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February 27, 2014

My Opinion: February 27, 2014

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HB-1595-FN, establishing a condominium dispute resolution board. Another bad bill creating a new Condominium Dispute Resolution Board, which would lower the bar for filing complaints, so it would result in more legal costs for the managers of condominium associations. Bill passed OTP-A D 187-160.

HB-1255, making students whose name appears on the voter checklist eligible for in-state tuition rates at schools in the university system of New Hampshire. Yea, right, just bus them in, put them up, sign them up to vote, and they get in state rates. That is really crazy. It would just increase the cost of ALL in-state students. Bill kill ITL RC 247-105.

HB-1588-FN, requiring suicide prevention education in schools. This bill would have required school districts and chartered public schools to provide suicide prevention education and training to pupils, parents, facility, staff, and school volunteers. Another bad bill, and I believe it would have been a 28A issue, mandating the districts. I mentioned on the House floor, the excellent program Raymond Coalition For Youth was doing, and said it should be up to the district of how to handle this education. Bill was killed ITL D 203-145.

HB-1165-FN-A, relative to the citizen’s petition for redress of grievances by the legislature; establishing a special fund, and making an appropriation therefore. Another bad bill that would have established a $1M fund for compensation of petitioners. Having sat on the Redress of Grievances Committee last term, most of the grievances we heard were filed because the person wasn’t satisfied with the results of their hearing, not that something wrong was done. Bill was killed ITL RC 249-88.

HB-1142-FN-A, relative to the road toll for alternative fuels. This bill creates an equivalent level of the gas tax on alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane, so these vehicles would pay their fair share for road toll taxes that is used on road and bridge work. Bill will require the Commissioner of Safety to adopt rules establishing the conversion rate for alternative fuels to their equivalent in gallons of gasoline based on nationally recognized standards for weights and measures. Bill passed OTP-A on voice vote. Bill sent to Ways and Means Committee as 2nd committee.

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