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March 28, 2013

My Opinion: March 28, 2013

RAYMOND - So, let’s look at speeding and the speed limits in New Hampshire. I believe that the maximum speed of 65 is good for all of the state, except where lower speeds are necessary for public safety.

On HB-164, the House voted RC 292-65 to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on about 80 miles of Interstate Rte 93, from Canterbury to the Vermont border, except for stretch in Franconia Notch. I was one of the 65 that voted against it. This move will just start a chain reaction, raising speed in other areas later on. An amendment to add a piece of interstate Rte 89, from just northwest of Concord to the Lebanon area failed RC187-165. This stretch is a very winding road and in certain stretches also has high crosswinds. I voted against this amendment also.

On the brighter side, the House killed two other speed increase bills HB-289 (RC 206-148) and HB-291 (RC 252-100). HB-289 would have increased the interstate speed to 70 mph statewide, and turnpike system to 65 mph. It also would have raised the minimum highway speed from 45 to 50 mph. HB-291 wanted to raised the interstate highway speed to 75 mph. I voted to kill both bills.

Marijuana and cannabis is back in the House again. We were able to kill HB-337 (RC 239-112) that would have removed both from the state statute governing controlled drugs. How can we legalize it when it’s against federal law? The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee retained HB-492 that would legalize marijuana and regulate it. With committee retaining bill, it won’t come to the House floor this year. The committee also has HB-621 that would decriminalize possession of less that one ounce of marijuana, recommending it be killed. House floor hasn’t received this bill yet.

Another bill, HB-153, prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance. This bill would allow a new agricultural crop to be grown in New Hampshire. Yea, right... Bill passed Ought to Pass (OTP) on voice vote. I voted no.

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