by Thomas Webler
Imagine you have saved and saved and are finally ready to buy your first home. You envision a quiet, safe home in beautiful New Hampshire. You find your dream house and, surprisingly, it's affordable! You make the downpayment, order the home inspection. Everything looks good so you complete the sale. Congratulation, you now own your personal piece of NH's latest hazardous waste dump. Why? Because the seller didn't tell you that barrels of toxic chemicals were buried out in the backyard.
HB 1610 aims to help buyers of real estate not be hoodwinked into buying a problem someone else created. It makes property owners responsible for the way they used their property. And it should make the price of property more accurately reflect its true value. Of course, legislation is rarely that simply. What seems like a great idea can often result in unexpected and unwanted outcomes. For this reason, it is important to critically examine legislation before it is adopted.
In Spring semester 2018, Keene State College students in a class on Environmental Governance will look into the proposed house bill 1610. We hope our work serves the people of New Hampshire as they and their elected representatives consider this proposed legislation. Student groups will write papers, tweet about them, write an opinion piece, and interact with members of the public who would like to join in on this conversation. To participate, just hit "reply." Any questions can be directed to Professor Thomas Webler at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NH Science for Citizens
Department of Environmental Studies
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03431
A project of students and faculty at Keene State College in collaboration with local NH state representatives.