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Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Veto Message Regarding HB 505

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan released the following message after vetoing HB 505 today:

"By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 16, 2013, I vetoed House Bill 505, relative to the economic development advisory council.

"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.

"When the state's Economic Development Advisory Council was established in 2008, we sought to ensure that diverse voices, representing people and businesses across New Hampshire, were informing the work of the Division of Economic Development at the Department of Resources and Economic Development. We must work together, and have all voices at the table, to move our state's economy forward.

"It is clear that those who worked on and supported HB 505 were well-intentioned in seeking to improve the work of the economic development advisory council, and changes may be necessary to streamline the work of 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.

"I believe we can improve the advisory council's work to strengthen New Hampshire's economic development efforts in a way that maintains input from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible, and I am willing to work with the Legislature to do so. However HB 505 as written does not do enough to include the voices of all those who have a role in economic development, and I therefore have vetoed the legislation.