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Collective bargaining veto override defeated in House

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill that would have required legislative approval of union contracts with state workers has been upheld by the state House of Representatives.

The 225-124 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required to enact the bill over Lynch's objection. Because the House acted first and sustained the veto, no Senate action was required.

Supporters of the bill HB 1666, claimed it would help the Legislature control the costs of state worker pay and benefits which are a large part of state spending.

'The concept of a legislative role is so obvious and so important that one wonders why this isn't already (in the laws) and why the governor vetoed it,' said Rep. John Burt, R-Weare.

But lawmakers who voted to uphold Lynch's veto claimed that the Legislature already exerts control over spending because it must pass a state budget and said the legislature should let the negotiators do the negotiating.

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