NH GOP - ICYMI: PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR HASSAN, SUPERDELEGATES TO LISTEN TO NH VOTERS

 

“Power to the people, not the superdelegates”

Concord – Despite self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders’ decisive win over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary, Democratic party elitists like Governor Maggie Hassan are usingtheir positions as "superdelegates" to cancel out the votes of thousands of grassroots activists. Now, national and New Hampshire media outlets and voters are calling out this outrageous abuse of power:
NEW YORK TIMES “Superdelegates, Clarify Your Role”

“…because [Clinton] has the support of six of the state’s eight unpledged superdelegates, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan, she is virtually tied with Mr. Sanders in the New Hampshire delegate count…superdelegate influence reeks of smoke-filled rooms and establishment deals, when in fact they were created to end such maneuverings…”
PORTSMOUTH HERALD “Power to the people, not the superdelegates”

“In New Hampshire, the people overwhelmingly supported Sanders, and his supporters are infuriated that he and Clinton each leave the state with 15 delegates, because Clinton has the support of six of the state’s eight superdelegates…Given a choice between trusting the will of the people or trusting the political establishment, we’ll side with the people every time…”
CONCORD MONITOR Letter to the Editor “Don’t silence voters’ voices”

“I was disheartened to see our three leading Democratic politicians, Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster and Gov. Hassan, to prematurely assign their electoral votes to the loser, Hillary Clinton. Their decision is not binding and seems based on sour grapes and their personal preferences rather than that of their constituents.”
FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT Letter to the Editor “Super delegates cancel out NH votes”
“It's unacceptable to think that the American voters turned out in extraordinary numbers to do their civic duty and cast their vote for the candidate that they believed in and yet, the oppressive Democrat Party is regardless going to dictate who the Democratic presidential nominee should be. This is an affront to the people of New Hampshire, our entire country and an obvious attempt by the Democrat Party to ensure the coronation of their candidate.”
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Cooler Heads Digest 19 February 2016

19 February 2016

In the News

Congressman: EPA Full of “P*rn Addicts, Office Thieves, and Drunk Drivers”
Kathryn Watson, Libertarian Republic, 19 February 2016

Activists Shut Down Liberal Group’s Climate Confab
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner, 19 February 2016

Critics Fear EPA Is Trying To Circumvent Major Supreme Court Ruling
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 18 February 2016

The Green Energy Goal That Is Condemning Many to Prolonged Poverty
David Kreutzer, Daily Signal, 18 February 2016

“Peak Oil” Over, Economists Study Climate Policy Costs
Robert Michaels, Master Resource, 17 February 2016

Will EPA Abide by the Stay?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 16 February 2016

Spin Cycle
Chip Knappenberger & Patrick Michaels, Cato at Liberty, 16 February 2016

Study: Increased CO2 Is Greening Deserts Globally
Anthony Watts, Watts Up With That?, 16 February 2016

Climate Models Botch Another Prediction
Tom Hartsfield, Real Clear Science, 16 February 2016

Global Climate Fund Is a Slush Fund for World’s Dictators
Marian Tupy, Reason Hit & Run, 16 February 2016

EPA Isn’t Handling Its Business But Insists on Man-Handling Ours
Seton Motley, Red State, 16 February 2016

What Should States Do about Obama’s New Climate Regulations?
Doug Domenech, Daily Caller, 16 February 2016

Campaign 2016: Nobody Cares about Climate Change
Marita Noon, Oil Pro, 15 February 2016

News You Can Use
Top Solar CEO Admits Products Can’t Compete

In a New York Times profile, Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity, one of the largest providers of rooftop solar panel services, conceded that his product “makes no financial sense for a consumer” without subsidies and mandates.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Justice Scalia’s Death Scrambles EPA Power Plant Litigation

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on 13th February has quickly ended jubilation among opponents of the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants over the Supreme Court’s stay of the rule on 9th February.  Most legal observers who have made public comments, but certainly not all, expect the three-judge panel on the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold all or most of the rule.  On the other hand, the 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision to stay the rule raised hopes that there were five votes to overturn the rule on appeal. 

Justice Scalia’s death upends that calculation.  There are now only four Justices who thought that the rule was sufficiently unlikely to survive in court to issue an unprecedented stay. If the circuit court upholds the rule, then a 4 to 4 vote in the Supreme Court would not overturn the lower court.  Of course, President Barack Obama could nominate and the Senate could confirm Scalia’s replacement before the Supreme Court takes up the appeal.  Or nominating and confirming a replacement could be delayed until a new President and the 115th Congress are sworn in next January.

While everything is up in the air, the D. C. Circuit Court’s deadline for the initial briefs by the plaintiffs in the case was today, 19th February.  Thomas Lorenzen, an attorney at Crowell and Moring who represents plaintiffs in the case, said in a video interview with Environment and Energy Publishing before Scalia’s death that he expects the power plant rule will be overturned in court.  Lorenzen’s opinion is significant because he worked as an environmental litigator at the Department of Justice from 1997 to 2013.  From 2004 to 2013, he was the assistant chief of DOJ’s environment and natural resources division where he successfully led EPA’s defense in Massachusetts v. EPA, EPA’s endangerment finding, and a number of other high profile appeals.

Here is what Lorenzen told E & E TV (subscription required) before Scalia’s death: “My personal opinion is the power plan is not going to survive. I think that EPA overreached in its attempt to use Section 111(d) to achieve reductions from things other than the sort of technological and operational measures that have traditionally been understood to be the tools you can use for individual plants. Trying to transform the energy sector, trying to go beyond the fence line and say that a plant can do what its owners or operators can do -- invest in renewables, transfer generation from higher-emitting to lower-emitting sources, training programs -- does not appear to be what Congress contemplated in Section 111(d). So I think EPA's got some hard times ahead of it on this one.”

Across the States
William Yeatman

Status of State Implementation of the “Clean Power” Plan

Wisconsin this week became the latest State to stop work on the “Clean Power” Plan in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to pause implementation of the rule during the time it takes to complete legal challenges. The State Policy Network put together the following breakdown of what States are doing:

  • States that are stopping work on the “Clean Power” Plan: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia;
  • States that are continuing work on the “Clean Power” Plan: California, Colorado (though the  Attorney General is urging that regulators discontinue work on the rule), Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington;
  • States that haven’t yet decided: Arkansas, Arizona, Florida (seems to be moving towards stopping), Iowa, Illinois, Kansas (seems to be moving towards stopping), Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming (seems to be moving towards stopping).

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Todd Stern Reassures Europeans That Republicans Won’t Undo Paris Commitments

Todd Stern, the U. S. State Department’s special envoy for climate change negotiations, said in London on 18th February, that if the next President repudiates the Paris Climate Treaty the international “blowback” would be much stronger than the negative reaction after President George W. Bush announced in 2001 that he would not submit the Kyoto Protocol to the Senate for ratification. 

The BBC quoted Stern: “There was a lot of blowback that the US got generally diplomatically across the range of diplomatic concerns and I have no doubt that it would be very significant if the US were to do that with regard to Paris, probably much, much more significant than what happened before.”

Stern made the remarks to reporters as part of a three-day “reassurance tour” to Brussels, London, and Paris intended to counteract the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants and to downplay the chances that a Republican President will walk away from the Paris treaty.

