- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a bill preventing cities and towns from requiring union contractors for public works projects.

Senate Bill 1090 by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh prohibits cities and towns from requiring contractors to enter into agreements with labor organizations. It also prevents them from requiring participation with apprenticeship programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Supporters say non-union businesses deserve the same right to bid on public works projects as union businesses.

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe said the bill reinforces Arizona’s status as a right-to-work state.

Democratic Rep. Charlene Fernandez opposed the legislation, calling it an issue of local control that should be left with cities and towns.

The bill passed on a 33-24 vote Tuesday and is set to be sent to the governor.

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