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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the House Special Committee on Redistricting met in-person for a work session. Deputy House Democratic Leader and Ranking Redistricting Democrat Representative David E. Cote released the following statement:


“I thank the Democratic members of the Special Committee on Re


districting for their strong advocacy in support of maximum transparency and public input at today’s meeting. Due to the Speaker’s decision to forbid any committee members from participating remotely, I was unable to attend today.


Heretofore, I have remained at home and participated in legislative activity remotely due to my underlying health condition during the pandemic. Over the last month, COVID-19 cases have spiked in New Hampshire.


All ten Granite State counties are now areas of “high” community transmission, meeting the CDC recommendation for universal masking in public indoor areas. Despite the CDC’s recommendation, Republican leaders have eliminated the mask policy in the State House complex. The Speaker’s decision to d


isallow any remote participation has forced the immunocompromised and people with underlying health conditions including myself to choose between risking our lives and representing our constituents.


Contrary to the Speaker’s claims, rules specific to the state of emergency are not required to allow remote participation by members. As long as a quorum of members is present in-person, permitting individuals to participate remotely does not violate House Rules. We have the technology to work safely and used it successfully for six months. The Speaker’s unnecessary intransigence could have the most serious consequences to public health.”

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Background: See the attached 8/18/21 letter from Democratic Leader Renny Cushing to Speaker Packard urging a mask mandate in LOB committee rooms and requesting he permit individual members to participate in committee work remotely.

Letter to Speaker on remote committee work
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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Without public acknowledgement last Friday, July 23rd Governor Sununu signed HB 236, legislation that creates a 6 year statute of limitations on civil actions relative to damage caused by PFAS chemicals in NH. Prime sponsor of the legislation Rep. Suzanne Vail (D-Nashua) released the following statement:

"As this bill becomes law, New Hampshire is taking a monumental step forward for those harmed by PFAS, whether it be from impacted water supply, firefighting foam, firefighting turnout gear, or other sources of exposure. The new statute of limitations applies to personal injury, but also injury to a municipality, while not limiting any action the state may make. It is vital that we protect families and municipalities from bearing the cost of the health effects of industrial pollution. I am thrilled to have championed this legislation for the health and safety of all Granite Staters.”

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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE Today, HB 271, groundbreaking legislation providing funding to Granite Staters for PFAS remediation and directing the Department of Environmental Services to set maximum contaminant limits on PFAS carcinogens, became law. In response to the news, Prime Sponsor of the legislation Rep. Rosemarie Rung (D-Merrimack) released the following statement:

“Today, Granite Staters, private well owners and municipalities alike, were finally given the tools to remediate toxic PFAS chemicals that pose significant risk to their life and health. This legislation is monumental in allowing the Department of Environmental Services to develop limits on these carcinogens as well as grant critical funding to hundreds of Granite State families who are impacted daily by dangerous water conditions. Everyone deserves the ability to drink their water without fear of health consequences. I am so proud that Democrats sponsored this critical initiative that has the potential to save so many lives in the Granite State.”

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