Stern expressed qualified confidence that the EPA’s power plant rules would survive legal challenge, but that if they did not, there was no need to worry because the administration would adopt other measures to meet the U. S. commitment under Paris to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Again according to the BBC, Stern said: “We anticipate that the Clean Power Plan will be upheld.  But if for whatever reason it is not, then we will have to use other means to get to our target, but we are not backing off our target.”

President Barack Obama made Stern’s task a little more difficult when he said recently that all the Republican presidential candidates “are denying climate change.”  In fact, at least two candidates have already explicitly rejected the Paris treaty.  Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced in October that if elected he would submit the Paris treaty to the Senate for its advice and consent.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said soon after the Paris negotiations ended on 12th December that if elected he would withdraw the United States from the treaty. 

The BBC story went on to report that, “Mr Stern said that the US would sign in April and join the [Paris] agreement this year.”  How the Obama Administration can join the Paris Climate Treaty without Senate ratification is a mystery that was made more obvious this week when the government of Fiji announced that they had ratified it.  My CEI colleague Chris Horner was quoted in a story by Michael Bastasch in the Daily Caller on the curious fact that government of Fiji (and probably every other country in the world except for the current U. S. administration) understands that the Paris Climate Treaty is a treaty and thereby requires ratification.  

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

 

Friday, Feb. 19 in the NH House

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES (RSA 541-A:2), Rooms 306-308, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Continued meeting.

 

COMMISSION TO REVIEW CHILD ABUSE FATALITIES (RSA 169-C:39-k), Room 102, LOB

1:00 p.m.         Subcommittee meeting.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

9:00 a.m.        HB 1692-FN, revising the procedures relating to parole violation and parole revocation.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1261, relative to multiple indictments in criminal prosecutions.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1287, repealing a provision of the harassment statute.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1448, relative to contact between a plaintiff and defendant subject to a protective order.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1474, requiring the collection of data relative to firearm related deaths and injuries.

3:00 p.m.        HB 1552-FN, extending the penalty of death to acts of terrorism and civil rights offenses.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY (RSA 12-J:1), Rooms 301-303, LOB

9:30 a.m.         Regular meeting.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSE BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION (RSA 17-R:1), Room 308, LOB

10:00 a.m.      (POSTPONED) Regular meeting.

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Work session onHB 1449-FN, relative to additional temporary supplemental allowances for retired members of the retirement system;HB 1489, establishing a committee to study the rates of employer contributions in the retirement system.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from thetime the committee is initially convened.

US REPS. GUINTA, HINOJOSA ADVOCATE COMMON-SENSE REFORM AT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AGENCY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Frank Guinta and Rubén Hinojosa, joined by over two dozen Republican and Democratic House members, are urging the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to extend its examination cycle for well-run credit unions to 18 months from twelve.   

 

    “The number of credit unions continues to decline, down by nearly a quarter since 2008, due in no small part to overly burdensome regulations on the industry,” write the bipartisan members in a letter to NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz. “We strongly encourage the agency to implement a new extended examination schedule for credit unions to help your regulatory relief efforts.” 

 

    The NCUA named 2015“The Year of Regulatory Relief” – a year that ended with credit unions like St. Mary’s Bank in New Hampshire, the oldest one in the country, still waiting on a simple reform.“Unlike the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which monitors banks, the NCUA requires no legislation to move forward with a 18-month examination cycle,” said Rep. Guinta.

 

    The House Financial Services Committee member represents New Hampshire’s First District in Congress.“A mere 6-month extension would result in significant taxpayer savings and better responsiveness at the NCUA,”he said.

 

    In their letter, released to the public today, the 30 House members point out that, before 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial law, the federal agency followed an 18-month schedule that promoted efficiency and effectiveness.  

    

    “Credit unions did not cause the financial crisis,” added National Association of Federal Credit Unions President and CEO Dan Berger. “As an industry, we are in extremely sound shape. NCUA should devote more of its resources to the limited number of credit unions that need help.” 

 

    “We appreciate that Chairman Matz is open to a longer exam cycle and urge her to approve the change as soon as possible.”   

 

    Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, a Democrat who represents Texas’ 15th District, also sits on the House Financial Services Committee.“Our community banks and credit unions are the lifeblood of local and rural communities,"he said. "Credit unions, whose membership is made up of local residents, have a unique understanding of the communities in which they serve. 

 

    “They help families purchase homes, farmers plant crops, and small businesses get off the ground,”he said

 

   “Now that we have provided flexibility for banking regulators to provide an extended exam cycle for community banks, I think it’s time the NCUA use its authority to start planning for an extended exam cycle for well-rated, well-capitalized credit unions.”

 

     The bipartisan letter to Chairman Matz is attached.

 

 

 

 

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NH House Republicans - Election Law Committee Recommends Passage of Constitutional Amendment on Voter Residency

CONCORD - The House Election Law committee today voted to recommend passage of CACR 17. CACR 17 is a constitutional amendment proposal that would insert into the state constitution after Part I , Article 11 one sentence that says ¡°[Only Residents May Vote.] No person may establish a domicile for the purpose of voting unless he or she is a resident of the town, ward, or unincorporated place where he or she seeks to vote.¡±  The positive recommendation passed by a vote along party lines, with Republicans unanimously supporting the measure.

 

¡°For most of the history of our state it was accepted and understood that a person had to be a resident of New Hampshire in order to vote here.  In recent years that understanding has evolved and now people who are residents of other states are participating in our elections if they simply claim they are domiciled somewhere in the state for voting purposes,¡± said House Majority Whip Kathy Hoelzel (R-Raymond), Chair of the House Election Law Committee.

 

The voter domicile issue was recently litigated in Guare vs. The State of New Hampshire. On July 24, 2014, Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker issued an order in which he wrote ¡°a citizen need not be a resident of New Hampshire in order to vote in this state.¡±  The state appealed the case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and lost.

 

¡°For those New Hampshire citizens who believe that residents of other states should not vote in our elections, there is no option left but to amend the state constitution to explicitly require voters to be residents.   CACR 17 proposes to do just that. During the committee process no one offered testimony stating any reason why any resident of another state should be permitted to vote in our elections.  This legislation is necessary to protect the votes of all legitimate residents of our state from being diluted by the votes of people who are not residents of New Hampshire,¡± offered Rep. David Bates (R-Windham), prime sponsor of the bill.

 

CACR 17 will now move forward for a vote by the full House sometime in March. If approved by a ¨ø majority by the House and Senate CACR 17 will appear on the November ballot. A ¨ø majority of the popular vote is required in order to ratify the state constitution.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the NH House

This is a day late in posting due to ComCast Network outage in Peterborough NH. For historic reasons we are posting it today (Thursday) a day late.  /bobdm

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.          HB 1697-FN, relative to the operation and insurance of transportation network companies.

11:00 a.m.          HB 1700-FN, relative to abuse-deterrent opioid drug products.

1:15 p.m.            HB 1601, relative to certain continuing care communities.

2:00 p.m.            HB 1264, relative to carnival or amusement ride inspections.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

9:00 a.m.            HB 1153, prohibiting a political subdivision from adopting residency restrictions on sex offenders.

9:45 a.m.            HB 1343, prohibiting the retroactive application of the sex offender registry.

10:30 a.m.          HB 1318, relative to sex offender registration.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB

10:00 a.m.          HB 1696-FN, requesting a modification of the New Hampshire health protection program.(LIVE STREAMED ON THE GENERAL COURT WEBSITE)

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

9:00 a.m.            HB 1665-FN, adopting the interstate medical licensure compact.

10:00 a.m.          HB 1680-FN, extending the suspension of prior authorization requirements for a community mental health program on drugs used to treat mental illness.

