All Goldstandard History


2011

CACR5 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

May 4, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This amendment relates to the governor’s power to reduce appropriations.

* One of the guiding principle of our government is stated in Part I, Art. 37, "the legislative, executive, and judicial, ought to be kept as separate from, and independent of, each other"
* If we follow the logic of CACR5, the Governor should be able to use a line item veto on any piece of legislation, and be able to strike sections from any bill. Giving this type of capability to amend bills to a single individual clearly interferes with the legislature's powers and responsibilities.

CACR12 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 16, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would eliminate local control of education in an attempt to resolve Claremont funding crisis.

* This amendment would provide the General Court with the authority to set standards for education (curriculum) and standards of accountability (assessments). This would remove local control.
* Uses the term "reasonable," which would invite additional lawsuits.
* Giving the general court an enumerated power of "full discretion to determine the... methods of raising... funding" puts all options on the table.

HB29 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: RETAINED IN COMMITTEE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow an appellant to choose superior court over district court.

* Up until 2008 you could file in either court, and this freedom was taken by the Supreme Court in the Garand vs. Town of Exeter decision in 2009.
* The following causes of action: Contract claims, Landlord/Tenant can already be heard in either court.

HB48 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 26, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow moderators to be trustees of the trust fund.

* The people, through their votes, have a fundamental right to choose those that represent them.
* Current law prohibits the voters from electing an individual to certain separate offices.
* As a practical matter it may be inappropriate for someone to hold both offices, as a matter of principle that decision should be left to the voters - not to the General Court.

HB49 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 26, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would favor drivers with Purple Heart license plates over others.

* This bill contradicts Part 1 Article 10 of our State Constitution, which states that our government is not "for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men."
* Free tolls for cars bearing honorific Purple Heart license plates is a feel-good gesture which does little for our veterans while unfairly shifting costs to those who don't qualify for the plates.

HB71 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 9, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a new bureaucracy to compete in the market of drug disposal.

* Walgreens provides this service for $2.99 via a secure mailing envelope.
* It is unnecessary for the government to compete with the private sector in this arena.

Feb. 2, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* Walgreens provides this service for $2.99 via a secure mailing envelope.
* Law enforcement should have no direct role in the description or handling of pharmaceuticals.
* It is unnecessary for the government to compete with the private sector in this arena

HB77 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 26, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit deletion of the substance of the original warrant article.

* All voters, not just the small percentage in attendance at deliberative session, should be allowed to vote on warrant articles, especially petitioned warrant articles.
* The right to vote on all articles by all registered voters is enhanced and preserved.

HB83 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 30, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require all motorized vessels to be registered in NH waters.

* This would penalize people who just want to see if the boat leaks.
* A boat tethered to a private dock or mooring shouldn't require registration just because a motor could be affixed to it.

Feb. 15, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require all motorized vessels to be registered in NH waters.

* A boat tethered to a private dock or mooring shouldn't require registration.
* Some boats never leave the dock and are used more as luxury condos than watercraft.

Feb. 2, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require all motorized vessels to be registered in NH waters.

* This would penalize people who just want to see if the boat leaks.
* A boat tethered to a private dock or mooring shouldn't require registration just because a motor could be affixed to it.

HB101 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 9, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would outline a future hemp crop licensing and testing regime.

* The NHLA supports farmers that wish to grow hemp and this bill is not a means to that end.
* At present, there is no state prohibition on growing hemp.
* Mandating state managed seed procurement and distribution is unnecessary.
* This restricts the liberty of NH farmers, by incorporating burdensome federal mandates.

Feb. 2, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would outline a future hemp crop licensing and testing regime.

* There is no state prohibition on growing hemp.
* Mandating state managed seed procurement and distribution is unnecessary.

HB109 (Pro-Liberty / VETO OVERRIDDEN)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit planning boards from requiring sprinklers in one and two family residences.

* Prevents mandating onerous and costly installations of a fire suppression systems in homes.
* Allows for other fire safety provisions, such as fire ponds, to be considered by the planning board.

HB110 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

Feb. 15, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require college campus security to report certain crimes.

* The bill adds another regulatory burden onto security departments at NH colleges and universities.
* Certain on-campus offenses may be better dealt with through the school's disciplinary actions.
* There is nothing preventing victims from reporting crimes to police - on campus or anywhere else.

HB125 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: RETAINED IN COMMITTEE)

Feb. 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would assert NH's right to regulate intra-state commerce without federal government intervention.

* This bill limits the federal misapplication of the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by asserting our rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
* Benefits hobbyists who craft their own firearms (permitted under federal law) to sell or give away to other NH residents by removing federal mandates of taxes, forms and firearm inscriptions.
* The NHLA has concerns about the penalties section of the bill, but since this will go to Criminal Justice as a second committee the bill should move forward as a matter of policy.

HB136 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT)

Feb. 9, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal a law dictating the terms of private contracts.

* Repeals a regulation that prevents schools and teams from other states from seeking out New Hampshire athletes - and potentially providing them with financial opportunities.

Feb. 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Repeals a regulation that prevents schools and teams from other states from seeking out New Hampshire athletes - and potentially providing them with financial opportunities.

HB145 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would create a wiretapping law exemption for recording law enforcement.

* On the job means on the record: Part I, Art. 8 of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that officers and agents of the government are at all times accountable to the people.
* A member of law enforcement has a right to record you without your consent at a traffic stop, but citizens recording the exact same conversation have been threatened and even charged with a felony.

HB146 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

Feb. 23, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a judge to notify jurors of their rights to judge the application of a law prior to deciding a case.

* Jurors have the right to return a not-guilty verdict if they think applying a law in a particular case is fundamentally unjust.
* Most jurors have never been in a courtroom, and jurors who do not understand their rights cannot exercise them.
* Asking our judges to briefly inform jurors of all their rights is not burdensome, time consuming, or expensive.

HB154 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 23, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the filing threshold from $150,000 to $200,000 on the business enterprise tax.

* Increases the efficiency of the state's tax collections because it costs more money to collect from the filers in this $50,000 window than these filers will owe.
* Saves business owners from wasting time and money dealing with unnecessary paperwork.

HB155 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 9, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would change charitable raffle permits from per event to per year.

* This will ease the paperwork burden on charitable organizations who wish to have multiple raffles in a year.

HB156 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Lower taxes spawn business growth and economic development, leading to more jobs in NH.

HB158 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow a civil cause of action in the misuse of another's social security number.

* Victims of identity theft should be able to punish the perpetrators for this gross invasion of privacy.

HB166 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the recent increase in the meals and rooms tax.

* Tax decreases fuel small businesses which are the backbone of the NH economy.
* If this legislation passed prior to the adoption of the budget, it would reduce state spending.

HB185 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 15, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would restrict the recognition of collective bargaining units.

* Public employers, asserting local control, should be free to continue to recognize small bargaining units as they deem appropriate.

HB187 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

Feb. 23, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow businesses to carry forward credits against the business profits tax for an extra year.

* The bill provides that certain tax credits from paying the Business Enterprise Tax will not expire for another year, offsetting losses from the recession.
* The bill makes sure that small and large businesses can continue to do business, invest, and create jobs.

HB194 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: RETAINED IN COMMITTEE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the ban on carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle.

* Laws only affect the law-abiding. The current statute will not stop someone intent on mischief.
* Remedies an inconsistency allowing a loaded pistol to be carried in a vehicle, but not a loaded rifle.
* It is currently illegal for someone that lives in an RV to keep a loaded shotgun in their home.

HB210 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to defend themselves when attacked.

* [Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* People in fear for their lives should not have to retreat but should be able to defend themselves.

HB213 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Lower taxes spawn business growth and economic development, leading to more jobs in NH.

HB218 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals a committee for an uneconomical transportation system.

* In modern times, train service is heavily subsidized by all taxpayers regardless of usage.
* Rail transit makes economic sense only in limited, high-density, high-population areas. It is impractical here; the rural nature of New Hampshire means that most riders will still have to travel by car many mile to board a train.
* Rail transit projects invariably go way over budget and are completed far later than the original deadline. Recent rail boondoggles have proven this.

Nov. 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal a committee for an uneconomical transportation system.

* Rail service is heavily subsidized by all taxpayers - regardless of usage
* Rail transit makes economic sense only in limited, high-density, high-population areas. It is impractical here; the rural nature of New Hampshire means that most riders will still have to travel by car many miles to board a train.
* Rail transit projects invariably go way over budget and are completed far later than the original deadline. Recent rail boondoggles have proved this.

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal a committee for an uneconomical transportation system.

* In modern times, train service is heavily subsidized by all taxpayers regardless of usage.
* Rail transit makes economic sense only in limited, high-density, high-population areas. It is impractical here; the rural nature of New Hampshire means that most riders will still have to travel by car many miles to board a train.
* Rail transit projects invariably go way over budget and are completed far later than the original deadline. Recent rail boondoggles have proved this.
* Once a rail system is implemented it will be very hard to get rid of.

