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Senate votes to ban public employees from conducting union business while being paid

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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:04 am | Updated: 10:53 am, Tue Mar 6, 2012.

On an 18-12 margin the Senate voted Tuesday to make it illegal for public employees to conduct union business while being paid.

Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Glendale, said SB 1486 is necessary to ensure that taxpayers are not subsidizing union activities. But he did agree to alter the measure, which now goes to the House, to allow members of police unions to represent their members in disciplinary hearings and similar situations.

But Murphy has so far been unable to get a full Senate vote on a more far-reaching measure that would make it illegal for local government and schools to engage in collective bargaining with employee groups.

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