Lawmakers in the House were not willing to allow companies to require employees to make electronic payroll deductions and defeated SB14 on a 46-20 vote Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Holmgren, R-Bear River, would have changed the law related to labor and financial institutions by withdrawing an employee's choice not to have his paycheck deposited electronically. It would not have required a company to use the electronic transfer but would have given that option.Rep. Glenn Way, R-Spanish Fork, opposed the bill on grounds the bill infringed on an employee's right to choose the way he handles his money. People shouldn't be forced to have a checking account, he said. "We're crossing into dangerous territory."