11:00 a.m.          HB 1690-FN, extending the New Hampshire health protection program.

1:15 p.m.             Continued public hearing onHB 1138, relative to access to investigational drugs, biological products, and devices.

2:15 p.m.             Executive session onHB 1605-FN, prohibiting the use of latex gloves and utensils in the food service industry;HB 1629-FN, relative to disqualifying members of certain groups from receiving public assistance;HB 1634-FN, relative to the penalty for possession, use, or sale of fentanyl;HB 1124, relative to the membership of the occupational therapy governing board and relative to equipment used in respiratory care practice.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

9:00 a.m.            HB 1687-L, relative to governmental liability for personal injury on playground structures.

10:00 a.m.          HB 1688-FN-L, relative to governmental liability for negligence claims.

11:00 a.m.          HB 1109, relative to notice of offer for property in eminent domain cases and making the condemning entity liable for reasonable attorney's fees in certain cases.

1:00 p.m.            HB 1555-FN, relative to the manner in which New Hampshire takes possession of land.

2:00 p.m.            HB 1636-FN, prohibiting abortions once an unborn child can feel pain.

3:00 p.m.            HB 1663-FN, prohibiting buying, selling, and experimenting on unborn infants or bodily remains resulting from abortion.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

10:00 a.m.           Executive session onHB 1180-L, relative to the authority of towns to issue bonds for the expansion of Internet service;HB 1359, relative to the tax credit for service-connected disability; HB 1382, relative to the referendum procedure for public water systems;HB 1500, relative to default budgets for the purpose of setting tax rates; HB 1533, relative to noise level limitations for permanent machinery. 

1:00 p.m.             Executive session onHB 1179-L, relative to the taxation of manufactured housing on the land of another; HB 1392-L, relative to notice of land use violations and court costs in cases brought by a municipality; HB 1395, relative to municipal electronic records;  HB 1401, relative to public libraries;  HB 1407, establishing a property tax credit for persons providing certain home health care services for a family member.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

9:30 a.m.             Full committee work session onHB 2016, relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.           Executive session onHB 1116, relative to net metering;  HB 1275, relative to net energy metering capacity; HB 1367, relative to the public utility commission's authority to implement measures to increase the reliability, cost effectiveness, efficiency, or resiliency of the electrical grid; HB 1483, relative to community renewable energy.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

Pam Tucker Announces Run for NH-01

State Rep. Pam Tucker Formally Announces Candidacy for Congress
*New Hampshire needs a new voice to solve Washington’s old problems*
 
(GREENLAND, NH) – Republican State Rep. Pam Tucker (Rockingham 23) today announced her candidacy for Congress from New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.

“A new day for America starts with new, conservative leadership and a fresh, can-do approach to Washington decision-making,” said Tucker.

“Many have concluded, sadly, that our nation’s problems are too big, and Washington’s special interests too entrenched, to actually make a difference.  This does not need to be America’s destiny. 

“I am running for Congress to put a positive, forward-looking, reform-oriented agenda into practice.  We did this here in New Hampshire, where we faced our fiscal challenges with spending restraint and common sense.  We rose to the challenge in our state; now, it is beyond time to make the difficult decisions in Washington. 

“Let’s free ourselves from the threat of radical Islamic fundamentalism by defeating ISIS once and for all and putting a stop to Iran’s nuclear program.  Let’s rebuild our military.  Likewise, here at home, let’s unleash our economy and future generations from crippling debt and job-killing policies by reining in wasteful spending and create an environment in which entrepreneurs, working families and small businesses can once again prosper.

“Republicans deserve to have a nominee with a proven conservative record who can also draw a stark contrast between the establishment candidates of both parties on the issues.  Imagine what a fresh perspective and conservative leadership could bring to Washington, particularly with a new, reform-oriented President.  I believe America’s best days can still lie ahead of her,” concluded Tucker.

Pam Tucker is a mother, successful businesswoman and respected state legislator with a record of solving problems without raising taxes or creating new government bureaucracy.  A proven conservative with a reputation for empowering individuals and local communities to cutting government, Tucker will stress reining in the excesses of a bloated federal government during the campaign.

Thursday, Feb. 18 in the NH House

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

PRESS CONFERENCE, LEGISLATOVE OFFICE BUILDING, Lobby

9:00 a.m.             Right and Democracy

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1316, relative to hospital rates for self-pay patients.

10:15 a.m.      HB 1608-FN, relative to uniform prior authorization forms.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1437, relative to health insurance fraud and abuse reporting.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1478, establishing a commission to develop a structure for the implementation of an alternative contract for health care payments.

1:15                Subcommittee work session on HB 1194,relative to medical benefits under motor vehicle insurance;HB 1264, relative to carnival or amusement ride inspections;HB 1316, relative to hospital rates for self-pay patients;HB 1339, relative to the corporate governance annual disclosure act;HB 1340, relative to producer licensing;HB 1342, prohibiting the use of certain information to underwrite insurance;HB 1403, relative to reinsurance;HB 1409, relative to life, accident, and health insurance;HB 1410, relative to motor vehicle coverage;HB 1437, relative to health insurance fraud and abuse reporting;       HB 1450, relative to risk-based capital for insurers;HB 1459, relative to commercial coverage;HB 1478, establishing a commission to develop a structure for the implementation of an alternative contract for health care payments;HB 1516-FN, relative to balance billing;HB 1601, relative to certain continuing care communities;HB 1608-FN, relative to uniform prior authorization forms;HB 1700-FN, relative to abuse-deterrent opioid drug products.

Room 303, LOB

1:15 p.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1105,establishing a committee to study third party mortgage processors;HB 1111, relative to securities advisory councils and committees;HB 1139, establishing a committee to examine state protections from financial fraud;HB 1150, relative to the penalty for failure to deliver goods under the Uniform Commercial Code;HB 1169, prohibiting bank fees for on-line accounts;HB 1195, relative to prepayment contracts for petroleum products;HB 1227, repealing provisions of law regulating Sunday business activities;HB 1307, relative to the procedure for amendment of condominium instruments;HB 1348, repealing the exemption for certain transactions under the consumer protection act;HB 1473, relative to small loans;HB 1491, relative to trust fund interest;HB 1579, relative to regulation of the practice of out-of-state brokers by the real estate commission;HB 1617, relative to funding for housing projects by the New Hampshire housing finance authority;HB 1618, relative to debt adjustment services;HB 1697-FN, relative to the operation and insurance of transportation network companies.

Room 304, LOB

1:15 p.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1152, relative to the definition of specialty beer;HB 1160-FN, relative to licensing spas and salons to serve alcoholic beverages;HB 1188, relative to the brew pub license;HB 1206, relative to limited credits;HB 1211, relative to requirements for certain alcoholic beverage licenses;HB 1329, relative to prohibited sales of alcoholic beverages;HB 1540-FN, relative to direct shipments of beer.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

9:00 a.m.        HB 1235, relative to stalking.