HB225 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would create incentives for police to carefully handle and return property.

* Part 1, Art. 8 NH constitution "Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive."
* Often property is seized involuntarily from innocent people before adjudication; this puts an equal responsibility on law enforcement to return personal property.

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require the prompt return of confiscated property.

* Rights of the people come first, not convenience of the police.
* People should not lose their property because of malicious or erroneous accusations.
* The proposed floor amendment is considered pro-liberty.

HB229 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Lower taxes spawn business growth and economic development, leading to more jobs in NH.

HB235 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would infringe on the right of people to control their own property.

* This is not a gun bill, this is a property rights bill. The right to be armed derives from the right to defend oneself, which in turn derives from the right to property.
* It is in the rational self-interest of property owners to not hinder what people may carry in their vehicles, but this should not be mandated by law.
* This bill is anti-liberty because it forces property owners to allow firearms without their consent.

HB238 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would provide that the education tax only be levied on property values over $100,000.

* NH Const., Part II, Art. 5 states that the General Court may impose only proportional and reasonable ... taxes. . . ."
* This bill would tax people disproportionately, and is therefore unconstitutional.

HB240 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow voters to show support for multiple candidates in a given race.

* With this simple ballot change voters will be able to easily express their opinion on every candidate.
* This eliminates the "wasted vote" problem in which voters believe that votes for a less popular candidate will be wasted because the candidate has little chance of winning.
* Bill will require relatively few & inexpensive changes to administrative procedures in exchange for a large increase in voter expression and satisfaction.

HB249 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the equity of property assessments.

* Part II, Article 6 "[Valuation and Taxation.] The public charges of government, or any part thereof, may be raised by taxation upon polls, estates, and other classes of property, including franchises and property when passing by will or inheritance; and there shall be a valuation of the estates within the state taken anew once in every five years, at least, and as much oftener as the general court shall order."
* All properties should be assessed and compared during the same time period in order to ensure equality amongst assessed values in a municipality.
* Barring the use of statistical updates relieves taxpayers of the burden of their "affected areas or classes of property" (Rev. 601.24) from being revalued when other areas or classes are not subject to such revaluation.

HB259 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require the rules of evidence to be observed in family law cases.

* Brings order to family law proceedings that currently do not operate by any evidentiary rules.
* Accordingly, this bill reduces subjectivity of family law judges by making them obey certain common law rules and giving rise to bases for appeal when a judge abuses his or her discretion.

HB292 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 30, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase penalties for certain misdemeanors to felonies.

* [Art.] 18 - All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense.
* Declares securities violations as "public welfare" offenses i.e. crimes that seriously threaten the community's health or safety, thus classifying them in the same category as murder, rape, arson.
* This bill would create an unfriendly business environment in NH; in particular, small businesses without large legal or compliance staffs will bear the brunt of new restrictions.
* Would allow government employees in the securities bureau - at several levels - to override others' decisions, inhibiting timely resolution of claims.
* The bill allows the secretary of state to completely ignore the findings of the presiding officer of a hearing, which has the potential to increase politically motivated investigations and prosecutions. An investigation, even without prosecution, can ruin a business.

HB316 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would ensure that homeowners retain the right of appeal in tax disputes.

* People should not have to give up their right to privacy in order to appeal an unfair tax assessment.
* Protects the constitutional right to due process in the property assessment process.

HB330 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to carry tools of defense without permission or notice.

* This bill complies with Part 1 Art. 2a of the NH Constitution, protecting a person’s right to keep and bear arms, while also recognizing law enforcement’s interest in prohibiting certain persons from carrying.
* Statistically, people who lawfully carry guns have a crime rate that is vanishingly small when compared to the population in general. There is no valid reason to license them in the first place.
* We support amendment 2011-0811h (striking item II (j) from the bill) because including Federal statutes in our laws leaves them open for modification without the consent of the legislature.

HB331 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would mandate state agencies to track and publish their costs monthly.

* After twelve months, year over year comparisons will be available on an ongoing basis.
* Journalists and watchdog groups will have up to date budget facts rather than extrapolated conjecture. This will lead to a more informed citizenry.
* Inconsistencies may be caught and corrected early, which leads to better governance.

HB341 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would explicitly allow spending caps to be enacted in charter towns.

* The New Hampshire courts have ruled in some cases that the state must explicitly grant power to enact a spending cap. This cures that problem.

HB365 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would spend $36 million over the next 4 years to encourage broadband development.

* Will cost $4 million in 2012; $7 million in 2013; $10.5 million in 2014; and $14 million in 2015.
* The commission's budget will also skim off the top of the "communications service tax".
* Locally granted monopolies on communications services hold up broadband development, not a lack of millions of dollars in government spending.

HB378 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to carry weapons when investigating trespassers.

* This adds to the affirmative defenses in RSA's 627:3 (competing harms) and 627:4 (self-defense).
* People have a right to take precautionary measures when investigating a trespasser.
* The difference between 'carrying' and 'brandishing' a weapon is highly subjective. A homeowner should not be subject to malicious accusation from someone who initiated contact by trespassing.

HB380 (Anti-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill exempts the commission on the status of men from repeal on June 30, 2011.

* As stated in the veto, this commission was recommended for repeal, "to help make state government more efficient, reduce cost, and eliminate waste..." The NHLA supports those goals.
* If passed, this law would retroactively take effect June 30th, 2011. Part 1, Article 23 of the NH Constitution prohibits retrospective laws.

Nov. 30, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would exempt the commission on the status of men from repeal on June 30, 2011.

* As stated in the veto, this commission was recommended for repeal, "to help make state government more efficient, reduce cost, and eliminate waste..." The NHLA supports those goals.
* If passed, this law would retroactively take effect June 30th, 2011. Part 1, Article 23 of the NH Constitution prohibits retrospective laws.

Sept. 14, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would exempt the commission on the status of men from repeal on June 30, 2011.

* As stated in the veto, this commission was recommended for repeal, "to help make state government more efficient, reduce cost, and eliminate waste..." The NHLA supports those goals.
* If passed, this law would retroactively take effect June 30th, 2011. Part 1, Article 23 of the NH Consti­tution prohibits retrospective laws.

HB387 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

March 16, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require personal information about mobile phone subscribers be given to government agents without a warrant.

* Information for emergency services providers is the location of the phone; which is available to the phone company but has no relation to the given address of the phone purchaser.
* Claims of 'emergency' can be used to justify any action.

HB389 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would encourage local governments to compete with private industry.

* Current law already permits municipalities to build broadband infrastructure - this bill removes the requirement that they do so in areas not served by an existing broadband carrier or provider. By definition, if the area is already being served, the municipality will be directly competing with the private industry.

HB414 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would raise car inspections five dollars to fund a police training program.

* Motor vehicle safety inspections have nothing to do with officer training.
* This bill would take more than eight million additional dollars from vehicle owners annually.

HB416 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt conscientious objectors from compulsory vaccinations.

* This bill will uphold citizen’s rights as protected by Part 1, Art. 4 of the NH Constitution : "Rights of Conscience Unalienable." No vaccine or other medical treatment should be forced on any person.
* The current religious exemption is interpreted by the public and medical community as an "all or nothing" exemption. The state of Texas recently added a conscientious belief exemption and saw their vaccination rates increase because the new exemption allowed individuals to chose vaccines they have skipped because of the 'all or none' nature of the religious exemption.
* It would not repeal RSA 141C:20-d, which requires unvaccinated children to remain home from school in the event of an outbreak.

HB417 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would spend $2.5 million of state funds to cover a budget gap in a federal price-control program.

* The Milk Producer's Emergency Relief Fund is a government welfare program paid to milk producers if the price of milk falls "too low".
* There's no reason to take $2.5 million from struggling taxpayers then turn around and bail out dairy farmers.
* Last week the NHLA supported legislation declaring firearms produced and distributed in our state exempt from federal regulations. We would support similar legislation repealing or rejecting federal price controls on New Hampshire fresh milk.

HB422 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would promote parental responsibility in the healthcare of their children.

* This bill prevents the administration of vaccines in public schools except in declared emergencies.
* Permitting vaccination in public schools circumvents the critical dialog between parent and physician
that is necessary for the proper conditions of Informed Consent.
* It is not the role of the public schools to administer non-emergency, non-life threatening medical treatments.

HB429 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow more educational freedom.

* Parents are responsible for their children and should be able to to direct the educational plan of their children without permission of the school system.
* This allows students (with parental permission) to pursue other educational options.
* Some students respond much better to vocational, on-the-job, and "hands-on" learning better than a strict classroom environment.

HB441 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would eliminate the prohibition on adjustable muffling devices on boats.

* Boaters will now be able to use their own judgment and common sense to reduce the noise of their motors, instead of having the letter of the current law trump the spirit of RSA 270:37.

