The bill now goes back to the House, where it must be reconciled with a slightly different version of the bill already passed by the House. Then it goes to Gov. John Lynch, who has promised to veto it. The Senate passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, but the earlier House vote was 14 votes shy of the needed two-thirds majority to override the veto.
In other words, we have to hold the House.
Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph reports:
This issue has been before the New Hampshire Legislature for two decades, but this is the first time that both branches have approved a bill. If it becomes law, New Hampshire would be the only state north of Virginia and join 22 other states with such Right to Work legislation...
Londonderry Republican Sen. Sharon Carson was one of only three GOP senators to oppose the bill and decried threats she had received if she failed to support it.
“I have been subjected to the most vile attacks from this out of state interest group than I have ever experienced in my 11 years representing the New Hampshire Legislature,” Carson said...
State Employees Association President Diana Lacey noted senators who have never backed Right-to-Work did on Wednesday, bowing to a strong campaign from the VA-based campaign and lobbying from ex-GOP Gov. John H. Sununu.
“This is what moral corruption looks like,” Lacey declared.We're not sure the former governor is a lobbyist in Virginia, though. Could it be his son, Koch whore and former Senator John E. Sununu, who's behind this nasty campaign?