9:30 a.m.        HB 1586-FN, prohibiting the impersonation of an emergency medical technician or firefighter.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1549-FN, requiring the department of safety to establish a database cataloging certain law enforcement activities.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1597-FN, relative to preservation of biological material in a criminal investigation for DNA testing.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1435, relative to enforcement of the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1603-FN, requiring the registration of drug dealers.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

9:30 a.m.        Executive session on HB 1137,relative to the adoption of school administrative unit budgets;HB 1145, establishing a committee to study suspensions and expulsions in licensed preschools and in kindergarten through grade 3;HB 1225, permitting high school students who are members of the armed forces to wear their uniforms at graduation;HB 1231, relative to school district policy regarding objectionable course material;HB 1239, relative to certain terminology in the education statutes; HB 1366, relative to the definition of educational competencies;HB 1371, establishing a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students;HB 1372, permitting a child with a disability to use audio or video recording devices in the classroom;HB 1379, amending the requirement to use English in schools;HB 1408-FN, relative to a school building inventory;HB 1411, making civics mandatory in public schools.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

9:30 a.m.         Executive session onHB 1265, permitting municipalities to adopt a system of approval voting; HB 1521, allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office;HB 1530-FN-L, relative to mail-in voting;HB 1377, relative to receipt of absentee ballots;HB 1378, relative to disabled voters requiring assistance;HB 1515, requiring persons sending absentee ballot applications to comply with identification requirements for political advertising;HB 1532, permitting state or county prisoners to vote by absentee ballot;HB 1313-FN, relative to eligibility to vote and relative to availability of voter information;HB 1356, relative to construction of the terms "resident" and "inhabitant";CACR 17, relating to domicile for the purpose of voting.  Providing that only a resident of the state may establish a domicile for the purpose of voting;CACR 23, relating to the warning of biennial meetings.  Providing that the selectmen are not required to be present to receive the votes; HB 1387, relative to vacancies in county offices.

12:00 p.m.      Subcommittee hearing  on HB 1378, relative to disabled voters requiring assistance.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION

9:00 a.m.         Subcommittee hearing on HB 1282, relative to the state building code.

 

FISH AND GAME AND MARINE RESOURCES, Room 307, LOB

9:15 a.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1388-FN,expanding crossbow use into muzzleloader season.

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1100, relative to licensure of guides by the fish and game department;HB 1136, authorizing the fish and game department to grant awards for solutions to reducing the Asian shore crab and European green crab populations;HB 1176, relative to nomination and qualification of fish and game commissioners;HB 1177, relative to permission required for baiting for game on the property of another;HB 1178, relative to the taking of black bear assisted by a licensed guide;HB 1191, establishing an exotic game license for hunting in a game preserve;HB 1383, repealing the penalty for carrying away seaweed at night;HB 1388-FN, expanding crossbow use into muzzleloader season;HB 1519, relative to the season for taking bear using dogs set by the executive director of fish and game;HB 1548-FN, prohibiting the trade of shark fins.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

8:00 a.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1681-FN, relative to hypodermic syringes and needles containing trace amounts of controlled drugs.

9:00 a.m.        HB 1406, establishing a commission to study the termination of Medicaid benefits when a person enters certain state institutions or county correctional facilities.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1541-FN, prohibiting placement of certain persons with a mental illness in the secure psychiatric unit, and authorizing the commissioner of the department of corrections to seek therapeutic alternatives.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1701-FN, relative to specialty care in drop-in or walk-in clinics.

1:15 p.m.         Executive session onHB 1661-FN, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation;HB 1662-FN, relative to abortion-inducing drugs;HB 1309, adding post-traumatic stress disorder to qualifying medical conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis;HB 1269, extending the New Hampshire health care quality assurance commission.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (RSA 126-A:13), Room 104, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on food services performance audit review.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

9:00 a.m.        HB 1660-FN-L, relative to eminent domain for gas pipelines and relative to assessment of the land use change tax for eminent domain takings for energy infrastructure.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1684-FN, prohibiting the use of public funds, employees, and facilities in assisting or performing abortions.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1328, limiting pregnancy terminations to pregnancies of 20 weeks or less.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Room 305, LOB  *Please note room change

10:00 a.m.        Executive session on all pending legislation. 

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION, Room 303, LOB

9:00 a.m.        CACR 14, relating to government of right. Providing that the people of New Hampshire have the right of local community self-government.

9:45 a.m.        HR 16, calling on the United States Senate and House of Representatives to consider a constitutional amendment prohibiting campaign contributions unless the donor is eligible to vote in that election.

10:30 a.m.      CACR 19, relating to the taking of human life. Providing that the general court shall not appropriate nor authorize any expenditure to benefit any corporation having as its object the taking of innocent human life.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

9:30 a.m.        Executive session on HB 1262,relative to the application of zoning ordinances to home-based businesses;HB 1263, authorizing municipalities to use form-based codes as an alternative zoning regulation;HB 1315, adding mixed-use development to the definition of business and industrial facility;HB 1439-L, requiring regional planning commissions to file an annual report;HB 1504-FN-L, relative to the execution of a real estate tax lien on a primary residence;HB 1508, allowing public libraries to run certain privacy software.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

12:00 p.m.       Subcommittee work session onHB 1578, relative to the maintenance of private roads.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.       HB 1517, relative to temporary seasonal docks

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Full committee work session onHB 586-FN-L, relative to registration of automobile utility trailers; HB 1545-FN, relative to Lucky 7 tickets.

11:30 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1554-FN, establishing a state sports lottery;HB 1247, relative to permitted gambling by private individuals.

1:00 p.m.       HB 1182-FN, (New Title) establishing a committee to study fees for sales of wine by manufacturers.

1:30 p.m.       HB 1584-FN, (New Title) relative to the discharge of a person committed for nonpayment of a fine.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

US REP. FRANK GUINTA STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK IN TURKEY

Manchester, NH  –  Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement, after aterrorist attack in Turkey killed at least 28 people and wounded 61 others:

 

“Today’s attacks in Turkey, claiming innocent lives, underscore the widening scope of the Syrian War. Last October, over 100 Turks died in a another attack in Ankara. In the United States, where we recently experienced the deadliest attack since 9/11, we know how Turkish citizens must be feeling. We must work together to prevent more atrocities.”

 

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NH GOP - Feel the Bern

 


It is not often that Republicans agree with the supporters of a self-avowed socialist like Bernie Sanders. But we found an important issue where we have common ground. 


For 100 years the First-in-the-Nation primary has played a critical role in the presidential nominating process. This year, Donald Trump won the Republican Primary fair and square. As a result, he earned more delegates than his competitors. That’s how democracy works.


But the Democrat Primary is a different story.


Bernie Sanders embarrassed establishment favorite Hillary Clinton by overwhelmingly defeating her 60%-38%.

However, despite his commanding victory, Sanders leaves New Hampshire with the same number of delegates as Clinton.


How is this possible? Because Democrats have set up an undemocratic system that allows party elites called “super delegates” to single handedly cancel out the votes of thousands of grassroots activists.


The fact that the DNC and super delegates - including Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Ann Kuster – will go against the Democrat grassroots and support Hillary Clinton displays a wide disconnect between leadership and their voting base.


Given the results of the primary, the vote of one New Hampshire super delegate is equal to the votes of about 10,000 voters. This means that Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, the senator’s husband William Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster are going to cancel out the votes of 40,000 Granite State Democrats. This is an outrage and an obvious attempt to rig the nomination process for Hillary Clinton despite her dismal primary showing.


New Hampshire Republicans are committed to upholding the integrity of our elections. Even though we vehemently disagree with Senator Sanders on his radical socialist agenda, we stand with his supporters who want their voices to be heard. 


Please sign our petition urging Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster to do the right thing and switch their super delegate votes to Bernie Sanders. 

