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MPP - House Subcommittee to Review Marijuana Bill Monday 

House Subcommittee Meeting to Consider Details of Bill to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol


Full House approved legislation to end marijuana prohibition and establish a legal market for businesses to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older in January


CONCORD — On Monday, a five-member subcommittee formed by the House Ways and Means Committee will convene to examine the revenue and regulatory aspects of a bill that would make marijuana legal and regulate it like alcohol in the Granite State. HB 492 would make personal possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults age 21 and older. It would also direct the state to license and regulate marijuana retail, cultivation, production, and testing facilities. The subcommittee is expected to consider changes to the bill’s proposed system for taxing and regulating marijuana. The members of the subcommittee are Rep. Frank Sapareto (R-Derry), Rep. Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham), Rep. Russell Ober (R-Hudson), Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson), and Rep. John Kelley (D-Nashua).


The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved the bill in a 170-162 vote on January 15. It was the first time in history that a legislative chamber in the U.S. has passed legislation to end marijuana prohibition and establish a legal market for businesses to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older. After the subcommittee has concluded its work, the House Ways and Means Committee will vote, and the bill will return to the full House of Representatives for a second vote in February or March. If approved a second time by the House, it will then be considered by the state Senate. 


“The Ways and Means Committee should be applauded for its diligent work on this much needed legislation," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which lobbied in support of the bill. "Voters are clearly ready to scrap New Hampshire’s failed prohibition of marijuana, and this subcommittee now has a great opportunity to make the bill as strong as possible before it moves forward.”


Sixty percent of New Hampshire adults support HB 492, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll released in October by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Just 36% said they are opposed. The entire poll is available at


WHAT: House Ways and Means subcommittee on marijuana legalization bill HB 492 work session


WHEN: Monday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET


WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Room 202, 33 N. State St., Concord


WHO: Rep. John Kelley (D-Nashua)

Rep. Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham)

Rep. Russell Ober (R-Hudson)

Rep. Frank Sapareto (R-Derry)

Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)

Matt Simon, New England Political Director, Marijuana Policy Project


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on House Bill on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Medicaid Expansion Commission member Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following statements relative to the unveiling of a House bill dealing with Medicaid Expansion that will be debated during the Special Session.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The Governor and House Democrats have proposed an expansion of a government entitlement program that will likely push New Hampshire towards a broad based sales or income tax. We should be looking to reform Medicaid, not grow its rolls by tens of thousands. We should strive to find more innovative and cost effective ways to provide access to healthcare in New Hampshire. Republicans will continue to suggest alternatives that protect taxpayers and increase personal responsibility measures.”

“The bill also has provisions outside of the Medicaid Expansion Commission’s recommendation and gives us even more reason to question the intention of the bill. The bill eliminates the Join Health Care Reform Oversight Committee. This committee is essential to maximizing transparency during the Obamacare implementation period.”

Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare)

"The Medicaid Expansion Commission majority proposal is compassionate, but it's unaffordable to New Hampshire taxpayers.  It would expand the Medicaid program to provide free health insurance for the working poor  --  that's compassionate  --  but it would make New Hampshire taxpayers responsible for an unlimited increase in the state's share of the costs  --  that's unaffordable.  The minority of the Commission recommended a better way, one that would provide health insurance but limit costs to the state's taxpayers.  I hope the full House will consider that more responsible approach."


US Sen Shaheen - Up For a Vote 

Jeanne Shaheen


Efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to address our country’s energy needs.

That’s why I’ve proposed bipartisan legislation with Sen. Rob Portman: The Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act.

The bill came to the floor yesterday, and a full Senate vote could come soon.

If we can pass it, it will save money, create jobs and decrease harmful emissions.

Take a look at this infographic explaining how this bill works and the positive impact it will have.

Check it out, then sign my petition calling for the Senate to pass this bill immediately.

Click here to view the infographic right now and support the Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act.

This bill is exactly what our country needs – we can’t afford to keep using outdated, inefficient technologies when there are better options available.

With your help, we can finally get it passed.

Thank you,


The Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industry Competitiveness Act. Click here to view the full graphic.


Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

State Senate Commerce Committee rejects legislation that would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 3-2 against HB 668 this week, which would have moved New Hampshire towards a partnership healthcare exchange under Obamacare. Citizens for A Strong New Hampshire applauds the Senate Commerce Committee's decision to reject HB 668.

In 2012, HB 1297 was signed into law by Governor Lynch. HB 1297 prohibited the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange. The bill also established guidelines for interaction with a federally-facilitated exchange created for New Hampshire.


We are encouraged by the Senate Commerce Committee's recommendation to reject HB 668 and prevent New Hampshire from moving towards a state partnership exchange under Obamacare.

This piece of legislation was just another attempt by Governor Hassan to circumvent last year's law against creating a state healthcare exchange. In addition, this 'exchange' has been reported to only include one provider, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, thus implementing a state run monopoly.


The bill will be voted on by the entire State Senate next week.

New Hampshire House rejects legislative oversight in approval process of state union contracts

On Tuesday, the House voted 191-135 rejecting SB 153, a bill that would have offered legislative oversight through the fiscal committee with collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire was disappointed that the House was unwilling to include the fiscal committee into collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state. This bill would have required the state to follow the same approval process that is expected at the county and local levels and would have provided integrity and transparency into the process.


Join Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire for a visibility at Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Town Hall meeting next week

After months without public events for Granite Staters to ask Senator Jeanne Shaheen the tough questions, she will finally be attending a Town Hall meeting next week in Manchester and Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire will be there to fight for the issues we believe in.  

We are asking you to join us for a visibility outside of Senator Shaheen's Town Hall to call on her to support policies that create jobs, lower taxes and improve the economy.

When: Friday, June 7th from 10:30am - 11:30am 
Where: Saint Anselm College, Institute of Politics 
100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102

Please RSVP if you can attend to    

Help us reach more Granite Staters!

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is working hard to educate Granite Staters on the important issues facing our state and country, but we need your help to spread that message. If you have friends or family that might be interested in reading our weekly e-newsletters,be sure to forward this link along to them and have them sign up.


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NH Senate Republicans Comment on Passage of Pro-Jobs Legislation

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Republicans released the following statements on the passage of two pro-jobs bills during today’s session.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) on the passage of HB 598, increasing the reasonable compensation safe harbor for Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) owners:

“In 2011, I was proud to sponsor SB125 to reform the state’s LLC statutes and establish a minimum safe harbor threshold of $50,000 for small business owners to draw as a salary.  HB598 increases that threshold to $75,000 which will allow small business owners to keep more of what they make each year without worrying about intrusive audits of their finances.  By establishing a more appropriate threshold, this legislation removes concerns about shifting levels of taxation and is another important step to ensuring New Hampshire remains a business-friendly state that nurtures our small businesses.”

Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) on the passage of HB676, extending the Coos County Job Creation Tax Credit:

“The Coos County Job Creation Tax Credit has been an added incentive to North Country businesses to create jobs throughout the recession by providing a credit against the business enterprise taxes a business would pay on new employees.  As the state and the region continue to work our way back from the economic downturn, it is important that this incentive remain in place to remove some of the disincentive to hire and instead encourage the creation and expansion of business and job opportunities across the North Country.”

Both bills passed by votes of 24-0, without amendment, and now head to the Governor for her signature.