NH Lawmakers To Work Late Wednesday… Because Of Poetry Contest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire House lawmakers — not known for short speeches — plan to wax long into the night to free their chamber for a statewide poetry competition.

The House had planned on meeting three days this week to vote on more than 250 bills. When they scheduled the three sessions, House Speaker William O’Brien had already promised the 2011 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program could hold its statewide championship in Representatives Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. O’Brien hopes to finish the work on bills Wednesday night.

Twelve high school poetry champions will recite poems and compete for the opportunity to represent the state at the national competition.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is sponsoring the competition which is free and open to the public.

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