Governor Urges Senate to Make His Executive Order Permanent

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today urged the Senate Finance Committee to make his Executive Order permanent and guarantee pay, health and retirement benefits for state employees called to National Guard or Reserve service. The House has already passed the legislation.

The legislation, HB 1724, would guarantee that the benefits provided in the Governor 's Executive Order would stay in effect unless repealed by a future legislature and Governor.

" Our National Guard members, and their families, make tremendous sacrifices to serve and protect us. As Governor, I am honored to be not only the Commander in Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, but also the employer of many of its members. Like the sponsors of this bill, I want to make sure that state government is doing everything possible to assist our employees who are also members of the National Guard or Reserves, " Gov. Lynch wrote in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee.

In September, Gov. Lynch extended an Executive Order issued by the previous governor to ensure that state employees activated for full-time Guard or Reserve duty by the federal government continue to receive their health and retirement benefits and the difference in pay between their state and military salaries. Gov. Lynch also expanded the Executive Order to cover employees activated for state duty, as National Guard members were during Hurricane Katrina and New Hampshire ' s floods.

" We should make sure that our National Guard and Reserve members continue to receive this important protection in the future by passing this legislation, " Gov. Lynch wrote.

A copy of Gov. Lynch 's letter is attached.

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March 23, 2006


The Honorable Charles Morse
Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
State House, Room 100
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Chairman Morse:

I am writing today in support of House Bill 1724 ensuring that National Guard and Reserve members who are state employees will continue to receive their health and retirement benefits and the difference in pay between their state salaries and military salaries.

Our National Guard members, and their families, make tremendous sacrifices to serve and protect us. As Governor, I am honored to be not only the Commander in Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, but also as the employer of many of its members. Like the sponsors of this bill, I want to make sure that state government is doing everything possible to assist our employees who are also members of the National Guard.

That is why in September I issued an Executive Order guaranteeing that state employees mobilized to state or federal National Guard or Reserve duty will continue to receive their health and retirement benefits, as well as the difference between their state and military salaries. We should make sure that our National Guard and Reserve members continue to receive this important protection in the future by passing this legislation.

I applaud the sponsors of this bill, and the members of this committee, for addressing this important issue for our National Guard and Reserve members and their families, who continue to dedicate so much of themselves on behalf of New Hampshire and our nation.

Sincerely,

John H. Lynch
Governor