HB-120, relative to hours of sales by off-premises liquor licensees. Bill would have allowed off-premise sales until 1:00 a.m. Bill killed ITL RC 170-156.
HB-533, relative to the mathematics requirement for high school graduation. Bill requires one year of imbedded math in addition to three years of required math. I believe this bill is a RSA 28A local control issue. Why get the state involved in a school districts business? Passed OTP-A RC 209-125.
HB-292-FN-A, requiring milfoil decals on private vessels registered in other states or countries and operating on the inland waters of New Hampshire. Bill would increase the additional fee for all commercial, private, and pleasure vessels $2.00 (26.7%). Bill passed OTP-A RC 164-127 and was sent to the Ways & Means Committee, as a 2nd committee.
HB-532, relative to energy efficiency and clean energy districts. This bill, as amended, allows towns or village districts to create special districts and borrow bond money to fund some businesses that might be financially marginal by funding certain energy efficiency improvements on private property (primarily commercial property). A significant concern, not answered is what would happen if the property owner or business failed. I see several problems: 1. It would turn the town into a bank. 2. What about any hazard waste clean-up on land if taken by default? 3. No limit on amount of loan? 4. What about favoritism on who town loans to? 5. The NH Constitution, Part 2, Article 5, states “the general court shall not authorize any town to loan or give its money or credit directly or indirectly for the benefit of any corporation”. Even with these problems, the Dems. passed it anyway on RC OTP-A 167-140
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)