Thrasher's union dues bill barely makes it out of committee
From the Buzz:
By a narrow 5-4 vote, the Senate Community Affairs Commitee voted out a bill Monday by Sen. John Thrasher to prohibit public unions from collecting dues through payroll deductions. Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, vigorously denied allegations that the bill was designed to hurt unions and acknowledged that unions contributed heavily to his Democratic opponent in November. ...
Thrasher won the votes, but it was clear the bill would have died absent the vote by Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, who said he had concerns but agreed to move the bill to the next committee. Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, and Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, voted against the bill, as did the two Democrats on the committee, Sen. Jeremy Ring of Margate and Tony Hill of Jacksonville.