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March 29, 2012

My Opinion: March 29, 2012

By NH State Rep. L. Mike Kappler

RAYMOND —Here at last!. The new "Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery/Marketplace" has opened the butchery and marketplace, as of March 14, in the old Yankee Market location, on Rte 27, in Raymond. The tavern portion of the new small business will be opening in early summer, which will have a 40 stool bar and pub area that will hold almost 200 total. A group of small business people are the new owners, and Bobby Marcotte is the new business manager. Until the tavern/pub portion opens, the business hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Mr. Marcotte told me they are excited about coming into Raymond, and look forward to getting involved in the community.

They make all homemade, on site: dips, soups, salads, sandwiches, meatballs, sausage, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and cooked meals. All their ground meats are cut in-house, and all the marinated meats are done in-house. The market includes: all natural products, fresh fruits and vegetables, Boars Head Deli products, all certified angus beef meats, buffalo and lamb.

Trust me the buffalo tips and beef tips are great, very tender. I tried them both already. Just cut them down the about 1-1/2"sq, spray Pam in your skillet, lay meat single layer. Sprinkle with Jack Daniels and Spicy Montreal Steak seasoning. Put heat on hi, cook five-minutes each side and enjoy.

Please join me in welcoming our new Raymond small business by stopping in and giving them a try. I'm sure you will be glad you did.

Continuing on with the passed bills from the 3/7-8 House Session:

HB-1246 - permitting resident application for pistol or revolver licenses to be submitted to the state police or the sheriff's department. This bill would allow concealed carry license applications to go to the state police or the county sheriff in addition to their local police. OTP RC 183-120.

HB-1341 - repealing the provision relative to the unauthorized use of firearms in the compact part of a city or tow. Bill repeals RSA 644:13. OTP RC 196-123.

HB-1526 - relative to possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana. The bill, as amended, reduces penalties for possession of less than a half-ounce to a violation punishable by a fine for the first two offenses, and keeps the third and subsequent offenses as class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $1K. A-0593h YES VV. OTP-A RC 162-161, I voted No. Motion to reconsider D 140-184, I voted Yes, but no vote means it can't be reconsidered at a later time.

HB-1532-FN - relative to traffic control at public meetings or functions. Bill amends the criminal trespass statute in circumstances where property is not posted with "no trespassing" signs and allows law enforcement to remain on property they are invited to enter. A-0609h YES VV. OTP-A D 201-109.

HB-1699-FN - relative to driving under the influence of drugs. This bill fills a loophole that allows law enforcement to stop drivers that are driving erratically or dangerously. Bill adds "chemical substance, natural or synthetic", which may be in combination with intoxicating liquor. A-0115h D218-84. OTP-A D 192-113.

HB-1707-FN - relative to penalties for operation after revocation or suspension. Bill modifies the law that specifies enhanced penalties for driving after revocation or suspension for certain serious offenses by making those penalties apply when the revocation or suspension was for an equivalent offense in another jurisdiction. Those offenses are RSA 265:79 Reckless Driving, RSA 265-A:2 Drunk Driving, RSA 265-A:3 Aggravated DWI, and RSA 630:3 II Negligent Homicide under the influence. OTP YES VV.

HB-1175 - relative to the membership of the cooperative school district budget committees. This bill makes the school board's representative on a cooperative school district budget committee non-voting. OTP YES VV.

HB-1377 - requiring post-secondary education institutions to compile and submit reports on remedial education courses. Bill, as amended, outlines information to be gathered by our universities and community colleges and directs the DOE to share The information with the House and Senate.

A-0399h Yes VV. OTP-A YES VV.

HB-1703-FN - requiring the school board to develop and implement a policy that incorporates the foundations of financial literacy into the school curriculum and instruction. Bill will instruct high school student to pass a course in financial literacy. The subject matter will include: home finance, budgets, investing, borrowing, insurance, checking and savings accounts and taxation. A-1051h YES VV. OTP-A YES VV.

HB-1664-FN - establishing a committee to study transferring election law enforcement to the Secretary of State. Amendment changes bill to study committee. A-0858h YES VV. OTP-A RC 202-96.

HB-1254 - establishing a committee to study the effect of illegal immigration on the state and its political subdivisions. OTP YES VV.

HB-1431 - relative to requirements for a barber to obtain a license and for a licensed barber, cosmetologist, manicurist, or esthetician, to obtain a shop license. Bill does two things: (1) allows for"equivalent training and experience" in lieu of 800 hours of schooling as a requirement for a barber license. (2) removes the one year waiting period for a licensed barber to open up their own

shop. A-0923h YES VV. OTP-A D 174-120.

HB-1474 - relative to eliminating the requirement that attorneys be members of the State Bar Association (SBA). Bill requires SBA become a voluntary organization. OTP RC 199-88.

HB-1510-FN - relative to taxpayer standing for declaratory judgments. Bill restores the long established right of local taxpayers to file for declaratory judgment, which asks a court what the law is when a governmental action is challenged. A-0963h YES VV. OTP-A YES VV.

HB-1720-FN - relative to jury trials in class actions brought under the consumer protection act. Bill establishes a right to a jury trial for claims brought under the consumer protection act for class actions where the amount in dispute is $50K or more. A-0922h YES VV. OTP-A YES VV.

We had a three-day session scheduled for March 14-15-16, but we were able to finish in two long days. There were only three bills on the Consent, and the Regular had 68 left overs from weeks past. We Special Ordered three bills to the March 21 calendar. Bills that passed out of the House included:

HB-1440 - relative to drivers education. This bill expands drivers ed options for NH parents, allows students and their parents a choice of affordable driver's ed via on-line training and parent-provided behind-the-wheel vs. expensive traditional driver's ed training. Would assist low-income teens, who can't afford current training, with a better opportunity to enter the workforce. A-0968h NO D 58-251. A-0645h YES RC 237-75. Passed OTP-A D 240-74.

HB-1636 - relative to the extension of fill and dredge in wetlands permits. Bill eliminates bureaucratic red tape individuals have to go through to get a permit to repair or shore up property that is regularly affected by storm and ice. It further provides that certain permits for repair would no longer expire and require renewal after every five years. Passed OTP YES VV.

HB-1617 - repealing the certificate of need law. Repealing the outdated regulatory Certificate of Need (CON) board which was restrictive and non-responsive to NH citizens, having less to do with the "quality of care" than it did with restricting the volume of choices available. A-0955h failed on RC 140-166. Bill passed OTP YES VV.

HB-1677-FN - relative to choice as to whether to join a labor union and eliminating the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent employees who elect not to join or to pay dues or fees to the employee organization. This argument comes down to freedom and competitiveness. Bill's intent is not to limit choices of the employee, but to enable them to choose which, if any, union they desire to join. One union might serve the needs of the employee better, or offer better benefits, than another. Policies can be easily established by the employer to deal with multiple unions and non-represented employees. Passed OTP RC 198-139.

Will continue with rest of this sessions bills next week.

(Editor's Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net.)