JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House has given final approval to Senate Bill 29, legislation that would protect employees’ paychecks from going to political candidates and campaigns for which they do not support. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown.
The bill would require an employee to give approval in writing to an employer or labor organization before a political contribution could be taken out of that employee’s paycheck.
“Using employees’ money for politicians or issues that they do not support goes against the very tenants this country was built upon,” said Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Employees have a right to say what is taken out of their paychecks for political campaigns; just like each year employees have the option to choose how much is withdrawn to go to organizations like United Way or how much money is taken out of their paychecks for their Cafeteria or 401K plans.”
The Missouri Chamber has long-standing support for Paycheck Protection legislation.
“This really should be called the ‘Free-Choice Bill,” Mehan said. “The legislation doesn’t keep an employee from making a contribution, but it gives that employee the choice.”
Senate Bill 29 now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon for signature, joining another employer priority, prevailing wage reform, which was given final approval last week.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business association in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.