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Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote.  Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March...

Wisconsin Judge Declares State’s Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional

A Wisconsin county judge has ruled a state right-to-work law violates labor unions’ legal entitlement to money earned by public workers. The lawsuit was filed by labor unions looking to overturn Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which was signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in March 2015. In his April decision, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust, appointed to the court by Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) in 1997, said the state’s prohibition against compulsory membership in labor unions could...

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