COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved a
bill Republicans say further strengthens the state's already tough
Democrats argued Wednesday the measure is unnecessary
duplication in a state that already ranks among the least
unionized. Union members in 2011 made up just 3.4 percent of South
The bill approved by an 86-25 vote in the House would require
unions to submit detailed financial data to the state's labor
agency. They already must report the information to the federal
Department of Labor. The measure would also increase civil and
criminal penalties for unions that break the state's right-to-work
law and require employers to post that law.
The measure is a top priority for House Republicans this year.
They say it's about creating jobs. Democrats say it's election-year politics.