Article 44 of the New Hampshire State Constitution gives the governor of New Hampshire the right of veto if he or she cannot come to terms with members of the state Legislature in creating acceptable bipartisan legislative bills. Historically, it is used on rare occasions and the average governor exercises this privilege 5-6 times during a legislative session.
The record thus far was Gov. Maggie Hassan’s 15 vetoes when she was working with a Republican Legislature. Ideally, governors work with both parties in the Legislature to craft bipartisan bills that are not only acceptable to both parties (regardless of majority or minority membership) and to the governor him or herself so that the veto power is largely unnecessary.
The historic trend does not apply to this governor who has stated after walking away from the bargaining table that “It’s the House and Senate Democrats that have to come to an agreement, they need to work it out amongst themselves.” This statement does not reflect the kind of leadership that the people of the Granite State expect and is doing a great deal of damage to the legislative process and to the people of New Hampshire.