Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hearing set for bill to help towns schedule special Town Meetings

The House is fast-tracking a bill that will allow communities to schedule special town meetings on short notice so they might take up budget issues that arise after receiving federal money from the economic stimulus package.
The Senate, on Feb. 18, passed Senate Bill 39, which would allow the special town meetings with only seven days notice.
The House Municipal and County Government Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill Tuesday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in Room 301-303 of the Legislative Office Building. The bill is expected to go to the full House on Wednesday, March 11, the day after traditional town meetings are held across the state.
About a third of New Hampshire’s residents live in communities which hold traditional town meetings. Generally, public notices in regard to the town meeting must, by law, be posted weeks and even months in advance.

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