Mar 20, 2016 11:08 AM

House to take up bill to keep Statehouse open on Saturdays

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A bill up for debate this week in the New Hampshire House would lay the groundwork for the Statehouse to remain open on Saturdays during the summer.

The proposal would allow the state to enter an agreement with an outside entity that would pay for Statehouse weekend operations, including security and staffing for potential tours. The Concord Chamber of Commerce has expressed interest in fundraising to keep the Statehouse open on weekends.

The bill would allow the facility to stay open only on Saturdays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Advocates of the effort say it would promote tourism around the state capitol and give state residents more opportunities to take in the building's history.

The bill will go to the Senate if passed by the House on Wednesday.

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