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Tuesday
Mar312015

Tuesday, March 31 in the NH House 

Tuesday, March 31 in the NH House 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.       SB 105, relative to child-resistant packaging for tobacco products and establishing a committee to study revising the indoor smoking act.

11:00 a.m.       SB 155-FN-A, establishing a recovery fund for victims of the Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM) fraud and continually appropriating a special fund.

1:15 p.m.        SB 219-FN, relative to breastfeeding.

2:15 p.m.        SB 178, relative to optometrist participation in vision insurance plans.

2:45 p.m.        Subcommittee work session on SB 110-FN, establishing the administrative supervision act.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00 a.m.       SB 106-FN, restricting the sale or possession of synthetic drugs.

1:00 p.m.        SB 40-FN, including a viable fetus in the definition of "another" for the purposes of certain criminal offenses.

                        Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

9:30 a.m.         SB 195-FN, encouraging instruction in cursive handwriting and memorization of multiplication tables.

10:00 a.m.       SB 151-FN, requiring inclusion of home educated pupils in the definition of average daily membership in attendance.

10:30 a.m.       SB 265-FN, establishing the achieving a better life experience (ABLE) savings account program.

11:15 a.m.       Executive session on SB 71, relative to the administration of glucagon injections for children in schools, SB 166, relative to facilitated individualized education program meetings and SB 194-FN, relative to epinephrine administration policies in postsecondary educational institutions.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on SB 69, establishing a commission to study social impact bond funding for early childhood education for at-risk students, SB 101, prohibiting the state from requiring implementation of common core standards, SB 151-FN, requiring inclusion of home educated pupils in the definition of average daily membership in attendance, SB 195-FN,  encouraging instruction in cursive handwriting and memorization of multiplication tables, and  SB 265-FN, establishing the achieving a better life experience (ABLE) savings account program.

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m.       SB 148, relative to the shellfish inspection program.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.       SB 104-FN, relative to licensure of research organizations by the pharmacy board.

11:00 a.m.       SB 125-FN, relative to certification and licensure for mold assessment or remediation services.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on  SB 161, relative to the wellness and primary prevention council, SB 250, relative to the jurisdiction and voting procedures of the executive branch ethics committee, and SB 259-FN-L, (New Title) relative to place of assembly licenses.

FISH AND GAME AND MARINE RESOURCES, Room 307, LOB

10:15 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on SB 70, relative to the processing of lobster tails.

11:00 a.m.       Executive session on SB 70, relative to the processing of lobster tails, and SB 181, relative to registration fees for hunter education programs of the fish and game department.

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Subcommittee work session on SB 56, establishing a commission to study oversight, regulation, and reporting of patient safety and health care quality issues.

10:30 a.m.       SB 67, establishing a commission to study opioid misuse in New Hampshire.

1:00 p.m.        SB 112, requiring the Medicaid managed care program to cover telemedicine services.

2:00 p.m.        SB 187, allowing a patient to designate a caregiver upon entry to a medical facility.

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m.       SB 149, relative to nonpublic sessions under the right-to-know law.

11:00 a.m.       SB 44, relative to nonpublic sessions of public bodies under the right-to-know law.

1:00 p.m.        SB 14, making technical corrections to the laws relative to the judicial council and repealing a limitation on compensation of counsel for indigent defendants.

1:30 p.m.        SB 91, relative to appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.

2:00 p.m.        SB 94, relative to documents filed electronically with a court under oath.

2:30 p.m.        SB 12, relative to jurisdiction over surrogacy cases under RSA 168-B.

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:30 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on SB 38, establishing a commission to develop a land conservation plan.

11:15 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on SB 80, relative to the state trails plan and establishing a committee on rail trails.

1:00 p.m.        SB 168, relative to the duties of the commissioner of the department of environmental services.

1:30 p.m.        SB 172, relative to the size limitations of off highway recreational vehicles.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Committee briefing by Meredith Hatfield, NH Office of Energy & Planning on the status of divestiture legislation.

1:00 p.m.        Continued public hearing on SB 117-FN-L, relative to energy security and diversity.

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on SB 211-FN, relative to taxation of employee leasing companies under the business enterprise tax.

11:00 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on SB 134-FN, relative to the escheat of United States savings bonds.

 

Tuesday
Mar312015

AFPNH - Not Again! 

The Governor proposed a budget with a slew of new taxes, including new taxes on drivers, on smokers, as well as those who are trying to quit smoking, and on our state's employers, who already face among the highest taxes in the nation!

All of those taxes were needed to pay for Governor Hassan's plan to grow big government in New Hampshire.

She also used her budget to make ObamaCare Medicaid expansion permanent. There is no end to the level of spending that she'll support!

Thankfully, the New Hampshire House pulled all of Hassan's tax hikes out of the budget. They also called for ending ObamaCare Medicaid expansion according to state law.

While they flirted with a gas and diesel tax hike, they ultimately chose to use fund set aside for more green energy pork projects to pay for the roads instead.

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Now, the House is moving forward with a fiscally responsible budget that protects taxpayers.

Go here to tell your House members to pass this responsible state budget and to give the Governor's tax hikes the boot!

