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The Indiana Senate has given final passage to a controversial “right-to-work” bill and the measure is on its way to Governor Mitch Daniels, who will sign it into law.

His signature will make Indiana the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state and the first state in a decade to enact a law barring labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees.

The Indiana House approved the bill last week.

An Indiana victory is expected to embolden national right-to-work advocates, who’ve unsuccessfully pushed the measure in other states following a 2010 Republican sweep of statehouses.

Several union demonstrators in the Senate chamber shouted their opposition as the bill was approved.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."