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February 20, 2014

My Opinion: February 20, 2014

RAYMOND - The February 5th Session was rescheduled to the 6th, and didn’t start until 2:00 p.m. After opening the Session, a Joint Session was called into order with the Senate and some state officials. Gov. Hassan then gave her State of the State Address.

Being a strong conservative, I truly believe in less tax and spend government, and helping the working class people in New Hampshire. Expanding the Medicaid Program is NOT in the best interest of our state. Increasing the gas tax is not good for the working class people, or for the small businesses, especially the ones along our state borders. What we really need to do is find true solid ways to eliminate government waste and to control spending. Of the eight State of the State speeches I’ve sat through as your state representative, I must sadly say, this one was the worst I’ve heard. What’s coming next: an income tax and/or a sales tax? Wake up New Hampshire!

At about 3:25 p.m., we finally started working on the peoples’ business. We started by finishing up the last 6 bills that were pulled off of the consent calendar back on 1/8. The only one of interest was:

SB-3-FN, eliminating certain ramp tolls on the Everett turnpike in the town of Merrimack. Bill was killed ITL RC 201-72.

Then we started on the 2014 bills. Not planning on staying late, the Speaker opted to take up bills that had no debates lined up. We passed four, killed 10, and tabled one. Bills of interest:

HB-1108-FN, requiring voir dire examination of prospective jurors in all criminal cases. The Constitution, Part 1, Article 15, asserts the right of the accused to a trial by jury, to have all evidence favorable to him produced, and to the judgment of his peers. The voir dire process can help to ensure an impartial jury. Bill passed OTP on voice vote.

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  • Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93

    Meredith, NH — Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93, of Center Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Forestview Manor in Meredith. He was the beloved husband of the late Greta L. (Sykes) Shaw, to whom he was married for 62 years.

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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  • Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzilo

    Raymond, NH — Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzillo, 58, of Raymond, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Elliot Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a sudden illness.

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  • Thomas Hugh Clinton, 73

    Atkinson, NH — Tom passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Tom was born on October, 30, 1940, at Clover Hill Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., as the only child to Hugh Clinton and Evelyn (Forcier) Clinton. Tom graduated from Methuen High School in 195

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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