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Right-to-work bill back before NH legislators

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Legislation in New Hampshire that would excuse nonunion employees from contract-negotiation fees is up for discussion once again before lawmakers, after two recent failed attempts.

New Hampshire labor leaders, workers and community members were lobbying against the latest bill Wednesday, this one introduced by former House Speaker William O'Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican.

Legislators defeated a similar bill last year. Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill in 2011.

Like the previous bills, the current bill would permit non-union employees to abstain from paying union fees for contract negotiations.