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Friday
May012015

American Cancer Society - ACS CAN Statement on Indoor Tanning "Yes" Vote 

ACS CAN Applauds “Yes” Vote on Legislation Protecting Minors from Indoor Tanning Devices

 

CONCORD – April 30, 2015 – The New Hampshire Senate today approved House Bill 136, which prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by minors under the age of 18. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supported the measure and worked with lawmakers to advocate for the bill’s passage.

 

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is extremely pleased that the Senate has taken a major step in protecting New Hampshire youth from the deadly effects of skin cancer by voting in support of this indoor tanning bill,” said Mike Rollo, New Hampshire director of government relations for ACS CAN.

 

“We applaud members of the New Hampshire Senate for supporting this legislation and thank Representatives Azarian and Barnes for their leadership on this important issue. We encourage Governor Hassan to act with equal expediency and sign into law this lifesaving piece of legislation.”

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more than 2 million cases being diagnosed annually. In New Hampshire this year, an estimated 280 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, rates that are higher than the national average. Avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer. This is especially true for kids.

 

Young people under the age of 18 are at a particularly high risk for the damages associated with UV radiation and exposure, since their skin is not fully developed and their skin cells are dividing and changing more rapidly than those of adults. In fact, indoor tanning use before the age of 35 increases melanoma risk by 59 percent.

 

“The research is clear – tanning devices cause cancer. By supporting this bill to protect our kids from the UV radiation emitted by these devices, New Hampshire lawmakers are working to prevent future skin cancer diagnoses and save lives,” said Rollo.

 

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

 

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Thursday
Apr302015

US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan bill to help Granite State fisheries 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta introduced the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act, a bipartisan bill to redirect more than $100 million in existing funds to programs of crucial importance to sustainably managing our fisheries and the communities and fishermen who make a living from the ocean.  Joined by Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), this piece of legislation would provide grants to research, monitor and manage our state’s fisheries.   

 

“The bipartisan Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act is a crucial step in strengthening New Hampshire’s historical fishing industry during this difficult period in the industry,” said Rep. Frank Guinta, who represents the fishing communities of the Seacoast in New Hampshire. “Granite State fishermen deserve the resources necessary to assist with their jobs, cope with government mandates and increase their revenue.  This is one of many of my bipartisan solutions to help alleviate the challenges our state’s fishermen face.”

 

“I am proud to join Rep. Guinta in re-introducing this important piece of legislation,” said Rep. Bill Keating, who represents the fishing communities of Southeastern Massachusetts. “Our bill, as we have supported in previous Congresses, is a simple, common-sense step to ensure that our fishermen receive the full balance of funds available to them under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act grant program. This is a nonpartisan issue that requires bipartisan support, and we all agree that better science leads to better management. This bill will ensure that fishermen are directly involved in promoting the research and development that will impact their livelihoods.”

 

This bipartisan bill ensures key programs critical to managing ocean fish populations and the fishermen and communities which depend on them will receive increased and sustainable funding.

 

To read a copy of the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act, please click here.

 

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Wednesday
Apr152015

US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan autolending bill to save consumers millions per year 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Guinta joined Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) yesterday in introducing H.R. 1737 – the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act of 2015 - to rescind flawed guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which harms consumers by limiting their ability to obtain discounted auto financing.

 

“In 2013, the CFPB implemented guidance without providing a public comment period for consumers, small businesses or stakeholders to prevent families and individuals from obtaining auto financing discounts.  From the single, working mother in Manchester to the small business owner on the Seacoast to the hunters of the north country – this bipartisan bill will provide as many opportunities as possible for Granite Staters to receive the best financing required to achieve car ownership.”

 

H.R. 1737 would repeal a CFPB bulletin from 2013 that was designed to pressure lending institutions into eliminating the availability of auto financing discounts.  These discounts save consumers millions of dollars every year.

 

Joining Congressman Guinta and Congressman Perlmutter, this strong bipartisan bill has 7 original co-sponsors, including Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), David Scott (D-GA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Daniel Kildee (D-MI) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH.)

 

For a copy of H.R. 1737, please click here.

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Thursday
Apr092015

NHGOP LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF ELECTION LAW REFORM BILL 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched an online petition in support of efforts led by Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) to reform longstanding issues with New Hampshire election law. Senate Bill 179 clarifies the definition of domicile to include a thirty day residency requirement before individuals can vote in New Hampshire.

 

"People who vote in New Hampshire should live in New Hampshire," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This petition is an effort to educate the public on the importance of election law and to gather support for the passage of this critical legislation. Governor Hassan and her Democratic colleagues should rise above political partisanship and support this commonsense legislation to ensure the integrity of our elections."

 

Recently, Secretary of State Bill Gardner stated that New Hampshire has "drive-by voting" and that he has witnessed fraud personally. Senator Carson worked with Secretary of State Gardner on the bill's language to ensure that it does not infringe on any individual's right to vote. SB 179 passed the Senate and is currently being debated in the House.

 

The online petition urging passage of SB 179 can be found here or by visiting bit.ly/nhdomicile

 

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Tuesday
Apr072015

MPP - Fmr. Drug Cop to Support Marijuana Bill at N.H. Senate Hearing (4/7) 

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Former Narcotics Officer to Testify in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill TOMORROW (Tue.) at New Hampshire Senate Committee Hearing

 

At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin will join Rep. Adam Schroadter and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference to express support for HB 618, which would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of small amounts of marijuana

                                                

CONCORD — A former narcotics officer will testify at a New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday in support of a bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

 

At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will join Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9: 40 a.m. ET in Room 100 of the State House.

 

HB 618, sponsored by Rep. Schroadter and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors, would make possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and up to $500 for third and subsequent offenses. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time. 

 

The House of Representatives approved the measure 297-67 on March 11.


“New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still doles out criminal records and jail time for simple marijuana possession,” said Simon, a Goffstown resident and New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “People’s lives should not be turned upside down just for possessing a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.

 

 “We hope the Senate and Gov. Hassan will join the overwhelming majority of the House — and the overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters — in supporting this modest proposal.”

 

WHAT: News conference and New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding HB 618, which would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, news conference at 9 a.m. ET, hearing at 9:40 a.m. ET

 

WHERE: News conference in lobby of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; hearing in Room 100 of the State House, 107 North Main St., Concord

 

WHO: Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), primary sponsor of HB 618

Maj. Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Matt Simon, New England political director, Marijuana Policy Project

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