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I’m going to live blog some of the comments, so please forget some shortcuts and the possibility of mis-spelling some speaker’s names. West Des Moines’ Repub. Peter Cownie is leading the speakers from the house speaker’s chair. He has asked speakers go one pro-fair share bill and then one con, back and forth. So here we go…

Tom Jochum, on behalf of Plumbers & Steamfitters, thanked Repub. Lance Horbach of Tama for not using “histrionics” in his opposition to the bill. Singled out Des Moines Dem Bruce Hunter and Altoona Dem. Geri Huser for their work on this bill.

Spencer businessman Toby Shine said he would hate to have his employees pay to have a job.

Fred Bowie, businessman, he pointed out also a Democrat…said competition agressively marketing their right to work status. He opposes bill.

Brad Clark, gay rights activist, said too many misconceptions about this bill. He isn’t union member. Said this is about fairness and justice.