NH Sen Bradley introduces bill to promote NH’s reduced business taxes

Concord, NH - Today, the Senate Finance Committee heard a bill, SB 526, which would require the Department of Resources and Economic Development to promote reductions to New Hampshire’s business tax rates as part of their marketing pitches to potential employers and out-of-state companies looking to relocate.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued a statement following the bill’s introduction.

“This bill would require that a portion of the marketing and promotional budget within the Department of Resources and Economic Development be spent specifically for the purpose of promoting New Hampshire’s business tax reductions in an effort to encourage new business and out of state employers to set up shop in the Granite State,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro).

“The business tax reductions passed in 2015 help re-establish New Hampshire as a competitive state to do business, where small startups and tech businesses can grow and create jobs. By appropriating funds specifically for the promotion of low taxes, we continue to encourage this type of business growth so critical for New Hampshire’s economy,” said Bradley.

NH DHHS - First Case of Zika Virus Detected in New Hampshire

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is announcing the first confirmed case of a New Hampshire resident

infected with Zika virus. The adult female patient contracted the virus

after sexual contact with a male who was symptomatic and had traveled to a

country where Zika virus transmission is occurring. The patient has fully

recovered and is not pregnant.



“The New Hampshire patient we are announcing today was infected with Zika

through sexual contact with someone who traveled to a location with active

Zika transmission” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health

at DHHS. “Identifying cases in New Hampshire is not unexpected, although

the most common means of transmission of the virus is through the bite of

infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Sexual transmission is less common. Our

greatest concern is for pregnant women who may be exposed to the virus

through travel, or the travel of their partners, because Zika has been

associated with severe birth defects, including microcephaly. The

mosquitoes that transmit Zika are not found in New Hampshire.”



The mosquito-borne virus has caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel warnings for pregnant women. People

who have questions about their travel plans should consult with their

healthcare provider. DHHS is also encouraging college students and others

who may be traveling to Zika-affected regions this spring, including South

America, Central America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and U.S.

territories to take strict precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.



Because Zika can also be transmitted sexually, pregnant women with a male

partner who travels to a Zika-affected area should either abstain from

sexual activity, or use condoms correctly and consistently for the duration

of their pregnancy to protect the unborn fetus. Additionally, until we know

more about the risks of sexual transmission, non-pregnant women of

childbearing age who travel, or who have a male partner that travels, to a

Zika-affected region, should talk with their healthcare providers about

their pregnancy plans and take steps to avoid any unintended pregnancy,

including correct and consistent condom use.



DHHS is working with the CDC to enhance the state Public Health

Laboratory's testing capabilities, protocols and certifications for Zika.

DHHS has also worked to inform health care providers and the general public

about the Zika virus, prevention efforts and other resources. To date, DHHS

has issued two Health Alerts and held a webinar to help educate health care

providers on treatment and prevention of Zika. It has also launched a web

page for public access to these resources and information on the virus. For

more information, visit the DHHS Zika webpage at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/zika/index.htm.



Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and joint

pain. Most people (~80%) infected with the virus do not develop any

symptoms. There is no vaccine against Zika and no medicine to treat the

virus. People who are concerned that they may have been exposed to Zika or

who have symptoms of Zika virus infection should talk with their healthcare

provider.



For more information on Zika, visit our website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov .

Wednesday in the NH House

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued business subcommittee meeting, if necessary.

Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued insurance subcommittee work session, if necessary.

Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued liquor subcommittee work session, if necessary.

Room 302, LOB

1:15 p.m.         Continued executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Continued executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Work session onHB 1696-FN, requesting a modification of the New Hampshire health protection program.

1:00 p.m.         Executive session onHB 585-FN-A, (New Title) relative to penalty assessments; HB 636-FN,relative to forfeiture of property; HB 1428-FN-A-L, making appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program;HB 1591-FN-A, relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services;HB 1592-FN, relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services;HB 1670-FN, relative to public employee suggestions for cost-savings measures;SB 155-FN-A, (New Title) establishing the Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM) victims' contribution recovery fund for victims of the FRM fraud and continually appropriating a special fund;SB 238-FN, relative to the workers' compensation appeals board; HB 1215-FN-A, changing the allocation of penalty assessment funds, establishing a compensation fund for victims of crimes against the person, and continually appropriating a percentage of penalty assessments to such fund;HB 1475-FN-A, establishing a death benefit for a school employee killed in the line of duty;HB 1553-FN, transferring the administration of the telecommunications accounting unit;HB 1527-FN-A, authorizing additional part-time positions at the department of administrative services and making an appropriation therefor.

FINANCE - DIVISION II, Room 209, LOB

2:30 p.m.         Work session onHB 1551-FN-A, establishing the John and Molly Stark scholarship program and making an appropriation therefor.

