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Saturday
Feb072015

Josiah Bartlett Center - Gov's Budget, Trains, and School Choice 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire
 

February is that exciting time of the year when the governor gives us a special valentine in the form of her budget address. Much better than candy or flowers, it is an outline of the two-year state budget – the policy document that guides every little thing the government does and defines an administration. With government currently divided, we should listen carefully to see if this critical address is meaningless theater or the first step toward something constructive happening despite political antagonism. Click here to keep reading.


This week, the Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study’s final report was released. The study, which began in 2013, examined a number of transit options for the corridor, with most of the public and political attention focused on the possibility of extending commuter rail into the state. The final study looked at 7 transit options, three for commuter rail, three for bus and a ‘no build’ option. These options were reduced to 5 with the elimination of two of the bus proposals from further consideration. This piece details the commuter rail options presented in the report. Click here to keep reading.


Last month we celebrated School Choice Week here at the Center, highlighting all of the great things that happen when parents are empowered to make get the best education possible for their children. 

A short documentary, Live Free and Learn, was produced by our friends at Cato, that details the School Choice Scholarship Tax Credit here in New Hampshire, and the impact it is having on education.

And
a podcast featuring our own Charlie Arlinghaus discussing education reform in New Hampshire. Click here to listen.

Saturday
Feb072015

NH GOP - LIKELY SENATE CANDIDATE HASSAN TRAVELS TO WASHINGTON TO ADDRESS LIBERAL ADVOCACY GROUP

Concord - Governor and likely United States Senate candidate Maggie Hassan will travel to Washington, DC on February 23rd and 24th to deliver the keynote address at America Votes 2015 State Summit. The New York Times reports that America Votes is "a group that coordinates political activity" for liberal organizations and supports liberal congressional candidates. America Votes is closely tied to liberal mega-donors including George Soros, who donated $1 million to the organization in 2012.

Governor Hassan's out of state political trip was first announced on Twitter by America Votes' New Hampshire lobbyist Paula Hodges.

"Pumped that @Maggie_Hassan will keynote the 2015 @AmericaVotes national Summit in a few short weeks!" tweeted Hodges.

"Governor Hassan is focused on currying favor with liberal political advocacy groups for her Senate campaign instead of moving New Hampshire forward. Our state deserves a full time governor who isn't using the corner office as a stepping stone to selfishly advance her political ambitions," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It is disgraceful that Granite Staters are forced to learn from a political lobbyist that their governor is leaving New Hampshire to rub shoulders with liberal activists in Washington. New Hampshire has a right to know when Governor Hassan is temporarily transferring her powers to leave the state for political travel."

The Nashua Telegraph editorial page today criticized Governor Hassan for using "executive privilege" to restrict information about her political travel. 

"If the governor attends a political fundraiser or some other event in another state, the people of New Hampshire should know that," wrote The Telegraph. "The dissemination of such information is one of the ways people can be sure that the state isn't being run by an absentee governor or one who is being unduly distracted by political considerations."
Thursday
Feb052015

NHGOP FILES RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST FOR HASSAN'S OUT OF STATE TRAVEL RECORDS 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today filed the following Right to Know request regarding Governor Maggie Hassan's out of state travel records for January 2015. The State Committee will file similar requests each month so that Granite Staters can track how many days their absentee governor is spending out of state as she prepares to run for United States Senate.

 

 

The Honorable Maggie Hassan

Governor of New Hampshire

State House

107 North Main Street Concord, New Hampshire 03301

 

Governor Hassan:

 

This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A).

 

I formally request that you provide me with all records regarding your out-of-state travel for the month of January 2015. This request includes, but is not limited to, any information regarding the purpose and duration of travel, in addition to any costs incurred by New Hampshire taxpayers during your trips.

 

Despite your dishonest denials, it is clear that you are using the corner office as a political stepping stone and actively exploring a campaign for United States Senate in 2016. A campaign for United States Senate will require significant out-of-state travel in order to raise the millions of dollars needed for this race.

