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Right-to-work bill tabled in Senate

State House Bureau

April 11. 2012 11:14AM

CONCORD - Senate President Peter Bragdon said his intent is to keep the right-to-work bill on the table for the remainder of this year's session, after the Senate tabled House Bill 1677 without debate and on an unrecorded vote Wednesday.

'We know what's going to happen,' Bragdon said. 'We want to spend our time on bills that will help the economy and create jobs.'

Gov. John Lynch has said he would veto the bill, and lawmakers lack the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.

Putting the bill on the table would essentially kill the bill, although it could come off the table for a vote this session until the time when the Senate adjourns for the year.

The bill would prohibit collective-bargaining agreements from including provisions requiring all employees in a workplace to pay union fees.

House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, has championed the legislation, and the House passed the bill last month, but not by the two-thirds majority needed to override a gubernatorial veto.

The Senate version of the bill is exactly the same as the bill passed last year, but vetoed by Lynch. The House failed to override the veto, and the bill died.

'The Senate took a step in the right direction today in voting to indefinitely table HB 1677. Their vote confirms what we hear each and every day: People are tired of right to work for less dominating the discussion in Concord,' said NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie after the vote.

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