Currently, union members in Kansas can voluntarily have part of their paychecks deducted and automatically donated to political action committees. Today (WED), the Kansas House advanced a bill that would end that practice. Opponents of the bill say this change is a form of retribution against unions that is being carried out by Republicans and business leaders. Judith Loganbill, a Wichita Democrat, opposed the legislation on the House floor.
Supporters say the bill protects union members who disagree with the political stances taken by their unions. Those supporters also argue that union members can still make political donations...but that money for those donations simply can't be automatically deducted from paychecks. A final vote on the bill could come tomorrow (THUR).