HB442 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would legalize marijuana for the purpose of treating medical conditions.

* Doctors and patients, not bureaucrats, should be the ones to make important medical decisions.
* Natural cannabis has demonstrable medical benefits that no other drug (even synthetics) can match.
* Federal involvement in state medical law is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and is a violation of state sovereignty, as protected by Part I, Art. 7 of the New Hampshire Constitution.

HB474 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Nov. 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt employees that opt not to join a union from paying agency fees.

* Forcing an employee who chooses not to associate with a union to pay that union is an act of coercion.
* The NHLA opposes the criminalization penalties and sign postage mandates in this bill.

Sept. 14, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt employees that opt not to join a union from paying agency fees.

* Forcing an employee who chooses not to associate with a union to pay that union is an act of coercion.
* Employment should be based upon the mutual benefit between employee and employer.
* The NHLA opposes the criminalization penalties and sign postage mandates in this bill.

May 25, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt employees that opt not to join a union from agency fees.

* Forcing an employee who chooses not to associate with a union to pay that union is an act of coercion.
* Employment should be based upon the mutual benefit between employee and employer.
* The NHLA opposes the criminalization penalties and sign postage mandates in this bill.

Feb. 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt employees that opt not to join a union from agency fees.

* To force someone that chooses not to associate with a union to pay that union is an act of coercion forced upon an unwilling individual.
* Employment should be solely based upon the mutual benefit between employee and business.
* The NHLA opposes the criminalization penalties and sign postage mandates in this bill.

HB475 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: RETAINED IN COMMITTEE)

March 2, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require all penalties under 358-A to include possible jail time.

* NH Constitution [Art.] 18. [Penalties to be Proportioned to Offenses; True Design of Punishment.] All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense.
* The "crimes" under 358-A include vague provisions such as "Making false or misleading statements of fact concerning the reasons for... price reductions" (RSA 358-A:2 XI)
* Many other laws directly reference the penalties in RSA 358-A, including prohibitions on offering infant formula for sale at flea markets (RSA 358-Q) or receiving a security deposit that is greater than one month's rent (RSA 540-A:6 I).
* HB475 eliminates the unclassified misdemeanor penalty, therefore requiring that any charge against a natural person include the possibility of jail time - even if there was no actual victim.
* The new felony provisions in this bill apply to offering for sale goods or services over $1000, even if no one buys them, an amount not significant enough to warrant the seriousness of a felony charge.

HB513 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow adults diagnosed with a terminal condition to request medication which would enable then to control the time, place, and manner of their death.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies - whether it be smoking, eating trans fats, buckling a seatbelt, or choosing to end their pain and suffering from a terminal condition.
* Adults who currently choose to end their own lives (an act which is perfectly legal) should be able to have their loved ones present at the end without their risking felony charges (RSA 630:4).

HB519 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

March 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would end our participation in RGGI.

* Repeals a program that stealthily taxes all electricity consumers.
* Money raised was originally slated to support energy efficiency programs, but millions of dollars collected from the program were misappropriated into the general fund in 2010, far from the original intent of RGGI.
* Remaining funds from the program will go to existing energy efficiency projects.

Feb. 23, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would end our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

* Repeals a program that stealthily taxes all electricity consumers.
* Money raised is supposed to go to energy efficiency programs. But millions of dollars collected from the program were appropriated into the general fund in 2010.
* The program was supposed to help the environment, not create a new slush fund. If ended, the program's leftover funds will go to existing energy efficiency projects.

HB539 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would get rid of a bureaucratic "safety program".

* The OBD II requirement was originally passed as a "safety program" - but it does not inspect for safety nor are federal EPA emissions standards safety-related.
* The OBD II requirement is really just a tax on every citizen who owns a vehicle.
* The OBD II inspection creates a centralized database in the hands of a private company, which records information about almost every vehicle in the state.

Feb. 23, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would get rid of a bureaucratic "safety program".

* The OBD II requirement was originally passed as a "safety program" - but it does not inspect for safety nor are federal EPA emissions standards safety-related.
* The OBD II requirement is really just a tax on every citizen who owns a vehicle.

HB540 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would change the motor vehicle inspection requirement from annual to biennial.

* The state imposes a major unnecessary expense by requiring annual inspections.
* The people of New Hampshire would save millions of dollars and thousands of hours every year.
* Minnesota abolished vehicle inspections some years ago, with no obvious impact on highway safety.

HB542 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow parents to opt-out of school programs they disapprove of.

* This bill as amended upholds Part 1, Art. 4 of the NH Constitution: "Right of Conscience Unalienable" and will level the playing field for ALL parents.
* Provides all parents choosing instruction for their children outside the public school system the same guarantee of protection from state intervention.
* Would put court decisions/rules into statute and preventing the re-arguing of issues that are presently agreed to.

HB546 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would be an ineffective and unenforceable solution to distracted driving.

* Distracted driving is already prohibited.
* Without government coercion, many people have voluntarily adopted hands-free usage.
* This law is over-reaching - merely holding a phone near one's ear is considered to be a violation.
* Studies also show that cell-phone bans do not actually improve road safety: http://is.gd/dPgIcV

HB557 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Lower taxes spawn business growth and economic development, leading to more jobs in NH.

HB560 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill might make it more expensive to create new jobs.

* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to get their start in the workforce.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation - more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.

HB572 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 2, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would clarify conditions under which official oppression may be charged.

* In keeping with Art. 8, Part 1 of the NH Constitution, this bill increases the accountability of public servants in the exercise of their official duties.
* Since official oppression was created in 1971 we have divided misdemeanors into class A and class B misdemeanors. Actions that benefit someone or harm someone will be classified as class B.

HB580 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restructure the retirement system so as to reduce taxpayer costs and better align the state system with private sector benefits.

* Begins to rectify the gross underfunding and unsustainability of this system.
* Increases age and years of service thresholds by 5 years, excludes various non-base pay compensation from formulas.
* Eliminates prolonged double dipping.

HB589 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 16, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restore protections associated with secret ballot elections for workers.

* This bill would uphold an individual's right to privacy when voting in an election of an exclusive representative of an employee organization.
* Unlike a secret ballot election, where a worker can make a decision without undue intimidation, under card check, there's nothing stopping union bosses from intimidating workers one-on-one - or three-on-one into signing so-called "union authorization cards" that are essentially irrevocable.

HB623 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill,which is mislabeled, would actually allow meritorious preferences.

* Affirmative action is coerced discrimination.
* People should be hired based on what they can do, not on what arbitrary social class or group they are perceived to belong to.

HB635 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require the governor to consolidate various service centers.

* Consolidating back-office services improves efficiency, thereby reducing government spending.

HB648 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

March 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restrict eminent domain by utilities.

* [Art.] 12-a. [Power to Take Property Limited.] No part of a person's property shall be taken by eminent domain and transferred, directly or indirectly, to another person if the taking is for the purpose of private development or other private use of the property.
* The committee amendment improves the bill by broadening it from a prohibition aimed directly at the Northern Pass project to aligning the bill to our current statutes and state constitution.

HB651 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 30, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would attempt to regulate property that harms no one.

* The NHLA opposes the committee amendment and supports the original bill
* Monk parakeets are a non-invasive species and do not pose a threat to crops or native species.
* Monk parakeets would become the only animal species to be banned via NH statue
* YEA on OTP

SB1 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

Feb. 15, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the evergreen clause currently forced into union agreements.

* Negotiators have always had the option to include an evergreen clause.
* This bill removes the mandate that one be included, leaving the decision up to the interested parties.

SB2 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow for municipalities to enact spending caps.

* Gives more control to local voters over spending, and thereby helps to rein in future tax increases.
* Allows municipalities to put provisions in their charters requiring supermajority votes before large spending increases can happen.
* Helps address several issues where a previous Supreme Court opinion found certain aspects of the spending caps to be unlawful.

SB55 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

May 25, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require that chemicals be added to antifreeze to make it unpalatable.

* This bill is unnecessary because these companies are changing their formulation anyway.
* Enforcement and inspection of a change that is already embraced by industry is unnecessary.
* The free market has clearly demonstrated that consumers will pay extra for products they deem to be safe or eco-friendly, demonstrating that this level of micromanagement is unnecessary.

SB57 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for collateral backed short term loans.

* Title loans give consumers more choice; banks and credit unions don't offer these kinds of short-term loans.
* High interest rates are appropriate on some loans because the terms of these loans are very short.
* The interest does not compound significantly so the actual amount of money transferred to the lender is comparatively small.
* These loans are useful for people who have unexpected short-term expenses and need a loan to cover them until they can adjust their spending habits to generate the needed surplus funds.

Nov. 30, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow for collateral backed short term loans.

* Title loans give consumers more choice; banks and credit unions don't offer these kinds of short-term loans.
* High interest rates are appropriate on some loans because the terms of these loans are very short. The interest does not compound significantly so the actual amount of money transferred to the lender is comparatively small.
* These loans are useful for people who have unexpected short-term expenses and need a loan to cover them until they can adjust their spending habits to generate the needed surplus funds.

