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