Sen John Thrasher obtained a narrow victory last Monday, when S.B. 830 was approved by a 5-4 vote. The bill prohibits a state agency or local government entity from deducting from an employee's wages dues, assessments, penalties, and fines of an employee organization, and prohibits labor organizations from collecting dues, assessments, or fines without written authorization. Representatives of various labor organizations, including those representing police and firefighters, testified against the bill. The companion in the House, H.B. 1021 by Rep. Chris Dorworth, is in its last committee of reference, the Appropriations Committee.