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Lawmakers OK bills affecting political fundraising

9:29 PM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has approved bills that would prohibit public employers from allowing paycheck deductions to make political contributions.

The legislation was given final approval by 62-43 and 62-45 votes Wednesday mostly along party lines in the House. The measures go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.

Democrats call it an attempt to hurt unions, some of which have used automatic payroll deductions from the public employees they represent to help raise money for political action committees.

The legislation comes after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled last year that public school districts can't help unions by deducting political contributions from teachers' paychecks.

The court says public agencies can't use their resources for political purposes, even if the agency is reimbursed for administering the deduction.

From the Associated Press

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