CONCORD, NH – Earlier today Governor Lynch signed into law SB 358 which ensures free access to all New Hampshire state parks for all active members of the armed forces, including active and reserve members of the New Hampshire National Guard. Senator Andy Sanborn sponsored the bill and attended the ceremonial signing today at the Governor’s office.
“The passage of this important legislation allows us to show – albeit in a small way – our appreciation for the members of the armed forces, the sacrifice they all make on a daily basis, and the importance of what they do for our country,” said Sen. Sanborn. “It is the least we could do for them, and I’m proud to see this bill become law.”
Sen. Sanborn started working on the legislation after a constituent, Gunnery Sgt. Richard Thayer, was home on leave from Afghanistan and was not granted the same accommodation as other members of the armed forces while attempting to enter a state park.
Sen. Sanborn is running for a second term from the newly configured 9th District, which includes Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple, and Troy.
Attached picture: Sen. Sanborn stands with Mary Thayer, Richard Thayer's mother, as Governor Lynch describes the importance of the legislation.