TOPEKA | Dozens of union supporters were escorted from the balcony in the Kansas House of Representatives Thursday after they shouted “vote no!” during a vote.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more dismal display of disrespect for the House,” said House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Republican from Hutchinson.
The bill that the union supporters were protesting would make it illegal for unions to use union dues to support politicians. It passed 75-46.
Rep. Mike Slattery, a Democrat from Mission, said he voted against the bill because it was punitive and petty.
“It is bad policy that strips Kansas workers of their freedom and from having their voices heard in government,” he said. “I believe Kansas workers are smart enough to make their own decisions.”
Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, a Republican from Olathe, said he voted for the bill because it kept union members from making “forced contributions” to political candidates.
The bill, H.B. 2130, will move to the Senate for debate.