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Senator Brent Steele Votes Against Right-To-Work Bill

Last updated on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Senate has voted to approve the right-to-work bill that has prompted the legislative boycotts by House Democrats.

The Republican-dominated Senate voted 28-22 in favor of the proposal Monday evening. The bill prohibits companies and unions from agreeing to contracts that require workers who aren't union members to pay representation fees.

Republican Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury argued the bill not only would help attract business to Indiana but also give workers freedom to decide what to do with their money.

State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville, questioned whether the law was needed. She says good companies such as Honda and Toyota have expanded in Indiana in recent years without it.

Nine Republicans, including Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, joined all 13 Democratic senators in voting against the bill.

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