ELECTION LAW

House Votes to Unconstitutionally Meddle In Pending Litigation

The House of Representatives voted 182-159 to accept the committee of conference report on SB 527, legislation which now seeks to block the release of voter database information in pending litigation against SB 3.

House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said, “what happened with this bill represents partisan power politics at its core. According to the Attorney General’s office, the sole purpose of what the House did today is to influence litigation pending in Superior Court.”

The committee of conference report changed the effective date of an amendment passed by the House on May 3, making the amendment effective upon passage. Since the May 3 House vote, it has been reported that the amendment was requested by lawmakers in an attempt to block the discovery request granted to SB 3 litigants in Superior Court.

“What the House did today violates Constitutional provisions against passing retrospective laws, interfering in other branches of government, and acting as an advocate for a litigant in an ongoing lawsuit. Republican leadership even opposed standing by their actions, urging members to vote against publishing the debate in the House’s permanent journal, according to Shurtleff.”