Ohio Senate President Dismisses 'Right To Work" Bill


UPDATED: Wednesday May 1, 2013 9:43 PM

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber said Wednesday night that a freshly proposed right-to-work bill would not be part of the agenda in his half of the Statehouse.

Sen. Faber issued a statement a matter of hours after Republicans in the Ohio House made proposals for such a law.

GOP state Reps. Kristina Roegner and Ron Maag would strip Ohio unions of the ability to compel membership and automatically collect dues. But Republican leaders, including Gov. John Kasich and House Speaker William Batchelder, did not endorse the bills.

Faber's statement indicated the Senate would not consider it.

"We have an ambitious agenda focused on job creation and economic recovery, and Right to Work legislation is not on that list. After discussions with other leaders and my caucus, I don't believe there is current support for this issue in the General Assembly. The only purpose this discussion serves right now is to generate a bunch of breathless fundraising appeals from the Ohio Democratic Party," Faber's statement read.
 
Unions organized protests Wednesday even before Roegner and Maag held an event to introduce their proposals.
 
Twenty-four states, including neighboring Indiana and Michigan, have such right-to-work provisions in place.

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