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Right to Work an Issue Which Will Stay, Says Ardmore Group

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Right to Work an Issue Which Will Stay, Says Ardmore Group

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Right to work is an issue that is not going to go away in Ardmore, a group of Ardmore business leaders reminded Gov. Georg e Nigh and other state legislators on Thursday.

The southern Oklahoma town is about 30 miles north of Texas, which has a right-to-work law.

A right-to-work law would ban the union shop in Oklahoma.

"We lost a manufacturing plant to Texas last year because of right to work," said Bob Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.

Andy Kissinger, president of Kissinger Insurance Agency Inc. of Ardmore, asked Nigh about the status of the proposed right-to-work amendment in front of the Oklahoma Economic Development Commissionon Thursday.

Nigh told Kissinger the right-to-work bill was under consideration by a joint conference committee.

"I've recommended to the Legislature that they put it ona special election ballot," Nigh said.

Chances of that appear to be remote because members of the joint conference committee are deadlocked on whether to recommend passage of the right-to-work amendment to the state constitution.

"I've been told," Nigh said, "that if I can produce a roll call of two-thirds in each house of the Legislature, that it will come out of conference. I don't see that roll call coming."

Kissinger then asked:

"What about the general election?"

A majority vote in each chamber of the Legislature would be required to place the measure on the general election ballot in November, Nigh said.

"But I've still been told, that in order to bring it out of the conference committee, it requires a two-thirds vote," Nigh said. …

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