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Whom are state lawmakers representing?

The Kansas Senate Commerce Committee advanced a bill Thursday forcing public school teachers to vote every three years on whether to retain their local union (at an estimated election cost of $340,000 statewide). No teacher testified in support of this bill, and it was opposed by the Kansas Association of School Boards, the Kansas School Superintendents Association and the United School Administrators of Kansas – groups that work directly with the unions. It’s even unknown who introduced the bill. So why approve it? Likely because it was backed by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Policy Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council. – Phillip Brownlee