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State Legislators Debate the Union Rights Executive Order

October 31, 2001
By: Richard Jordan
State Capital Bureau

The legality of an executive order issued by Governor Holden on union rights is up for debate by state legistlators.

Richard Jordan reports from the state capitol.

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A committee meeting to investigate the union rights executive order heard testimonty from Mike Hartmann, the governor's next cheif of staff.

He said he is unsure which state departments fall under the governor's direct control.

Only those departments would be subject to the union rights order allowing union fees to be collected from non-union workers.

Senator John Russell of Lebanon is the Chairman for the committee.

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The Mental Health and Education Departments are among those that the governor's office is uncertain about.

In Jefferson City, I'm Richard Jordan for KMOX News.

The future Chief of Staff for Governor Holden says an executive order on union rights is unclear under state laws.

Richard Jordan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Mike Hartmann says he is unsure which departments fall under the union rights order issued by Governor Holden.

Senator John Russell is the chairman of the special committee.

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Mike Hartmann is currently the commissioner for the office of administration but will become the governor's chief of staff once a replacement is found.

In Jefferson City, I'm Richard Jordan for KMOX News.

The legality of the governor's executive order on union rights is being debated by a special committee.

Richard Jordan has the story from the capitol.

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The next Chief of Staff for Govenor Holden says the union rights executive order may not meet state laws.

Mike Hartmann will fill the position once his replacement for the commissioner for office of administration is found.

He testified to a special committee that the governor's office is not sure which departments fall under Govenor Holden's direct control.

The union rights order would apply to those departments, giving unions the right to deduct member fees from non-union workers.

The special committee is chaired by Senator John Russell of Lebannon.

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There were no Democratic Legislators at Wednesday's committee meeting.

In Jefferson City, I'm Richard Jordan for KMOX News.