3:15 p.m.         Work session onHB 1644-FN, relative to screening and treatment for dyslexia and related disorders and establishing a reading specialist in the department of education.

 

 

FISH AND GAME AND MARINE RESOURCES, Room 307, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued executive session on all pending legislation.

 

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

7:30 a.m.         Subcommittee work session on HB 1423-FN, relative to rulemaking for prescribing controlled drugs.

9:00 a.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1664-FN, relative to pharmacy benefit managers.

10:00 a.m.       Executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Continued executive session on pending legislation, if necessary.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

9:30 a.m.         Executive session if necessary onHB 1349, relative to the location of the Merrimack county superior court; HB 1578, relative to the maintenance of private roads;  HB 2016,relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program.

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1101, prohibiting charges to New Hampshire residents for the construction of high pressure gas pipelines;HB 1198-FN-L, relative to the valuation of poles and conduits owned by telephone utilities;HB 1360-FN, establishing a credit against business profits taxes for media production expenditures in New Hampshire;HB 1385-FN-A, relative to the sale or exchange of an interest in a business organization under the business profits tax;HB 1544-FN-A-L, establishing a tax on revenues from natural gas transmission;HB 1545-FN, relative to Lucky 7 tickets; HB 1572-FN, establishing a broadband deployment tax credit incentive program against the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax;HB 1650, relative to limits in table stakes poker; HB 1689, relative to operator requirements under the meals and rooms tax.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

FreeKeeneNews - NH House Committee Votes 18-0 to Kill Proposed Ban on Female Toplessness!

 

 

 

 

 

NH House Committee Votes 18-0 to Kill Proposed Ban on Female Toplessness

Sparked by last year's "Free the Nipple" protests, some prudish state representatives filed legislation that would make it a misdemeanor for women to be topless anywhere in New Hampshire. (They did make an exception for breast-feeding.) A topless lady would be facing up to a year in jail, were this terrible legislation to pass. Men would still be allowed to be topless under the discriminatory bill, HB 1525.

Thankfully, the bill is nearly dead thanks to a unanimous vote to kill it by the NH house criminal justice committee. The committee voted today 18-0 to "ITL" (Inexpedient to Legislate) the legislation. The bill is not yet off the table - that will happen later when the full house votes on it.

Liberty rep John A. Burt put forth the motion to ITL the bill and also wrote the majority "blurb" for the house calendar along with Free State Project early mover and state representative Amanda Bouldin. (Amanda previously had made headlines for defending topless freedom from attack by the prudish reps who proposed the topless ban.) Here's the text of Burt and Bouldin's blurb:

This bill expands the indecent exposure law to include the anus (regardless of gender) as well as the nipple and areola (only if female). The committee heard testimony from many who warned that, due to likely acts of civil disobedience, the state would face expensive court fees should this become law. The NHCLU testified that violation of such a law could be considered protected political speech, indicating that the state would be unsuccessful in litigation.

The committee sees no sense in passing a law that cannot be enforced.   The committee also believes that this bill violates Art. 2 of the State Constitution, which states that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.” This bill attempts to apply a law to women only. This bill would also place police officers in the uncomfortable position of having to determine the gender of a potential offender. Lastly, an offender (if convicted) would be listed in the state’s sex offender registry after a second conviction, which many considered to be an excessive punishment.  

In a state with a nippy average temperature of only 46 degrees, the risk of rampant nudity seems rather low. The committee considers this legislation inexpedient to legislate for these reasons.

NH GOP - HASSAN MIA ON DRUG CZAR VACANCY

 

Month And A Half After Resignation, Hassan Still Hasn’t Filled Critical Job
 
 Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today slammed Governor Maggie Hassan’s failure to hire a new drug czar to address New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic. Hassan’s previous drug czar resigned in January.
 
“Governor Hassan has repeatedly called the ‘drug czar’ an important position and a critical component of her administration’s response to New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic. But weeks after Hassan’s first drug czar Jack Wozmak resigned after exhibiting a troubling pattern of ineptitude and ineffectiveness, she has failed to fill the job,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Given the seriousness of New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis, Governor Hassan should have already replaced Mr. Wozmak with a competent person who could have produced better results. Granite Staters expect state government to be well-managed, and it’s clear that Governor Hassan’s focus on her distracting United States Senate campaign is hindering her ability to address this emergency.”
 
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Tuesday, March 1 in the NH House

TUESDAY, MARCH 1 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

STATE HOUSE CAFETERIA

8-9:30 a.m.      The NH Retail Lumber Association is hosting a legislative breakfast.  It is an opportunity for legislators to meet their local building material dealers and learn more about the independent building material industry.

