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Paycheck Protection Debate Heats Up In PA Legislature

Tom Corbett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Corbett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As lawmakers return to the capitol this week, advocates on both sides of the so-called “paycheck protection” legislation issue will be turning up the heat, but it’s unclear how soon there might be any action.

Unions are up in arms about legislation that would end the practice of allowing union dues, fair share fees and political contributions to be deducted from paychecks of public employees.

Governor Corbett this past week reiterated that he’d sign such a bill, but did not otherwise indicate he would push for it:

“There is a desire on the part of many to do that, there’s a desire on the part of many to block that. I will talk with parties from both sides. I’ve talked to parties – primarily from the Republican side who are interested in doing it. But I’m going to look to the leaders to see whether they have the votes.”

Republicans have the majority in both the House and Senate.

In the House, a spokesman for the majority leader said he supports the legislation but that no action is imminent. A spokesman for the Senate majority leader says there’s no timetable for action in that chamber either.

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