 
 
 
 
  Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican Party

Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the NH House

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

CAPITAL BUDGET OVERVIEW COMMITTEE (RSA 17-J:2), Room 201, LOB

1:00 p.m.         Regular meeting.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Executive session on HB 1236,relative to hearings on modifications of parental rights and responsibilities;HB 1237, establishing a committee to study the establishment of a default conflict management and resolution system for parents and children;HB 1279, relative to grounds for termination of parental rights;HB 1280, relative to grounds for modification of parental rights and responsibilities.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1248, relative to the waiver of counsel in juvenile delinquency proceedings.

1:45 p.m.        HB 1250, relative to medical neglect of children.

2:30 p.m.        HB 1165, changing "incapacitated" to "vulnerable" in the adult protective services laws.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1409, relative to life, accident, and health insurance.

10:15 a.m.      HB 1340, relative to producer licensing.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1403, relative to reinsurance.

10:45 a.m.      HB 1410, relative to motor vehicle coverage.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1450, relative to risk-based capital for insurers.

11:15 a.m.      HB 1459, relative to commercial coverage.

11:30 a.m.      HB 1339, relative to the corporate governance annual disclosure act.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1194, relative to medical benefits under motor vehicle insurance.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1342, prohibiting the use of certain information to underwrite insurance.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

9:30 a.m.        HB 1632-FN, establishing a criminal penalty for providing a firearm to a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1645, relative to carrying a pistol or revolver without a license.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1135, relative to physical force in defense of a person.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1415, relative to escape from official custody.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

9:30 a.m.        Executive session on HB 1120,relative to teacher qualifications at charter schools;HB 1121, relative to the academic areas that comprise the statewide assessment;HB 1205, including libraries that provide children's programming in the definition of drug-free school zone;HB 1229, prohibiting the inclusion of statewide assessment results in a student's transcript without consent;HB 1232, relative to visits to schools by non-academic government or private organizations; HB 1283, relative to school notification of a change in placement;HB 1300, relative to the content of patriotic exercises in public schools;HB 1338, relative to student exemption from the statewide assessment;HB 1365, requiring public schools to observe New Hampshire constitution day;HB 1393, requiring the department of education to report statewide assessment results for school districts receiving certain state aid;HB 1456, relative to chartered public school boards.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

9:30 a.m.         Executive session on HB 1114,relative to the number of inspectors of election;HB 1529-FN, relative to reporting of felony convictions for voter checklist updates;HB 1511-FN-L, relative to hours of polling;HB 1143, relative to showing a ballot;HB 1183, relative to election result recounts; HB 1503, relative to distributing campaign materials at the polling place; HB 1220, relative to disqualification of election officers; HB 1624-FN, relative to electioneering by public employees; HB 1679-FN, relative to electioneering by a public official; HB 1682-FN, relative to electioneering by public servants and relative to warrant articles; HB 1539-FN, relative to procedures for resolving ties in legislative races; HB 1482, establishing a committee to study improving the statewide voter registration database; HB 1642-FN-L, relative to persons executing election affidavits;HB 1646, relative to the disclosure of felony convictions by individuals seeking an elected office; 

12:00 p.m.      Subcommittee work session on HB 1378,relative to disabled voters requiring assistance.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1615-FN, regulating the transfer of dogs from out of state.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1514,relative to the application of nitrogen and phosphorus content fertilizers;HB 1466, relative to labeling requirements for certain homestead food operations;HB 1354, establishing a committee to study livestock and meat inspection;HB 1355, relative to poultry producers exempted from meat inspection requirements;HB 1528-FN, relative to standards for aerobic septic systems.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1282, relative to the state building code. May be continued to Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m. if necessary.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1588, relative to employment restrictions on former executive branch commissioners, and repealing certain prohibitions on employment of state employees.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1142, relative to employee compensation at certain hospitals.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1122, relative to limitations on supervisory positions in state employment.

11:30 a.m.      HB 1128, proclaiming the second week in September as Patriot Week.

1:30 p.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1442-FN, relative to objections to proposed agency rules under the administrative procedure act.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

FINANCE - DIVISION I, Room 212, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Work session onHB 636-FN,relative to forfeiture of property.

10:30 a.m.      Work session on HB 626-FN-A,authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors.

10:45 a.m.      Work session on HB 1428-FN-A-L,making appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.

11:30 a.m.       Work session onHB 1591-FN-A, relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services;HB 1592-FN, relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

9:00 a.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1423-FN,relative to rulemaking for prescribing controlled drugs.

 

10:00 a.m.      HB 1648-FN, relative to sales by pharmacists under the controlled drug act.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1490, relative to collaborative practice between pharmacists and health care practitioners.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1420, relative to controlled drug prescription health and safety information.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

2:15 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1310,establishing a commission to study health care for all residents of New Hampshire;    HB 1464-FN, relative to monitoring visits to child day care agencies;HB 1537-FN, relative to testing for Lyme disease;HB 1542-FN, requiring drug testing of public assistance recipients.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1493, relative to ownership of DNA.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1494, relative to the expectation of privacy in personal information.

11:15 a.m.      HB 1496, relative to the expectation of privacy in personal materials.

1:00 p.m.        CACR 22, relating to the right to privacy.  Providing that an individual's right to live free from governmental interference is fundamental and shall not be restricted unless the government demonstrates a compelling state interest.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1623-FN, prohibiting an abortion based on genetic abnormalities.

3:00 p.m.        HB 1625-FN, relative to banning abortion after viability.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION, Room 307, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1126, limiting the authority of delegates to Article V conventions.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1669-FN, establishing a state procedure for conventions to ratify proposed amendments to the United States Constitution.

10:45 a.m.      HB 1454, establishing a committee to determine a process for inhabitants of the state to effectuate the protections of Article 14.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1163, relative to lobbying, campaign contributions, and political advertising.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

LONG RANGE CAPITAL PLANNING AND UTILIZATION COMMITTEE (RSA 17-M:1),Room 201, LOB

1:30 p.m.         Regular meeting

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

9:30 a.m.        HB 1407, establishing a property tax credit for persons providing certain home health care services for a family member.

9:50 a.m.        HB 1455, relative to membership of a municipal budget committee.

10:10 a.m.      HB 1460, relative to perambulation of town boundaries.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1504-FN-L, relative to the execution of a real estate tax lien on a primary residence.

10:50 a.m.      HB 1508, allowing public libraries to run certain privacy software.

11:10 a.m.      HB 1559-FN, relative to property taxes paid by education facilities leasing property.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1219-FN-L,relative to the repurchase of tax-deeded property by the former owner and the costs therefor;HB 1284, relative to highway agents;HB 1304, relative to town maintenance of a road designated as a highway to summer cottages; HB 1336-FN-L, relative to interest on abatements of taxes.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Continued public hearing on HB 1349,relative to the location of the Merrimack county superior court.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:30 a.m.       Work session onHB 1595-FN, relative to the rivers management and protection program.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Full committee work session onHB 1116, relative to net metering;HB 1275, relative to net energy metering capacity;HB 1367, relative to the public utility commission's authority to implement measures to increase the reliability, cost effectiveness, efficiency, or resiliency of the electrical grid; HB 1483,relative to community renewable energy.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1104,relative to electric renewable energy classes;HB 1691-FN, making certain changes to the renewable portfolio standard.

                       Continued Executive Session from Friday, Feb. 12

1:00 p.m.       HB1374, relative to rebates to ratepayers from the renewable energy fund.

                       HB1479, establishing a broadband study committee

                       HB1502, establishing a committee to study odor emissions from landfills

                       HB1659, relative to the implementation of the clean power state implementation plan.

