Next week the state legislature will reconvene to decide whether or not to override four of Governor Hassan's vetoes.
The House will take up three bills: HB 1244, HB 591, and HB 685. The Senate will reconsider SB 391.
HB 1244 forbids the state from disclosing the names of lottery winners. Gov. Hassan vetoed the bill, arguing that it would hurt the financial transparency of state government. Supporters of the bill assert lottery winners have a right to privacy.
HB 591 is intended to protect public employees from abusive work environments. In her veto message, Gov. Hassan says the bill attempts to legislate politeness among state employees, while opening the state to unwarranted lawsuits. Supporters of the bill argue that state employees are under unreasonable pressure after budget cuts and lay-offs from the John Lynch administration.
HB 685 shifts deciding power from the Attorney General's office to a legislative committee when the Legislative Audit Division requests information that state agencies consider confidential under attorney-client privilege. Gov. Hassan argues that the bill threatens the separation of powers. Bill supporters argue that there should be increased transparency on the legal advice influencing agency decisions.
SB 391 revises the administration of the juvenile justice system in New Hampshire. According to Gov. Hassan, the bill isolates juvenile justice services from other services to children and youth, emphasizing incarceration over treatment. Bill supporters argue that SB 391 will strengthen the juvenile justice system by instituting more accountability.
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