NH Speaker Appoints Alternates to Special Committee to Review Allegations Against State Liquor Commission

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today appointed Rep. Edwin (Smokey) Smith of Hindsdale and Rep. Robert Fredette of Hillsborough as alternate members to the Special Committee to Review and Reform the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission. The committee is tasked with looking into numerous allegations made against the Commission, including violating the state law against agencies hiring lobbyists, violating the state law against oppressing state officials, ignoring administrative rules against warehousing local manufacturers, engaging in bootlegging activities, hiding documentation from a legislative committee, misallocating $100,000 in wine and utilizing improper methods in constructing a request for proposals for a liquor warehouse contract.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“With the Legislature being out of session and members campaigning in their districts, we need to anticipate some vacancies on the committee. We are thankful that Rep. Smith and Rep. Fredette have agreed to serve as alternates and will take time out of their busy schedules to lend their skills to this committee and this very important matter. The hardworking taxpayers deserve answers about how their money is being spent, and this committee will find out if there is mismanagement, waste or illegal activities taking place in a $600 million a year state organization.”