RAYMOND — The NH Department of Administrative Services released its February revenue figures. The report showed that state revenue for the month was under plan by $1.4M, with tobacco tax revenues surpassing expectations by $900K. Credit for a large part of the accurate revenue figure estimates goes to Rep. Norman Major, of Atkinson, who did a great job. Governor Lynch criticizes the tax relief the legislature made last year, but I suggest the Democrats take a serious look at the good effects that our reductions made in restoring the New Hampshire Advantage, including bringing tobacco revenues in at above plan. People are responding to our "open for business" approach.
Congratulations to Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, for her recent appointment to the Business & Economic Development Task Force for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. "Excelente, Felicidades, mi amigo!" meaning "Excellent, Congratulations, my friend!" in Spanish. I have worked with Marilinda for six years, as a fellow representative and as a member of the House Republican Alliance, and I can attest to her excellent work ethics. She will be a strong member of this task force as an advocate on behalf of the Hispanic community. Marilinda was one of the Union Leader's 2011 "40 Under 40" class.
Our March 7 and 8 Session started out with quite a load of bills: 304 total. A motion was made and passed, D 216-95, to limit debate to 20 minutes total: 10 minutes for each side, 5 minutes for each speaker.
The March 7th session started with bills left from the February 15th calendar.
HB-1718 - relative to judicial review of electoral districts. This bill: (1) provides for the expeditious judicial review of challenges to electoral districts. (2) requires the expedited filing of any appeal from the Superior Court to the Supreme Court. (3) specifies that the Speaker and Senate President must be joined as necessary parties to any case challenging the validity of their electoral districts respectively. A-0617h (A- amendment, h from House) YES VV (voice vote). Bill passed (Ought to Pass) OTP-A YES D 211-104.