 

TRANSPORTATION, Room 203, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1156, relative to interference with traffic devices.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1257, relative to revocation or suspension of a driver's license because of physical impairment.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1302, relative to driver's license requirements for operation of a mixed use school bus.

11:30 a.m.      HB 1469, relative to the restriction of drivers' licenses for nonpayment of child support.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1161, relative to the traffic safety commission.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

2:00 p.m.        Continued executive session on HB 1154-FN,authorizing and regulating the use of license plate scanning devices.

2:30 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1131,relative to vehicles formerly used as ambulances;HB 1132, relative to carrying a rifle or shotgun in certain vehicles;HB 1358, regulating engine idling of certain vehicles;HB 1405, repealing the prohibition on after market tinted glass in motor vehicles;HB 1151, relative to after market tinting on side windows;HB 1157, relative to enforcement of the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving;HB 1158, relative to an exemption from the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1198-FN-L, relative to the valuation of poles and conduits owned by telephone utilities.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1655-FN, (New Title) relative to the municipal registration fee for an agricultural/industrial utility vehicle used exclusively for farming or agriculture.

1:00 p.m.        Continued hearing on HB 1101,prohibiting charges to New Hampshire residents for the construction of high pressure gas pipelines.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

2:00 p.m.         Full committee work session onHB 1101, prohibiting charges to New Hampshire residents for the construction of high pressure gas pipelines.

 

Ayotte For US Senate - RE: Supreme Court vacancy

 

 

Let me be clear: I believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president.
 
Join me in defending the Constitution.
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Justice Scalia was a staunch defender of our Constitution and a brilliant jurist. Replacing such a legal giant will have significant implications both for the direction of the Court and the future of our country. 
 
We’re in the midst of a consequential presidential election year, and Americans deserve an opportunity to weigh in on this decision.
 
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Cooler Heads Digest 13 February 2016

13 February 2016

Announcement

America’s Future Foundation will hold a happy hour presentation on “Global Climate Change: Myths and Facts with Dave Rittenhouse and Dr. James Rust” at the Whitehall Tavern in Atlanta on 23rd February.  Rsvp here.

In the News

Here’s How States Can Defy the EPA’s Global Warming Plan
Andrew Follett, Daily Caller, 12 February 2016

Jane Mayer on Energy Policy: Some Corrections
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 11 February 2016

White House Must Give Think Tank Climate Docs
Rebekah Kearn, Courthouse News Service, 11 February 2016

Obama’s New Oil Tax Would Drive Up Gas Prices
Veronique de Rugy, Reason Hit & Run, 11 February 2016

E-mails: EPA Rushed To Resolve Tesla’s “Million Dollar” Bureaucratic Snafu
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 10 February 2016

How Much Will Climate Change Rules Benefit Americans?
Susan Dudley, Forbes, 9 February 2016

Sue and Settle Again Rears Its Ugly Head
Robert Jackson & John Eick, ALEC, 8 February 2016

“Keep It in the Ground” at Work in the Real World
Marita Noon, Oil Pro, 8 February 2016

Obama To Set First-Ever Climate Rules for Airlines
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner, 8 February 2016

Obama Orders Military To Give Priority to Climate Change
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, 7 February 2016

Shut Up, She Explained: My Request for Climate Evidence
Benjamin Zycher, AEI, 4 February 2016

News You Can Use
Food Cheap, Despite Global Warming

Due to “ample agricultural supply conditions,” world food prices fell to almost a seven-year low at the start of 2016, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Inside the Beltway

Supreme Court Blocks EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rule for Existing Power Plants Until Litigation Is Completed
Myron Ebell

The Supreme Court on 9th February granted the petition to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants until lower court litigation is completed. The decision, which came on a 5-4 vote, is unprecedented, which is perhaps why it surprised nearly everyone and clearly caught the Obama Administration off guard. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the White House quickly expressed confidence that the so-called “Clean Power” Plan will not be overturned.  But that 5-4 vote must make them and their allies worry that the Supreme Court will indeed overturn all or most of the rule.  McCarthy made many public appearances at COP-21, the Paris climate conference in Paris in December, which concluded with agreement on the new Paris Climate Treaty.  At each appearance where I saw her, McCarthy assured the media and delegates from other countries that the EPA had “legally bulletproofed” the rule.

The petition for the stay filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on behalf of 26 States made a powerful argument that the rule is so legally flawed that it will eventually be overturned in court, but that so much economic damage will be done before the litigation is completed that the rule must be suspended as soon as possible.  My guess is that their argument was strongly aided by statements from McCarthy and Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, last summer after the Supreme Court ruled against EPA on the Mercury MACT rule.  They both said that the court’s decision didn’t really matter because most utilities had already taken action to comply.

Administrator McCarthy was at it again after the court’s stay decision.  She told the House Agriculture Committee during a three-hour grilling that “Nothing is going to be implemented while the stay is in place. It is clearly on hold until it resolves itself through the courts.” But when McCarthy addressed state air regulators, she said that the EPA would work with any State that wanted to keep working on implementing the rule. Several reporters described her attitude in the speech as defiant. 

Obama’s Budget Requests Lots More Greenbacks for Green Energy and Climate Programs

President Barack Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 proposes billions of dollars of new spending on “green” energy and climate programs. As I reported last week, much of the funding would come from his proposed $10 tax on each barrel of oil consumed.  The Congress will not enact the fee and will almost certainly deny nearly all of these new spending requests.

The President’s budget also asks Congress to make the tax credit for wind power and the investment tax credit for solar power permanent.  So much for the idea that renewable energy is now or soon will be commercially competitive with conventional sources of electricity.

The budget request $1.29 billion for its Global Climate Change Initiative, which includes another $500 million for the Green Climate Fund.  Congress zeroed out the Green Climate Fund in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill in December, but it is expected that the State Department will reprogram other funding and send at least $200 to 300 million to the GCF this year.

I summarized some of the proposed new spending here.  Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation provides more details here.

Spinning the Stay
Marlo Lewis

A few days before the start of the COP-21 meeting in Paris, U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern filed a declaration urging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to deny West Virginia and other states’ request to put a stay on EPA’s so-called “Clean Power” Plan (CPP). Stern argued that freezing the rule would undermine U.S. “leadership” on climate change, creating “a real threat that some other countries, including major emitters, might reduce the intensity or pace of their actions or even fail to achieve their commitments.” Horror of horrors, it might diminish their climate “ambition”.

Although the appellate court declined to stay the rule, the Supreme Court this week granted a stay. So now what are administration officials saying? Do they stand by their earlier claims that suspending the CPP threatens the climate treaty?

No way. According to Climate Progress blogger Joe Romm, “Senior White House officials said on a media call Tuesday evening that this was a temporary procedural determination that does nothing to affect the soundness of the rule, nor the White House’s determination to proceed with the rule and to cut emissions. They expressed confidence that the administration’s climate targets were achievable, citing momentum in the renewable power sector.”

“Heck,” Romm opined, “it [the stay] doesn’t even mean that the United States won’t be able to hit the CO2 reduction target it pledged with the other nations of the world in the Paris Agreement. Indeed, I expect with or without the CPP, the U.S. is probably going to meet its Paris pledge, its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to cut greenhouse gas pollution 26 to 28% below 2005 levels in 2025.”

That’s whistling past the graveyard. Stephen Eule of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy has done the math. Even if we include the Power Plan—the largest single component of the U.S. INDC—all current and proposed administration climate policies account for only 55% of Obama’s emission pledge. Remove the CPP, and the “gap becomes a chasm,” according to Eule.

