Gov Hassan signs NH Sen Boutin sewer partnership bill into law

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

SB 223 encourages public-private partnerships to create jobs and protect taxpayers

Concord, NH – Flanked by Hooksett residents and state and local business development officials, Governor Maggie Hassan today signed SB 223 into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator David Boutin (R-Hooksett), allows cities and towns to enter into partnerships with private contractors to design and construct new sewer lines, or extend existing sewer systems at no cost to local taxpayers.

“I want to thank the Governor and my colleagues from both parties for helping get this important bill into law,” Boutin said. “This common sense approach harnesses the power of the free market to improve the essential infrastructure that towns like Hooksett need to grow.”

Hooksett had hoped to enter into just such an agreement, but was told by state officials that it lacked any authority to do so. Boutin sponsored SB 223 to give towns the flexibility they needed to improve their infrastructure without costing taxpayers. The bill cleared both the House and Senate unanimously before reaching the Governor’s desk.

“This bill is good for Hooksett, and good for New Hampshire,” Boutin added. “And it will serve as a model for fiscally responsible infrastructure improvement.”

Caption- Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett) looks on as Governor Maggie Hassan signs into law his bill to allow public-private partnership for local sewer projects.

SB 223 Final