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New Hampshire Lawmakers Will Meet Remotely This Week

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State lawmakers will be back in action for the first time in close to a month this week.

A key committee will meet electronically on Friday to accept the first of what is expected to be more than $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus aid.

Leaders of the joint fiscal committee plan to take whatever action they can to aid the flow of federal aid to New Hampshire. 

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Top lawmakers have also indicated they want to hear from state agency heads about how COVID-19 is affecting state government.

Gov. Chris Sununu has asked commissioners to plan for budget cuts. It is an open question whether federal aid can be used to offset state revenue lost due to the coronavirus.

The meeting will take place via video conferencing. It follows a meeting by telephone of the Executive Council. How it goes could shape lawmakers' future efforts to meet remotely.

The New Hampshire State House remains closed to lawmakers and legislative staffers through at least May 4th.

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