Senate fails to override veto of substance use disorder rate hike bill
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The New Hampshire Senate failed to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto on a bill to temporarily increase Medicaid rates Thursday, after Republican lawmakers said the rates should be raised in the budget instead.
In a 14-10, party-line vote, Democrats came two votes short of the two-thirds required threshold for a veto override on Senate Bill 5. The result halts an attempted $3 million appropriation for higher rates, in addition to $450,000 for emergency shelters in Manchester. And it represents a departure from a 23-0 vote by the Senate in favor of the spending in February, a point harped on by some Democrats.
“Today, Republicans chose to protect their governor instead of the people of New Hampshire,” said Sen. Cindy Rosenwald, the Nashua Democrat that sponsored the bill. “While SB 5 originally passed the Senate unanimously, I am disappointed that today my Senate Republican colleagues put politics before people with their failure to override the governor’s veto.”