CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. John Lynch finished exercising his veto power for the current legislative session on Thursday, in some cases covering familiar territory by once again rejecting measures intended to help public school students switch to private schools, cut down on voter fraud and legalize medical marijuana.
One of the bills was virtually identical to a measure Lynch vetoed on Monday. Both would provide tax credits for businesses that contribute to organizations that award scholarships for private school and home-schooled students. Lynch argued the bills would allow private organizations to determine the use of public education funds and would shift limited state money away from public schools because districts would lose state education aid for each student receiving a scholarship.
Lynch also vetoed a bill that would require New Hampshire voters to show photo identification at the polls, voicing similar concerns to those he expressed about a voter registration bill he vetoed Wednesday.
Under the bill, a wide range of identification would have been acceptable this fall — including student IDs — but in later elections, only driver’s licenses, state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, passports or military IDs would be allowed. Those without photo identification would sign an affidavit and be photographed by an election official.
Lynch says he would have been OK with a bill that stuck with allowing many types of IDs to be used, but the final version was far more restrictive than necessary.
Supporters say the requirements would minimize the potential for fraud.
‘‘The legislature remains committed to improving the integrity of our elections by simply asking every voter provide proof they are who they say they are before receiving a ballot — that is the essence of this Voter ID legislation,’’ said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro.
But Lynch said the affidavit provision would cause confusion, would slow the voting process and could prevent eligible voters to cast their ballots.
‘‘Our election laws must be designed to encourage and facilitate voting by all eligible voters in New Hampshire,’’ said Lynch, who made a similar argument in rejecting the earlier bill, which was aimed at making sure those registering to vote live in the state.
A third vetoed bill would have legalized the home cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.
The bill would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions or the patient’s designated caretaker to cultivate and possess up to six ounces of marijuana, four mature plants and 12 seedlings at a registered location. Lynch, who vetoed a medical marijuana bill in 2009, said the newer version would lead to a virtually unlimited number of potential cultivation sites, making it impossible to control the distribution and prevent illegal use.
He said he still believes a state-regulated prescription system is the best way to distribute medical marijuana.
‘‘As well intentioned as the efforts (of the bill) are, I cannot support establishing a system for the use of medical marijuana that poses risks to the patient, lacks adequate oversight and funding, and risks the proliferation of a serious drug,’’ he said.
Unlike the other three, the fourth bill Lynch vetoed did represent new ground. It would require those attending a federal convention called to consider a balanced budget amendment to promise that they would stick to that issue. But Lynch said the time to consider such legislation is when and if there is such a convention, not now. He also expressed concern about a provision that would subject violators of the bill to criminal penalties.
The Legislature meets Wednesday to attempt to override Lynch’s vetoes.