A bipartisan vote of New Hampshire State Senators has overridden Governor Sununu’s veto of the Death penalty repeal bill. The House overrode the Veto last week. The Death Penalty in New Hampshire is repealed.
The Senate vote, 16-8, was exactly the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto. Twelve Democrats and four Republicans supported ending the death penalty, while six Republicans and two Democrats voted to keep it. The latter included Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, who represents the district in which Officer Briggs was killed. He urged his colleagues to remember law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day.
The bill had enough support from both parties in both chambers for the override, which is surprising and not.
Previous attempts at repeal have been overridden by Governors of both parties. This session just happened to be the perfect storm for repeal.
I have plenty of Conservative friends and associates who oppose it. Their pro-life stand covers conception to natural death, and I do not begrudge them their commitment. I just don’t happen to share it.
As for the political hay of overturning the Governor’s veto, I’m not sure this the hill the Democrats want to die on to make a partisan case for momentum. I know they want to and maybe they have, but it’s no truer than that killing an unborn baby is a woman’s health issue. It’s the death penalty for no cause other than the cultural whims of leftists who get reimbursed by the purveyors of the gruesome practice to keep it legal.