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Stalemate is Over: Hassan's Budget Veto Gets Overridden
In a 24-0 vote in the State Senate and a 291-63 vote in the State House, the legislature passed SB 9 on Wednesday to move a budget compromise bill forward. After signing SB 9 into law, in a historic move, the governor called on Democrats to join Republicans and override her own veto, which they did in the State Senate (Vote total: HB 1: 22-0 and HB 2: 22-0) and in the State House (Vote total: HB 1: 321-25 and HB 2: 326-21).
Governor Maggie Hassan was feeling immense pressure from Granite Staters over countless negative consequences that resulted from a summer-long budget stalemate and continuing resolution that was necessary because of her veto.
In addition to funding issues pertaining to New Hampshire state parks, hospitals, and home healthcare, Governor Maggie Hassan's veto was hurting the Granite State's ability to combat a growing heroin epidemic. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire highlighted the heroin issue with an ad that received both local and national press coverage.
While the budget compromise was far from perfect, Governor Hassan was unable to force through harmful policies such as a mandatory re-authorization of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, a hike in the state's vehicle registration fee, or an increase in the cigarette tax. She also had to concede and support much needed business tax cuts that Republicans have been fighting for.

We are pleased to see New Hampshire's current budget debate come to a close, but it was a shame to watch it mirror that of a dysfunctional Washington with continuing resolutions and months of inaction. We hope Governor Hassan's Potomac fever has passed, but considering her track record this summer, we find it highly unlikely.

Concealed Carry: Not in New Hampshire
"On gun rights, the "Live free or die" state is now the most restrictive in northern New England. Thanks, Democrats." - Union Leader.

As explained in a very well written editorial in Friday's Union Leader, shamefully, a majority of New Hampshire Democrats refused to join with Republicans in an attempt to override Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of a Concealed Carry bill earlier this week.

New Hampshire will now be the only state in northern New England where a government official has the power to decide whether a citizen - who is already a legal gun owner - is worthy of carrying that gun under his or her coat or in a purse.

While New Hampshire will continue to require gun owners to apply for a permit if they want to carry a firearm concealed, that is not the case in neighboring Vermont and Maine. It is truly a sad day when gun rights are more restricted in the Granite State than they are in liberal Vermont and Maine.

More News from Concord: Legislature Fails to Override Additional Vetoes 
In addition to the Concealed Carry bill, we are also extremely disappointed in New Hampshire Democrats in the State House and State Senate for failing to join with Republicans to override Governor Maggie Hassan's vetoes of some other very important bills this week.

You can read more at, but here are some of the vetoes that failed to get overridden as reported by the newspaper.
  • Senate Bill 169 would have prohibited using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards or cash from the cards for purchasing tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, firearms or adult entertainment, or for gambling. The override failed on a 14-10 vote in the State Senate.
  • The Senate failed to override Hassan's veto of Senate Bill 101, which would have prevented the state Board of Education or the Education Commissioner from requiring school districts to adopt the Common Core standards. The override failed on a party line 14-10 vote. House Bill 603 would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the statewide education assessment program. The State House failed to override the veto on a 211-141 vote.
  • House Bill 550 would have changed the business tax code, making it easier for closely held companies to sell stock without tax liability. But the House failed to override the governor's veto on a 230-147 vote.
  • New state residents will not have to wait 30 days before they can vote after the Senate failed to override Gov. Maggie Hassan's veto of Senate Bill 179.The bill would have required a 30-day waiting period before someone moving to the state could vote in an election. Supporters said other states have similar requirements and it better protects the integrity of the voting process, but Hassan said the bill would deny a legal resident his or her constitutional right to vote. The state has same-day voter registration and some worried a waiting period could complicate the process. The vote to override was nearly along party lines 13-11 but failed to reach the 16 votes - or two-thirds majority - needed to override the veto. The Senate vote killed the bill.

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