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Kan. governor signs union fundraising measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation barring public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks to help finance political activities.

The measure was among five signed into law by Brownback on Monday.

Proponents of the legislation argued state and local government agencies that process payrolls should not be involved in transactions to divert money from paychecks to political action committees.

Opponents pointed out during legislative debate that union members in Kansas generally have to agree beforehand to any paycheck deductions.

They also noted that Kansas is a so-called right-to-work state, meaning workers cannot be forced to join unions or to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Kansas lawmakers failed to approve similar legislation last year.