RELEASE: Senator Woodburn Renews Call for Legislature to Ratify Town Meeting Results

Following Defeat of Speaker Jasper’s Proposal in Committee, Sen. Woodburn Urges House to Take Up and Pass SB 248 As Soon As Possible

CONCORD – Following yesterday’s bipartisan defeat of Speaker Jasper’s proposal to allow towns to hold special meetings to ratify election results from town elections and meetings postponed by the March 14, 2017 weather emergency, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) urged the NH House to take up his original legislation to ratify these postponed elections:

“The confusion surrounding the results of these postponed elections stems from ambiguities in state law and lack of leadership on the state level and it is the state’s responsibility to clean up the mess it has created.  We cannot sit back and refuse to act while our towns and local officials who acted in good faith and in the best interests of their towns’ citizens continue to be caught in a state of legal limbo.”

“Given the defeat of Speaker Jasper’s proposal yesterday in the House Election Law Committee, there’s only one path forward to ensuring our local governments can get back to the business of serving the people of their towns. I call on my House colleagues to immediately take up SB 248 and pass it in its original form and I hope that my Republican colleagues in the Senate and Governor Sununu will join me in this effort.”

“Right not we have the option of doing nothing and letting our towns deal with the legal fallout or we can show some common sense and real leadership by coming together and acting. Let’s do the right thing and ratify these postponed elections as soon as possible.”