Save Our Granite Stages Act Introduced to Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) introduced Section IV of SB 132, also known as the Save Our Granite Stages Act.
After the hearing, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) and Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statements:
“Our live performance venues were among the first businesses to close due to COVID-19 and will be among the last to fully reopen,” stated Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton). “Closure of a venue means so much more than the loss of a show or a gallery opening. It means the loss of jobs, contracts, and an economic driver that has revitalized downtowns across the Granite State. I am proud to bring forward the Save Our Granite Stages Act to support our creative economy.”
Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) added, “COVID-19 has challenged our live performance venues in unprecedented ways resulting in temporary and permanent closures, mass layoffs, and enormous financial burden. Our venues are resilient and continue to fight for survival, but they should not have to fight alone. SB 132 provides targeted assistance, long-term planning support, and recognizes the importance of independent live venues to New Hampshire's economy. As a proud resident of Portsmouth, home to over a dozen live performance venues, I am honored to stand alongside our artists and support the Save Our Granite Stages Act.”