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Hassan Vetoes Lottery Winner Privacy Bill

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that barred New Hampshire from disclosing the names of lottery winners.

Hassan said current law recognizes winners' privacy by not requiring disclosure of their names proactively, but she said barring disclosure in all instances weakened public oversight and could lead to corruption.

Hassan said New Hampshire has a long tradition of openness and transparency in how government funds are administered. She said the lottery owes much of its success to a reputation built on public confidence and trust that could be diminished if the names of winners are entirely precluded from the light of public disclosure.

The House overturned a committee recommendation to kill the bill by one vote before passing it 172-130. The Senate passed it on a voice vote.