Republican Gov. Chris Sununu last week vetoed a bill that would have allowed municipalities to purchase existing streetlights from utility companies, calling the measure “overly prescriptive.”
“It has been frustrating to watch how slow and unenlightened the process is here in NH while right across the river in Vermont, Green Mountain Power installed LED bulbs more than 5 years ago,” Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin said.
Their legislation passed both the House and Senate on voice votes, which are typically reserved for uncontroversial matters.
And there was no opposition to the bill during a February hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (utility companies Eversource and Unitil said they were neutral).