State legislative panel scrutinizing project labor agreements

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State lawmakers are considering changes to how the state completes major projects.

The General Assembly's Interim Committee on Employment will meet Wednesday morning to examine project labor agreements. State labor activists sent notices to supporters last week warning that the state could do away with the labor agreements entirely next year.

Lawmakers set stricter limits this year on when union labor and wages would be used on state projects.

Battles over "right to work" legislation and the project labor agreements earlier this year led House Democrats to stage a 5-week walkout. New fines put in place after Democrats returned to Indianapolis have made a walkout less likely next year.

The study panel is expected to make its recommendations before the Legislature returns for its 2012 session in January.

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