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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 52, legislation that targets the city of Nashua and undermines local control. Following the vote Representative Michael O’Brien (D-Nashua) released the following statement:

“Senate Bill 52 was born out of a few disgruntled individuals upset that they lost a court case not reflective of the popular opinion of the Nashua community. Instead of cutting their losses, this group seeks to completely restructure local government and impose the State House in decisions that should be up to the local community. If we have learned anything during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that when critical needs arise, the community should be able to expend the resources to address them. This bill would even prevent grant monies from being spent if they exceeded the imposed “cap,” essentially throwing money away that could help our community thrive. It is disappointing that the majority of House Republicans stood firmly against what could have been a bipartisan effort to stop an attack on local control.”

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