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Sen. Adelstein reverses course on collective bargaining bill

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Senator Stan Adelstein, R-Rapid City, announced Saturday he will withdraw his support for a bill to prohibit collective bargaining for public employees.

"I'm not afraid to admit a mistake and to try and set it right," Adelstein said in a release.

Collective bargaining is a negotiation process in which an employer works with a group of employees (often a labor union) rather than a single person to regulate working conditions.

Adelstein said he had the change of heart on the bill while returning from Pierre to Rapid City this weekend.

"Conversations with friends and supporters on both sides of the aisle have persuaded me that the proposed legislation is unnecessary and poses unintended consequences for police, firemen, and teachers," Adelstein said in the release.

Not only does Adelstein say he's withdrawing his support, he now vows to oppose HB 1261.

"HB 1261, if passed, would be in opposition to my values supporting fair compensation, and recognition for our State's capable public employees," Adelstein said in the release.  "Further study has shown me that South Dakota is NOT Wisconsin, and passage of this bill into law would cause grievous harm."

Adelstein said he notified Rep. Brian Liss, the author and prime sponsor of the bill, that he would no longer be supporting the measure.

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