New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2022

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

NH AG Statement on the Signing of HB 1677 into Law

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella today released the following statement after Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1677 into law:

"The signing of HB 1677 into law today represents a significant moment in New Hampshire history, as it creates an important and unprecedented avenue for relief to help abuse survivors," said Attorney General John Formella. "Hundreds of former residents of our State's former Youth Development Center have come forward with claims of abuse, and the traditional litigation process can be an incredibly challenging, even re-traumatizing process. This new law creates a claims resolution process that provides a trauma informed and victim centered alternative to traditional litigation. No victim is required to use this process, but it is my hope that this bill will provide an avenue for much needed healing and compensation for many of these victims."

"I extend my sincere thanks to Governor Sununu for signing this bill into law and to every legislator who helped get this bill passed. The Department of Justice will get to work immediately to implement every provision of this bill."

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