House committee postpones voucher bill vote

Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Lawmakers on Wednesday postponed a key vote on a sweeping, controversial school choice bill until next week.

After caucusing for an hour, House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Rick Ladd told a packed room that the committee wouldn’t act on Senate Bill 193 that day. Over the objection of Democrats who said they were ready to vote, Ladd, a Republican, set the vote for 10 a.m. Nov. 14.

The bill has been the subject of intense lobbying from both sides of the aisle. On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu came out in support of an amended, slightly more restricted version of the legislation. The updated language of the bill wasn’t available for lawmakers to review until the morning of the vote.

The committee must act on the bill before Nov. 16 in order for lawmakers to be able to take up the legislation in January.