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Senate Democrats Applaud Defeat of House’s So-Called Right to Work Bill

CONCORD – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburnand Senate Deputy Democratic Leader Donna Soucy applauded the bipartisan defeat of House Bill 658, the so-called “Right to Work Bill”. House Bill 658 was laid on the table by a voice vote.

“I am pleased to see the bipartisan defeat of the so-called ‘Right to Work Bill’,” said Senator Woodburn. “There’s a reason why Democrats and Republicans have come together to defeat this flawed, right-wing proposal for decades – it’s simply wrong for New Hampshire, our workers, our businesses and our economy.”

​HB 658 was similar to a prior bill, SB 107, which was defeated on a 12-12 vote in March. After failing to pass SB 107, the Senate voted to table the proposal which kills the bill for the year.

“The facts remain clear, New Hampshire has a lower unemployment rate and a stronger economy than most states with so-called right to work laws,” said Senator Soucy. “In states with a so-called right to work law, workers on average have a lower standard of living, bring home less in their paychecks and more frequently go without health insurance.”

“I want to thank my Republican Senate colleagues for standing up and joining Senate Democrats to defeat this anti-worker legislation.”

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