CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Tuesday, July 6th Governor Sununu signed House Bill 282 without any statement, ceremony, or public acknowledgement. Representative Mel Myler (D-Contoocook), ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, released the following statement:
“House Bill 282, signed the day after the 4th of July holiday, is a direct attack on our public education system and the New Hampshire Constitution. By removing the requirement that public tax dollars should go to nonsectarian schools, Governor Sununu has authorized money to be funneled to religious schools for tuition payments. This directly contradicts Article 6 on the NH Constitution that states, “no person shall ever be compelled to pay towards the support of the schools of any sect or denomination”.
It is telling that Governor Sununu has been signing certain bills, including the state budget, behind closed doors without any public statements or ceremonies. He continues to publicly try to appear moderate while making back room deals and signing the most radical policies from the Republican legislature into law.”