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We continue our today with our snapshot tour of some of the more the 250 bills and amendments that lawmakers will consider over a scheduled three days beginning tomorrow.
In this installment, we look at five bills that are part of the so-called Regular Calendar for the House this week — meaning they are subject to floor debate and roll call votes where every lawmaker’s vote is recorded. These are measures we’ve covered this session, encompassing issues including medical marijuana, abortion, the Financial Resources Mortgage scandal, and taxes.
Instead of a full House session, committees are holding extra meetings today. It’s part of a mid-season push to get bills out of committee and up for votes.
House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) has decided to have no full House sessions this week, allowing more time for committees to make their annual mad rush to beat the legislative calendar.
Two of New Hampshire’s most hotly debated political issues of recent years — parental notification and gay marriage — are on the docket for committee votes later today.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to make recommendations for a bill that would require parental notification for minors seeking abortions, plus two measures to repeal the state’s equal marriage law that went into effect in 2010. Republican leadership positions on these controversial social issues is mixed.
For the third time since 2007, legislation has been filed to cut off all state funding for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which runs six health centers in New Hampshire.
The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold the first public hearing on House Bill 228 Tuesday. While no state or federal funds can be used for abortions — except in the case of rape, incest, or danger to mother’s health — the bill’s primary sponsor claims the state’s taxpayers are paying for them, all the same.
How much will social issues matter at the State House this year? New Hampshire’s budget is clearly at the top of the agenda, if this fall’s campaign promises bear fruit. But the bills filed so far indicate that social matters are on the table, too.
Will the gay marriage law of 2009 be repealed? Will medical marijuana get a closer look? Will parental notification for teenage abortions be restored?
These are a few policy questions that lawmakers will consider when the 2011 legislative session opens Jan. 5. In our latest installment of previewing proposed bills, we look at three hot-button bills that will likely garner headlines — including here at Front Door Politics — in the next few months.
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.
The committees are made, bills introduced and seats assigned. The NH House and Senate took their formal start for 2009 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, one day before Gov. Lynch’s inauguration.
And there’s no time to waste, as public hearings start next week on the nearly 1000 bills up for debate this session.
House committees are scheduled to hear a total of 55 bills next week, while the Senate is looking at 12. Following is a short selection of bill titles with their prime sponsors, hearing dates, assigned committees and brief analyses.
The 2008 global economic flop is straining government coffers just as much as it’s pulling at citizens’ purse strings. Following is a preview of New Hampshire legislation that will either affect or be affected by projected budget shortfalls, as well as additional legislative items of note on the docket for the 2009 legislative session.