 

According to the New Hampshire Constitution, the powers of the governor are temporarily transferred to the state Senate president "in the event of the death, resignation, removal from office, failure to qualify, physical or mental incapacity, absence from the state." This means that every time you leave the state to plot your political future or rub shoulders with millionaires at high-end fundraisers, you are unable to execute the duties of your office.

 

Additionally, the governor must inform the Senate president about his or her absence from the state. The Daily Caller reported that on September 11, 2001, then-Governor and United States Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen, traveled to Washington, DC without informing the Senate president about her travel. Governor Shaheen's irresponsible behavior put New Hampshire at risk as officials scrambled to figure out who was in control of state government during their response to the terror attacks that took place on that fateful day.

 

Given this troubling incident, we would also like to specifically request any correspondence with the state Senate regarding your out-of-state travel to ensure that you are following proper protocol.

 

Should you decline to provide any requested information, please provide the specific provision under RSA 91-A that exempts such public records from the Right to Know Law. Granite Staters have a right to know how often their governor is shirking the responsibilities of her office in order to advance her career. They also deserve a full-time executive in the corner office, not an absentee governor who has been dishonest about her political intentions.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Wednesday
Jan282015

State House/LOB open Today 1/28/15

Following discussions with Governor Hassan’s office and the Office of Emergency Management, the decision has been made to open the State House and Legislative Office Building regular business on Wednesday, January 28. (see House schedule below, note  Finance change)

 

 

Senate President Chuck Morse

Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 in the NH House

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 305, relative to assessment of and discharge planning for minors in the juvenile court

system.

11:00 a.m. HB 307, relative to the membership and duties of the legislative youth advisory council.

1:15 p.m. HB 380, relative to investigations of child day care agencies.

2:00 p.m. HB 168, relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 308, relative to the supervision of a real estate office and the duties of a facilitator under

the real estate practice act.

10:30 a.m. HB 358, relative to driver’s license information obtained by pawnbrokers and secondhand

dealers.

11:00 a.m. HB 230, relative to penalties for failure to timely discharge a mortgage.

1:15 p.m. HB 356, exempting persons using private virtual currencies for internet commerce from the

licensing requirements for money transmitters.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 214-FN, relative to circumstances under which a police officer’s certification may be revoked.

11:00 a.m. HB 245, establishing a committee to study state and county departments of corrections.

1:00 p.m. HB 367-FN, redefining simple assault.

1:45 p.m. HB 240, prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using a drone to collect evidence.

2:30 p.m. HB 287, allowing citizens to record by audio or video a traffic stop by law enforcement officers.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 301, allowing a parent to elect not to include their child in the unique pupil identification

system or other information database maintained by the department of education.

10:45 a.m. HB 253, relative to the requirements for filing a charter school application.

11:30 a.m. HB 346, relative to criminal history records checks for school employees and volunteers.

1:00 p.m. HB 242, relative to the statewide improvement and assessment program.

1:30 p.m. HB 323, relative to the administration of the statewide assessment program.

2:15 p.m. HB 283, requiring school districts to establish a policy permitting a pupil’s parent or legal

guardian to observe his or her classes.

3:00 p.m. HB 303, relative to statewide assessment standards and relative to parental consent for

psychological services to students.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

10:00 a.m. CACR 4, Relating to the right to vote. Providing that 17-year olds who will be eligible to vote

in the general election be permitted to vote in the election’s primary election.

10:30 a.m. HB 328, relative to delivery of absentee ballots.

10:45 a.m. HB 340, relative to appointing undeclared voters as inspectors of election.

11:00 a.m. HB 355, relative to pre-election tests of ballot counting devices.

11:15 a.m. HB 112, relative to domicile for voting purposes.

1:00 p.m. HB 320, relative to removal of certain campaign materials at the polling place.

1:15 p.m. HB 312, relative to registration of voters.

