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August 8, 2012

My Opinion: August 9, 2012

RAYMOND - Sorry, dear readers. I had a little glich and didn’t get any article in for last week.

This is a continuation on with the new laws from bills passed. As you can see from these articles, there were some very good legislative accomplishments this past term, working in the best interest of the people of New Hampshire.

Protecting Local and County Property Taxpayers:

SB-1

- A new law eliminating the “evergreen” requirement that all communities continue public employee contracts after they expire.

HB-337

- The new education funding formula guaranteeing that all communities will have stability in education aid funding for the next two years by ensuring that they will maintain the same levels as last year.

SB-196

- Teachers will now wait five (5) years, instead of three (3), before receiving tenure, giving schools additional time to evaluate their performance to ensure that students will get high quality instruction in classrooms.

HB-382

- Removes the mandate that cities and towns have fences around public cemeteries.

The legislature also lifted a number of restrictions on communities and counties, including: (1) Making it easier to transfer funds. (2) Strengthen collective bargaining rights for cities and towns. (3) Allowing counties more investment opportunities. (4) Removing permit application waiting periods for town road work if it meets best practice standards. (5) Limiting local liability for dog bites. (6) Providing more flexibility for communities to appoint members to volunteer boards. (7) Giving communities a chance to adjust their school and municipal budgets based on education funding changes at the state level.

Strengthening Property Rights:

HB-648

- Establishes a commission to: (1) Investigate procedural rights of landowners when a petition is presented to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by a utility seeking eminent domain. (2) Develop a framework for the state to provide use rights to transmission developers on state owned rights-of-way. (3) Develop policies to encourage burying such lines where practicable. (4) Establish a structure for payment.

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  • Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93

    Meredith, NH — Elwood (Al) Shaw, 93, of Center Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Forestview Manor in Meredith. He was the beloved husband of the late Greta L. (Sykes) Shaw, to whom he was married for 62 years.

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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  • Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzilo

    Raymond, NH — Sherry Lynn (Cookson) Scanzillo, 58, of Raymond, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Elliot Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a sudden illness.

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  • Thomas Hugh Clinton, 73

    Atkinson, NH — Tom passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Tom was born on October, 30, 1940, at Clover Hill Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., as the only child to Hugh Clinton and Evelyn (Forcier) Clinton. Tom graduated from Methuen High School in 195

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  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

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