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PHOENIX -- An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban cities and towns from paying employees for doing union work.

The Senate Committee on Government and Environment approved an amendment to House Bill 2418 that strikes the entire bill and replaces it with language banning paying for union duties on Monday.

The bill is in response to a legal battle between the Goldwater Institute and the city of Phoenix.

Phoenix agreed to stop employees for time spent performing union work after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge in January ruled "release time" violates the Arizona Constitution and that it doesn't benefit the public. But the battle continues after the Phoenix City Council voted to extend employee vacation hours. Goldwater says that is a way to skirt the ruling.

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