Republican Who Voted No Decries Right-to-Work Rush

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
One of four Republican state senators who voted against their party leaders

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One of four Republican state senators who voted against their party leaders' push to make Michigan a right-to-work state says he objects to the rush to pass the legislation.

Sen. Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights says "legislators should actually read the legislation" they vote on. He said that lawmakers did not get to see the bill until minutes before the voting started Thursday.

The state Senate and House held no hearings before passing the bill, which bars unions from collecting mandatory fees from nonmembers they represent under collective bargaining agreements. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder supports the legislation.

Other Republican senators voting no were Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Mike Green of Mayville and Mike Nofs of Battle Creek.

All Democrats votes no, and the final vote was 22-16 in favor.


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