New Hampshire becomes latest state to ban the death penalty after lawmakers override governor’s veto
National Conference of State Legislatures, ABC news(CONCORD, N.H.) — New Hampshire has become the latest state to abolish the death penalty.
The move was not without controversy, however. The law passed after lawmakers in the state legislature overrode the governor’s veto.
No one has been executed in New Hampshire since 1939.
The bill, HB-455, was introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in January.
Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, vetoed the bill on May 3 after it passed both houses in the legislature.
Sununu tweeted Thursday that he is “incredibly disappointed” by the veto, allowing the bill to become law.
“I have consistently stood with law enforcement, families of crime victims, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty because it is the right thing to do. I am incredibly disappointed that the Senate chose to override my veto,” Sununu tweeted.
Some of the more recent actions against the death penalty in other states have come at the behest of the respective governors.
In March, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order halting all executions in the state. That move did not outlaw the death penalty but deemed that no one would be executed in the state during Newsom’s administration.
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