Sept. 14, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow for collateral backed short term loans.

* Title loans give consumers more choice; banks and credit unions don't offer these kinds of short-term loans.
* High interest rates are appropriate on some loans because the terms of these loans are very short. The interest does not compound significantly so the actual amount of money transferred to the lender is comparatively small.
* These loans are useful for people who have unexpected short-term expenses and need a loan to cover them until they can adjust their spending habits to generate the needed surplus funds.

April 27, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow for collateral backed short term loans.

* High interest rates are appropriate on some loans because the terms of these loans are very short. The interest does not compound significantly so the actual amount of money transferred to the lender is comparatively small.
* These loans are useful for people who have unexpected short-term expenses and need a loan to cover them until they can adjust their spending habits to generate the needed surplus funds.
* Title loans give consumers more choice; banks and credit unions don’t offer these kinds of short-term loans.

SB58 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 4, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would include a narrow type of organization in a list of organizations exempted from the Business Profits Tax.

* Generally, reducing taxes is good. But not when the bill results in only a very small group of influential property developers and investors being exempted from an already unpopular tax.
* This bill entangles NH in a bureaucratic federal program that gives state tax exemptions from the Business Profits Tax to wealthy government-recognized investors only.
* If the Business Profits Tax reduces investments and destroys jobs then it should be amended or repealed; not abused as a vehicle to pick winners and losers with ad hoc exemptions and indulgences. "Qualified investment companies" should compete on the same playing field as everyone else.

SB70 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal unnecessary restrictions on rental property owners.

* Improves an owner’s control of his private property and reduces the burdensome regulation and costs of extended storage requirements.
* Rights to contract and property rights should be held sacrosanct by legislatures.
* Repealing last year's new requirement on owners to file an address for process service is a positive step towards reducing government regulation and deferring to personal responsibility.
* Regulations, reporting requirements, and fines all discourage investment in real property.

SB88 (Pro-Liberty / VETO OVERRIDDEN)

Sept. 14, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would recognize self preservation inside and outside the home.

* [Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* People in fear for their lives should not have to retreat but should be able to defend themselves.
* The right to bear arms requires that people be able to display the tools of self-defense to warn and discourage would-be attackers.

June 1, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to possess tools of defense without permission or notice.

* This bill complies with Part 1 Art. 2a of the NH Constitution, protecting a person's right to keep and bear arms, while also recognizing law enforcement's interest in prohibiting certain persons from carrying.
* Statistically, people who lawfully carry guns have a crime rate that is vanishingly small when compared to the population in general. There is no valid reason to license them in the first place.
* The NHLA supports the language of amendment 2011-2235h over calendar amendment 2011-2156h, but both are pro-liberty additions.

SB91 (No Position Taken / VETO OVERRIDDEN)

Sept. 14, 2011: No Position Taken

This bill would exempt sprinkler systems in one or two family homes.

* For some of the same reasons the state passed restrictions on the use of eminent domain, the legislature must sometimes place limits on the abuse of property rights by municipalities.
* The plethora of multi-family homes around the state still standing 100 years after construction is testament to the fact that owners and tenants have a vested interest in avoiding fires, and that it is a relatively minor risk.
* Sprinkler mandates are a top down, one size fits all solution to a minor problem. Property owners, builders, consumers, and insurance companies should decide what is best for individual homes.

April 27, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt sprinkler systems in one or two family homes.

* To save lives, smoke detectors are already mandated. Sprinkler systems exist to protect property, and the degree to do that should be left to the homeowner.
* The additional cost of a sprinkler system is small in and of itself; but it is one of innumerable small ways in which regulation 'nickel and dimes' small costs into large chunks of the cost of a new house.
* Small sprinkler systems require a pressurization system, which must be periodically inspected (thus raising costs even more). Also, the pressurization system is in and of itself a hazard to property. If it goes awry, the water damage can be just as bad as fire damage.

SB93 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 25, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would expand the number of pharmacist-administered vaccines.

* Expands consumer choice in the provision of health care.
* Has potential to decrease medical care costs.

May 4, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would expand the number of pharmacist-administered vaccines.

* Expands consumer choice in the provision of health care.
* Has potential to decrease medical care costs.

SB120 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 25, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would loosen the speech restrictions on beer advertisements.

* A small step in the right direction, this bill removes some restrictions on advertising.

SB129 (Anti-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require presenting photo identification to vote in person.

* Part first, Article 11, of the NH Constitution states: All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election.
* Fraudulent voting is already a crime. Existing laws should be enforced against anyone who breaks them, rather than creating new regulations that burden everyone.
* The number of people who register to vote at the polls and don't show a photo ID is vanishingly small.
On November 2nd, 2010 only 49 people statewide cast ballots this way - 1/88th of one percent - hardly a problem which justifies burdening the other 99.989% of voters at the polls.
* Implementing this will increase the cost of elections.
* This bill promotes a 'papers, please' agenda, where citizens are forbidden from exercising their constitutional right to vote unless they have a government-issued identification card.
* We recommend a YEA vote on floor amendment 2209h, then NAY on OTP/A motion.

May 4, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require photo identification to vote in person.

* Part first, Article 11, of the NH Constitution states: All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election.
* Fraudulent voting is already a crime. Existing laws should be enforced against anyone who breaks them, rather than creating new regulations that burden everyone.
* The number of people who register to vote at the polls and don't show a photo ID is vanishingly small. On November 2nd, 2010 only 49 people statewide cast ballots this way.. 1/88th of one percent - hardly a problem which justifies burdening the other 99.989% of voters at the polls.
* Implementing this will increase the cost of elections. Additional staff will have to be availible to handle the late election returns and meet certain time obligations complicated by the additional window to receive ballots after the election, along with the costs for thousands of provisional ballot envelopes around the state.
* This bill promotes a 'papers, please' agenda, where citizens are forbidden from exercising their Constitutional right to vote unless they have a government-issued identification card.

SB151 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require consolidation of service contracts.

* Streamlines operations to save taxpayer dollars.

SB157 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

April 27, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reinstate the ability for technicians to certify equipment as honest.

* For 20 years private parties inspected and certified weights and measures. The recent change requiring a government official to do the job makes the process more onerous and therefore more expensive for the business owner.

SB162 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

May 25, 2011: Pro-Liberty

This bill would create a committee to provide legislative oversight during implementation of new, federal healthcare law.

* Prevents unelected state agents from taking any action regarding federally mandated health insurance, including rulemaking, without first receiving approval from an oversight committee of three representatives and two senators.
* As amended allows the oversight committee to revisit all existing rules regarding federal health care reform and allows the oversight committee to order the commissioner to withdraw them.
* This bill as amended eliminates the state position of health reform coordinator.

May 4, 2011: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require the state to do research and policy analysis in the event New Hampshire is required to implement Federal Health Care Reform.

* Public Law 111-152 is a federal law, not a state law. New Hampshire cannot be "required" (as the bill states) under any circumstances to implement federal regulations or rules or enact federal law into state law. See: Part first, Article 7 [State Sovereignty]
* Passing this bill after passing SB 148-FN (requiring NH to join the lawsuit against the federal health care act) sends a mixed message about intent to comply with unconstitutional mandates.

2012

CACR8 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: MISCELLANEOUS)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This amendment would clarify local control of the curricula, and also provides that the State may supplement the local funding of schools.

* Consistent with Part 1, Article 6 of the NH Constitution, the constitutional guarantee of independence from State interference in our schools, whether public or private.
* Allows the State legislature to supplement the educational provisions made by the towns and cities, resolving the Claremont crisis. This removes the Court from school funding and allows the Legislature to determine the amount of supplementary funding that is needed by individual towns and cities.

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This amendment would clarify local control of the curricula, and also provides that the State may supplement the local funding of schools.

* Consistent with Part 1, Article 6 of the NH Constitution, the constitutional guarantee of independence from State interference in our schools, whether public or private.
* Allows the State legislature to supplement the educational provisions made by the towns and cities, resolving the Claremont crisis. This removes the Court from school funding and allows the Legislature to determine the amount of supplementary funding that is needed by individual towns and cities.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This amendment, which clarifies local control of the curricula, and also provides that the State may supplement the local funding of schools.

* Consistent with Part 1, Article 6 of the NH Constitution, the constitutional guarantee of independence from State interference in our schools, whether public or private
* Allows the State legislature to supplement the educational provisions made by the towns and cities, resolving the Claremont crisis. This removes the Court from school funding and allows the Legislature to determine the amount of supplementary funding that is needed by individual towns and cities.

CACR11 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: MISCELLANEOUS)

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This amendment would add a renewable 7 year term to all future judicial appointments.

