Filing period for all state offices begins tomorrow. That's why Representative Laurie Sanborn and her husband Senator Andy Sanborn have resigned effective today. To file in Bedford, they have to have abandoned their Merrimack County address by the start of the filing period.
If the vote of CACR is razor thin, that's one less vote in favor, but 237 votes will still be required in the House (394 House members times 60 percent equal 236.4--round up to 237).
Senator Sanborn's resignation could have ramifications later on the Senate side. The CACR needed 15 votes before (24 times 60 percent equals 14.4--round up to 15), but it now only needs 14 (23 times 60 percent equals 13.8--round up to 14). However, the Senate vote is not expected to be close on the amendments.
The Sanborn resignation would also change numbers for veto overrides. Currently, 16 of 24 would be required to get to two-thirds for over-rides. With 23 senators, 16 votes would still be necessary (23 times 2/3 equals 15.34--round up to 16). Thus, the defection of three rather than four Republican senators could provide victory for the governor on a veto. The number of Republican senators, with Sanborn's departure, is down to 18. This could be bad news for those of us who support medical marijuana, especially since Senator Sanborn must have been considered among those who would have voted to over-ride an expected Lynch veto.
It's too soon to tell whether or not the Sanborn resignation will come into play on other over-ride votes, but conceivably it could on such issues as the school voucher bill.
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