NH Lawmakers Consider Potatoes – and Pot
A look at some of the more interesting bills going through the 2013 legislation.
The elections are over and it is time for our elected officials to get to work.
First, here are the eleven standing Senate committees for 2013-14 announced by Senate President Peter Bragdon, including chairmen:
Capital Budget: Chr. David Boutin
Commerce: Chr. Andy Sanborn
Energy & Natural Resources: Chr. Russell Prescott
Executive Departments & Administration: Chr. Sharon Carson
Finance: Chr. Chuck Morse
*Health, Education & Human Services: Chr. Nancy Stiles
Judiciary: Chr. Sharon Carson
Public & Municipal Affairs: Chr. David Boutin
Rules, Enrolled Bills and Internal Affairs: Chr. Russell Prescott
Transportation: Chr. Jim Rausch
Ways & Means: Chr. Bob Odell
Also, below is a list of Legislative Service Requests (LSR) being considered by the NH General Court. These are the first notice the community has that a legislator is considering introducing a bill.
There are few available details to these bills as it is early in the process. When the text of the bill becomes available, the list of active bills will be updated to refer to the bill:
Here are some of the more interesting bills being considered by our New Hampshire lawmakers:
- Rep. John O’Connor (R) is sponsoring a bill to establish the potato as the state vegetable.
- Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts (D) is sponsoring a bill relative to coin-operated rides.
- Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (D) and Rep. Donald LeBrun (R) are both sponsoring bills relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Vaillancourt is also considering raising certain speed limits to 75 mph.
- Speaking of marijuana, Rep. Michael Garcia (D) is sponsoring a bill prohibiting the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance.
- Charles Weed (D) is sponsoring a bill to increase the beer tax in New Hampshire.
- Charles Townsend (D) is sponsoring a bill relative to the availability of hand sanitizer to patrons at restaurants. He is also considering a bill that prohibits certain state employees from wearing fragrances
- In honor of New Hampshire’s only U.S. president, Dick Patten (D) is sponsoring a bill to establish Franklin Pierce Day.
- Rep. Robert Rowe (R) is sponsoring a bill relative to attorneys' fees for indigent defendant parents in termination of parental rights cases. He is also sponsoring a bill relative to NH E-Court Project fees.
- A bill relative to town library and cemetery budgets in towns that have adopted official ballot voting is currently sponsored by Rep. Peter Hansen (R). He is also considering a bill relative to the land use change tax.