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March 2023 RCRC monthly meeting
March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
You’ve probably heard the expression before, that New Hampshire isn’t a “home rule” state.
Okay, so what’s that mean? What does it mean to our communities? And how is it being used, for instance, to create workforce housing without a town’s approval? How does this impact the sovereignty of New Hampshire towns?
Come learn all about this at our upcoming meeting, next Wednesday, March 1st from our guest speaker: Rep. JD Bernardy, Rockingham District 36. He will discuss the interplay of our state consitution, legislature and the impact of current and pending legislation on communities, with special focus on zoning, housing and the 2023 session bills.
Our meeting details:
- When: Wednesday, March 1st
- Time: Meeting starts at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
- Where: Saddle Up Saloon, Route 125, Kingston (please park out back)
- Who: You, and registered Republicans
The New Hampshire Constitution grants no direct power to towns or cities. The only constitutional power that is granted is Part I, Art. 39, which prohibits the legislature from changing the form of government of a town or city without the approval of the voters. Other than that single instance, the New Hampshire Constitution grants power to the legislature, which in turn may grant power to municipalities if it wishes to through statutes. The legislature may also take those powers back again by changing or repealing the laws.