N.H. Lawmakers Called into Special Session To Address Drug Funding

Jun 2, 2016

New Hampshire lawmakers wrapped up what was supposed to be their final session day of the year Wednesday.

But after meeting on Thursday, Republican leaders in the House and Senate decided to call members back to Concord in two weeks to vote again on a measure that unexpectedly failed earlier this week.

The bill would add $1.5 million to help law enforcement officials combat the state’s drug problem. The program known as “Operation Granite Hammer” seeks to target low level drug-dealers as a way to pursue larger scale dealers.

Earlier Thursday Gov. Maggie Hassan called on the legislature to act, saying the bill's failure was “unacceptable.”

Senate President Chuck Morse agreed the program is vital and put the blame on House Democrats for not getting this measure through. The bill failed to pass the House by a single vote.

The full legislature will return to reconsider it on June 16.