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onCACR 16, relating to parental rights. Providing that parents have the natural right to control the health, education, and welfare of their children;HB 1118, relative to the determination of parental rights and responsibilities and establishing a presumption in favor of shared residential responsibility;HB 1165, changing "incapacitated" to "vulnerable" in the adult protective services laws;HB 1236, relative to hearings on modifications of parental rights and responsibilities;HB 1248, relative to the waiver of counsel in juvenile delinquency proceedings;HB 1250, relative to medical neglect of children; HB 1471, relative to parental rights.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Business subcommittee work session onHB 1227, repealing provisions of law regulating Sunday business activities;HB 1618, relative to debt adjustment services; HB 1697-FN, relative to the operation and insurance of transportation network companies.

Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Insurance subcommittee work session onHB 1608-FN, relative to uniform prior authorization forms; HB 1700-FN,relative to abuse-deterrent opioid drug products.

10:00 a.m.       Liquor subcommittee work session onHB 1160-FN, relative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages;HB 1206, relative to limited credits; HB 1329, relative to prohibited sales of alcoholic beverages;HB 1540-FN, relative to direct shipments of beer.

1:15 p.m.         Executive session onHB 1105, establishing a committee to study third party mortgage processors;HB 1111, relative to securities advisory councils and committees; HB 1139, establishing a committee to examine state protections from financial fraud;HB 1150, relative to the penalty for failure to deliver goods under the Uniform Commercial Code;HB 1152, relative to the definition of specialty beer; HB 1160-FN,relative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages; HB 1169,prohibiting bank fees for on-line accounts; HB 1188, relative to the brew pub license;HB 1194, relative to medical benefits under motor vehicle insurance;HB 1195, relative to prepayment contracts for petroleum products; HB 1206, relative to limited credits; HB 1211, relative to requirements for certain alcoholic beverage licenses;HB 1227, repealing provisions of law regulating Sunday business activities;HB 1264, relative to carnival or amusement ride inspections; HB 1307,relative to the procedure for amendment of condominium instruments; HB 1316,relative to hospital rates for self-pay patients; HB 1329, relative to prohibited sales of alcoholic beverages;HB 1339, relative to the corporate governance annual disclosure act;HB 1340, relative to producer licensing; HB 1342, prohibiting the use of certain information to underwrite insurance;HB 1348, repealing the exemption for certain transactions under the consumer protection act;HB 1403, relative to reinsurance; HB 1409, relative to life, accident, and health insurance;HB 1410, relative to motor vehicle coverage; HB 1437, relative to health insurance fraud and abuse reporting;HB 1450, relative to risk-based capital for insurers; HB 1459,relative to commercial coverage; HB 1473, relative to small loans;HB 1478, establishing a commission to develop a structure for the implementation of an alternative contract for health care payments;HB 1491, relative to trust fund interest; HB 1516-FN, relative to balance billing;HB 1540-FN, relative to direct shipments of beer; HB 1579, relative to regulation of the practice of out-of-state brokers by the real estate commission;HB 1601, relative to certain continuing care communities; HB 1608-FN,relative to uniform prior authorization forms; HB 1617, relative to funding for housing projects by the New Hampshire housing finance authority;HB 1618, relative to debt adjustment services; HB 1697-FN, relative to the operation and insurance of transportation network companies; HB 1700-FN, relative to abuse-deterrent opioid drug products.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1135, relative to physical force in defense of a person; HB 1235,relative to stalking; HB 1261, relative to multiple indictments in criminal prosecutions;HB 1287, repealing a provision of the harassment statute; HB 1318,relative to sex offender registration; HB 1321, relative to transportation of alcoholic beverages by a minor;HB 1369, requiring judges to grant earned time credits when a prisoner has substantially reduced the threat he or she poses to the public;HB 1426-FN, relative to earned time credits for prisoners participating in rehabilitative or educational programming;HB 1435, relative to enforcement of the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving;HB 1448, relative to contact between a plaintiff and defendant subject to a protective order;HB 1451-FN, allowing persons convicted of certain nonviolent first offenses to petition for an annulment of the criminal record;HB 1474, requiring the collection of data relative to firearm related deaths and injuries;HB 1525-FN, relative to the circumstances that constitute indecent exposure and lewdness;HB 1546-FN, permitting the audio recording of a public servant performing a public function;HB 1547-FN, prohibiting beastiality; HB 1552-FN, extending the penalty of death to acts of terrorism and civil rights offenses;HB 1586-FN, prohibiting the impersonation of an emergency medical technician or firefighter;HB 1597-FN, relative to preservation of biological material in a criminal investigation for DNA testing;HB 1603-FN, requiring the registration of drug dealers; HB 1614-FN,relative to the criminal penalty for prostitution; HB 1692-FN, revising the procedures relating to parole violation and parole revocation.

