NH House Leaders Comment on Governor’s Veto of Collective Bargaining Oversight Bill

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today offered the following comments in response to news that Governor Lynch vetoed Senate Bill 1666, which would require legislative approval of any collective bargaining contract entered into by the state.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Oversight by elected officials in the collective bargaining process for the public sector means that taxpayers will finally be at the negotiating table and not just agency heads, which promotes accountability within state government. This bill would give the legislature a role in determining the fairness of contracts that the State negotiates and as stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money we should support policies that bring government accountability and integrity.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“This is one more example of the Governor favoring labor unions over the taxpayers of New Hampshire. We will work to override this veto next week.”