House lawmakers demand removal of 189 Reps

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State House Reps. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry), John Hikel (R-Goffstown) and Lenette Peterson (R-Merrimack) have sponsored an Emergency Petition for Redress that demands 189 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives be immediately removed from office.

The petition seeks to have the lawmakers removed from office for their vote in favor of House Bill 135, which would repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law.

The petitioners claim the Representatives “breached the Public Trust” and violated their oaths of office by voting for the bill, which they maintain would violate provisions of the New Hampshire and U.S. Constitutions.

The petitioners also demand the “immediate nullification” of every vote cast by the 189 lawmakers during their current term of office and request the scheduling of a special election to replace them with “people qualified to be those seats.”

They demand redress “in accord with Article 31 of the New Hampshire Constitution,” which states, “The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require.”

Reps. Baldasaro, Hikel and Peterson sponsored the petition on behalf of Peter Hahn, Jr., former Rep. Kevin Avard, Larissa Saanakorp and Daniel Stuart. It was filed with New Hampshire General Court Clerk Karen Wadsworth on April 9th.