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March 1, 2012

My Opinion: March 1, 2012

RAYMOND — The session started off passing the Consent Calendar which had a total of 96 bills, 50 that were ITL (kill). We then went to the Regular Calendar.

HB-1361 - relative to fiscal notes on bills. Fiscal notes are notes that are attached to a bill so that people reading the bill can tell if the bill will cost or save money if passed. We have been getting some notes saying "awaiting information" and other frivolous information. This bill prohibits the Legislative Budget Office from providing such notes. A-0499h YES VV. Bill passed OTP-A YES VV.

HB-1650 - relative to the interstate Health Care Compact. This compact recognizes that New Hampshire's health care needs are best solved by those here in New Hampshire, and not by Washington, DC regulators trying to force all 50 states into the same one-size-fits-all solution. Bill asks the United States Congress to vote to give NH an option in crafting their own innovative health care programs. Bill passed OTP RC 253-92. Bill goes to Commerce and Consumer Affairs as 2nd committee.

HB-1128 - relative to ignition interlock device recalibration and date reports. Bill requires that service providers of ignition interlock devices report failures to pass the breath test to the prosecutor or prosecuting agency, treatment provider, probation officer, and defense attorney by giving these entities secure electronic access to the data via the interlock provider's web-based portal. A-0425h YES VV. Bill passed OTP-A D 197-143.

HR-20 - urging the federal government to allow the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. This resolution will urge the Congress of the United States to remove the existing barriers they impose,

enabling our state to regulate the commercial production of hemp. Resolution passed D 260-41.

HB-1281 - establishing a committee to study alternative medical insurance coverage for elected state officials. Intent is to have committee find a less expensive and more beneficial health care option for active and former elected officials. Passed OTP YES VV.

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    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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