NH House Leaders Respond to Governor's Veto of Legislation to Protect Home Buyers from Costly Sprinkler Mandate

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to Governor Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 91, legislation that would prohibit communities from mandating sprinklers in homes.  Earlier this year, the Governor vetoed House Bill 109, also relating to a sprinkler mandate.  The House voted to override that veto by a 294-72 margin.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“At a time when our housing market has collapsed and is still falling in many areas of the state, the last thing we need is a costly mandate that will make homes across New Hampshire less competitive.  This bill protects home buyers from the cost of sprinkler system that is typically $6,000 or more per home.  Buying a home is still part of the American Dream, and the state should not try to snatch that dream away from future generations of New Hampshire citizens with costly and ill-considered regulations.  The Legislature overrode the last veto by the Governor on this issue, and we are sad to see that he chose to continue to make the same bad decision on this bill.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Republicans are trying to make it easier to buy a home in New Hampshire while  Democrats, led by Governor Lynch, are making it more difficult to realize "The American Dream" by adding thousands of dollars to the costs of housing.  Our housing industry needs a jump start, not a kick in the gut.  Governor Lynch needs to stop his relentless pursuit to regulate our employers out of business.  Overriding this veto will be a top priority for House Republicans, who support the business community in New Hampshire and realize just how hard it is for our citizens to earn the money to buy a house.”