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O'Brien says right-to-work veto override vote can wait until fall

State House Bureau Chief

June 22. 2011 3:28PM

CONCORD - Speaker of the House William O'Brien said he will wait until the fall to attempt an override of Gov. Lynch's veto of the right-to-work bill.

O'Brien told reporters Wednesday that after holding override votes on three bills today, the only other veto he will consider trying to overturn would be a veto of the budget.

O'Brien said he will wait until the summer passes before taking up any other bills that Lynch vetoes.

'We'll put them all in one day and get them all done, probably sometime right after the summer. Right-to-work will be one of them,' O'Brien said.

The decision is an indication that despite a month of working the GOP delegation, O'Brien has not been able to muster the two-thirds majority he needs to override Lynch's veto.

The right-to-work bill, HB 474, bars collective bargaining contracts that require some workers to pay partial union dues if they are not union members. The payments, called agency fees, are meant to defraya share of the costs of negotiating and defending contracts that cover working conditions for all who are eligible to join the union.

New Hampshire would be the 23rd state in the country and the first in the Northeast to pass right-to-work.

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