Administration officials and environmentalists are in “full damage control mode,” reports Jean Chemnick in today’s ClimateWire ($). Why? Because the “high-profile signing of the Paris climate agreement in New York City on April 22 will now take place under the cloud of this week's Supreme Court decision to stay the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan.” As Harjeet Singh of ActionAid International in India told Chemnick: “The climate community is taken aback and concerned that it may see the same fate as the Kyoto Protocol, and the leadership that Obama showed, despite domestic political challenges, has also gone in vain."

Of course, none of that is a reason the Supreme Court should not have put EPA’s lawless rule on hold. Nor is it a reason the appellate court, which has scheduled oral argument for June 2, should not overturn the CPP.

In Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that EPA’s authority with respect to greenhouse gases could not be decided on the basis of “policy concerns” “divorced from the statutory text.” The Court specifically cited as irrelevant the concern that EPA climate rules “might impair the President’s ability to negotiate with key developing nations to reduce emissions.”

For either the appellate court or the Supreme Court, all that should matter in the Power Plan litigation is whether the rule squares with its alleged statutory basis, Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. There is no mention of either climate “leadership” or climate “ambition” in 111(d) or any other provision of the Act. Those concepts are not statutory factors and have no relevance to the case.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Supreme Court Decision Could Undermine the Paris Climate Treaty

The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants may lead to some good news at the international level as well.  A story in the New York Times began by stating that the decision “could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say.”

The story goes on to quote Navroz K. Dubash, a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi: “If the U. S. Supreme Court actually declares the coal power plant rules stillborn, the chancesof nurturing trust between countries would all but vanish.  This could be the proverbial string which causes Paris to unravel.”  It should be noted that India’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions counts on a lot of nurturing from the developed countries--$2.5 trillion in aid, to be precise.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright agrees.  According to the Washington Times, she filed a statement in the case that concludes that a stay “could derail the international momentum to implement the emission reduction commitments achieved at the Paris climate conference.”  Even more amusingly, as my CEI colleague Marlo Lewis reported on Global Warming.org on 7th December, Todd Stern, the State Department’s chief climate negotiator, also filed a declaration that a stay could undermine the forthcoming Paris Climate Treaty. That’s because the so-called “Clean Power” Plan accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution that the Obama Administration submitted as its commitment. 

But that was before the Supreme Court ruling.  After it, the White House was quick to deny that the stay would have any effect on achieving the U. S. commitment.  At a press briefing aboard Air Force One on 10th February, White House spokesman Eric Schultz gave a lengthy answer to why the stay would not slow the decline in U. S. greenhouse gas emissions.  One of the reasons he gave was especially interesting: “[T]he budget agreement that was signed at the end of 2015 … included long-term extensions of the renewable energy tax credits.  The inclusion of those tax credits, which is something this administration fought for, is going to continue the momentum of cleaner sources of energy and lower emissions in the power sector….  It is our estimation that the inclusion of those tax credits is going to have more impact over the short term than the Clean Power Plan.”   

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

YRNF - A Tribute to Justice Scalia

 

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Image Credit: Stephen Masker, CC       

Today the United States lost one of the great jurists, not only in our time but in all of American history. Antonin Scalia had been a consistent and tenacious defender of the Constitution. He stood up for the Rule of Law and was an unrelenting protector of states’ rights, freedom of speech, religious liberty, the separation of powers, personal liberties, and, most notably, "the right to keep and bear arms."

In his most famous majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller where he defended our Constitutional rights, making certain they remained unmolested from judicial activism, he wrote:

"A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all. Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad."

Scalia was known mostly for his dissenting opinions. (There’s even a book dedicated to this, Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice.) For almost 30 years, law students, lawyers, and judges around the nation--of all political persuasions--eagerly anticipated reading his scathing rebukes. Scalia's style and humor captivated all those who read his opinions. The man is a transformative figure in American history and Constitutional law. His contribution to the conservative movement is unrivaled.

Beyond his public persona and his professional legacy, Scalia, a devout Catholic, embodied family values. He leaves behind his wife, Maureen, after 55 years of marriage. Together they raised 9 children and inspired 28 grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scalia's family, friends, and colleagues. He will be missed.

In Remembrance,
Your Executive Board,
Young Republican National Federation

 

NHDP Announces Its District-Level Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concord, N.H.—Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party announced its District-Level Delegate slate for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley made the following statement:

 “I am so proud to announce our district-level delegate slate for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This group of men and women is passionate, diverse and representative of the ideals we value here at the New Hampshire Democratic Party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Chair Ray Buckley. “I’m confident their participation will select a presidential candidate who will win the White House, take back a U.S. Senate seat, hold the Governor’s office, win both Congressional seats and gain Democratic majorities in the State House.”

The NHDP & DNC Delegate Selection Rules determined the allocation of the District-Level Delegates based on the results in each Congressional District. Senator Sanders was awarded 10 District-Level Delegates and Secretary Clinton was awarded 6 District-Level Delegates.

The full slate is as follows:              

Congressional District 1 District Level Delegates
 
Sanders Delegate             Mo Baxley – Laconia
Sanders Delegate             Burt Cohen – New Castle
Sanders Delegate             Ruth Hall – Union
Sanders Delegate             Chris Liquori – Portsmouth
Clinton Delegate               Chris Pappas – Manchester
Clinton Delegate               Donna Soucy – Manchester
Clinton Delegate               Jacquelyn Weatherspoon – Exeter
Sanders Delegate             Jazmin West – Manchester
 
Congressional District 2 District Level Delegates
 
Sanders Delegate             Ronald Abramson – Bow
Sanders Delegate             Emily Jacobs – Whitefield
Sanders Delegate             Mark King – Nashua
Clinton Delegate               Will Pearson – Keene
Clinton Delegate               Deb Pignatelli – Nashua
Sanders Delegate             Kenneth Roos – Concord
Sanders Delegate             Felicia Teter – Hanover
Clinton Delegate               Alejandro Urrutia - Hudson

NHGOP STATEMENT: HYPOCRITE HASSAN POSTS B-ROLL VIDEO FOR OUTSIDE MONEY GROUPS

 

 

 
Concord – Despite her public attacks against outside money groups, Governor Maggie Hassan’s campaign this week posted b-roll video on its campaign YouTube account for third party groups to use in ads. NH1 News reports that the stock footage was posted on Sunday.
 
“Governor Hassan obviously posted this stock footage for liberal special interest groups to use in third party ads. The governor has been caught red-handed giving dark money groups the green light to begin flooding New Hampshire's airwaves,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The Governor can’t have it both ways by publicly attacking outside political groups while quietly welcoming their support. If Governor Hassan actually cares about limiting the influence of Super PACs, she needs to put her money where her mouth is and join Senator Ayotte in signing the same People’s Pledge that Senators Elizabeth Warren and Jeanne Shaheen signed.”
 
Governor Hassan has a disgraceful history of breaking campaign finance laws. In 2014, the New Hampshire Department of Justice forced her to return $33,000 in illegal campaign contributions.
 

 


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NH Senate Republican Caucus - Concerned Ineffective Management of Developmental Disabilities Waitlist

Concord, NH - The Joint Fiscal Committee was presented with the Acquired Brain Disorders and Developmental Disabilities Audit Report. This report detailed unspent appropriations resulting in a lapse of $38.5 million, despite having 109 clients on the waitlist for services.

