BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho Senate panel passed another bill seeking to weaken union leverage.

The State Affairs Committee on Monday passed a measure that aiming to forbid unions from using dues to subsidize members' wages to help union-shop contractors win projects.

This follows the committee's approval last week of a separate bill aiming to keep state and local governments from requiring contractors bidding on public works projects from paying workers predetermined wages and benefits.

Monday's bill cleared the panel on a 7-2 party line vote, with Democrats opposing it.

A previous Idaho attorney general's opinion indicated Monday's measure was likely to be struck down by courts.

But Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane indicated in a new memo that some challenges to the bill, if it becomes law, may be unsuccessful.

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