, Kingston, NH

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June 14, 2012

My Opinion: June 14, 2012

RAYMOND — This week's article is a continuation on with bills of the May 15-17 Session that were passed on the Regular Calendar:

SB-376 - extending the committee to develop a plan for privatizing the (NH) Department of Corrections (DOC). As amended bill: (1) extends the study committee, which was created by HB-2, in 2011, to November 1, 2012, because of delays in creating the RFPs required. (2) HB-2 directed the DOC to issue RFPs to privatize New Hampshire's prisons, setting up this committee to review the process, but deadline was inadequate. (3) House amendment allows the committee to confidentially examine the vendor submissions and summarize their findings without revealing any vendor-specific information. (Amendment - A) A-2194h passed on (Division vote - D - a count recorded vote, but not by name) D 220-101. Although DOC opposes privatization, spending about $200M annually, the bill passed (Ought to Pass - OTP) OTP on a VV (voice vote - VV).

SB-401-FN - relative to reporting the average daily membership of pupils in the public schools and relative to adjustments to adequate education grants. Adequate education payments to school districts are currently based on three-year-old attendance figures. This bill shortens the process so that one-year-old data is used. State aid is thus more accurately allocated to where it is needed. Districts may adjust these estimates by up to 5% to ensure that they will never overspend their revenue. A-2120h and bill passed OTP-A on voice votes.

SB-409-FN - relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Bill establishes a procedure for the medicinal use of marijuana. A-2143h passed on voice vote. Bill passed OTP-A D 228-91.

SB-17 - relative to evidence of admissions in medical injury actions and (/) and relative to offers of judgments. The (/) is break point in title where 2nd half of title is a non-germaine amendment added to bill by House. On this bill, House added

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