Veto challenge postponed
Unsure of outcome, O'Brien calls off right-to-work vote
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Meaghan Rowe, with the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, holds up a sign against the "Right to work" bill in the lobby area of Representatives Hall at the State House on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
By / Monitor staff
House Speaker William O'Brien backed off his plan to call a vote yesterday on the vetoed right-to-work legislation, saying he would attempt the override when he was sure it would succeed.
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House Delays Vote On Right-To-Work Bill
House Needs Two-Thirds To Override Veto
CONCORD, N.H. -- The Statehouse was packed Wednesday with activists on both sides of the right-to-work debate, but a vote to override the governor's veto of the bill never came.
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NH House doesn't take up labor bill veto override
By Norma Love
Associated Press / May 25, 2011
CONCORD, N.H.—Republican House Speaker William O'Brien ignored a nearly full House on Wednesday and refused to call for a vote on a vetoed bill that bars unions from collecting a share of bargaining and administrative costs from non-members.
"These types of games are not helpful. It's a bait-and-switch. You have one of the highest attended House sessions. It's not going to get any fuller," said David Lang of the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire.
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O'Brien Wants More Time On Right-to-Work
By Josh Rogers on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
House Speaker says he didn't have needed 2/3rds to override Lynch veto and says it would be "perilous" to announce when vote may take place. With statehouse super-majorities, Republicans have been confident Governor Lynch’s veto of this bill could be thwarted. That’s one reason why they fast-tracked the override vote, and had GOP chairman Jack Kimball in to address the house republican caucus. Prior to that closed meeting, Kimball said the override would be a defining moment for his chairmanship and for GOP legislative leaders.
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