CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

June 20, 2013

My Opinion: June 20, 2013

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — CTN body text:RAYMOND —I didn’t quite understand why at the end of our House session day, on June 5, the Speaker declared from her podium that we were recessed until next session on June 26. I know that she was well pleased that the House finished our regular 2013 year on time, but she closed the door on any possible games that the Senate would play with the remaining House bills they still had in their possession.

With her mistake, as soon as the Senate got wind of it, they tacked Senate bills, that the House had killed, onto our House bills, as non-germane amendments. These bills along with any others they still have will automatically have to go to a committee of conference, as there is no way the House can vote on them now with the House out of session and the years deadlines passed. This was very definitely not a wise move on the Speakers part, but very good for the minority Republicans.

The 2013-14 budget now has three versions, the Senate, the House, and the Governors. What a mess for the Committee of Conference to work out in only a very few days. There are some very serious problems that are going to be very hard to reconcile, and could lead to a stalemate that could keep us in Concord into July.

One of the major disputes will be on what New Hampshire wants to do with the Medicaid Expansion, the state’s largest and most expensive program.

In its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court specifically gave the states the authority to not expand their Medicaid programs. Many of the states have already decided to not expand the program at this time, and I will give you some of the reasons next week. Stay tuned.

All these Committee of Conferences have to debate and come up with an agreement that must have one-hundred percent of the committee voting the same way, but only have until June 20 to resolve their differences. Senate Rules say June 20 at 12:00 p.m. and House Rules say June 20 at 3:00 p.m. all reports must be filed. Guess we’ll see what happens.

The Raymond 4th of July Parade committee is still looking for groups, horses, old cars, and donations for the upcoming parade on, yes the 4th, stepping off at 9:30 a.m. Any interested party can contact me. This is a “bring the family and leave your wallet at home” event. Immediately after the parade, we have about a 12 minute, no speeches, ceremony, followed by free food, water, games and activities for the kids, with a DJ playing until about 2:00 p.m. or after.

The Raymond 250th Anniversary Parade Cookbook committee is looking for Raymond residents to submit recipes for our commemorative book. You can pick up recipe forms at the town library, the laundromat across Rte 27 from Hannafords, or from me. Please help us to create a nice book with a lot of different family secrets.

St. Joseph Parish, Epping, bid a sad farewell to Father Volney DeRosia as he was transferred to St. Patrick Parish, in Pelham. Good luck Fr. Von, we wish you well on your new adventure. Welcome to our new priest Father Don Clinton, coming in from St. Marie Parish in Manchester.

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