, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

February 20, 2014

My Opinion: February 20, 2014


HB-1135-FN, relative to penalties for driving without a license. With the tragedy that occurred last summer in Hampton, where an unlicensed driver was involved in a fatal crash, this bill will assist authorities in preventing unlicensed drivers from our roads. The Constitution, Part 1, Article 18 says, “all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense”. Bill passed OTP-A RC 231-33.

HB -1475, relative to expanding the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax to be a reinvestment tax credit. The reason I show this bill is not because it was killed on an ITL RC 165-95 vote, but because with the current total membership in the House being 394 members, whenever a vote total due to lack of members present, goes less than 263, to pass it needs to have 2/3rd of those present. This vote was only 260 total, so it failed. Bill was then voted to Table on a RC 195-68, which was more than the 2/3rds required. So, who were all those absent members? Ask your representative if they were present.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at




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