N.H. House Republicans condemn cost of legislation
CONCORD – New Hampshire House Republicans sent a statement condemning the House for the cost of the legislature meeting remotely. House Speaker Stephen Shurtleff released the following statement:
“It has always been our priority to continue the people’s work, while also protecting the health and safety of our members.
That’s why the House made an investment in its future with the purchase of the remote voting devices. These devices will be used to finish out this session and then can be used again should the House need to hold another remote legislative session for any reason or future emergency. In addition, they can be configured to be used in committees, potentially allowing the House to update committee votes in real time. This system also ties directly into our present voting system so Granite Staters who wish to know how their representatives are voting can still see that information in real time preserving the transparency of our proceedings. Lastly, the cost of these devices should be covered as a COVID-19 related expense under the CARES Act and no state money should be required.
House Republican leadership has been kept apprised of this process from the beginning, and I am frankly disappointed to see them try to politicize the House’s attempt to finish the peoples work.”