NH News
5:42 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

LGC Concerned Over Public Comments

The Local Government Center wants to limit public comments as the state makes its case that LGC violated the law. LGC lawyers are frustrated over comments state regulators have made to the press.

In a closed door meeting, two sources say LGC attorney Bill Saturley asked presiding officer Donald Mitchell to restrict lawyers from speaking to reporters.

The Securities Bureau is alleging that LGC- which provides insurance to cities and towns- violated multiple state laws, and owes cities and towns upwards of $100 million dollars.

Sources say that hearings officer Donald Mitchell denied the request to curb public comments.

The appeal comes after a report over the weekend quoting a Securities Bureau attorney who said ‘There’s something obscene about two government-funded agencies involved in litigation, with taxpayers paying both sides.’

The regulator meant that taxpayers dollars are being used to fund both his office and LGC attorneys.

LGC says it did not seek a gag order, but would like to see attorneys avoid using inflammatory language that could prejudice public opinion.