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Despite the damp weather, another excellent crowd attended today's Veto Overturn Rally at Pinetree Power-Bethlehem. Several N.H. legislators attended, in addition to more than 100 loggers, foresters, sawmill operators, landowners, and others associated with the industry.
 
Momentum is building -- the message has been consistent at every rally: Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 are misguided, misinformed, will do irreparable damage to the state's economy as well as to dozens of small rural communities in N.H. and hundreds of families and working people. These irresponsible vetoes must be overturned.
 
Two more local rallies -- at MiltonCAT in Londonderry on Aug. 23 and at Monadnock Paper in Bennington on Aug. 30 -- will be held before the big statewide rally to be held Sept. 6 on the State House plaza in Concord.
If you haven't already, please call the NHTOA office to receive your Veto Overturn Tool Kit, which includes a petition to overturn the vetoes. Signed petitions will be delivered to the legislature at the Sept. 6 rally.
 
Also, call your state representative and senator to remind them of the importance of keeping SB 365 and SB 446. Without these bills becoming law the health of N.H. forests, wildlife, recreation, tree farming, local economies, and the state economy are all at considerable risk.

A rally to overturn Gov. Sununu's misinformed and misguided vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 will be held on the State House plaza in Concord, N.H., on Sept. 6, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Speakers and a press conference will follow at 11 a.m., with lunch after.

 

Senate bills 365 and 446, both of which were passed by the N.H. legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are crucial for the survival of hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the N.H. economy, and the health of our state's extensive forests. The bills give critical support to the biomass energy sector.

 

The Governor claims that he vetoed the bills because they would increase energy rates for N.H. residents and businesses. This is nonsense. There is a much greater cost to residents, businesses, and the state if biomass energy and all its associated jobs and economic contribution disappear as a result of the vetoes.

 

Overturning the vetoes requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the legislature (House and Senate) of the representatives and senators present for the vote. The vote will be taken on Sept. 13.

 

On Sept. 6 in downtown Concord, please join the NHTOA and all those who support healthy forests, the $1.4 billion N.H. timber industry, and thousands of landowners who want to sustainably manage their woodlands for forest health.

The office of State Senator Kevin Avard (R-District 12) has produced an excellent video on the necessity and importance of overturning Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446. Watch the video here

 

Sen. Avard's district includes Nashua, which has a large hydropower facility. SB 446 in particular would be a great help for hydro, solar, and biomass power. SB 446 and SB 365 would help guarantee that local energy plants have the means to generate local power for New Hampshire residents. The Sununu vetoes of these bills makes the state's energy complex more dependent than ever on natural gas generated by outside companies beyond New Hampshire's control. In addition, the vetoes threaten hundreds of local jobs and hundred of millions of dollars of local economic contribution to the New Hampshire economy. 

In a letter dated August 6, 2018, and written to state Sen. Jeb Bradley, signed by all three members of the Town of Sandwich's Select Board, the Town strongly endorsed efforts to overturn Gov. Sununu's misguided, misinformed, and irresponsible vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446.
"Many of our citizens either work in the logging industry or benefit from forestry activities on their land. Indeed, our Town annually realizes between $20,000 and $35,000 or more in Timber Yield Tax [,] reflecting an annual generation of between  $200,000 and $350,000 in forestry proceeds generated by our citizens," the letter states. "Forestry is a mainstay of our New Hampshire economy as it is for the Town of Sandwich."
The letter goes on to point out that current low energy prices brought by imported gas cannot last long. "We strongly suggest that we do what we can to keep local, renewable power available for citizens of our Town, our County and our State."
The full letter can be read here.
The New Hampshire legislature will vote on Sept. 13, 2018, whether to overturn the Sununu vetoes. A successful overturn requires a two-thirds majority of both legislative chambers (Senate and House) of those representatives and senators present for the vote.