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NH Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Moratorium on Zohydro 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Sanborn amendment would ban the hydrocodone pain pill for up to 18 months

Concord, NH - Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, announced today that he plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the use or distribution of the painkiller Zohydro in New Hampshire for up to 18 months. 

Zohydro became the only pure hydrocodone pain pill available on the market following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last year.  Since then, attorneys general from 28 states, including New Hampshire, have asked the FDA to reassess its decision and federal legislation has been filed that would require the agency to prohibit the drug.  Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and other states have also taken or are considering action to restrict or prohibit the drug.

“As the state continues to struggle with a growing heroin epidemic, driven in part by a widespread availability of cheap and addictive prescription painkillers over the last decade, I believe the legislature must take a close look at highly addictive drugs like this one that could pose serious new or additional health risks to our population,” said Sanborn.

The Senator will offer an amendment (1322s) to House Bill 584, relative to covered prescription drugs, which would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to impose a year and a half moratorium on the drug.  Under the amendment, the moratorium would be lifted if Zohydro becomes available in an abuse-deterrent form or when either Congress or the federal Department of Health and Human Services takes action on requests to overturn the FDA’s decision.

“By pressing pause on this drug in its current form, I am hopeful that we can encourage the manufacturer to move quickly to bring an abuse-deterrent formula to market to assist patients in need of relief while also protecting the public, and particularly our young people, from the dangerous consequences of potential diversion, misuse and abuse of this drug,” continued Sanborn”

The Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing on the amendment on Tuesday, April 15th at 3:00 P.M.  Copies of the amendment will be available at today’s Commerce Committee hearing and can also be found attached.

“The public hearing on this amendment will be an opportunity for the committee to hear from both sides of this issue to ensure we are moving forward with a policy that carefully balances the needs of patients with our responsibility to protect public health and safety,” concluded Sanborn.


ATTACHMENT: Senate Amendment 1322s

Apr072014 - 4 million reasons why lawmakers are looking at school sports takeover

4 million reasons why Illinois lawmakers are looking at high school sports takeover

The Illinois Legislature certainly does not want to administer the state’s high school chess tournament, but lawmakers wouldn’t mind getting a piece of the millions of dollars high school basketball and high school football bring in each year. [continue reading]

Nanny-state state of the week: CA lawmaker wants to ban certain facial scrubs

For the first of installment in this weekly series, it seems appropriate our attention is focused on California, a state with a well-known and well-deserved reputation for leading the way when it comes to governmental regulations, bans and general you-can’t-do-that-ism. [continue reading]

Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

The widespread use of automatic license plate reader technology by local police departments is not only unsettling — it’s unconstitutional, one civil liberties advocate argues. [continue reading]

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Franklin Center - Shield law misunderstands the nature of journalism

Chuck Schumer’s shield law misunderstands the nature of journalism

After disturbing revelations last year that the Department of Justice was treating the privacy of U.S. citizens with the disdain it once reserved for enemies of the state, hopes were briefly raised that Congress would finally get around to legislating some long overdue protections for journalists. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently announced that the Senate has the votes to pass a media shield law to do so.

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Maria Bartiromo’s Debut Is Another Win For Fox

The most successful businesses have one thing in common–they’re never satisfied with the status quo and are constantly looking for ways to deliver a better product. Take Fox News Channel, the undisputed ratings king of cable news that has been on a run of nearly-uninterrupted Nielsen dominance for almost a decade. Just as no business can sit at the top of the heap for 8 years without evolving, Fox knows that it needs to continue to hire the best available talent and reinvigorate its lineup to keep viewers tuning in.

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A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass a bill that will extend legal protections to a narrow class of reporters. In the eyes of the government, a "journalist" is an employee of a legacy media outlet. But we know better! Journalism is a public service that anyone can perform. It's about researching facts, asking questions, and reporting the truth to your fellow citizens. Instead of erecting arbitrary barriers between journalists, the government should be protecting anyone willing to take up this cause--no matter who they are or where they work.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

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In The News

Franklin Center launches blogger fellowship program

Please welcome our inaugural fellows: Ben Howe and Amelia Hamilton!

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Citizen Spotlight: John Day

"I see my contribution to Citizen Watchdog as an act of public service."

Read about it here!

Healthcare 2.0: Millennials under Obamacare

Generation opportunity says young people just aren't signing up!

Here's Watchdog Wire's recap!

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ALG's Daily Grind - IRS likely to delay First Amendment squelching regulations


April 4, 2014

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IRS likely to delay First Amendment squelching regulations
The American people overwhelm agency with comments over its proposal to restrict 501(c)(4) political speech. Said IRS Commissioner, "It's going to take us a while to sort through all those comments, hold a public hearing, possibly repropose a draft regulation and get more public comments. This means that it is unlikely we will be able to complete this process before the end of the year."

Walden: 'Nobody controls ICANN'
House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Rep. Greg Walden is right. Who will ensure ICANN or its successor upholds the First Amendment's protections of free speech when the Internet is given away? Nobody, that's who.

McClatchy: Is whistleblower advocate for nation's spies under attack?
The Obama Administration is going after a whistleblower who nailed CIA and Pentagon officials (including then Secretary Leon Panetta) for leaking information on Seal Team Six and the bin Laden raid to Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers.


ALG's Daily Grind - California's anti-gun gun runner


April 2, 2014

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California's anti-gun gun runner
Did you hear the one about the San Francisco, California Democrat State Senator who crusaded for additional gun control being arrested for plotting to sell guns to al Qaeda affiliated groups in the Philippines?

Obamacare previously uninsured enrollees off by 4.7 million?
Los Angeles Times report: Just one-third of health exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured.

More fraudulent science from EPA on sulfur in gasoline rules
Environ International: Regardless of their ultimate cost, new EPA rules governing sulfur content of gasoline will only reduce monthly ozone levels by just 1.2 parts per billion during rush hour.

Levy: Caught in the political grinder
Wall Street Journal senior editorial writer Collin Levy chronicles the collateral damage in one district attorney's quest to destroy Scott Walker.