AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative hearing on two Republican-sponsored bills that would make Maine a right-to-work state and reduce the power of unions got heated.

The bills at issue on Monday were introduced by Amherst Republican state Rep. Lawrence Lockman.

One would prohibit mandatory union membership or payment of union dues as a condition of employment.

The other would eliminate a provision in state law that automatically deducts public-sector union dues from state workers' paychecks, regardless of union membership.

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