Preliminary Hearing Set on April 17 for Emergency Motion to Ensure Swift Delivery of Federal Coronavirus Funds & Protect Constitutional Balance of Powers

April 15, 2020

Contact Name: Sara Persechino, Michael O’Brien 

Phone: (603) 271-3479, (603) 271-0515            



CONCORD—Today, Speaker of the House Stephen Shurtleff and Senate President Donna Soucy announced a preliminary hearing has been set for Friday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. for their motion to ensure swift delivery of the federal COVID-19 relief funds. The court filing seeks to ensure that the law is followed so the Joint Fiscal Committee can fulfill its constitutional role in the disbursement of the CARES Act funding, and any other funding that New Hampshire receives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as quickly as possible.  

After the announcement, House Speaker Stephen Shurtleff and Senate President Donna Soucy released the following statement:  

“We are pleased the Court is moving expeditiously to ensure there is a quick resolution, before the federal government is expected to deliver an additional $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding at the end of April. In the interim, we are grateful that direct support to Granite Staters, like increased unemployment benefits and individual stimulus checks, are already being disbursed.” 



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