Themis Klarides

Editorial: Legislators Should Vote On Contracts

Editorial: Legislators Should Vote On Contracts

It's hard to believe that members of the state House of Representatives would shy away from debating contentious issues that directly affect the state's pocketbook.

But that's exactly what the House's 76 Democrats did on Wednesday when they continued a policy of not requiring votes to pass collective bargaining agreements.

Union deals are "deemed approved," says state law, if the House doesn't explicitly reject them within 30 days after they are presented to the legislature. That absolves legislators of one of their primary responsibilities: publicly debating issues and...

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