How do you annul a criminal record in the digital age? A House proposal to update the state’s criminal record annulment law attempts to provide a 21st century answer to a pre-digital age New Hampshire statute.
House Bill 82 will have its first Senate hearing later today.
When is a tax cut bill that passes the House not really a tax cut bill that passed the House?
New Hampshire saw the question asked and answered Wednesday when two tax cut proposals were approved by the full House. In a rare parliamentary move, House Republican leaders then stopped, or “tabled” the bills, preventing them from moving to and being considered by the Senate.
New House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) has removed the requirement that House committees provide advance notice of their executive sessions, when committee recommendations are decided.
All five of Governor John Lynch’s vetoes were sustained yesterday in the N.H. Legislature, although pushing through the bill to repeal certain gun laws (House Bill 1161) was a narrow miss.
Meanwhile (and hardly a dry topic), the Department of Environmental Services is taking its show on the road to explain new rules for road-stream crossings at the estimated 17,000 such locations around the state.
The N.H. Legislature last spring voted to repeal some of New Hampshire’s gun laws and to limit who is subject to the state’s public right-to-know laws. Gov. John Lynch has vetoed three related bills, and today the House and Senate will have the chance to override Lynch’s actions.
Gov. John Lynch’s Gaming Study Commission is nearing its end, but the time for public comment is just beginning. A new online forum for “deliberative” discussion opened Feb. 25, and organizers are optimistic about the opportunity it gives the public to inform decision-making.
Lynch formed the Study Commission in 2009 to conduct a review of various models of expanded gambling and their potential impacts on the state. Proposals for expanded gaming in New Hampshire range from bringing in video slot machines to full-fledged casinos to upscale casino resorts.
The forum, put together by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, is the final piece of a program called “What’s at Stake? Community Conversations to Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Expanded Legal Gambling In New Hampshire.”
Whatever survives the session’s second half will then go to Gov. Lynch’s office for a signature, a veto, or to become law without signature. … One set of laws that won’t be landing on the governor’s desk deal with changes to current abortion laws. Also in this installment: health insurance, and a House rule change to permanent records.
It’s ethics week at the New Hampshire State House. Well, not really. But a handful of ethics-related bills will be scrutinized, in what is generally a pretty tame session. Senate Bill 33 would allow “lobbyists and those connected with lobbyists” to sit on committees established by the judicial branch, and Senate Bill 116 would allow insurance companies to make political contributions. Both have passed the Senate and receive their House public hearings next week.
New Hampshire’s 161st General Court officially convenes on Wednesday, Jan. 7. It’s bound to be a fast-paced tumble of activity as items such as a North Country casino, a broad-based income tax, and even a new state dog come up for debate.
Starting next week, Front Door Politics will bring you weekly updates on topics like these and what Concord is doing about them. But, since the action hasn’t really started yet, we’ll take this opportunity to give a pre-session primer on the New Hampshire legislative process … in particular, how someone like you can make a bill become a law.