, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

March 6, 2014

My Opinion: March 6, 2014

RAYMOND - With sadness we pray for the loss of our Seabrook State Representative Amy Perkins who passed away recently. Amy and her husband Koko are in their third term as State Representatives of Seabrook and have been very active in the House. Amy will be sorely missed. Please pray for Amy, her husband Koko and their two children. Amy, may you rest in peace.

Our February 19th House Session was a little quieter and more people friendly than previous ones this year. Most of the bills we voted on were killed (ITL). Here are some of interest:

HB-1389, naming a bridge in Derry the Lance Corporal Michael E. Geary Bridge. The House unanimously voted to name the bridge for Lance Corporal Geary who was killed in combat on December 8, 2010, while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Michael was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, NC. Lance Corporal Geary grew up in Derry and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2009. Derry will install the signs. May Lance Corporal Geary rest in peace.

HB-1204, relative to perjury by a law enforcement officer. This bill would have established specific penalties for a police officer found guilty of perjury or false swearing. We currently have the “Laurie List” program to handle these problems. The bill really needed to be killed (ITL). I was a one-day substitute in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee the day this bill was exec’d out of committee. After a Republican motion to ITL failed 6-12, a motion to Interim Study (IS) was made and passed. IS in the 2nd year of the term is simply a “death with dignity”. The committee can study it however they want during the summer and fall, but their recommendation can only come in next term as a new bill. The bill went to the House floor and Passed IS on a RC 174-148. In my opinion, this bill was not about whether or not a police officer should be allowed or not, but a stab in the back of the “Laurie List” system of dealing with such problems. This bill was sponsored, along with several others, by a representative who was unhappy with the result of his personal court proceedings. That is not the reason for such legislation. This year we have been bombed with personal issue bills. Thank God, so far the majority of them have been killed.

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