Speaker Comments on Passage of HB 1666

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien offered the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1666, which would require legislative approval of any collective bargaining contract entered into by the state. HB 1666 passed 232 to 119.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Oversight by elected officials in the collective bargaining process for the public sector means that taxpayers will finally be at the negotiating table and not just agency heads, which promotes accountability within state government. This gives the legislature a role in determining the fairness of contracts that the State negotiates and as stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money we must support policies that bring government accountability and integrity.”