LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to prohibit Michigan's public employers from allowing paycheck deductions to make political contributions.
The Republican governor announced that he had signed the legislation Tuesday. He says the legislation helps ensure public employers' neutrality in elections.
The bills passed the Republican-led Legislature earlier this year. 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 paycheck deduction.