NH Senators Respond to Hassan Veto of Agency Communications Bill

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), David Boutin (R-Hooksett, and Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 685, the Agency Communications bill. 

Senator Jeb Bradley- “The Governor’s Veto Message raises a number of non-existent problems to justify her attempt to block transparency in state government. The Legislature, and the people of New Hampshire, have a right to know what is going on within their government. HB 685 represents a broad, bipartisan approach to bringing in more sunlight, and preserving the checks and balances between the Legislative and Executives branches that are essential to New Hampshire’s system of government.” 

Senator David Boutin- “Governor Hassan wants to shield inter-agency communications from the public. Audits are essential to providing legislative oversight to the operations of the Executive Branch, and ensuring that state agencies are implementing the laws we pass appropriately and efficiently. HB 685 simply requires that state agencies open up their communications to those auditors.” 

Senator Sharon Carson- “Governor Hassan continues to throw a smokescreen around her Administration, preventing the public from seeing the workings of state government. Our Constitution requires that ‘Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.’ HB 685 would make our state agencies more accessible and accountable to the people of New Hampshire.”