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Sununu vetoes bill on zero emissions for state vehicles

June 26, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have required all the motor vehicles purchased or leased by the state to achieve zero emissions by 2039.

In a veto message Tuesday, Sununu says the state is already making great strides toward that goal but should not set arbitrary deadlines that will unnecessarily drive up taxpayer costs. He says the bill would have had a $28 million impact in higher vehicle costs.

Democrats responded that Sununu has no interest in bringing the state closer to a clean energy future.

The bill passed the Senate with a veto proof majority, but support fell short of that threshold in the House.