 

EDUCATION, Room 205, LOB

9:30 a.m.         Executive session onHB 1201, relative to withdrawal from a cooperative school district;HB 1274, establishing a committee to study the efficacy of changes in the community college system of New Hampshire;HB 1303, relative to withdrawal from a cooperative school district;HB 1364, relative to the membership of the cooperative school district budget committee;HB 1414, repealing the home education advisory council;  HB 1431,relative to academic freedom and whistleblower protection; HB 1457,establishing a code of professional ethics for New Hampshire teachers; HB 1484, relative to the election of members of the state board of education; HB 1558-FN, requiring the university system of New Hampshire to examine the disposition of children in state custody;HB 1612-FN, relative to the age for purposes of compulsory education;HB 1637-FN, relative to school attendance in towns with no public schools. Reconsideration ofHB 1393, requiring the department of education to report statewide assessment results for school districts receiving certain state aid.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

9:15 a.m.         Public hearing on nongermane amendment 2016-0639 toHB 1482, establishing a committee to study improving the statewide voter registration database.  The proposed amendment replaces the bill with provisions requiring the Secretary of State to enter into an agreement to share data in order to participate in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program and to develop a policy for addressing voter irregularities identified through the program.  Copies of the amendment are available in the Sergeant-at-Arms' Office, Room 318, State House.

9:30 a.m.         Executive session onHB 1114, relative to the number of inspectors of election; HB 1529-FN,relative to reporting of felony convictions for voter checklist updates; HB 1511-FN-L, relative to hours of polling; HB 1143, relative to showing a ballot;HB 1503, relative to distributing campaign materials at the polling place;HB 1220, relative to disqualification of election officers; HB 1624-FN,relative to electioneering by public employees; HB 1679-FN, relative to electioneering by a public official;HB 1682-FN, relative to electioneering by public servants and relative to warrant articles;HB 1183, relative to election result recounts; HB 1539-FN, relative to procedures for resolving ties in legislative races; HB 1482,establishing a committee to study improving the statewide voter registration database;HB 1642-FN-L, relative to persons executing election affidavits; HB 1646, relative to the disclosure of felony convictions by individuals seeking an elected office;HB 1515, requiring persons sending absentee ballot applications to comply with identification requirements for political advertising;HB 1387, relative to vacancies in county offices.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time

permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session on HB 1171,relative to appeals heard by the waste management council; HB 1398,establishing a commission to study septic sludge spreading; HB 1440-FN,relative to certification for solid waste operators; HB 1499-FN, relative to certificates for rabies vaccination of dogs, cats, or ferrets; HB 1571-FN, prohibiting the possession, purchase, or sale of equipment used for animal fighting;HB 1615-FN, regulating the transfer of dogs from out of state.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onCACR 21, relating to the attorney general. Providing that the attorney general be elected to a 4-year term;HB 1224, establishing RV month in New Hampshire; HB 1226, relative to administration of pharmaceutical agents by optometrists; HB 1245-FN,relative to petitions for adoption of rules under the administrative procedures act and incorporation of documents by reference;HB 1424-FN, establishing an office of program evaluation and government accountability;HB 1433-FN, establishing the office of ombudsman in the department of state;HB 1640-FN, relative to the expiration of administrative rules; HB 1282, relative to the state building code; HB 1442-FN, relative to objections to proposed agency rules under the administrative procedure act;HB 1580-FN, removing the real estate commission from the office of professional licensure and certification;HB 1639-FN, relative to bonds for public employees; HB 1658-FN,establishing one-stop business permitting; HB 1122, relative to limitations on supervisory positions in state employment;HB 1128, proclaiming the second week in September as Patriot Week; HB 1142, relative to employee compensation at certain hospitals; HB 1588,relative to employment restrictions on former executive branch commissioners, and repealing certain prohibitions on employment of state employees.

 

FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Work session onHB 1696-FN, requesting a modification of the New Hampshire health protection program.

FINANCE - DIVISION I, Room 212, LOB

1:00 p.m.         Work session onHB 1428-FN-A-L, making appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.

1:05 p.m.         Work session onHB 1527-FN-A, authorizing additional part-time positions at the department of administrative services and making an appropriation therefor.

1:07 p.m.         Work session onHB 1553-FN, transferring the administration of the telecommunications accounting unit.

FINANCE - DIVISION II, Room 209, LOB

1:30 p.m.         Work session onHB 280-FN, (New Title) authorizing multi-use decal plates, multi-use veterans decal plates, and relative to special motorcycle number plates for disabled veterans.

2:00 p.m.         Work session onHB 1630-FN-L, relative to calculating the base cost of an adequate education.

