RPOF execs crack the whip among Senate Rs on union dues bill
At least 12 Republicans had indicated their opposition to a bill to ban public employee unions from using payroll deduction to collect their dues, enough to defeat the priority of former RPOf chairman Sen. John Thrasher. So the Republican Party of Florida brass snapped into action. In a letter to Republican senators Thursday, RPOF chairman Dave Bitner and the party's executive committee urged them to support SB 830.
"As leaders of the Republican Party of Florida’s State Executive Committee, we strongly urge you to fight for the freedoms we believe in and to protect our legislative system by voting in favor of S.B. 830,'' the group wrote. Download RPOF Executive Committee Letter
But the letter helped only slightly. Thrasher succeeded in getting the bill out of committee on an 8-4 vote, but only after modifying it to remove the ban on payroll deduction. Instead, the measure continues to prevent unions from using the money they collect for political purposes -- something still vigorously opposed by the unions who backed the wavering senators.