­ment should be in­volved in col­lect­ing dues for unions or pri­vate as­so­ci­a­tions.

In 2015, a sim­i­lar bill, also by Huff­man, passed the Se­nate on a party-line vote but never got out of com­mit­tee in the House.

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