* This amendment would give the people of New Hampshire an effective method of judicial oversight.
* Our judges need to have more oversight than what the current peer review system provides.
* As a reappointment requirement, this amendment preserves the firewall between the judiciary and outside influence.

HB29 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would expand the options for hearings pertaining to pistol or revolver license.

* Prior to 2008, individuals could file in either court. This freedom was taken away by the Supreme Court in the Garand vs. Town of Exeter decision in 2009.
* Contract claims and Landlord/Tenant cases can be heard in either court, so this bill makes the law more consistent
* The State charges more money for hearings held in Superior Courts: District courts are "free"+ a $25 surcharge fee (RSA 490:26-a) , Superior courts cost $205, ($180 filling fee plus $25 surcharge fee).
* Citizens should have a right to choose which court they believe will give them a more fair hearing.

HB138 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 1, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the sunset provision for a fixed funded agency.

* With federal funds expiring for this program in 2013, the program should likewise expire. Granite State taxpayers are overburdened as it is and should not be forced to pay for a program which is expected to cost over $700,000 per biennium.
* The state already has vast law enforcement and investigative resources; police personnel and equipment can be reassigned if the department determines this work deserves higher priority.

Jan. 18, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the sunset provision for a fixed funded agency.

* With federal funds expiring for this program in 2013, the program should likewise expire. Granite State taxpayers are overburdened as it is and should not be forced to pay for a program which is expected to cost over $700,000 per biennium.
* The state already has vast law enforcement and investigative resources; police personnel and equipment can be reassigned if the department determines this work deserves higher priority.

Jan. 11, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the sunset provision for a narrowly focused agency.

* With federal funds expiring for this program in 2013, the program should likewise expire. Granite State taxpayers are overburdened and should not be forced to pay for a program which is expected to cost over $700,000 per biennium.
* The state already has vast law enforcement and investigative resources; police personnel and equipment can be reassigned if the department determines this work deserves higher priority.

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the sunset provision for a fixed funded agency.

* With federal funds expiring for this program in 2013, the program should likewise expire. Granite State taxpayers are overburdened as it is and should not be forced to pay for a program which is expected to cost over $700,000 per biennium.
* The state already has vast law enforcement and investigative resources; police personnel and equipment can be reassigned if the department determines this work deserves higher priority.

HB194 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would clarify the definition of an unloaded long gun.

* The amended bill sets clear guidelines as to what constitutes loaded and unloaded, which will reduce inconsistent enforcement.
* The bill as amended incorporates important clarifications regarding private property.
* While this language doesn't go far enough in codifying one's right to keep and bear arms, it is an improvement over current statute.

HB334 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies language regarding weapons statutes and rules.

* It clarifies that the General Court specifically, and not the vague term 'the state of New Hampshire' shall have authority to regulate weapons.
* It includes knives in order to make the law more equitable and sensible. (It would not be sensible to regulate knives more strictly than guns, or have them subject to more patchwork restrictions).
* It clarifies the language regarding political subdivisions and their rulemaking authority.

HB437 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would redefine marriage under the law.

* [Art.] 2. [Natural Rights.] [...] Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.
* The NH constitution forbids impinging citizens' rights based on sex. It makes no exceptions for pairs of citizens being any different than individuals, and it makes no exceptions for institutions that existed before ratification. The equality of rights is natural and inalienable.
* Government should not be in the business of defining, regulating, admonishing, or licensing how individuals choose to affiliate with others.

HB445 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 1, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would prohibit electronic tracking without one's prior consent.

* Free citizens should not be tracked without their consent.
* The NHLA supports floor amendment 2012-0084h.

Jan. 18, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended, would eliminate electronic tracking without one's prior consent.

* Free citizens should not be tracked without their consent.
* The NHLA supports floor amendment 2012-0084h.

Jan. 11, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended, would eliminate electronic tracking without one's prior consent.

* Free citizens should not be tracked without their consent.
* The NHLA supports floor amendment 2012-0084h.

HB446 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal various occupational licensing boards and authority.

* The consumers of occupationally licensed services derive no determinable benefit for the added cost. For example, when was the last prevented case of fungal infection due to licensing manicurists?
* The only certainty about licensure is that it manufactures political patronage jobs in the regulatory bureaucracy and reduces competition by restricting free entry into an occupation - thereby bestowing unearned profits upon those who are already licensed.
* The amendment makes such licenses voluntary, transforming them to assets that businesses can choose to obtain from the state. This decriminalizes unlicensed services while still making the license available.

HB448 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would reclassify synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperazines as schedule I controlled drugs

* In a free society individuals should not be punished for peaceful activities which do not harm others.
* This bill would have multiple costly unintended consequences.

HB455 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 11, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would authorize optional enhanced driver's licenses and identification cards.

* Enhanced driver's licenses contain un-encrypted RFID chips, which are designed to be scanned and read from up to thirty feet away.
* RFID chips can be scanned through things that typically offer us privacy, such as clothes or purses, and their numbers can be read without the bearer's knowledge or consent.
* The House has repeatedly opposed RFID in driver's licenses over the last three bienniums. (HB203, HB686, HB478)
* New Hampshire should not be initiating privacy invading programs simply because of new federal laws like WHTI.

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would authorize optional enhanced drivers' licenses and identification cards

* Enhanced driver's licenses contain un-encrypted RFID chips, which are designed to be scanned and read from up to thirty feet away.
* RFID chips can be scanned through things that typically offer us privacy, such as clothes or purses, and their numbers can be read without the bearer's knowledge or consent.
* The House has repeatedly opposed RFID in driver's licenses over the last three bienniums. (HB203, HB686, HB478)
* New Hampshire should not be initiating privacy invading programs simply because of new federal laws like WHTI.

HB475 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase penalties for violations of the consumer protection act by an individual.

HB486 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, mandates a fine and treats citizens as pre-criminals.

* The amendment imposes more invasive technology in an ever expanding race against human ingenuity.

HB536 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would make concealed carry pistol licenses voluntary.

* [Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* The NH constitution does not specify that these rights can be granted or withheld by the state.
* Removing the requirement to obtain a concealed carry license, but still providing said license, creates a valuable fee based service that citizens can choose to purchase and use in other states.

HB574 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 1, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the law enacted post 9/11 that would allow the government to take private property during the state of emergency.

* This bill affirms Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution that guarantees the natural rights of citizens to acquire, possess, and protect property.

Jan. 18, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the law enacted post 9/11 that would allow the government to take private property during the state of emergency.

* This bill affirms Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution that guarantees the natural rights of citizens to acquire, possess, and protect, property.

Jan. 11, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the law enacted post-9/11 that would allow the government to take private property during a state of emergency.

* This bill affirms Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution that guarantees the natural rights of citizens to acquire, possess, and protect property.

HB587 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 11, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would permit 'no fault' divorce only if the parties do not have minor children.

* Attempts to legislate morality are rarely effective and lead to expanded criminality.
* NHLA supports the right of consenting adults to enter into or leave relationships as they see fit.

HB593 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 8, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill lays the groundwork for up to two casinos in NH.

* If the authors really wanted to allow gambling, all they need to do is repeal RSA 647:2.
* The bill is bureaucracy layered upon bureaucracy. Some of the powers given to that bureaucracy are unprecedented - remote data collection and disabling of machines by the Lottery Commission.
* The bill suspends the constitutional requirement to procure a warrant prior to examining a licensee's correspondence, records, books, papers, as the Attorney General "deems advisable".
* The bill suspends the constitutional right to a jury trial for those subject to the Lottery Commission's authority, with no possibility for review or appeal.
* The bill vests an arbitrary authority in the Lottery Commission to punish any person subject to its rules, effectively in any way the Commission sees fit.
* The bill creates a state-enforced monopoly on who can buy or sell "gambling equipment" in this state.
* It will still be a crime for 8 friends to sit around and play a game of poker.

Jan. 11, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill lays the groundwork for up to two casinos in NH.

* Art. 83 Part 2 of the NH Constitution states clearly: "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it."
* The bill is bureaucracy layered upon bureaucracy. Some of the powers given to that bureaucracy are unprecedented, including remote data collection and disabling of machines on private property by the Lottery Commission.
* The bill suspends the constitutional right to a jury trial for those subject to the Lottery Commission's authority, with no possibility for review or appeal.
* The bill creates a state-enforced monopoly on who can buy or sell "gambling equipment" in this state.
* It will still be a crime for 8 friends to sit around and play a game of poker.

Jan. 4, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would lay the groundwork for up to two casinos in NH.

* If the authors really wanted to allow gambling, all they need to do is repeal RSA 647:2.
* The bill is bureaucracy layered upon bureaucracy. Some of the powers given to that bureaucracy are unprecedented - remote data collection and disabling of machines by the Lottery Commission.
* The bill suspends the constitutional requirement that requires the government to procure a warrant prior to examining a licensee's correspondence, records, books, papers, as the Attorney General "deems advisable".
* The bill suspends the constitutional right to a jury trial for those subject to the Lottery Commission's authority, with no possibility for review or appeal.
* The bill vests an arbitrary authority in the Lottery Commission to punish any person subject to its rules, effectively in any way the Commission sees fit.
* The bill creates a state-enforced monopoly on who can buy or sell "gambling equipment" in this state.
* It will still be a crime for 8 friends to sit around and play a game of poker.

