TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate approved a bill barring cities and counties from requiring their contractors to pay union-scale wages.
The 31-9 vote sends it to the House.
The bill would bar local governments from requiring private firms to pay employees more than the federal minimum wage for work on public contracts.
It's aimed at local policies requiring contractors to pay so-called prevailing wages. The federal Department of Labor sets those rates, and critics say they're often based on union scales.
Wyandotte County has a prevailing wage policy.
Republicans said the bill will lower the cost of public projects. Democrats said prevailing wage policies ensure workers earn a decent living.