INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he is ready this week to sign legislation to make Indiana the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law.

The state Senate is expected to take the final vote Wednesday on the bill that prohibits labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees. The House approved the proposal last week, and Republicans on the Senate's labor committee voted 6-1 to advance it Monday.

The Senate committee's three Democrats boycotted the meeting in protest, saying there was no justification for rushing the bill through and objecting to a decision by committee Chairman Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, to not consider any changes to the proposal Monday.

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