PHOENIX — One of three bills targeting public employee unions failed to
make it out of a House committee after opposition from police and fire unions
whose supporters packed the room led two key Republicans to oppose its passage.
But one other bill that also failed was revived after a failed Democratic
maneuver to kill it permanently.
Rep. Michelle Ugenti’s bill forcing each city or town to take a public vote on
collecting union dues through paycheck deductions passed even though two fellow
Republicans expressed deep concern about its reach.
A bill requiring employee union negotiations be done in public failed, but then
was passed to the full House after Democratic Rep. Martin Quezada tried to have
it killed outright. Another bill banning public employees from doing some union
work was pulled.