With a special session looming in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) intends to file legislation banning the state from collecting union dues.

“Texans don’t ask much of their government, but one thing they do expect is responsible and transparent stewardship of their hard-earned money,” said Isaac in a statement. “Texas is a right-to-work state, and it’s simply not appropriate for labor unions to be given preferential treatment. It’s long past time to end the outdated practice of using taxpayer-funded resources to collect dues for private organizations.”
Huffman’s bill, which was voted out of the senate along party lines in March, restricted the state or a local political subdivision from withholding or deducting an employee’s salary for dues or membership fees for a labor organization.

However, the bill was the subject of controversy as several Democratic senators, including Kirk Watson (D-Austin), opposed the measure.

The bill also received pushback from Noel Candelaria, Texas State Teachers Association president, who said in a March 29 release the bill was a “selective attack” on educators and other public servants.