Governor Lynch vetoed a handful of Bills on Wednesday including SB 318 the Voter Registration Bill one of NH legislatures top priority bills for this session and one likely to be added to the last legislation session of the year on June 27, for an over ride.
Lynch stated the bill required changes in the registration form by requiring the person registering to read, “In declaring New Hampshire as my domicile, I am subject to the laws of the state of New Hampshire, including the laws requiring a driver to register a motor vehicle and apply for a New Hampshire driver’s license within 60 days of becoming a resident.”
Lynch fears that those who have cars in other states may get confused over which state to vote in, and he fears it will disenfranchise voters.
Lynch vetoed HB1566 in 2006, which would have required students who vote in NH to present their NH drivers license.
State Senator Sharon Carson sponsored the Bill after allegations of election fraud in the January 10, Presidential Primary, when James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas engaged in undercover filming at various polling places. Carson said then, “This issue is one of our top priorities for the 2012 session.”
New Hampshire is one of 19 states without a voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracked a surge in similar voter reforms in states in recent years. The last vote on SB 318 was 260 yeas 101 nays.
Lynch also vetoed HB 1666, which would require the Legislature’s fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state. In his veto statement the Governor said, “HB 1666 would subject all collective bargaining agreements with State workers to the approval of the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee. While Legislative approval for the monetary aspects of union contracts might have made sense, the final version of this bill gives Legislators veto power over all aspects of collective bargaining agreements.”
“We should be working to streamline government and make it run more efficiently, not adding additional layers, which is what HB 1666 will do.” The last vote on HB 1666 was 232 to 120.
A Medical Malpractice Bill, SB 406 also received a veto from Lynch; the Bill would create an alternate method of resolving medical malpractice cases. The last vote on SB 406 was 220 to 141.
Lynch’s final veto of the day was for a bill, which would change how taxing is done on Trust Funds.