Hassan vetoes bill changing council membership
Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that proposes changing the duties and reducing the membership of New Hampshire’s Economic Development Advisory Council.
Hassan objected Tuesday that the bill did not include enough people with a role in economic development to advise the state. She said the bill excluded key groups, especially representing workers.
The bill reduces the council’s membership from 26 to 16, including removing a representative from labor. It also reduces members’ terms from three years to two years.
Supporters said the council’s size is unwieldy, but Hassan said a diverse group is needed to promote economic development.
“Creating jobs and spurring innovative economic growth are among our highest priorities, but to do so effectively we must ensure that the voices of all stakeholders, from businesses to local communities to our workers are represented at the table,” she said in her veto message.
She said when the council was established in 2008, the goal was to ensure diverse voices were included to advise the state. She called the bill’s supporters well-intentioned and said she would work with lawmakers who supported streamlining the council.
“But this bill as passed could lead to the exclusion of important viewpoints, most notably New Hampshire’s workers, who have a crucial stake in New Hampshire’s economic development and economic future,” she said.
Hassan also recently vetoed a bill that established a committee to study end-of-life decisions.