RAYMOND — The April 25th Session was quite the day. We started off with a note from the Senate telling the House they were not even going to bother to hold a Public Hearing on the following House bills we passed and sent over to them, but rather let them die:
HB-440 - requiring that New Hampshire join the lawsuit challenging federal health care reform legislation. HB-1181 - relative to offers of judgments. HB-1214 - banning corn-based ethanol as an additive to gasoline sold in New Hampshire. HB-1232-FN - relative to prerecorded political messages. HB-1282-FN-L - relative to workforce housing and the definition of community. HB-1327 - relative to official oppression. HB-1566 - relative to withdrawal from a school administration unit or an authorized regional enrollment area school. HB-1720-FN - relative to jury trials in class actions brought under the Consumer Protection Act. HCR-32 - Title: To urge the Congress of the United States to withdraw the membership of the United States from the United Nations so that the United States may retain its sovereignty and control over its own funds and military forces.
This move by the Senate really put the House members in a bad mood to start off the session day, especially when realizing that all the bills we were about to hear were Senate bills that they passed, and sent over to us for passage. The bill sponsors and
the various House committees worked hard on these bills, and the Senate should have held a Public Hearing, debated them, and acted on each one of them as they saw fit, thereby at least showing the same respect we do with their bills.
The Consent Calendar had 35 Senate bills on it, with five pulled off for floor debates. Of the 35, only 5 were killed, and the Consent Calendar was adopted.
Later in the day, a motion was made to Table six of the Senate bills that we had earlier passed and adopted that day, to draw the Senators' attention to the fact that the NH Constitution requires each chamber to act responsibly. Laying a bill on the Table is "shelving it" and unless removed, will die there. The bills Tabled were: SB-323 - authorizing accounting transfers by the Department of Corrections; SB-369-FN-L - relative to aid to assisted persons; SB-379 - relative to insurance fraud; SB-389-L - relative to sewer commission costs; SB-315 - requiring motorists to give wide berth to highway maintenance vehicles; and SB-317 - relative to tow-able devices permitted to be towed by a motorboat.