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Bill Would Ban Required Workplace Meetings On Religion, Politics

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are again considering legislation that would ban an employer from forcing workers to attend or participate in workplace meetings about the employer’s religious or political views.

Business groups and their allies say they will oppose the so-called “Captive Audience Bill” at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday. The measure has been debated and failed several times in the past.

Republican Sen. Len Fasano says he opposes the legislation because he believes workers have a responsibility to know about legislation at the Capitol. He also says the proposal is too broad and could forbid charities from organizing blood drives or soliciting donations.

Businesses say they need to be able to communicate with their employees. Authorities say a law is needed to prevent companies from interfering in union organizing drives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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