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March 20, 2014

My Opinion: March 20, 2014

RAYMOND —For the two day session on March 5-6, we had 136 bills. Of these 71 were recommended by their policy committee to be killed, and after hours of debates, only one of the ITL recommendations was overturned, and that bill passed. It was HB-1244, relative to the disclosure of the names of lottery winners. This bill would forbid the Lottery Commission from releasing the names of winners without their permission. The bill failed on ITL D149-150, then passed OTP D 172-130.

Some other bills of interest include:

HB-1360, prohibiting impeded driving and use of certain electronic devices while driving. Bill prohibits impeded driving and use of certain electronic devices while driving. The amendment allows for the use of hands-free electronic devices, and removes the impeded driving violation. Amendment A-0376h passed on voice vote (VV). Attempt to table bill failed D 137-187. Bill passed OTP-A RC 192-133.

HB-1366, relative to exemptions from seasonal weight restrictions on roads. This was a special interest bill to exempt seasonal weight restrictions on roads for “maple sap” and other agricultural products. Bill failed ITL D 202-128.

HB-1597-FN-A, reducing the rate of tax on meals under the meals and rooms tax. This bill would have reduced the meals tax from the current 9% to 8%, but failed ITL RC 184-148.

HB-1435, requiring law enforcement officials to disclose specific information relating to a police checkpoint. Bill requires law enforcement officials to obtain a court order to conduct a checkpoint for the purpose of enforcing criminal law. Requires law enforcement to disclose specific information to the public regarding the checkpoint. A-0196h passed VV. Bill passed OTP-A D 242-49. I voted no.

HB-1226, establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions. This bill was introduced by proponents of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. The committee would study “aid in dying” laws in other states Bill passed OTP D 162-126.

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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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