Overriding Veto, Senate Votes to Boost N.H. L-CHIP Preservation Funding | New Hampshire Public Radio

Overriding Veto, Senate Votes to Boost N.H. L-CHIP Preservation Funding

Sep 19, 2019

Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, N.H. - one of the landmarks receiving support under L-CHIP.
Credit LChip.org

The state Senate has overridden Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a bill that would boost funding for a program that helps towns and cities preserve land and rehabilitate historical buildings.

Update: The House on Thursday failed to muster the two-thirds majority to override the veto - the veto was sustained.

The bill would increase the fee paid during real estate transfers by $10 to generate an additional $1.5 million per year for the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Sununu, a Republican, vetoed the bill in July, praising the program, but saying he'd favor a voluntary opt-in, rather than a mandatory fee increase.

The Senate voted 17-7 Thursday to override the veto and send the bill back to the House, where its prospects are uncertain. It failed to get the necessary two-thirds support in an earlier vote.

[Continuing Coverage: N.H. Lawmakers Try - and Mostly Fail - to Override Sununu's Vetoes]

Since 2000, L-CHIP has awarded $37 million in grand funds for natural, historic, and cultural resources.