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All Things Considered

Don't Want To Shovel Your Sidewalks? The N.H. Constitution May Have Your Back

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Plow trucks have been busy in New Hampshire today, cleaning up nearly a foot of snow that fell in the first winter storm of the year. Of course, plow trucks can’t clear everything – to remove snow from sidewalks, for example, cities have to rely on smaller plow vehicles, snowblowers, or snow shovels (along with a fair bit of strength and patience).

One thing that New Hampshire cities apparently can't turn to when it's time to clear sidewalks: residents. That’s because of a State Supreme Court ruling, State v. Jackman, more than a century ago.

Mark Hayward reported on this unusual ruling for the Union Leader. He explains the ruling to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.