HB595 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would provide for equitable treatment for home schools.

* This bill recognizes the right of parents to educate their own children.
* It upholds due process and the presumption of innocence by the removal of the annual notification, an effective approval process, and proof of educational progress requirements.

HB628 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the transparency and accountability at airport security checkpoints.

* Government should not dictate rules that it then exempts itself from. This bill reaffirms individual and states rights at our airports.
* The amendment increases public accountability by mandating that citizens may have their interactions with airport authorities video recorded by themselves or their designates.

HB1135 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make unlawful the disturbance of some funeral services and not others.

* Part 1, Article 1. [Equality of Men] All men are born equally free and independent; [...]
* The legislature should not grant protection and recourse to one group and not all individuals.
* The US Supreme Court recently held this restriction to be an unconstitutional restraint on free speech.
* The law is unconstitutionally vague.

HB1146 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require pupils to stand during the pledge of allegiance.

* Violates Part 1, Article 4 of the NH Constitution: Rights of Conscience Unalienable.
* Violates Part 1, Article 5 of the NH Constitution: Religious Freedom Recognized due to the words "under God".

HB1179 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would assert unequal protection under the law.

* Part 1 Article 1. [Equality of Men] All men are born equally free and independent; [...]
* Crimes and civil remedies already exist to protect healthcare workers.
* Are dental hygienists and podiatrists really deserving of more protection than others?

HB1212 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would provide that resisting an unlawful arrest is not itself unlawful.

* The act of resisting arrest should not itself be a crime, unless the arrest is later deemed to be lawful.
* The existing infraction is self referential - resisting an unlawful arrest is itself an arrestable offense.
* Supports Article 10 Part 1 of the NH Constitution: Right of Revolution. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
* Upholds Article 19 Part 1 of the NH Constitution: Penalties to be proportional to offenses.

HB1244 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people who are engaged in trapping to carry a larger caliber firearm for personal protection.

* The clear language of this bill will permit defensive weapons to be carried by trappers while checking traps.

HB1285 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 1, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would eliminate the dedicated art fund.

* Makes elected representatives accountable for state art expenditures.
* Government should spend money for the benefit of everyone (the general welfare). Art projects only benefit a few people at the expense of everyone.
* It is unconscionable to compel taxpayers to pay for art projects they find objectionable.

HB1297 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended, would prohibit the implementation of a state health insurance exchange under Healthcare Reform.

* Healthcare Reform is a federal government takeover of health insurance that forces citizens to buy health insurance and manages health coverage decisions centrally via a federal bureaucracy.
* Imposes new unfunded mandates onto the State of New Hampshire and its citizens.
* If New Hampshire creates a state exchange, the state will have voluntarily accepted the unconstitutional terms of Healthcare Reform.
* By prohibiting the establishment of a state health insurance exchange, New Hampshire is contributing to a national 10th Amendment effort that forces the federal government's hand.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended, would prohibit the implementation of a state health insurance exchange under Healthcare Reform.

* Healthcare Reform is a federal government takeover of health insurance that forces citizens to buy health insurance and manages health coverage decisions centrally via a federal bureaucracy.
* Imposes additional costs onto the State of New Hampshire.
* If New Hampshire creates a state exchange, the state will have voluntarily accepted the unconstitutional terms of Healthcare Reform.
* By prohibiting the establishment of a state health insurance exchange, New Hampshire is contributing to a national 10th Amendment effort that forces the federal government's hand.

HB1303 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the requirement to obtain a federal background check.

* Equal application of the existing law would require girl scouts selling cookies to submit to a criminal records check and fingerprinting.

HB1308 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require that publicly-funded organizations are subject to the right-to-know law.

* Money taken in taxes still rightfully belongs to the people and they have a right to know where it goes.
* A number of non-profit organizations have been set up by government agencies so that public money can be hidden from public view and spent without oversight.

HB1318 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to arm themselves for defense without government permission.

* Vermont never licensed the carrying of firearms. Arizona, Alaska, and Wyoming have all removed the requirement.
* Statistically, the sort of people who carry guns have a crime rate that is 1/100th of the population at large.
* Laws only affect the law-abiding and criminals arm themselves without government permission.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow people to arm themselves for defense without government permission.

* Vermont never licensed the carrying of firearms. Arizona, Alaska, and Wyoming have all removed the requirement.
* Statistically, the sort of people who carry guns have a crime rate that is 1/100th of the population at large.
* Laws only affect the law-abiding and criminals arm themselves without government permission.

HB1348 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow individuals to play mind sports for money.

* Playing games that harm no one should never be a crime, regardless of incentives.
* Defines certain parimutual (collectively pooled winnings) based games that are predominantly skill based to be excluded from RSA 647:2, V [Gambling Offenses].
* Eight friends can finally - legally - sit around a table and just play a game of poker.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow individual to play mind sports for money.

* Playing games that harm no one should never be a crime, regardless of incentives.
* Defines certain parimutual (collectively pooled winnings) based games that are predominantly skill based to be excluded from RSA 647:2, V [Gambling Offenses].
* Would effectively make it legal for 8 friends to sit around a table and play poker.

HB1360 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 1, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would curb the unrestrained rulemaking authority of the Department of Education.

* This bill upholds Part 1, Art. 12 of the NH Constitution "Nor are the inhabitants of this state controllable by any other laws than those by which they, or their representative body, have given their consent."
* Removes the ability of rules proposed by the board of education to have the force and effect of law without prior approval of the general court.
* Proposed rules would go through the Senate or House Education committees which would ensure that the legislative interpretation and intent of rules is adopted.

HB1375 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow non-violent felons access to firearms.

* Upholds Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty: acquiring , possessing and defending property... ".
* Upholds Article 18 Part 1 of the NH Constitution "All penalties ought to be proportional to the nature of the offense."
* So many things are now technically felonies some have estimated that an average person can commit three felonies a day without even knowing it.
* Prosecution falls disproportionately upon minorities, especially for non-violent consensual acts which have been classified as 'felonies'.

HB1413 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

Feb. 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit federal control of education.

* Upholds the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
* Removes several unfunded /partially funded federal mandates.

HB1416 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require notice be made of the addition of fluoride to the public water supply.

* People have the right to know what anyone is putting into their drinking water.

HB1418 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce taxes for small NH businesses.

* Decreasing taxes allows private companies more control over how to spend or reinvest their profits.
* It is estimated that every dollar taken in taxation removes 2.5 to 3 dollars from GDP. Lowering taxes is the best economic stimulus.
* Businesses do not in fact pay tax levied on them, they just pass it on to consumers in the form of higher prices, smaller sizes, or lower quality.

HB1438 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require NH police to disclose exculpatory evidence.

* NH Const., Part I, Article 15. [Right of Accused.] Every subject shall have a right to produce all proofs that may be favorable to himself [...]
* NH Const., Part I, Article 8 [Public’s Right to Know.] [...] To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.
* This bill adds one sentence to RSA 105:13-b [Confidentiality of Police Personnel Files] "Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a defendant’s right to obtain exculpatory evidence."
* Ensures that innocent NH citizens are not jailed because law enforcement officials choose to hide exculpatory evidence in their personnel records.

HB1440 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended with the minority amendment, would allow parent directed driver education.

* Expands driver education options for NH parents.
* Allows students and their parents a choice of affordable driver's ed via online training and parent-provided behind-the-wheel training vs. expensive ($600-$900) traditional driver's ed training.
* Brings competition into the driver education marketplace which will improve the driver education industry in the state.
* Increases the number of teens who are able to enter the job market since low-income teens will be able to afford driver education and will be able to get their license at age 16 instead of being forced to wait until age 18.
* Makes our roads safer by allowing teens to begin driver education as soon as they begin practicing driving with their parents, at age 15-1/2.
* NAY on #2012-0968H
* YEA on #2012-0645H

HB1449 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a search warrant for searches of private property.

* NH Const., Part I, Article 19 and U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV require warrants for the search of private property.
* The requirement of a warrant, and the definition of an acceptable warrant, is the balance between the rights of the individual and the interest of the broader public.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a search warrant for searches of private property.

* The US 4th Amendment and the NH 19th amendment define warrants and prohibit searches without them.
* The requirement of a warrant, and the definition of an acceptable warrant, is the balance between the rights of the individual and the interest of the broader public.

HB1452 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would eliminate driver sobriety checkpoints.

* NH constitution Article 19, Part I states, "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches [...]"
* The US constitution's 4th Amendment clearly prohibits blanket checkpoints, which are warrantless searches for unlucky travelers.
* The fact that police at checkpoints randomly demand papers arbitrarily from drivers prima facia shows that the constitutional command is not being followed. The legislature can curb this abuse.

