Assembly To Vote Thursday On Treasurer Elimination, Labor Bill

Proposals Would Eliminate State Treasurer's Office, Bar Requirement For Labor Agreements

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The state Assembly is scheduled to vote Thursday on bills that would eliminate the state treasurer’s office and make changes to labor requirements for public construction projects.

Supporters of eliminating the state treasurer’s office say most of its duties have been transferred to other state agencies.

To eliminate the office, the proposal has to pass two consecutive legislative sessions and be approved by a statewide voter referendum. If the bill passes the Assembly, the measure will appear on statewide ballots in April 2018.

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Another bill up for vote Thursday would bar local governments from requiring contractors on public projects to enter into so-called “project labor agreements.” Those agreements lay out things like working conditions and whether workers are union members or representatives of minority groups.

Supporters say the change would level the playing field for non-union contractors. Opponents say it will lead to worse working conditions and project quality.

Both bills have already passed the state Senate.