NH House Leaders Respond to Lawsuit by Manchester on House Redistricting Plan

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements in response to news that the City of Manchester filed litigation challenging the state law relative to House redistricting.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Unfortunately, the Mayor of Manchester has decided to waste taxpayers’ resources by tying up the courts in a unrealistic quest to reverse the vote of over two-thirds of the citizens of New Hampshire adopting a redistricting amendment in 2006 that instructed the legislature to dedicate as many districts as possible to wards and towns and that gave no such direction when it came to cities.  In strict adherence to that direction, the House redistricting plan doubles the number of House districts, giving the people much more local representation.  We look forward to judicial validation of the constitutionality of the House redistricting law that was passed by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“While I appreciate that the Mayor of Manchester did not like the outcome of House redistricting, the reality remains, that his issues are political and not legal.  His lawsuit appears to be more a political statement and not a basis for legal action.  The House welcomes the chance to defend ourselves, but we are strongly disappointed by the fact that the courts will be distracted by this instead of moving forward on providing access to those who might truly need it.”