1:30 p.m. HB 304, establishing a committee to study public access to political campaign information.

1:45 p.m. HB 228, relative to showing or specially marking a ballot.137 23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD

2:30 p.m. Executive session on HB 135, relative to qualifications of assistant election officials, HB 173,

relative to instruction on ballots, HB 183, relative to voter registration forms, and HB 185,

authorizing straight ticket voting.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 372, relative to certain private employers under workers’ compensation.

11:00 a.m. HB 373, establishing the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor.

1:00 p.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 200, defining “farm stand.”

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 113, designating the mastodon as the official state fossil.

11:00 a.m. HB 216-FN, relative to recovery of certain investigatory costs by regulatory boards and commissions.

1:00 p.m. HB 279, establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New

Hampshire.

1:45 p.m. HB 139-FN, relative to an emergency exception under the New Hampshire retirement system

for certain part-time employment.

2:15 p.m. HB 182, establishing a committee to study alternative public employee retirement plans.

2:30 p.m. Executive session on HB 119, establishing the John G. Winant Memorial Commission.

 

FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB

10:00 a.m. Informational meeting: Commissioner John Beardmore, Department of Revenue: Taxes.

1:00 p.m. HB 176-FN-A-L, relative to towns affected by the Merrimack River flood control compact and

the Connecticut River flood control compact and making an appropriation therefor.

1:45 p.m. HB 261, relative to disbursements of school building aid grant payments.

2:30 p.m. HB 376-FN-A, appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose

of funding eligible and completed drinking water, wastewater, and landfill closure projects under

the state aid grant program.

 

FINANCE – (DIVISION III), Rooms 210-211 (Finance moved to Thurs.)

11:00 a.m. Informational meeting: Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers, Director of Intergovernmental

Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services: Medicaid Transformation Waiver.

 

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

9:15 a.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 188, allowing the department of health and human services

to share certain Medicaid enhancement tax information with the Centers for Medicare and

Medicaid Services.

10:15 a.m. HB 330, establishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency.

11:00 a.m. HB 202, repealing the authority for the dispensing of prescription drugs in certain clinics.

1:15 p.m. HB 232, relative to training in suicide risk assessment, treatment, and management.

2:15 p.m. HB 219-FN, relative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 290, relative to the acceptance of risk in outdoor recreational activities.

11:00 a.m. HB 292, expanding the good Samaritan law to engineers and architects.

1:00 p.m. HB 315, relative to termination of tenancy.

1:45 p.m. HB 309, permitting landlords to remove tenants’ property in certain circumstances.

2:30 p.m. HB 269, allowing a landlord to collect first and last month’s rent in addition to a security deposit.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Room 307, LOB

10:15 a.m. HB 324, relative to membership in a union.

11:00 a.m. HB 267-FN, requiring employers to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States.

1:00 p.m. HB 347, relative to payment of wages of certain hourly school district employees.

1:30 p.m. HB 365, prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions.

2:30 p.m. HB 361, relative to the definition of “employee.”

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 192, relative to the valuation of utility property.

10:20 a.m. HB 193, relative to utility assessments for the use of village district roads.

10:40 a.m. HB 186, enabling the department of environmental services and the town of New Ipswich to

negotiate an agreement regarding the encroachment of the town cemetery on state land.

11:00 a.m. HB 275, relative to the encroachment of a town cemetery on state-owned land.23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD 138

1:00 p.m. HB 235, relative to obstruction of traffic on certain highways.

1:20 p.m. HB 189, relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county

delegation budget.

1:45 p.m. HB 191, relative to projects which are privately financed in energy efficiency and clean energy

districts.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

10:15 a.m. HB 384, establishing a committee to study the feasibility of privatizing the New Hampshire

toll system.

11:00 a.m. HB 321, establishing a committee to study improvements to the Elizabeth Meader Hanson site

in Dover.

