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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would require annual written authorization for public employee unions to receive dues automatically deducted from a worker’s paycheck.
The measure endorsed Monday evening would require similar approval for unions to spend worker fees on political activities.
 
Supporters argued it gives public employees more control over how unions spend their fees. Opponents say it would be an undue burden on those who want to participate in a union.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year. To avoid another veto, this year’s Republican-supported measure would head to the August ballot instead.
 
The bill, known to supporters as “paycheck protection,” needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. It does not apply to unions representing first responders, such as police and firefighter organizations.

Senator McCaskill to grill GM CEO

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:37 Published in Local News

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will lead a Senate hearing on Wednesday to examine General Motors’ recent decision to recall 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have been linked to at least 12 deaths.

McCaskill is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over several federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Senator McCaskill’s hearing will focus on GM’s decisions, over more than 10 years, to not issue a safety recall, and will consider whether the NHTSA has the capability, data, and resources to effectively monitor vehicle safety defects.

McCaskill’s panel will hear from GM’s CEO Mary Barra, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General Calvin Scovel.

Illinois speeders may get a break

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:48 Published in Local News

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin.
 
The proposed law would amend the state's vehicle code to let drivers "sign and go" by making a written promise to comply with the terms of the ticket they receive. Drivers who violate the agreement would have their driving privileges suspended under the law.
 
Currently, non-residents of the state can keep their license if they're pulled over while passing through Illinois. Proponents of the law say Illinois residents should have the same privileges.
 
The measure passed out of a Senate committee last week and is now being considered by the full chamber.

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