Official: House set to attempt override of death penalty repeal veto
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House Speaker Steve Shurtleff has a “tentative” plan to attempt an override of Gov. Chris Sununu’s death penalty repeal veto next week, according to House leadership officials, a pivotal move that could lead the repeal bill to pass into law by the end of the month.
Shurtleff intends to call a vote to override Sununu’s veto on the bill during a voting session next Thursday – May 23 – officials in the Speaker’s office said. That vote, if successful, would send the repeal bill to the state Senate.
The plans raise the stakes for House Bill 455, which would remove the punishment of death for capital murder convictions and replace it with “imprisonment for life without the possibility for parole.” That bill, a facsimile of an attempted death penalty repeal bill, was vetoed by Sununu earlier this month, after already passing the House and Senate with large majorities.