Churches, Businesses, and the County Budget


I have received some messaging via Facebook. Please do not do that. First, they are too difficult to track for complying with RSA 91-A. Second, if we haven’t corresponded before, your message may be filtered and I may never see it. Email is the best way. If I receive multiple questions on the same topic, I can send the answer to everyone at once.

  • Steve – or 603-826-5940


I received some inquiries about why the “government closed churches”. I’m not sure how this rumor got started, but it is not true. The government did not close churches. They are, however, under the large gathering restriction. They can hold services with 10 people in attendance and stream the service. If a church has 100 members, the church can hold 10 services, 10 people at a time, etc. There are restrictions and inconveniences, but there are options. Personally, I think that a formula for attendee density should be arrived at. Ten people in St. Patrick’s Cathedral is different than 10 people at the Congregational Church. We’ll get there. ~ Steve



Plans to reopen NH are being conducted not by the Governor’s staff, but through meetings with stakeholders of the various industries. There is a lot of public sentiment either way on how to proceed, but the truth is that plans are being made in conjunction with the business owners. They have a wide range of sentiments ranging from “let us open now” to “we’re not ready yet and need safe harbor rules in place”. If you are in business and want to participate, let me know or begin dialing in to the GOFERR meetings. There also other commissions that I can connect you with. ~ Steve

County Budget

Budget review is happening now. To hear for yourself, you can join in a variety of ways

Sullivan County, NH Board of Commissioners Business Meeting and EFC session.

Monday, May 18, 2020, 12:00 PM

Open to public through Zoom

  • Phone 1-312-626-6799
  • Webinar ID 914 0997 6740
  • Passcode 731655

GOFERR Meeting of the Legislative Advisory Board

Monday, May 18, 1:00 PM

  • Call-in: 800-356-8278
  • PIN: 389388

Anyone having difficulties connecting to the conference should call: 603-271-7840

Pursuant to RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public.

GOFERR Stakeholder Advisory Board

Tuesday, MAY 19. 1:00 PM

Meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Board

  • Call-in: 800-356-8278
  • PIN: 194655

Pursuant to RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public.

WMUR: Employment official Richard Lavers answers questions

Deputy New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner Richard Lavers answered questions from viewers during News 9 at 5:30.

Union Leader: Closely watched model now predicts more NH deaths 

“An independent health research center has sharply increased its predictions for deaths in New Hampshire, as the Granite State experiences its worst run of COVID-19 deaths.

Granite State deaths could run about 10 a day the rest of May and could go as high as 16, according to May 12 projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. That is up significantly from last Friday, when the center projected an upper range of seven daily deaths.”

Link: Closely watched model now predicts more NH deaths

Click to access covid-19-update-05162020.pdf


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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