New Hampshire House overturns Sununu veto of death penalty repeal

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The New Hampshire House has overridden Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty.

The 247-123 vote Thursday in the House sends the issue back to the Senate, which voted 17-6 in favor of repeal last month. If that Senate tally holds, it would exceed the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto.

New Hampshire’s death penalty applies in only seven scenarios, the state hasn’t executed anyone since 1939 and there is only one inmate on death row. The repeal bill would not apply retroactively to Michael Addison, who killed Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, but capital punishment supporters argue courts might interpret it differently.

Sununu vetoed the bill last month at a community center named in honor of Briggs.

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