AUGUSTA – A pair of controversial bills that would affect organized labor, known as ‘right-to-work’ legislation, have been set aside on the House floor during action today.

The measures, L.D. 309 and L.D. 788, did not receive public hearings or votes in committee. They were moved to the full Legislature because the official deadline for committee work has passed.

The bills’ sponsor, state Rep. Tom Winsor, R-Norway, and committee leadership said last week they were uncertain of the fate of the legislation. Lobbyists and insiders have said there is not enough support in the Republican-controlled Legislature to advance the proposals.

This morning, the measures were brought to the floor and set aside, to be taken up later. Lawmakers could vote directly on the bills or move to kill them procedurally.