Tell your representatives that New Hampshire taxpayers need a frugal government, not a greater hit in the wallet!

Please take a moment to tell your legislators to pass this House budget, and send a clear message that big government does not work in New Hampshire.

Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore

Tuesday
Mar312015

CEI Today: Labor union lawsuits, Obama's GROW AMERICA Act, credit card interchange fees, and more 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In the News Today

 

LABOR UNION LAWSUITS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Suing McDonald's
 
Today, the National Labor Relations Board commences over sixty consolidated lawsuits by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and union front groups such as the Fast Food Workers Committee against McDonald’s. The suits claim franchisor McDonald’s USA and certain franchisees jointly employed and retaliated against protesting workers. If the government forces this new "joint employer" status on employers, it would have a huge impact not just on employers but consumers, small business entrepreneurs, labor union power, and litigation, says CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan.
 
 


OBAMA'S GROW AMERICA ACT - MARC SCRIBNER

Administration's GROW AMERICA Act 2.0 Mixes Bad with Good

 

The administration’s GROW AMERICA 2.0 proposal isn’t all bad. In fact, it contains two very smart elements that Congress should attach to their own reauthorization package.
 

First, the administration proposal would repeal the current prohibition on states tolling their own Interstate segments. Second, the current cap on tax-exempt private activity bonds, which bring financing parity to infrastructure development by allowing the private sector to take advantage of similar debt instruments as the public sector, would be raised from $15 billion to $19 billion. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner
 


CREDIT CARD 'INTERCHANGE' FEES - IAIN MURRAY 

 

International Panel Outlines Problems with EU Interchange Fee Regulation
 

Interchange fees are the fees levied by banks and payments card networks from merchants and vendors when a consumer uses a payment card to purchase a good or service. The proposed EU regulation will cap these fees. ​The experience from the US suggests that these rules will be costly to the people of Europe, and especially to people on minimum wage who find it hard to afford bank fees already. > Read more

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Tuesday
Mar312015

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark to testify before House committee support of breastfeeding reform bill (SB 219) 

 

Portsmouth Democrat's first 2015 legislative initiative unanimously passed the Senate 

CONCORD - State Senator ​​Martha Fuller Clark's first legislative initiatives of the current session, a bill that would require employers to provide appropriate accommodations for nursing mothers while at work, goes before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee at a hearing on Tuesday. This passed the Senate on unanimous voice vote in February. 

Sen. Clark will make the case for her bill with testimony at the beginning of the hearing. 

Senator Clark: "Research confirms that breastfeeding has enormous health benefits for both the child and the mother. Here in New Hampshire more than 130,000 women between the ages of 20 and 44 are part of our workforce. Mothers and prospective mothers deserve  a safe and supportive workplace  environment so that they can successfully combine work with breastfeeding. They should not have to choose between having a job or raising a healthy child. SB 219 will make sure that NH employers provide needed reasonable breastfeeding protections for working mothers, bringing state law into compliance with federal law."   

WHO: Senator Martha Fuller Clark testifies in support her breastfeeding reform bill (SB219) before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee

WHERE: Rm. 302 at the Legislative Office Building, 33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301

WHEN: 1:15 PM 3/31/15
ABOUT SB 219: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.
Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year.  The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so. 
Senator ​​Martha Fuller Clark represents Senate District ​21 which is comprised of the communities of Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth.  
Monday
Mar302015

Cruz For President - Cruz "elicited raucous cheers, first pumps and even a few ‘amens...’”

Sen. Cruz makes first swing through New Hampshire as presidential candidate

HOUSTON, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz completed his first swing through New Hampshire as a presidential candidate where he received an enthusiastic welcome from hundreds of New Hampshirites. A roundup of some of the coverage of Sen. Cruz’s visit is below:

New Hampshire Union Leader: Sen. Ted Cruz embraces conservative reputation during NH visit
“’Think of the dozen biggest fights we’ve seen in this country — stopping Obamacare, executive amnesty, fighting to rein in the debt, defending religious liberty, the Second Amendment, stopping Common Core, standing with Israel, stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,’ he said. ‘Look at the field, and ask, on the great fights of the day, how many of them have actually led. For most, you can find one issue, maybe two, but for much of the field, they have not been leading on these issues.’”

New York Times: Tailoring His Message, Ted Cruz Makes His First Swing Through New Hampshire
“He elicited raucous cheers, fist pumps and even a few ‘amens…’”

Dallas Morning News: Upbeat Ted Cruz embraces outsider label in New Hampshire visit
“Ted Cruz, the first and so far only major candidate for president, swept into New Hampshire on Friday, upbeat and eager to embrace the outsider label he’s cultivated since erupting on the national scene three years ago…”

Seacoast Online: Sen. Ted Cruz charms Seacoast Republicans
“’This isn’t a matter of right or left,’ he said. “’This isn’t a matter of Democrat or Republican. This is a matter of common sense and it isn’t working. I think millions of Americans are ready to get back to the principles that made America great.’”

Boston Globe: Cruz makes stops in N.H., seeks early primary support
“’In every Republican primary every candidate says he or she is the most conservative,’ Cruz said. ‘I just think the question that every primary voter should ask themself is: Show me how you follow through.’”