New Hampshire lawmakers renew efforts to amend the state's education law

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January 10, 2011

CONCORD, New Hampshire: New Hampshire lawmakers are giving a proposed education amendment a third shot. If approved by lawmakers this legislative session, the New Hampshire Education Amendment may appear on the November 2012 ballot for a public vote. The amendment would allow the legislature to target education aid to certain communities. For example, lawmakers currently propose funds be targeted to the state's poorest communities.[1]

In 2007 and 2008 the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected similar constitutional amendments. Some of the main issues that derailed the proposed amendments included: how much oversight the courts should have, whether every district would be entitled to some money and whether the Legislature could use an amendment to shortchange education funding.[1]

In order for the state legislature to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot, both chambers of the state legislature must approve doing so by a vote in each house of at least 60%. Once any such constitutional amendment is on the ballot, the state's voters must approve it by a 2/3 vote for it to pass.

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