Republican efforts to turn New Hampshire into a right-to-work state have been put on hold in the face of a threatened veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch.
A bill that passed the state House last month was tabled in the state Senate Wednesday without debate, essentially killing it for the rest of this year’s session, according the New Hampshire Union Leader
Republican state Sen. Peter Bragdon acknowledged that lawmakers knew a veto was coming and lacked the two-thirds majority vote needed to override it.
Lynch had already made good on his threat once last year when he vetoed an identical bill passed by the legislature that would have prohibited collective-bargaining agreements from requiring employees to pay union dues or fees.
“We know what’s going to happen,” Bragdon said, after tabling the measure. “We want to spend our time on bills that will help the economy and create jobs.
Union officials were pleased with the outcome.
“Their vote confirms what we hear each and every day,” said state AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie, adding people are tired of right to work dominating the legislative discussion.
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