New Hampshire Legislative Hearings Are Largely a Waste of Time

(UPDATED on January 8, 2017.)

Both the New Hampshire Legislature and the United States Congress hold “public hearings” on bills.

The custom and practice in New Hampshire, however, is to allow anyone who wishes to testify to testify.  This encourages the opposing sides of a bill to pack the hearing with favorable witnesses in an attempt to show a groundswell of public support of or public opposition to the bill, which generates redundant testimony.  Additionally, because there is no separation of the wheat from the chaff the committees must endure low quality, and in many instances downright unhelpful, testimony. Continue reading