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Apr 6, 2012 9:38 AM by AP

Lawmaker rewrites collective bargaining proposal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has backed a watered-down version of a proposal that initially sought to open collective bargaining negotiations between local government agencies and labor unions to the public.

Instead, amid complaints from unions that negotiate for firefighters, police officers and teachers, Republican Rep. Tony Ligi reworked the bill to require that a collective bargaining agreement be made available to the public online for at least five days before it can be approved by a government agency.

The rewritten bill was approved unanimously by the House. It heads to the Senate for debate.

Ligi says the proposal came after the Jefferson Parish School Board negotiated a contract with its teachers that no one was allowed to see before it was approved.

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