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April 4, 2013

My Opinion: April 4, 2013

RAYMOND - Some of the House bills of interest the past couple weeks include:

HB-247-FN - increasing compensation for wrongful incarceration. Bill provides that a person who is wrongfully incarcerated shall be eligible for compensation of $20K per year of incarceration, rather than the current limit of $20K total. Surprisingly, this bill came out of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety on a 10-9 vote, but was voted on the House floor OTP VV (OTP Ought to Pass VV- voice vote), without a floor debate.

HB-161 - relative to school district policies on health and sex education. Bill allows parents to opt-out of sex education lessons in the health curriculum for religious objections and personal beliefs. Bill passed OTP-A D 246-106 (-A amended D division vote).

HB-118 - providing legal immunity for 911 calls for drug or alcohol related emergencies. Bill provides civil and criminal immunity for any person who in good faith places a call through the enhanced 911 system to report a suspected drug or alcohol related emergency. Immunity would only be for a few enumerated crimes; possession, control, or transportation, but not for any other charges, such as distribution or DWI. Bill passed OTP-A D 245-107. I voted no as I believe that it would give “A Get Out of Jail Free” card to drug dealers.

HB-483-FN - relative to information regarding abortion. This bill would have required abortion providers to provide females seeking an abortion with information to assist them in their decision making. The patient would have to sign a written statement that they received the information. Bill also required a 24 hour waiting period, prior to having the abortion. Bill failed ITL RC 229-121 (ITL inexpedient to legislate). I voted against killing the bill as it was a pro-educational/ pro-choice bill.

HB-362 - banning corn-based ethanol as an additive to gasoline sold in New Hampshire. It also bans the sale of gasoline containing corn-based ethanol as an additive in NH. Bill passed OTP VV.

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