May 11, 2010 9:58 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado Republicans fighting state employee union

Republicans in the Colorado Senate have launched a campaign against a bill that would make it easier to collect contributions from state employee union members.

Senate GOP leaders began a series of delaying tactics Monday night in an effort to kill the bill before the Legislature ends its 120-day session on Wednesday. Democrats were forced to delay debate until Tuesday, making it more difficult to pass this session.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry of Grand Junction said the bill will put into law an executive order issued by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter that allows the state to collect union dues from members of the state employee union, giving Democrats millions of dollars for elections.

Penry calls it a "campaign game-changer for the unions."


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