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New Hampshire governor vetoes “right to work” bill

May 11, 2011

  As he promised, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed the “right to work” bill earlier today. The bill now heads back to the State House and State Senate where a push will be on to over-ride the veto. The State Senate passed the bill with the 2/3 majority needed to over-ride the veto so all eyes will be on the State House where Republicans will have to pick up between 15 and 20 votes in order to over-ride the veto.

  The House has set May 25th as the day in which they will vote on the over-ride and it looks to be a steep hill to climb. However Speaker of the House William O’Brien is confident he can find the votes; 47 Republicans voted against the bill while 22 Republicans were either too busy to do the state’s business and didn’t bother to show up and do what we sent them there to do–vote, or lacked the political courage to take a stand on this issue. Simple math tells us that means O’Brien has 69 chances to find 15-20 votes.

  The bill passed with overwhelming support in both the State House and State Senate so maybe there is a chance O’Brien will be able to find the votes needed within these 69 Republicans, we will just have to wait and see.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 12:48 am

    Dang it! Hopefully you can gain enough to override it, but getting the leftists on board to go against their biggest supporters will be tough Steve. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your state.


    • May 12, 2011 6:12 am

      Another problem is that in New Hampshire the House Reps are only part time and only make a couple of hundred of dollars a years, so they hold full time jobs; many of the Republicans that voted against it are also union members.


  2. May 12, 2011 3:48 am

    Good luck. If it does pass, you might have to deal with a Wisconsin type situation. If it’s worth having, it’s worth fighting for though.


    • May 12, 2011 6:13 am

      We already saw a group od a couple of hundred protest a few weeks ago, I would image if this ever passes we will see major protests.


  3. May 12, 2011 8:49 am

    Wow it amazes me that your state representatives are only paid a couple hundred dollars. In a way though I think that is how it should be. That way you don’t get the people running for office who are motivated by the money and benefits…Good luck up there!


    • May 12, 2011 8:26 pm

      Being a state rep up here is not considered a career, it is public service in the truest sence of the word and people who decide to run for state office are doing it because they want to make a difference, not to get rich on it. That is the way it is supposed to be all across the nation, and I wish more states operated this way. That is why I am so upset that 22 reps couldn’t or didn’t want to vote on this issue; if they are unwilling to cast a tough vote they shouldn’t have run and if their real jobs interfere with the legislature they shouldn’t have run either.


  4. May 14, 2011 6:43 pm

    So “right to high unemployment” is the better option?


    • May 14, 2011 7:59 pm

      People who are opposed to this bill like to call it the “right to work for less bill” but what they forget is that this is about personal choices. If a person wishes to not join a union they shouldn’t be forced to. Creating more affordable jobs beats creating no jobs, even if those jobs pay less. A person should have the opportunity to either accept the job and pay or reject it. But this bill would create jobs, apparently the left feels it is more important to create a few union jobs rather that alot of non union jobs.



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