New Hampshire Democrats Statement on Supreme Court Declaring HB89 Unconstitutional

NH Supreme Court: O'Brien and Bettencourt need a civics lesson! 


Concord, NH - Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that HB 89 violates the Separation of Powers Clause and is unconstitutional.  HB89 was passed by House Republicans in an effort to prevent vital cost saving reforms of the Affordable Care Act from being implemented for the people of New Hampshire. 


"Today's decision was the New Hampshire Supreme Court standing courageously and firmly for the constitutional principal of the separation of powers against the unconstitutional legislative activism practiced by Speaker O'Brien and Majority Leader Bettencourt. The Speaker and Majority Leader may not like our form of government or our state Constitution, but it is a form of government that has served New Hampshire well for over 200 years, and it is a Constitution which they are sworn to uphold," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. 


"The Supreme Court has protected the people of New Hampshire from an unconstitutional effort by the legislature to violate the separation of powers doctrine.  It is a well-reasoned decision based on New Hampshire precedent, history of the New Hampshire Constitution and constitutional conventions, and the plain language of the New Hampshire Constitution," continued Kirstein.  "Instead of keeping their promise to the voters and working on job creation, O'Brien and Bettencourt are focused like a laser beam on their reckless and irresponsible Tea Party agenda."