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Veto Day Arrives at Statehouse

Dennis Sylvester Hurd
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With 15 vetoes, the most ever by a Governor in a single session, John Lynch hasn’t been shy about wielding his power. Now, Republicans will work to override some of those measures when they gather in Concord on Wednesday.

Two voter identification bills are up: one requires voters to sign a statement saying they declare New Hampshire as their home state. The other requires photo identification to vote: those without I-D would sign an affidavit and have their photo taken.

Lawmakers will also vote on a measure that would give a tax credit to businesses that donate to a non-profit scholarship organization.  Supporters say it will expand school choice, while opponents argue such a voucher program would starve public schools of funding.

Other votes will look at changes to collective bargaining procedures, so-called partial birth abortions, medical marijuana, and medical malpractice reform.

Overriding a veto requires the support of two-thirds of lawmakers in attendance.

Republicans hold the needed super-majorities in both the House and Senate.  

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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