N.H. lawmaker wants state to consider ban on Russian liquor

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N.H. lawmaker wants state to consider ban on Russian liquor

A New Hampshire lawmaker on Monday proposed a new measure that would prevent Russian vodka from making its way into the state’s liquor stores.

Proposed by Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Whitefield, the new bill dubbed LSR 932 would establish a bipartisan commission for the state to consider ways to respond to the alleged “Russian interference” in the state’s democracy.

Woodburn said in a statement, “Given this confirmed interference in our elections, New Hampshire shouldn’t just continue a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Russia. As filed, this legislation allows us to look at how our state can best respond to this unprecedented attack on our democracy…”

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According to the proposed bill, New Hampshire can suspend or even ban the sale of Russia-made liquor at the state’s stores, and that Old Man on the Mountain bottles should contain American liquor, instead of Russian liquor.

The measure also calls on the bipartisan commission to reconsider state retirement system’s investments in Russian companies.

When asked for a comment on allegations made by Woodburn, Russia officials denied any hacking attempts into U.S. systems.

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