HB1468 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit the police from seizing personal property without a warrant.

* NH Const., Part I, Article 19 and U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV require warrants for the seizure of private property.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit the police from seizing personal property without a warrant.

* The US 4th Amendment and the NH 19th amendment define warrants and prohibits searches and seizures without them.

HB1478 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 14, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would redefine election law residency through motor vehicle statues.

* Violates Part 1 Article 11 of the NH Constitution - "All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upward..."
* A motor vehicle registration has no bearing on a person's place of residence. To pretend otherwise ignores the constitutional right to vote and would lead to great inconvenient, bureaucracy, and selective enforcement of voting laws.
* Current law defines domicile for the sole purpose of insuring that voting is equally protected for all citizens.

HB1492 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would compel businesses to use the voluntary federal E-Verify system.

* Citizens and legal residents should not be required to obtain a permission slip to work.
* This legislature is responsible for determining labor law in New Hampshire, it should not surrender that responsibility to the federal government.
* E-Verify lacks meaningful due process protections. Workers injured by data errors will need a means of quickly and permanently resolving data errors so they do not become presumptively unemployable.
* The Social Security Administration itself reports that approximately 17.8 million of its files contain incorrect data, 12.7 of which concern U.S. Citizens.

HB1511 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the list of prohibited weapons a felon may possess.

* According to our Constitution, the purpose of all criminal punishment is to reform a person. But once a person has repaid his debt to society, the law should - for nearly every purpose - consider him citizen in good standing.
* So many acts are now felonies, some scholars estimate the average citizen unknowingly commits three felonies each day. Most of those felonies are not crimes of violence, but crimes against bureaucrat's personal opinion.
* The constitutional right to self-defense (NH Const., Part I, Article 2) is one of the most important acts. Even a reformed felon - who may have been out of prison for decades - should be able to protect himself and his family from criminals when in his own home.
* Prosecution falls disproportionately upon minorities, especially for non-violent consensual acts which have been classified as 'felonies'.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the list of prohibited weapons a felon may possess.

* Upholds Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty: acquiring , possessing and defending property... ".
* Upholds Article 18 Part 1 of the NH Constitution "All penalties ought to be proportional to the nature of the offense."
* So many things are now technically felonies some have estimated that an average person can commit three felonies a day without even knowing it.
* Prosecution falls disproportionately upon minorities, especially for non-violent consensual acts which have been classified as 'felonies'.

HB1517 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

Feb. 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce federal control of education.

* Upholds the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
* Requires future agreements regarding early through secondary education to be approved by the general court.

HB1526 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the penalties for possessing less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana.

* Marijuana possession does not offend society as a whole, and should therefore not involve the criminal justice system - and all the serious, unintended consequences for both the accused and the taxpaying public.
* Instead, simple possession should be treated as public health issue (as with alcohol or tobacco). It is more appropriate to discourage simple possession with a citation and a fine rather than with a criminal conviction and prison time.
* Shifting police focus from non-violent activities will afford police opportunities to focus on serious crimes that actually threaten public safety.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the penalties for possessing less than one half ounce of marijuana.

* In a free society, individuals should not be harshly punished for peaceful activities which do not harm others. Thus, it is more appropriate to punish simple marijuana possession with a citation and a fine than with a criminal conviction and possible incarceration.
* Modeled after laws in other states, this bill would help avoid the unintended consequences associated with marijuana prohibition. By reducing the extent to which an individual's life is disrupted by a minor marijuana arrest, it would reduce the expense of the criminal justice system and allow law enforcement to focus its efforts on serious crimes.

HB1531 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would create an affirmative defense to any felony or misdemeanor victimless crime.

* NH Const. Part 1. Article 3. [Society, its Organization and Purposes.] When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up some of their natural rights to that society, in order to ensure the protection of others; and, without such an equivalent, the surrender is void.
* A crime that does not have a victim does not protect anyone person's rights. A person cannot surrender his right to engage in a victimless activity when the legislature's enactment does not protect him.
* Reducing sundry offenses conserves valuable judicial resources, minimizes waste in the judicial branch budget, and reduces case backlogs in the courts (because criminal cases have calendar priority over nearly all other cases).

HB1532 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would grant officers with "probable cause to suspect" criminal activity unlimited access to private property.

* The US 4th Amendment and the NH 19th amendment define warrants and prohibit searches without them.
* The requirement of a warrant, and the definition of an acceptable warrant, is the balance between the rights of the individual and the interest of the broader public.

March 7, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would grant officers with "probable cause to suspect" criminal activity unlimited access to private property.

* The US 4th Amendment and the NH 19th amendment define warrants and prohibit searches without them.
* The requirement of a warrant, and the definition of an acceptable warrant, is the balance between the rights of the individual and the interest of the broader public.

HB1549 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit the requirement for employers to participate in the E-Verify system.

* Forces citizens and legal residents to get a permission slip to work. Expanding E-Verify would require every employer in the United States to verify the eligibility to work of every current and prospective employee using a flawed system that is riddled with errors. This will guarantee that millions of Americans will be barred from working.
* Relies on error-ridden government databases.
* All pending legislative proposals lack sufficient due process provisions to aid workers who are wrongly denied the right to start their next job.

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would ban any future requirement that employers vet employees via E-Verify.

* The NH Constitution does not provide requirements or grant authority to regulate the eligibility of residents to work on Federal Laws.
* This was initially proposed as a purely-voluntary system for employers but, because voluntary take-up was insufficient to sustain the Federal budget, the program has been mandated for many classes of employer.
* The passage of this law will not prohibit private employers from voluntarily using the E-Verify system.
* Free people should not need the Federal government's permission to earn a living.

HB1590 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require additional mandates in NH businesses.

* Government should not put mandates on private businesses. Presently, these businesses provide this information when asked.
* It is unrealistic for anyone to create a written estimate for a patient who has not yet been seen by the provider. In situations other than routine services or tests, a provider would have no way of determining the course of treatment for a patient based on a phone conversation. An auto mechanic will not do this for anything other than routine service for a vehicle without first seeing and assessing the condition of the vehicle.
* If there was a market demand for this, the market would produce it. It follows that when there is a market demand for this in the future, the market will produce it.

March 7, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require additional mandates in NH businesses.

* Government should not put mandates on private businesses. Presently, these businesses provide this information when asked.
* It is unrealistic for anyone to create a written estimate for a patient who has not yet been seen by the provider. In situations other than routine services or tests, a provider would have no way of determining the course of treatment for a patient based on a phone conversation. An auto mechanic will not do this for anything other than routine service for a vehicle without first seeing and assessing the condition of the vehicle.
* If there was a market demand for this, the market would produce it.

HB1605 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill is relative to checking firearms at courthouse entrances.

* Objects left in cars are prone to being stolen, it would be a better practice to provide secure storage.
* If a place deprives you of your tools of self defense, they ought to take responsibility for storage.
* Is there something wrong with the existing storage lockers provided for Law Enforcement Officers that make them defective for civilian firearms?

HB1617 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would disband the Certificate of Need board.

* Certificates of Need boards were mandated of the states by unelected officials in the Social Security Administration under Section 1122 of the Social Security Act. Titled "LIMITATION ON FEDERAL PARTICIPATION FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES" it threatened to withhold statewide funds for "HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE AGED AND DISABLED" and "GRANTS TO STATES FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS" without a CONs planning board, and promised funds to create such a board.
* It is contrary to the entire human experience that an increase in the supply of a good leads to increases in price and demand for that good. Supply and Demand are inversely proportional, and pricing is related to the subject value.
* NAY on 2012-0955H

HB1634 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would protect property rights.

* Upholds the United States Constitution Article I Section 10 "No state shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; ...".
* Upholds Article 2 Part 1 of the NH Constitution "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty: acquiring , possessing and defending property... ".

HB1645 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit collective bargaining for state employees.

* The general treasury should be guarded by our representatives, not defended as a prize for certain groups of citizens at the expense of others.
* Tax dollars taken from the many and distributed to the favored few does not create wealth. Such transfers can not be considered as supportive of a middle class.

HB1651 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a video recording of S.W.A.T Operations.

* S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) operations are the very edge of the sword of justice. No one can claim that any person could recollect with certainty what occurs during a surprise forced entry, especially if shots are fired.
* Requiring an accurate record where lethal force provides a method to review, refine, and judge such deployment in the future. This increases the safety of both officers and citizens.
* Weapons carried by S.W.A.T. officers are different in design and intent than defensive sidearms. Accommodations for additional equipment can be done in an unobtrusive manner.
* Small, uncomplicated, and relatively inexpensive cameras thus attached would satisfy the requirements of this bill.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a video recording of S.W.A.T Operations.

