Published DateCONCORD — The 18 representatives from Belknap County divided along strict party lines when the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 212 to 141 to scuttle a so-called "right-to-work" bill yesterday.
All five Democrats — Beth Arsenault and David Huot of Laconia, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted with the majority of the Democrat-controlled House to kill the bill.
All 13 Republicans — Bob Luther, Frank Tilton and Don Flanders of Laconia, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, and Dennis Fields of Sanbornton — voted in favor of the bill.
When a "right-to-work" bill carried the House in 2011, Luther was among a small number of Republicans to vote against it. But, after Governor John Lynch vetoed the legislation, Luther fell in step with his fellow Republicans by voting to override the veto, which was upheld.