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Senate overrides veto; House redistricting now law

CONCORD &#-; Last night the Senate overrode Gov. John Lynch's veto of the House redistricting plan, which redraws the boundaries of House districts to align with the 2010 census.

The Senate voted 17-7, one vote more than needed for a two-thirds majority for the override.

Earlier in the day, the House voted 246-112, which was eight votes more than needed for a two-thirds majority.

The Senate vote makes House Bill 592 law.

The controversial plan pairs city wards in Manchester and Concord with surrounding towns for some districts and combines towns like Pelham and Windham to form districts when opponents said each towns should be a separate district.

All three senators representing Manchester — Lou D'Allesandro, David Boutin and Tom De Blois — voted to sustain the governor's veto.

Several Manchester House members voted for the plan, and seven did not vote.

The House redistricting plan faces an almost certain court challenge.

Last week, Lynch signed the Senate redistricting plan into law.


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