Ohio group's 'right-to-work' measure clears hurdle

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio group has been cleared to continue its effort to push a ballot initiative that would keep workers covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay dues.

Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday said Ohioans for Workplace Freedom has provided a "fair and truthful" summary of its proposed right-to-work amendment.

The approval comes the same day Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a right-to-work bill, making it the first state to enact such a law.

The Ohio proposal emerged this fall, days after voters rejected a law placing restrictions on public employee unions.

The state's Ballot Board would have to sign off on the proposed amendment before supporters can start collecting the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed to get it on the ballot this year.