FINANCE - DIVISION III, Rooms 210-211, LOB

1:00 p.m.         Work session onHB 1695-FN, (New Title) relative to a health system public data resource plan for New Hampshire and establishing a special fund. 

 

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

10:00 a.m.      HB 1394, requiring the department of health and human services to report on the effectiveness of mental health treatment programs, to include presentation of nongermane amendment 2016-0693.

                        Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onCACR 22, relating to the right to privacy.  Providing that an individual's right to live free from governmental interference is fundamental and shall not be restricted unless the government demonstrates a compelling state interest;HB 1125, requiring law enforcement officers to return stolen property;HB 1328, limiting pregnancy terminations to pregnancies of 20 weeks or less;HB 1361, relative to service of process by attorneys and justices of the peace;HB 1399-FN, requiring licensure of outpatient abortion clinics; HB 1493, relative to ownership of DNA; HB 1494, relative to the expectation of privacy in personal information;HB 1496, relative to the expectation of privacy in personal materials;HB 1570-FN, repealing the law governing access to reproductive health care facilities;HB 1623-FN, prohibiting an abortion based on genetic abnormalities;HB 1625-FN, relative to banning abortion after viability; HB 1636-FN,prohibiting abortions once an unborn child can feel pain; HB 1660-FN-L,relative to eminent domain for gas pipelines and relative to assessment of the land use change tax for eminent domain takings for energy infrastructure;HB 1663-FN, prohibiting buying, selling, and experimenting on unborn infants or bodily remains resulting from abortion;HB 1684-FN, prohibiting the use of public funds, employees, and facilities in assisting or performing abortions;HB 1687-L, relative to governmental liability for personal injury on playground structures;HB 1688-FN-L, relative to governmental liability for negligence claims.

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Room 307, LOB

10:30 a.m.       Continued executive session on all pending legislation, if necessary.

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION, Room 104, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Continued executive session on all pending legislation, if necessary.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1292, relative to the use of abandoned agricultural property.

10:30 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1181, relative to designating an alternate cemetery trustee.; HB 1222, relative to procedures for appraisals by assessing officials.;HB 1253-L, relative to the removal of land use board members and municipal officers.;HB 1260, repealing the authority of assessing officials to obtain administrative inspection warrants to complete property appraisals.;HB 1277, establishing a homestead act.; HB 1292, relative to the use of abandoned agricultural property.;HB 1363, relative to filling of vacancies in town offices.; HB 1455,relative to membership of a municipal budget committee.; HB 1460, relative to perambulation of town boundaries.; HB 1559-FN, relative to property taxes paid by education facilities leasing property.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Full committee work session onHB 1349, relative to the location of the Merrimack county superior court; HB 1578, relative to the maintenance of private roads; HB 2016,relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:00 a.m.      SB 380, establishing the drinking water and groundwater trust fund and establishing the New Hampshire drinking water and groundwater advisory commission.

10:30 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1332, adding a member to the aquatic resources compensatory mitigation site selection committee;HB 1517, relative to temporary seasonal docks; HB 1595-FN, relative to the rivers management and protection program.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time

permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

TRANSPORTATION, Room 203, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1308, allowing motorcycles to pass a vehicle in the same lane or travel between lanes of traffic in certain instances.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1462, relative to the height of a motor vehicle body and chassis.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1509, relative to the definition of "houseboat."

11:30 a.m.      HB 1396, relative to OHRV operation on certain highways in Grafton County.

1:00 p.m.         Executive session onHB 1161, relative to the traffic safety commission; HB 1162, relative to eligibility for utility dealer registration; HB 1186, repealing the law prohibiting coasting of vehicles;HB 1257, relative to revocation or suspension of a driver's license because of physical impairment;HB 1347, establishing a committee to study sharing the road with bicycles and motorcycles;HB 1469, relative to the restriction of drivers' licenses for nonpayment of child support;HB 1308, allowing motorcycles to pass a vehicle in the same lane or travel between lanes of traffic in certain instances;HB 1462, relative to the height of a motor vehicle body and chassis;HB 1509, relative to the definition of "houseboat"; HB 1396, relative to OHRV operation on certain highways in Grafton County; HB 1102,relative to travel on ways with 3 or more lanes.  Continued executive session onHB 1132, relative to carrying a rifle or shotgun in certain vehicles.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time

permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

9:45 a.m.         Full committee work session onHB 1689, relative to operator requirements under the meals and rooms tax;HB 1590-FN-A-L, relative to the regulation and taxation of short-term rental businesses

10:15 a.m.       Full committee work session onHB 1650, relative to limits in table stakes poker

11:00 a.m.      HB 1568-FN-A, (New Title) relative to prepaid road tolls for electric vehicles

1:00 p.m.         Full committee work session onHB 1385-FN-A, relative to the sale or exchange of an interest in a business organization under the business profits tax.

