SB 931: “Union Advoidance” Bill is Gutted

As introduced in February 2011, SB 931 would have prohibited public agencies from using public funds to pay attorneys and consulstants for advice “about ways to minimize or deter the exercise of rights guaranteed [by the MMBA].”  (What is often called a “union avoidance” campaign.)

My criticism of the bill was that it was unnecessary and too broadly worded.  Fortunately, SB 931 appears to be dead.  Last Friday the bill was subject to a “gut and amend” and is now a bill about payroll cards.  Whether the provisions in the originally SB 931 will surface elsewhere remains to be seen.  But at least the bill apears to be dead for this year.

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