PHOENIX (AP) — Several Republican-sponsored bills targeting government employee unions appear stalled in the Arizona Senate, a week after one such measure was approved.

The Senate was scheduled to consider a measure Thursday that would bar using tax dollars to pay for workers' union activities, but the sponsor said he asked that its consideration be postponed.

Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria, acknowledged that the bill was "polarizing" but said it and others remain alive. He said he hasn't had time to work on possible changes to ensure that the bill has enough support for passage.

Mike Colletto, a lobbyist for a firefighters union, said lawmakers have been barraged with union members' complaints about the bills and Thursday's postponement was due simply to a lack of votes for the bill.

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