Bills that would set up a paid family and medical leave program, raise the minimum wage, boost clean energy initiatives and provide tenant protections are all on the chopping block following vetoes by Gov. Chris Sununu. And, although the bills’ backers will try to rescue at least some of them when the New Hampshire Legislature meets Wednesday to try to override those vetoes, they are not likely to succeed.
During the last legislative session, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed 22 bills, 13 of which affect New Hampshire businesses. But the total number of provisions is actually a lot higher, since one of the bills that was vetoed, House Bill 1234, is an omnibus bill of 40 measures rolled into one.
There will be substantive debates over such proposals as establishing a paid family and medical leave program funded via a payroll deduction, increasing net metering limits fivefold and raising the minimum wage by 65%.
Also passed, and then vetoed, were Covid-related bills that would extend emergency unemployment eligibility and one that would prevent evictions (though the latter has been eclipsed by an even more stringent emergency order from the Trump administration.)
The Senate and House each need to muster two-thirds votes to override the governor’s veto. Often, a close vote will be affected by turnout, which is especially uncertain during the pandemic. To socially distance, House members will be meeting at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of