NH lawmakers overturn governor's veto of parole reform bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The New Hampshire Legislature has overturned Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's veto on a parole board reform bill.

Senators overrode Sununu's veto in a 23-1 vote on the bill, which will allow the state parole board to reduce the sentences for parole violators if they enter into substance abuse treatment. The Concord Monitor reports Sununu vetoed the bill - which will now become law - following opposition from the parole officers' union.

Parole officers argued new powers for the parole board could lead to irresponsible releases. The bill does not apply to persons convicted of violent crimes, and advocates say the bill would help parole violators get proper treatment.

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