Lawmaker plans to revive effort for ‘paycheck protection’ bill

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The House sponsor of a so-called “paycheck protection” bill wants to file the bill again in 2016.

The legislation, which is opposed by unions, would require annual permission from public employees before union dues could be taken from their paychecks. A version of the bill passed the House and Senate in 2013, but it was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Paycheck protection didn’t receive much attention in 2015, as so-called right-to-work legislation was the focus of a concerted push by Republican legislators — and pushback from organized labor.

Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, said her desire to enact paycheck protection is driven by a need to reform state labor laws. Rehder acknowledged that House Republican leadership will have the final say in whether the bill is filed.

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