1:45 p.m.        HB 1647-FN, repealing laws regulating hawkers and peddlers and itinerant vendors

2:15 p.m.        HB 1685-FN, (New Title) relative to mortgage bankers, brokers, and servicers.

 

Cooler Heads Digest 26 February 2016

26 February 2016

Announcements

  • In a paper released this week entitled “The Paris Climate Agreement Is a Treaty Requiring Senate Review,” CEI’s Marlo Lewis argues that Congress should upend Obama’s plan to use a non-ratified treaty to inflate the so-called Clean Power Plan and other EPA regulations into “promises” America has made to the world. Read more here.
  • A joint letter signed by 22 free market and conservative groups was sent to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) this week.  The letter supports a vote on Rep. Scalise’s resolution opposing a carbon tax.

 

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Paris Climate Accord: Hope, Change, and Collapse
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Large Reductions, by 50% or more, in beef and mutton consumption are unavoidable if the European Union is to meet its Paris climate commitments, according to a study published this week by Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Inside the Beltway

Opening Briefs Filed in Case Challenging EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules for Existing Power Plants
Myron Ebell

The opening briefs (here and here)  for the petitioners in West Virginia et al v. EPA—the lawsuit challenging the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants—were submitted to the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on 19th February.  The list of petitioners and their lawyers is pretty impressive.  The two briefs requested by the court each total no more than 42,000 words.

A number of amicus curiae briefs have been filed plus one intervenor brief.  I haven’t read them all, but one that I have that is definitely worth looking at is the amicus brief signed by 34 Senators and 171 Representatives.  Senator James M. Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) Environment and Public Works Committee staff took the lead on putting this together. 

The entire docket for the case, including links to all the briefs, is available on the web site of the West Virginia Attorney General’s office. The response brief is due 28th March.

The Energy and Environment Legal Institute has asked the court to accept a supplemental brief on some very interesting procedural issues. The brief is based on a report prepared by my CEI colleague Chris Horner, which shows how the EPA worked in secret with operatives from environmental pressure groups to write the rule. None of the communications between EPA and these operatives was placed on the public docket.  Their existence was revealed through Freedom of Information Act requests.

Last week, I reported that Thomas Lorenzen, the lead attorney in the second brief on procedural and record-based issues, said that he thinks the rule will be overturned by the court.  I mentioned that Lorenzen had long experience litigating these issues at the Department of Justice.  But I carelessly got one detail wrong, which I correct here: Lorenzen unsuccessfully led the defense in Massachusetts v. EPA decided in 2007.

Ethanol Mandate Is Immortal Unless Congress Repeals It
Marlo Lewis

In last night’s Republican presidential candidates’ debate in Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) voiced a popular misconception. After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) faulted Rubio for not committing to terminate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), commonly known as the ethanol mandate, Rubio replied: “That’s not an accurate assessment of what I said about ethanol. What I said is that ethanol will phase out. It is phasing out now. By 2022 that program expires by virtue of the existing law. At that point it will go away.”

Actually, it won’t.

The RFS, as incorporated into the Clean Air Act in 2007 by the so-called Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), establishes a 17-year (2005-2022) production-quota schedule for renewable fuels. The program requires “obligated parties” (refiners, fuel blenders, importers) to purchase, blend, and sell increasing amounts of biofuel in the nation’s fuel supply each year—from 4 billion gallons in 2005 to 36 billion in 2022. Within each year’s overall target, the RFS also establishes sub-quota for four separate categories of biofuel: “conventional” ethanol derived from corn starch, “advanced,” “cellulosic,” and “biomass-based diesel.”

Although the statutory targets do not increase after 2022, neither do they expire. Rather, Section 202(a)(1)(ii) of EISA authorizes EPA, in coordination with the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, to establish “renewable volume obligations” for the motor fuel industry in “other calendar years”—in principle, until the end of time. Terminating the RFS after 2022 will require congressional action and executive leadership.

This week the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing on the RFS. Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) opened with a plea for Congress to “revisit” the RFS. Among his chief reasons, “the tables in the Clean Air Act end” in 2022, after which time “U.S. fuel policy will be left in the hands of the EPA and I think we agree that’s not good.”

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

US REP. FRANK GUINTA STATEMENT ON OBAMA'S PLAN TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a White House press conference today, President Barack Obama announced his intention to transfer Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees to locations inside the United States.Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement:

 

“The President is taking advantage of his lame duck status to usurp Congressional authority and the will of the people. Bipartisan representatives have consistently denied him the right to transfer terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to American soil. The Administration's plan to try the world's most dangerous terrorists in downtown Manhattan also failed. Congress must unite to prevent another reckless foreign policy decision from this Administration, which refuses to clearly recognize threats to the United States. Today, the President even refused to answer questions from the press.”