“Removing citizens from the Developmental Disabilities waitlist has been a major priority for the Senate, especially during the last budget. Today’s audit reported 109 individuals who, at that time, were still on the waitlist to receive services. In addition, $38.5 million went unspent within the department, which should have provided services for every individual, eliminating the waitlist altogether,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem).

“We also heard, today that the waitlist has grown to 153 individuals in need of additional services, instead of decreasing like we intended it to.”

“The report itself cited serious mismanagement, a lack of steadfast policies and rules, and a poor use of resources. This system has underserved some of our neediest citizens and that is unacceptable to the legislature. I expect further explanation and prompt corrective action to be taken to address these issues,” said Morse.

“After hearing the Acquired Brain Disorders and Developmental Disabilities Audit Report today, the State should be embarrassed by the withholding of funds and resources from those most in need in our community,” said Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford).

“The number one responsibility of government is to help those most in need and beyond any measure, this report clearly shows the Governor and executive branch fundamentally failed in this regard. This failure falls exclusively on the Governors' desk and she has not protected those most vulnerable in New Hampshire, to the point where I question what her priorities are,” said Sanborn.

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ALG - Rubio, Cruz agree with Lee on stopping HUD racial, income zoning quotas

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Feb. 11, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americansfor Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Republican senators to join presidential contenders Sen. MarcoRubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in supporting S. 1909, the "Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2015," legislation by Sen. Mike Lee(R-Utah) that prohibits the use of federal funds to implement the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, "AffirmativelyFurthering Fair Housing" (AFFH):

"MarcoRubio and Ted Cruz agree that President Obama's political bureaucrats at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have no business overriding local zoning authority to impose their radical vision on America. 

"Under HUD's AFFH regulation, the federal government is imposing its will by conditioning the acceptance of $3.3billion of annual community development block grants on 1,200 local governments being forced to acquiesce to rezone cities and counties along racial and income fairness guidelines. Local zoning only determines what can be built where, not who can live there, which is subject to market conditions including demand, location and availability. This has nothing to do with real housing discrimination, which has been illegal for almost 50 years, it is about nationalizing neighborhoods, giving the federal government the power to determine where people live and what will be built where. This may be Obama's most far-reaching regulation yet, and that is why the Senate must stop it.

"There should not be a single Republicanin the Senate opposed to the Lee, Rubio, Cruz bill that stops implementation of this radical rulemaking. HUD overreach is already impacting Dubuque, Iowa and Westchester County, N.Y. and this is only the beginning. The Senate needs to hold hearings, and join the House in passing an appropriations rider that stops Obama in the short-term.  Additionally, the Lee, Rubio, Cruz legislation should be brought up for a vote and passed. Every Republican Senator still running for president agrees with Mike Lee on this issue, making this a national issue worthy of every senator's immediate attention.

"This is not a joke, it affects property owners in every senator's respective states. Now is the time to take a stand, before the HUD racial and income rezoning regulation becomes a permanent weapon of mass destruction in the federal government's arsenal against cities and counties.

"The House of Representatives, led by Representative Paul Gosar has passed defunding amendments of the Obama zone regulation in the HUD appropriations bill each of the past two years, and now it is time for the Senate to get on board and force an end to this noxiousfederal government overreach at once."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/rubio-cruz-agree-with-lee-on-stopping-hud-racial-income-zoning-quotas/

Attachments:

Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2015 cosponsors at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1909/cosponsors:

Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA]
Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]
Sen. Sessions, Jeff [R-AL]
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]
Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]

Time for Congress to defund Obama's racial zoning quotas, By Robert Romano, Dec. 3, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/12/time-for-congress-to-defund-obamas-racial-zoning-quotas/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

NH House Session Recap: Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016

House Session Recap-Feb. 11, 2016(cont. from 2/10)

 

The House was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

The House attended to a prayer by House Champlain, Reverend Kate Atkinson, Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Concord

Pledge of Allegiance led by Haverhill Rep. Rick Ladd

National Anthem: Windham Rep Mary Griffin

Leaves of Absence

Introduction of Guests

 

 

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

HB 1641-FN-LOCAL, relative to requiring prevailing wages on state-funded public works projects.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.The committee report of ITL was adopted, roll call, 181-138 Under House Rules, the bill was referred to the committee on Ways & Means

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

HB 1568-FN-A, relative to prepaid road tolls for certain alternative energy vehicles.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee report of OTP/A was adopted, division vote, 222-95.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT

HB 1298, relative to damage to private property.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee amendment is adopted, voice vote.Rep. Christensen moves floor amendment 0255.The amendment is adopted, voice vote.   The committee report of OTP, as amended, is adopted, voice vote.  The bill is referred to the committee on Judiciary.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY

HB 1412-FN, relative to duties of the public utilities commission.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENTThe committee report of ITL is adopted, division vote, 201-111.

HB 1622-FN, relative to radioactive waste and establishing a nuclear waste storage fee.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee report of ITL is adopted, 171-145

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS

HB 1673-FN-LOCAL, establishing a cash balance plan within the state retirement system.MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY.A motion to table is adopted, roll call, 188-127.

 

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

HB 1130, requiring school districts to permit placement of a memorial honoring those who have died during military service.MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

A motion to table was defeated, roll call, 92-211.

A floor amendment was presented.The amendment was adopted, 181-127.  The committee report of OTP, as amended, was adopted, roll call, 192-117.

 

TRANSPORTATION

HB 1616-FN, relative to drivers' licenses and identification cards that are compliant with federal identification law.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

The committee amendment was defeated, 127-190.

A motion was made to table the bill. The motion to table was defeated, roll call, 67-254.  The committee report of OTP/A was adopted, roll call, 245-76.

 

WAYS AND MEANS

HB 668-FN,relative to expense deductions under the business profits tax. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was defeated, 134-168.Representative Abrami presented a floor amendment. The amendment was passed, voice vote.  The committee report of OTP, as amended was adopted, voice vote.The bill was referred to the committee on Finance.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

HB 1184-FN, relative to license fees for domestic wine manufacturers.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

HB 1207-FN, exempting wine sample fees from the meals and rooms tax.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

HB 1368-FN, requiring firearms owners to have liability insurance.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, roll call, 287-22.

HB 1444-FN-A, relative to the rate of the insurance premium tax.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY.The committee report of ITL was adopted, roll call, 195-114.

HB 1590-FN-A-LOCAL, relative to the regulation and taxation of short-term rental businesses.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT  The committee report of OTP/A was adopted, roll call, 202-107,

HB 1647-FN, repealing laws regulating hawkers and peddlers and itinerant vendors.MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of OTP as adopted, roll call, 168-142.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 1694-FN-A-LOCAL, relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee report of ITL was adopted, roll call, 190-112.

 

BILLS REMOVED FROM CONSENT

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

HB 1495-FN-LOCAL, relative to insurance incentives to lower costs of health care.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

EDUCATION

HB 1189-FN, relative to aid granted to Dartmouth College to assist indigent students from New Hampshire.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS

HB 1566-FN, relative to out-of-state transportation companies.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

JUDICIARY

HB 1581-FN-A, establishing a special marriage officiant license.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, division vote, 223-74.

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION

HB 1593-FN-LOCAL, restricting fees for obtaining copies of public records and requiring certain information on public official and legislative financial disclosure forms.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT

HB 1693-FN-LOCAL, abolishing fluoridation in water.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

The House is in recess until Wed., Mar. 9 and 9:00 a.m.