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MANCHESTER, NH - Today, Superior Court Judge David Anderson partially granted a motion for reconsideration of standing in Mary Jane Wallner et al. v Christopher Sununu. In the ruling, Judge Anderson grants standing to Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Chair Mary Jane Waller, Vice Chair Lou D’Allesandro, and Senate President Donna Soucy, all of whom sit on the Joint Fiscal Committee. Standing was not granted to House Speaker Steve Shurtleff, who does not sit on the committee.
After the announcement, Representative Mary Jane Wallner, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker Stephen Shurtleff released the following statement:
“Today’s ruling affirms that the members of the Joint Fiscal Committee have legal standing to challenge the Governor's unprecedented action of spending of federal funds without legislative oversight and transparency that the citizens of New Hampshire expect, and that our Constitution demands.
Over $600 million dollars of federal funds through the CARES Act has already been allocated with no oversight from anyone outside of the Governor’s office. This is a significant concern for taxpayers who lack clarity regarding how money is being spent and prioritized.
We look forward to our continued work with the court as we fulfill our constitutional duty to guarantee Granite Staters have consistent access to a transparent process of how their hard-earned money is spent."