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House passes right-to-work bill

By DAVID BEARD

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates narrowly passed a bill amending last year’s right to work legislation March 16.

Last year’s bill, the Workplace Freedom Act, is in litigation in Kanawha County Circuit Court, where the judge placed it under a temporary injunction in December pending answers to some legal questions.

When it passed the Senate, Judiciary chairman and lead sponsor Charles Trump, R-Morgan, said the bill eliminates passages the court found ambiguous concerning the law’s application to the building and construction trade.

With the court case in mind, the Senate — in passing SB 330 22-12 along party lines — made the bill retroactive. The House amended it Wednesday on second reading to strike the retroactive clause.

The bill barely passed, 52-48.

The vote for the bill was mostly party line, though 10 Republicans voted with the Democrats against it.

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