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HB 1666 Was Put to Rest in the House

The process for negotiating contracts for New Hampshire state employees will remain as is. On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House failed to override a vetoed bill, HB 1666, that would require the legislative fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.

Under the current system, the executive branch has negotiated contracts between public employers and employees, while the Legislature decides through the budget process how much money is to be spent on personnel, wages and benefits.

Gov. John Lynch said the bill dramatically changes that, and would turn the fiscal committee into its own state negotiating team that would have to approve each item involving three unions. That includes eight contracts and 27 subcontracts, many of which contain hundreds of provisions.

Thank you to all who have spent so much time and energy throughout this legislative session! Without your efforts, the outcomes would not have been as favorable for the working middle class families in New Hampshire. Congratulations to all for a battle well fought!

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