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Second N.H. Senate vote sends “Dealer Bill of Rights” bill to Hassan’s desk

An expansion of New Hampshire’s “Dealer Bill of Rights” is headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s desk.

The Republican-led Senate passed the bill, which would offer sweeping new protections for auto and equipment dealers in the Granite State, on a 21-2 vote. The House then passed a modified version on a 338-30 vote.

This afternoon, the Senate concurred with the House’s changes on a voice vote. That sends the bill, which is supported by auto dealers but opposed by automakers, to Hassan’s desk.

Hassan, a Democrat, hasn’t said if she’ll sign the legislation. But the question may be moot: both chambers of the Legislature passed the bill with majorities sufficient to override a veto.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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