NH House Leaders Respond to Court Decision to Dismiss Democrats Frivolous Gallery Lawsuit

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today responded to the news that the Merrimack Superior Court affirmed the Speaker’s motion to dismiss the case brought by former Democrat Senators Maggie Hassan and Bette Lasky, as well as the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  The lawsuit stemmed from the closure of the House Gallery after union workers disrupted the House session in March.  In his ruling, Judge Robert McNamara described the lawsuit as “moot” and “an exercise in futility.”

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s a shame that state taxpayer funds were wasted in what the Court described as ‘an exercise in futility.’  Former Senators Hassan and Lasky, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party, brought a frivolous lawsuit that clearly had so little merit that it could not survive its first day in court.  We are appreciative that the Court chose to uphold the constitutional right of the legislature to set our own rules, but disappointed that the grandstanding by Senator Hassan has led to the use of courtroom time that could have been better spent keeping our streets safe.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“After four years of frivolously wasting taxpayer money while  helping to raise more than 100 taxes and fees as the Senate Democratic Leader, Maggie Hassan continues to squander state resources by bringing forth trivial lawsuits to clog up our court system.  Clearly, she still  hasn’t figured out why she is a "former" Senator.  Given the fact that the Democrat Party spokesman this week said that plaintiffs should pay the court for bringing frivolous litigation, we certainly hope that the NHDP and Senator Hassan will immediately send a check to the state treasury to cover the expenses for their escapades.”


Attached: Merrimack Superior Court Decision to Dismiss NHDP lawsuit