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NH House to vote on line-item veto measure

May 2, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire House is voting this week on a constitutional amendment that would give governors the power to veto separate spending items in legislation.

The Senate has already passed the amendment that would give governors what is known as line-item veto authority.

Under the proposal, a spending item vetoed by a governor would be sent back to the Legislature for reconsideration. If the Legislature failed to override the veto, the cut would take effect.

To be enacted, the amendment now needs support from 60 percent of House to be placed on a statewide ballot and then two-thirds approval from New Hampshire voters.