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PHOENIX -- Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin is being asked to push forward legislation barring automatic deductions of union dues from public employees' paychecks.

But despite the pressure from Arizona's congressional delegation in Washington, Tobin says he's not moving any state House bills on the matter until the U.S. Senate approves theirs.

The Arizona Capitol Times says the issue of public employee paycheck deductions for union dues is seen as the last of the low-hanging fruit in Republicans' fight against unions.

The Legislature passed a bill barring the deductions in 2011, but the bill exempted public safety from the prohibition and a federal court threw it out.

Last year, a measure that didn't exempt public safety personnel such as firefighters and police passed through the Senate but languished in the House.


Information from: Arizona Capitol Times,

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