November 23, 2020 | by Christopher Maidment | NHJournal | insidesources.com |
Angry Over Mask Mandate, NHGOP House Members Request Sununu Impeachment Investigation
“Seven Republican lawmakers say they have had enough of Governor Sununu’s use of emergency powers. They filed a legislative service request for a resolution authorizing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether cause exists for his impeachment.
“The mask mandate was the last straw,” Rep. Andrew Prout (R-Hudson) told NHJournal. “Governor Sununu has a newly-elected GOP legislature he should be working with, but instead he continues to rule by executive order without any legislative consultation.”
Prout sponsored the impeachment investigation resolution, which he says opens a probe into the governor for causing undue hardships for Granite Staters, infringing on civil liberties, and undermining the state constitution.
If passed, the resolution directs the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether grounds exist and report any resolutions or articles of impeachment to the House of Representatives. It grants subpoena and investigative powers to the committee as well.
“There have been several attempts to rein in the governor,” Rep. Kevin Verville (R-Deerfield) says in a press release. “The Democrats tried lawsuits to no avail. This, unfortunately, is the only path remaining.”
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