CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that deals with investigations and audits of state financial activities, saying it violates the fundamental separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.
The bill deals with the Office of the Legislative Budget Assistant, which investigates and researches financial activities of state government agencies. It’s made up of the Audit Division and Budget Division.
Hassan said Monday sometimes, the audit division asks for access to documents that executive branch agencies consider confidential or privileged under the state’s right-to-know laws.
Such disputes normally are handled by the attorney general’s office. The bill would shift them to the Legislative Fiscal Committee, which could make them public. Hassan said that could undermine the state’s ability to attract competitive bids for goods and services.