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Apr 20, 2016 4:41 PM

NH lawmaker told he couldn't bring breathing device to his seat but given a new one

UNITY — A state legislator was told that he couldn't bring a portable breathing device to his assigned seat in the chamber, but he has been given a new seat, according to Valley News.

Rep. Ernie Bridge, 80, told the paper that he intends to drive to Concord to cast his vote to House Clerk Paul Smith, instead of using an electronic button.

Smith is willing to accommodate things for Bridge, like he has done in the past for other House members with medical needs.

"We frequently have members that for some reason or another basically are unable to get to their seat at the beginning of the session," Smith said to the paper.

Bridge is a Republican and represents Unity and Newport. He planned to attend the House session today.

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