Legislature Overrides Vetoes on Voter ID & Tax Credits

New Hampshire’s Republican-dominated legislature flexed its muscles today and overrode vetoes from Gov. John Lynch on several major pieces of legislation.

Bills that because law over the governor’s veto today include a voter photo ID requirement (SB 289), educational tax credits for private and parochial schools (SB 382) and “early offer” medical malpractice reform (SB 406).

The legislature was unable to override the governor’s veto on medical marijuana legislation (SB 409), collective bargaining oversight (HB 1666) and a fetal homicide bill (SB 217).

Full details follow below the fold.

House Bill 1679
“Partial-birth” abortion ban
House: 240-118 (overridden)
Senate: 18-5 (overridden)

Senate Bill 289
Voter photo identification
Senate: 18-5 (overridden)
House: 231-112 (overridden)

Senate Bill 318
Links voter registration with motor vehicle registration  
Senate: 18-5 (overridden)
House: 232-110 (overridden)

Senate Bill 326
Trust taxation and reimbursement
Senate: 23-0 (overridden)
House: 312-18 (overridden)

Senate Bill 372
Educational tax credits
Senate: 16-7 (overridden)
House: 236-108 (overridden)

Senate Bill 406
Early offer medical malpractice reform
Senate: 18-4 (overridden)
House: 247-111 (overridden)


House Bill 217
Fetal homicide
House: 201-126 (sustained)

Senate Bill 356
Constitutional convention delegate limits
Senate: 17-5 (overridden)
House: 211-116 (sustained)

House Bill 1549
Federal use of motor vehicle records
House: 253-106 (overridden)
Senate: 0-23 (sustained)

House Bill 1607
Educational tax credits
House: 226-112 (overridden)
Senate: 0-23 (sustained)

House Bill 1666
Legislative approval of state collective bargaining agreements
House: 225-124 (sustained)

Senate Bill 175
Commercial use of person’s identity
Senate: 13-10 (sustained)

Senate Bill 409
Medical marijuana
Senate: 13-10 (sustained)


House Bill 1354
Voter affidavit requirements
Senate: 15-8 (passed)
House: 247-107 (passed)

9 Responses to Legislature Overrides Vetoes on Voter ID & Tax Credits

  1. unhhockey June 28, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    The Voter ID bill, in addition to being poorly written, is patently unconstitutional.  What is the chance of a court challege?

    • elwood June 28, 2012 at 3:15 am #

      Both voters and towns – which will bear higher costs – are injured.

      In addition, I believe the US Justice Department will review it insofar as it applies to the towns subject to extra scrutiny under the Voting Rights Act.

    • DianeR June 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Gee I hadn’t thought of that. A glimmer of hope! There is no way we can have this odious crap going on during a presidential election. Lines are long already. People WILL stay home and it won’t be those righties. The nuttier they are, the more they turn out to vote. (However, I’m sure some Freestaters won’t be able to vote. There’s a whole underground of these folks living in social spiderholes. License? License?? We don’t need no stinking license to drive….)

  2. BurtCohen June 28, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Senators Larsen and D’Allesandro–having voted for medical marijuana bills in the past that were clearly less strict and less controlled than SB 409, at the last minute switched their votes, presumably for the purpose of saving the governor from embarrassment.

    They turned their backs on their seriously ill constituents and I am frankly disgusted.  The old saying is true, it’s not your opponents you should worry about, it’s your friends. A lot of Republican senators, who had voted against this bill, came around to support it after they saw how tough it was and heard from constituents. Not our Larsen and D’Allesandro. Shameful, really.  

  3. Chaz Proulx June 28, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    I lived in Vermont for 12 years. Circumstances brought me back to NH my home state.

    It’s just nice to know its still there on days like this.

  4. GreyMike June 28, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Educational tax credits for everyone!!! Just start up a school in whatever flavor you like, and these wonderfully egalitatiran Reps will cheer you on, right?

    Right?  (crickets).

    • GreyMike June 28, 2012 at 4:39 am #
    • JonnyBBad June 28, 2012 at 8:57 am #
  5. DianeR June 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    …is Karl Rove.  

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