 

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ALG - Lynch's DOJ approves H1-B visa abuse

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DOJ quietly ends investigation intoSouthern California Edison, no charges for replacing American workers withH1-Bs

Feb. 23, 2016,Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement calling for a moratorium on the H1-B visa program in response to the Department of Justice concluding its investigation into Southern California Edison with no charges for replacing American workers with foreign imports:

"If Southern California Edison followed the law, an immediate moratorium should be placed on the issuance of any new H1-B visas, because its effect now is to replace American workers with lower cost imports in the most outrageous way possible.Many of Southern California Edison's 500 laid off information technology specialists complained they had to suffer the indignity of training their replacements in order to remain eligible for a severance package. This is not about doing the jobs Americans won't do, it is about replacing hard-working Americans. If this is the deal globalization is now offering the U.S. economy, it is time the Congress finally stand up for American workers and say no deal."

To view online:http://getliberty.org/lynchs-doj-approves-h1-b-visa-abuse/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

US REP. FRANK GUINTA JOINS HOUSE-SENATE SUPREME COURT BRIEF TO STOP ILLEGAL EPA REGULATIONS

REP. FRANK GUINTA JOINS AMICUS BRIEF TO STOP ILLEGAL EPA REGULATIONS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Congressman Frank Guinta and 170 House Republicanspetitioned the Supreme Court to “vacate in its entirety” the Obama Administration’s sweeping new regulations of the country’s energy sector – regulations the Court halted this month in an unprecedented move to check executive power.

 

    Thirty-four senators joined the amicus brief, or petition, responding to a lawsuit by 27 states against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  

 

    “When Democrats controlled Congress, the President and his party could not pass cap-and-trade legislation, failing to generate enough popular support,” said Rep. Guinta, announcing his support.“Now in a lame duck year, the President and the EPA are bypassing Congress to enact job-killing regulations.”

 

    Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Inhofe requested Rep. Guinta’s support of the amicus brief, asserting Congress’ power under the Constitution to make law, specific limitations on the EPA, as well as the federal agency’s failure to comply with previous Supreme Court decisions.

 

    Supporters also say the EPA failed to present compelling environmental and economic rationales for changes to standing law.  A congressional study indicates the EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” could cost American consumers up to $79 billion in total higher energy costs, annually.

 

    New Hampshire’s energy costs are some of the highest in nation, said Rep. Guinta, whovoted last year to cancel the EPA’s proposed regulations. “Granite Staters struggling in this slow economy are depending on affordable energy,” he said.“An obsolete line in an obscure passage of federal law does not give the EPA authority to dictate our national economy.”

 

    “New rules could render New Hampshire’s own legislative authority meaningless.”

 

    On February 9, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block the rules, intervening in a lower court’s decision. The recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia complicates a final ruling. The Court could delay hearingState of West Virginia, et. al. v. Environmental Protection Agencyor allow the EPA’s power plant regulations to move forward.

 

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NHGOP STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF REP BOB LUTHER

 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the passing of Representative Bob Luther of Laconia:
 
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Representative Bob Luther. Representative Luther was a dedicated public servant and a passionate advocate for New Hampshire values who worked tirelessly for his constituents. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Luther family during this difficult time."
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FreeKeeneNews - FSP Releases Proper Snowden Interview Video, Edited by Free Keene Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

Full HD Version of Snowden Interview Released, Created by Free Keene Blogger

While Free Keene bloggers made the front page of the Concord Monitor for releasing unauthorized audio of Edward Snowden's Liberty Forum interview by Reason's Nick Gillespie, another Free Keene blogger was busy editing a full-HD, multiple camera edit of the Snowden interview.  He posted it today to Free Keene.  It's definitely worth sharing - he did an excellent job.

What many readers don't seem to grasp about Free Keene is that our bloggers can and have disagreed or approached activism in different ways.  I as the site administrator do not exert editorial control over site content.  Bloggers at Free Keene can post what they consider important.

Video professional JJ Schlessinger has been a blogger at Free Keene since 2008.  He cut his teeth on activism in Keene having been the creative force behind Free Keene TV and the Free Keene Press.  After discovering his talent and love for video he started a video production company and moved to Manchester in 2012.

ALG - D.C. District Court denies temporary restraining order against federal voter registration form proof of citizenship requirements

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Feb. 23, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americansfor Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the followingstatement praising U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia JudgeRichard Leon's decision to deny a temporary restraining order against theElection Assistance Commission's federal voter registration form's proof ofcitizenship requirements for Alabama, Georgia and Kansas in the case Leagueof Women Voters v. Newby:

"Americans for Limited Governmentpraises Judge Richard Leon for his wise decision to uphold, for now, thefederal voter registration form that includes proof of citizenship requirementsfor Alabama, Georgia and Kansas. Leon's denial of a temporary restraining orderagainst the independent Election Assistance Commission, who made the form, is avictory for the rule of law, and a striking defeat for the Justice Department andits sue and settle racket.

