Concord, NH - During today's session, Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien and his Deputy Pam Tucker introduced a bill to create a committee to review the Local Government Center with "the same investigative powers as the general court." [Bill Text] But just twelve months ago, both O'Brien and Tucker voted against giving state government investigative powers in this matter. [Roll Call][Bill Text]
"Speaker O'Brien must have been taking a page out of the Mitt Romney campaign playbook," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "He is now co-sponsoring legislation that previously he voted against. Despite this flip-flop, Speaker O'Brien has been incredibly consistent with one message to the people of New Hampshire, that he cannot be trusted."
"The situation with the Local Government Center is a serious issue, and involves millions of dollars of taxpayer money," continued Kirstein. "But the reasoning behind this legislation is at best unclear and appears to a publicity stunt more than anything. It sets an unrealistic deadline for the new committee it creates to issue a report. If O'Brien and Tucker want a do-over, they should be apologizing to voters not introducing redundant bills 12 months late."