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Kansas Lawmakers Move To Restrict Collective Bargaining

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The Senate Commerce Committee is considering a proposal to restrict collective bargaining between public employees and state and local government agencies.

Chairwoman Julia Lynn says the Committee will debate the measure during its meeting today. Lynn believes the Republican-dominated panel supports the bill.

The measure would limit contract talks between government agencies and unions to minimum pay for workers.

Employers could determine other issues themselves, including how workers are evaluated.

The bill also would allow agencies to impose terms if there is an impasse.

Republican Senator Jeff Melcher of Leawood is pushing the measure.

Melcher has said negotiations involving individual employees produce better results.

Critics say the bill is an attempt to destroy public employee unions.