Executive session to follow on HB 115, repealing the allocation of gross appropriations from

the highway fund in the state budget and HB 144, establishing a commission to study the

long-term viability of the New Hampshire state port authority.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:30 a.m. HB 201, relative to the acquisition of property rights at Back Lake dam in the town of Pittsburg,

Lake Armington dam in the town of Piermont, Cass Pond dam in the town of Epsom, and

Chesham Pond dam in the town of Harrisville by the department of environmental services.

11:00 a.m. HB 254, relative to exceptions to restrictions on boating.

11:30 a.m. Full committee work session on HB 174, establishing a committee to study the name and

structure of the department of resources and economic development, HB 111, relative to land

retained by the state and HB 167, directing the commissioners of the department of resources

and economic development and the department of environmental services to develop a business

development plan to attract certain businesses to New Hampshire.

1:15 p.m. HB 259, relative to the reporting date of the economic development strategy and plan.

1:45 p.m. HB 272, designating the Ham Branch watershed in Easton as a protected river and exempting

the Ham Branch watershed from the comprehensive shoreland protection act.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Representatives Hall

10:00 a.m. HB 143, relative to electric renewable energy classes.

11:15 a.m. HB 234, relative to renewable portfolio standards.

Room 304, LOB

12:45 p.m. Executive session on HB 132-L, relative to time-based rates for electric service.

1:00 p.m. Continued committee briefings.

 

TRANSPORTATION, Room 203, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 387-FN, relative to motor vehicle inspections.

10:30 a.m. HB 388-FN-A, establishing university number plates.

11:00 a.m. HB 357, relative to notice of change of name or address on a driver’s license.

11:30 a.m. HB 241-FN, prohibiting driving while holding an animal in the driver’s seat.

1:00 p.m. HB 310, relative to reporting the destruction of motor vehicles.

1:30 p.m. HB 385-FN, relative to special motorcycle number plates for disabled veterans.

2:00 p.m. HB 260, relative to the definition of antique motor vehicle or motorcycle.

2:30 p.m. or immediately following HB 260, Executive session on HB 105, relative to special number plates

for members of the Civil Air Patrol, HB 121, making a technical correction to the negligent driving

statute, HB 123, relative to walking disability placards, HB 134, establishing a committee

to study the use of motorized scooter chairs on roadways and sidewalks, and HB 156, relative to

the 70 mile per hour speed limit on a portion of I-93.

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 258-FN-L, relative to fees for preparing motor vehicle registration documents.

10:30 a.m. HB 278, relative to town clerk fees for fill and dredge permit applications.

11:00 a.m. HB 359, allowing municipalities in Carroll county to offer property tax exemptions to foster

commercial and industrial construction.

11:30 a.m. CACR 1, Relating to taxation. Providing that a 3/5 vote is required to pass legislation imposing

new or increased taxes or license fees, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds and providing

that the general court shall appropriate funds for payment of interest and installments of

principal of all state bonds.

1:00 p.m. HB 314, establishing a commission to study the charitable status of certain nonprofit organizations

for purposes of state and local taxation.

1:30 p.m. HB 319, establishing a committee to study effects of making changes to certain New Hampshire

tax laws.139 23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD

2:00 p.m. HB 350, establishing a commission to study the impacts of the property tax on New Hampshire’s

residents, businesses, municipalities, and the economy.

Tuesday
Jan272015

NH House Speaker Jasper, NH Senate President Morse - State of Emergency 

This afternoon, Governor Hassan declared that a state of emergency exists in the State of New Hampshire due to the impending winter storm.  Because of the expected blizzard like conditions, which will include heavy snowfall, high winds and whiteout conditions,  she has encouraged citizens to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.  The Governor has also made the decision to  close state government and advised that all but essential state employees stay home and off the roads.  As a result the State House  and Legislative Office Building will remain closed on Tuesday, January 27th.  We will monitor the situation throughout the day on Tuesday with regard to any potential postponements or cancellations for Wednesday should the storm continue.