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Lawmakers trying to override more than 20 Sununu vetoes

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday began trying to override more than 20 bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, with the initial efforts coming up short, such as one that would have allowed guns to be taken from people who present a danger to themselves or others.

The House did not have the two-thirds majority to override that veto, as well as several others, early during the session.

The so-called “red flag” bill would have allowed relatives or police to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms. Supporters argued it was needed in a state where the suicide rate is rising faster than elsewhere, and would be used only in cases of extreme risk. Opponents argued it violated not only the right to own firearms, but also other constitutional guarantees, such as the right to due legal process.

Among other measures that failed a veto override early in the Wednesday House session was a bill that would have required insurance plans that cover maternity benefits to also provide coverage for abortions; another that would have added an adult dental benefit to the state's Medicaid health insurance; and one that would set a state minimum wage.

The Senate also was taking up several vetoed bills.

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