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Justice vetoes right-to-work fix

By RUSTY MARKS

The State Journal

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill intended to fix technical problems with right-to-work legislation passed by the state Legislature last year.

Justice announced Tuesday, March 28 he had vetoed Senate Bill 330. The bill attempted to clean up ambiguous language that raised questions about whether the Workplace Freedom Act, passed last year, applied to state employees or to certain construction trades.

The AFL-CIO and others challenged last year’s legislation in Kanawha Circuit Court on constitutional grounds. Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the legislation.

The injunction has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Justice said Tuesday the court should decide on the legality of right-to-work.

“Our state doesn’t need to meddle in the pending litigation,” Justice said. “It deserves its day in court, free of interference. There are only 11 days left until the end of the session and the Legislature must focus on passing a budget. We owe it to the taxpayers to pass a responsible budget before the clock runs out.

“This issue is for the Supreme Court to decide,” he added.

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