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Kentucky House committee approves bills targeting labor unions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ending mandatory labor union membership remains the top priority of the new Republican majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

House Republicans acted quickly on two bills targeting labor unions. Pro labor groups staged a protest outside the hearing on bills that would ban mandatory labor union membership and repeal the state's prevailing wage law.

A committee approved them Wednesday, and the House speaker says lawmakers plan to pass the bills this week. The Kentucky AFL-CIO president argues the bills would lower wages for all workers.

Republicans have tried for years to pass similar proposals, only to be blocked by Democrats.

Governor Matt Bevin says the bills are necessary for the state to attract new jobs.

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