Leadership New Hampshire (LNH) in Concord is urging support for legislation that would support a study to find ways to expand public testimony. The bill could allow those who cannot travel to Concord to testify at the statehouse through videoconferencing as well as other means.
In an email to alumni of the civic engagement program, Steve Reno, LNH executive director, wrote, "I take this unusual opportunity to urge all LNH alums to consider offering testimony in support of this bill. We at LNH are committed to building a community of informed and engaged leaders. This could be a vehicle for making that engagement easier."
Jake Berry, LNH program alumnus and vice president of policy at New Futures in Concord, said HB-1303 would ensure more NH residents are able to testify before the Legislature on bills that have a drastic impact on their health and wellness.
“We know that we need remote testimony because there are plenty of barriers to getting to Concord in the middle of the day–like distance, transportation, working, childcare, illness, or many more,” Berry wrote.
The Public Hearing on HB-1303 was on Thursday, February 13th.