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May 8, 2014

My Opinion: May 8, 2014

RAYMOND - Here are some more Senate bills that the House dealt with:

SB-215-FN, authorizing benefit corporations. This bill creates a new class of corporation that, in addition to its other goals, intends to create a “public benefit”. Bill allows corporations with a 2/3 vote of its shareholders to designate itself as a benefit corp. with social goals. I believe since there is no hard definition of such, nor any criteria for evaluating progress towards the benefit, nor any penalties for not doing so (only for failure to report); it’s hard to see a benefit corporation as anything but public relations scam. Bill passed OTP (N) on RC 216-101, and was sent to Executive Departments and Administration Committee as a 2nd committee.

SB-141-FN, establishing the Granite State farm to plate program. The agricultural community represents a significant part of New Hampshire’s economy, and this bill, as amended, expresses support for agriculture, in all its forms, and encourages local and state governments to cooperate and to minimize regulations that would adversely affect agriculture. It emphasizes maximizing federal funds that subsidize agriculture, such as food stamps at farmer’s markets, and milk subsidies. House amendment A-1346h (Y) passed voice vote (VV). Bill passed OTP-A (Y) D 171-143.Bill sent to Finance Committee as a 2nd committee.

SB-204-FN, (2nd New Title) relative to a benefit for certain medical conditions covered by workers compensation and establishing a commission to study soft tissue injuries under workers compensation and to study the feasibility of developing a first responders critical injury fund. This bill: (a) established the first responders critical injury benefit to make awards of additional workers compensation upon warrant by the Governor with approval by the Executive Council for Group II retirement system members, only, who suffer certain medical conditions. (b) establishes a commission to study soft tissue injuries for purposes of worker’s compensation and to study the feasibility of developing a first responders critical injury fund.

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