Mar 7, 2016 5:39 PM
Landrigan: NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper says move should disqualify rep from serving
CONCORD - There’s yet another controversy about a sitting member of the N.H. House of Representatives.
House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, is getting out front of this one, convincing a House committee to unanimously recommend that First-Term Republican State Rep. Donald Leeman of Rochester should be removed from office.
The reason: He moved out of his district at the end of December.
Jasper says the state constitution is clear; you move out, you can’t continue to serve.
State prosecutors had confirmed last month they were investigating this matter after Leeman voted in his district in the presidential primary even though he temporarily moved to another residence.
Leeman said he had to move out of his residence due to an infestation of bed bugs and expected to return in a few months.
Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said someone can retain their seat if they have had to move out of their home as long as they intend to soon return.
If the House agrees with the committee then Leeman will be removed from his House seat and it becomes vacant.