The New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives have another busy week of life and death and taxes. Oh, and medical marijuana, too, among the bills.
House and Senate are both in session Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Medical Marijuana: The medical marijuana bill, which previously passed in the Senate, has a favorable recommendation – with an amended bill – when it is up for a vote Wednesday in the House. Here is the amendment.
Tax Credit: The House is now considering a Senate bill to increase the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax from $1 million to $2 million. Supporters say it'll help New Hampshire recruit businesses.
Voter ID Continues. On Wednesday, SB 289 is up for an Election Law committee public hearing at 1 p.m., or 30 minutes after the House session ends. This is the proposed requirement that people present a photo ID to vote in person.
Solutions and Resolutions: The Senate Internal Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m. for House Concurrent Resolution 2, which supports the Arizona immigration law.
Keen on Keno? Lawmakers again see a bill to study keno in New Hampshire. It's House Bill 1698, and it's up for a public hearing before Senate Ways and Means on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Moving On Over: A bill before the full House on Wednesday would require motorists to give wide berth to highway maintenance vehicles, similar to the existing "move over law" for police, fire and ambulance vehicles. House Transportation is fully in support of the bill, which the committee concluded, "It could help save lives by keeping our work crews safe while doing their job of keeping our roads and highways safe for the rest of us."
State Vehicle Fleet: A Senate bill to crack down on personal use of state vehicles to save money stands to be amended by the House this week. SB314 was a priority of Sen. Chuck Morse, R-Salem. A House committee points to testimony it heard that there exists "a minute amount of unauthorized use of state vehicles," and that an existing Vehicle Utilization Review Committee is already successful in reducing unauthorized travel and monitoring the issue. The new, proposed amendment to the bill involves better definition of "personal use" and the IRS term of "non-business miles." Read the full amendment (which would replace the bill).
A Little Less Conversation: House Speaker William O'Brien, in the latest legislative calendar, reminds the General Court's Honorable Members to be, well, Honorable. "As the election draws near, civility in general is obviously becoming strained, but even for those who are not well-grounded in acceptable standards of behavior and discourse, these rules establish a minimum level of expected conduct while the House is in Session In particular, we need to be attentive to the last sentence of Rule 14, which states, '[W]hile a member is speaking, no one shall pass between that member and the other members of the House, nor shall anyone engage in private conversation.'"
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