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Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Veto Message Regarding HB 403

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan released the following message after vetoing HB 403 today:

"By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 12, 2013, I vetoed House Bill 403, establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions.

"With any discussion of the complex and emotional issues related to end-of-life decisions, our focus must always be first and foremost on helping all of those in our society to fully live their lives with the dignity that they deserve.

"In New Hampshire, we have approached these issues very seriously and thoughtfully, always seeking to include the input of those who understand these issues best: doctors, patients, advocates for the elderly and those who experience chronic conditions or disabilities, and the people of New Hampshire.

"This thoughtful process has already produced important laws, including New Hampshire's advance directive statute (RSA 137-J). In fact, I have just signed into law SB 170, which sought input from numerous stakeholders, ranging from the medical community, patients, advocates for the elderly and people who experience disabilities, the religious community, and many others, in order to clarify New Hampshire's advance directive statute.

"Therefore, I see no need for the study committee outlined by HB 403 and have vetoed the legislation."