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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 27, 2021 02:41 PM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Political Contributions through the Government Payroll System
In the near future I will be introducing legislation to prohibit payroll deductions from public sector employees for political action committee (PAC) contributions. This prohibition will stop government resources, including the government payroll system, from being used for political purposes, regardless of the cost associated.

PAC deductions processed by the government payroll system are voluntarily made by union members. However, they are unique in that they are the only deductions made through the government payroll system that are used directly for partisan political activity. Other voluntary contributions or payments made for services rendered through the government payroll system include those made to insurance companies, financial institutions, and charitable organizations. These contributions or payments are not used for partisan political activity.

My legislation will stop any individual from making contributions to partisan PACs through the government payroll system. This bill will not prohibit the deduction of regular union dues for union members who elected to join or have an impact on police officers, firefighters, or other public employees who are prohibited from striking.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB2048