"Attorney General Loretta Lynch andher crew of liberal legal henchmen conspired against the Election AssistanceCommission by attempting to deny it legal counsel when the federal voterregistration form's proof of citizenship requirements were challenged. TheJustice Department thought it could rig the case against the Commission.

"FortunatelyKansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach was there to argue on behalf of the Commissionand the people of Kansas, whose legislature drafted the proof ofcitizenship requirements, and Judge Leon sided with Kansas for now. The nextstep will be a March 9 hearing on whether to issue a preliminary injunctionagainst implementation of the new voter registration form. One thing is forcertain, Loretta Lynch's Justice Department will be less able to rig that outcome."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/d-c-district-court-denies-temporary-restraining-order-against-federal-voter-registration-form-proof-of-citizenship-requirements/

Attachments:

Will DOJ push for illegal alien votingin 2016 fall flat in court? By Robert Romano, Feb. 23, 2016 at http://netrightdaily.com/2016/02/will-doj-push-for-illegal-alien-voting-in-2016-fall-flat-in-court/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

 

Strong NH - Hassan is like a deer in headlights over Gitmo

 

"Now that President Obama has released his plan, Hassan is like a deer caught in a car's headlights. She knows she needs to take a position, but she is frozen and unable to decide what side of the road is best for her political career."

 

 

MANCHESTER - In what seems to be a shocking shift of position, late this afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan told WMUR-TV that she was "skeptical" of President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. This plan proposes moving many of the remaining detainees to the U.S. Some would also be moved to facilities in other counties.

In October of last year, Governor Maggie Hassan told the Union Leader that she would, "consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison." 

As explained in a release from our organization earlier today, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been heavily focused on this issue for months. We have been extremely critical of Governor Maggie Hassan's blatant refusal to fully explain what she would support doing with the dangerous detainees currently at Gitmo if the facility was closed.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Maggie Hassan's continuously shifting positions on countless issues are enough to make anyone's head spin, but her evolving stance on Gitmo should truly leave everyone wondering if even she knows where she stands anymore.

"In October of last year, Maggie Hassan was quick to side with her liberal base in support of closing Gitmo. Over the next four months, as Granite Staters became increasingly concerned about terrorism and national security issues, she hid from her original statement. Now that President Obama has released his plan, Hassan is like a deer caught in a car's headlights. She knows she needs to take a position, but she is frozen and unable to decide what side of the road is best for her political career."

Dufresne continued;

"With her finger in the air to test the direction of the political winds, Maggie Hassan has literally been on all sides of this issue. If she still stands by her original statement that Gitmo should be closed, but she doesn't believe it is safe to relocate them to facilities at home or abroad, then where would Governor Hassan support sending the terrorists? Did she believe the dangerous detainees would just disappear after closing Gitmo? In all likelihood, the naïve Hassan, who remarkably hopes to represent us in the US Senate, doesn't have an answer to that question. That should be utterly terrifying to every Granite Stater who cares about the safety and security of our nation."

 

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FreeKeeneNews - Unauthorized Video of Edward Snowden Speech Causing Controversy

 

 

 

 

 

Free Keene Blogger Releases Unauthorized Video of Edward Snowden Speech, Despite Restrictions

Controversy has exploded online after the 2016 Liberty Forum now that Free Keene blogger Garret Ean has released unauthorized video of Edward Snowden speaking this weekend. Attendees were asked to not record, purportedly at Snowden's request. Why this would be, I don't understand, given the near-guarantee there were federal agents in attendance who could have surreptitiously recorded, and also given that Snowden's previous public appearances were also recorded.

Further, it turns out there was one organization allowed to record. Reason.com was given an exclusive, but it's not clear from my conversations with Liberty Forum organizers why that was the case.

Now, many libertarians are fuming mad at Garret while others are saying the recording restrictions were ridiculous and bound to be ignored by someone.

The full unauthorized recording is available via the Free Keene blog, here.

NHGOP DELEGATE ALLOCATION TO NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

Concord – Today the New Hampshire Secretary of State, per New Hampshire RSA 659:93, certified the delegate count and allocation for New Hampshire’s delegation to the Republican National Convention (July 18th-21st).
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has been notified that the following candidates have been allotted the total number of delegates next to their names below.
Donald Trump – 11
John Kasich – 4
Jeb Bush – 3
Ted Cruz – 3
Marco Rubio – 2
Total -  23
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