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Appeals court considers remote access to New Hampshire House

A New Hampshire House session at the University of New Hampshire.
A New Hampshire House session at the University of New Hampshire.(Charles Krupa | AP)
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 8:57 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 2:52 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A federal appeals court is considering whether to order the New Hampshire House to provide remote access to medically vulnerable lawmakers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seven Democratic lawmakers sued Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard in February and have since appealed a ruling in his favor to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

During a hearing Monday, judges questioned whether the House has undermined the Americans With Disabilities Act by insisting on in-person sessions during the coronavirus pandemic, while also suggesting that vaccinations have made the issue moot.  

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