The Role of the County Delegation
Under NH law, the members of the NH House of Representatives serve as the legislative body of state government as well as the legislative body of their respective county governments. The law refers to each counties' legislative group as the "county convention," though it is commonly referred to as the "county delegation."
Individuals who run for a seat with NH House sign an affidavit that includes a statement achnowledging that their responsibilities include service as a delegate to the county convention.
The county delegation is responsible for appropriating the necessary funds that support the functions of county government. This role, while not always as visible as the state legislature, is also responsible for public spending.
County delegations convene for the purpose of organizing and electing a delegation chair, vice-chair, and clerk shortly after the members are sworn in as members of the House. The delegation also meets annually to vote on county budgets as prepared and recommended by the county commissioners. Additional delegation meetings can be called to act on specific revenue or expenditure issues and many delegations also organize long-term planning, facilities and other subcommittees that address specific county functions.
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