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AG: NH not bound to federal mandates in COVID vaccine grants

New Hampshire’s attorney general says the state isn’t bound to any “broad and sweeping federal...
New Hampshire’s attorney general says the state isn’t bound to any “broad and sweeping federal mandates” in considering acceptance of $27 million in federal aid to boost its COVID-19 vaccination efforts.(Pixabay)
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 12:41 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s attorney general says the state isn’t bound to any “broad and sweeping federal mandates” in considering acceptance of $27 million in federal aid to boost its COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Attorney General John Formella, at Gov. Chris Sununu’s request, provided a written opinion on Friday regarding the impact of certain language contained within the terms and conditions of two COVID-19 grants. They would need the approval of the Executive Council and a legislative fiscal committee. Both groups delayed approval, saying the language seems to claim the state must comply with “future directives” regarding the control of the spread of COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.

Formella said that’s not the case. 

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