RAYMOND — We did it again. The two day House Session on March 19 and 20 was just a continuation of in-house fighting, mostly over junk bills.
Here are some of the bills:
HB-1307, prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles or equipment which are not readily available in an open market. This bill would have prohibited towns from purchasing federal issue vehicles such as fire and heavy road work equipment, and also the better bullet proof vests. After almost an hour of debate, bill was killed ITL RC 195-138.
HB-1411-FN-A, relative to restoring money to the department of health and human services. This bill is bad public policy (1) It reopens the 2014/2015 budget, contrary to long-standing House practice. Once the budget is reopened, the majority could change anything they want. (2) The amount of money requested for HHS is only 3/10th of 1% of their budget. Surely a department the size of HHS can absorb that amount of difference, without any additional money. (3) The State “Rainy Day Fund”, according to the State Treasurer needs to be about $70M. Today it has only $9M. All the surplus money at the end of the year, June 30th, should go to the Rainy Day Fund period. After much debate, the Dems. pushed the bill through: A-0324h on VV, Republican floor A-1024h failed RC 157-172, and bill passed OTP-A RC 185-153. Not a good thing for us.
HB-1378, repealing sugar packet requirements. I brought this bill on my list to show you a sample of many of the bills we have this year, and if it’s worth the time and money to even look at. This was an attempt to repeal RSA 143:6 where it says that any eating or drinking establishment must use sugar packets and not have an open bowl or container. Bill was killed ITL RC 220-116. As I’ve said before, we have too much personal issue legislation this term.