* S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) operations are the very edge of the sword of justice. No one can claim that any person could recollect with certainty what occurs during a surprise forced entry, especially if shots are fired.
* Requiring an accurate record where lethal force provides a method to review, refine, and judge such deployment in the future. This increases the safety of both officers and citizens.
* Weapons carried by S.W.A.T. officers are different in design and intent than defensive sidearms. Accommodations for additional equipment can be done in an unobtrusive manner.
* Small, uncomplicated, and relatively inexpensive cameras thus attached would satisfy the requirements of this bill.

HB1674 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow towns to reduce the rate of property tax interest.

* Property owners are compelled to pay property taxes, their delinquency fees need not also be extortive.
* It is hypocritical for someone to be opposed to high rates of interest on short-term loans; yet support usurious interest rates if someone is unable to pay their property tax.
* Private banks are currently charging 10% interest on uncollateralized personal loans with the risk of non-repayment. 18% is outrageously profitable for an organization that can place liens, confiscate real property, and eventually jail the debtor for non-payment.

HB1676 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would set up a "clean election" fund.

* Using tax dollars to fund electioneering, thereby forcing tax payers to financially support candidates they will not vote for, is an improper use of government funds.
* Candidates with ideas that resonate with voters are able to fundraise effectively.
* Setting up a fund that can have a balance of up to $6,000,000 if not necessary or prudent in any economic environment.

HB1677 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would remove state coercion from future collective bargaining agreements.

* Makes explicit that collective bargaining agreements shall be a voluntary contract between all individuals, employees and employers.
* Imposes upon the employer to present notice to employees. This is as unwarranted and intrusive nuisance to businesses.

HB1684 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would give certain political candidates public campaign funds.

* Permits certain political candidates to apply directly to the state treasury to fund political campaigns.
* Unconstitutional under both state and federal constitutions as an infringement on an individual's free speech. A similar law in Vermont was struck down by the US Supreme Court for violating the 1st Amendment.
* Makes the election financing laws even more complex which effectively limits who can run for office, a violation of NH Constitution, Part I, Article 11.
* For enacting this bill, the State will incur up to $8 million in payments to political campaigns each election, plus administrative and legal expenses.

HB1686 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 15, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require winning contracts be posted online.

* Making the winning contract available to future bidding parties should drive costs down.
* The expense to implement this requirement could easily be offset by the gains from competition.

HB1695 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the allowable threshold for victimless speeding.

* Responsible drivers should not have to feel like criminals while commuting to work a little late and a little fast.
* Could put up to $8.9 million back into commuter's pockets.

HB1696 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would limit penalties for victimless speeding.

* Supports Article 18 Part 1 of the NH Constitution: Penalties to be Proportional to the Offense. The punishment for speeding that causes no harm is too steep. Monetary fines and the threat of habitual offender (leading the the loss of driver's license) are too harsh.
* Responsible drivers should not have to feel like criminals while commuting to work a little late and a little fast.
* Would put $8.9 million back into commuter's pockets.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would limit penalties for victimless speeding.

* Supports Article 18 Part 1 of the NH Constitution: Penalties to be Proportional to the Offense. The punishment for speeding that causes no harm is too steep. Monetary fines and the threat of habitual offender (leading the the loss of driver's license) are too harsh.
* Responsible drivers should not have to feel like criminals while commuting to work a little late and a little fast.
* Would put $8.9 million back into commuter's pockets.

HB1699 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would expand prohibitions on drivers to include all chemical substances, whether natural or synthetic.

* This bill will markedly increase state, county, and local expenditures per fiscal note.
* Without definitive tests and scientifically based maximum acceptable levels for the thousands of substances that would fall under the purview of this bill, this bill is virtually unenforceable and subjective.
* For example, an individual taking products that contain an anti-histamine (Benadryl and OTC cold medications) can be considered under the influence as these can impair driving. This would be sufficient grounds for bio-invasive tests of any or all of any combination of the following: blood, urine, or breath. If arrested, this could result in DUI charges.

March 7, 2012: Anti-Liberty

This bill would expand prohibitions on drivers to include all chemical substances, whether natural or synthetic.

* This bill will markedly increase state, county, and local expenditures per fiscal note.
* Without definitive tests and scientifically based maximum acceptable levels for the thousands of substances that would fall under the purview of this bill, this bill is virtually unenforceable and subjective.
* For example, a individual taking products that contain an anti-histamine (Benadryl and OTC cold medications) can be considered under the influence as these can impair driving. This would be sufficient grounds for bio-invasive tests of any or all of any combination of the following: blood, urine, or breath. If arrested, this could result in DUI charges.

HB1700 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal licensing requirements for money transmitters.

* Licensing of money transmitters in New Hampshire is a redundant burden. No substantive security benefit is enjoyed yet local businesses assume thousands in compliance costs, lawyer's fees, uncertainty, and opportunity costs.
* This bill opens up competition and enables companies working with new payment technologies to locate and thrive in New Hampshire.

March 7, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require licensing requirements for money transmitters.

* Licensing of money transmitters in New Hampshire is a redundant burden. No substantive security benefit is enjoyed yet local businesses assume thousands in compliance costs, lawyer's fees, uncertainty, and opportunity costs.
* This bill opens up competition and enables companies working with new payment technologies to locate and thrive in the New Hampshire.
(transcriber note: should this say "repeal" instead of "require" in the summary? It doesn't currently appear to make sense. - mdrew)

HB1713 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill would transfer education functions from DOE to State BOE.

* Eliminating the state DOE allows more local control to meet the needs of individual communities and removes mandated uniformity that stifles school competition and solutions that are unique to each SAU.
* The Office of Commissioner stays intact to handle critical functions of the state education system while cutting out many layers of needless bureaucracy.
* The data collection will take place at the local (SAU) level instead of the state level.
* The state DOE encourages wasteful spending through its Bureau of School Approval and Facility Management.
* The Bureau of Credentialing would be removed. Teachers at private schools across the NH (as well as many other states) are not required to have state teaching credentials; they must have mastery of the subjects they teach. Instead, any additional professional credentials might be a competitive advantage for those individuals, but should not be required.

SB160 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 4, 2012: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for certain installment loans

* Provides services that would otherwise be unavailable to low income earners that have exhausted other means of obtaining credit.
* Short term loans help raise the quality of life for struggling families by relaxing credit constraints.
* Studies show no empirical evidence that they lead to more bankruptcy filings.
* Provides low income wage earners more options when confronted with emergency situations.

2013

CACR1 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a 3/5 vote to impose new or increased taxes or fees.

* This would make it more difficult for future legislators to increase taxes and fees, or create new ones.

HB134 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 13, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow towns to create contingency funds for unanticipated expenditures.

* This bill would allow town departments to more easily go over budget, knowing that this additional town "slush fund" would cover for their irresponsibility.
* Currently, if a town truly needs additional monies to cover an emergency situation, they can petition the Superior Court to hold a special town meeting, allowing the town’s legislative body—the people—to approve or disapprove of such expenditures. If this bill were to pass, however, it would remove the people from this equation and place the selectmen in that role.

HB135 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would infringe on the right to bear arms.

* The right to keep and bear arms is an original guarantee in our form of government. Both the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions hold these rights sacred and not to be infringed.
* There has been no demonstrated or reported problem with public safety since the enactment of the current "stand your ground" law.
* Any short-sighted overreaction to existing statute is emotion-based legislation with no statistical grounding.

March 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would infringe on the right to bear arms.

* The right to keep and bear arms is an original guarantee in our form of government. Both the U.S. and State constitutions hold these rights sacred and not to be infringed.
* There has been no demonstrated or reported problem with public safety since the enactment of the current "stand your ground" law.
* Any short-sighted overreaction to existing statute is emotion-based legislation with no statistical grounding.

HB136 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase the compensation for attending county delegation meetings.

* The stated reason for this 100% increase in the per diem for state representatives attending the county delegation meeting is to increase attendance for county convention work—a responsibility every representative already agreed to when choosing to run for office.
* This legislation takes effect sixty days after passage—this is very much a case of a legislature voting itself a raise.

HB144 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would protect property rights.

* It upholds the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 10, which states: "No state shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; ...."
* It upholds Part I, Article 2 of the New Hampshire Constitution, which states: "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty: acquiring, possessing, and defending property...."

HB146 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the speed limit on a rural portion of I-93.

* It would decrease the number of penalties handed out for the victimless act of speeding.
* This would only increase the speed limit by five miles per hour, which has not been shown to increase accident rates.
The NHLA also supports related bills HB 289-FN (NAY on ITL) and HB 291-FN (NAY on ITL).

HB153 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would enable the growing of industrial hemp.

* Hemp is a versatile crop. In modern times it has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction, body products, health food, and bio-fuel.
* U.S. retail sales are estimated to exceed $350 million annually. The U.S. market for hemp clothing and textiles is approximated at $100 million annually. The estimate of total sales also includes between $60 million and $100 million annually for hemp-based foods, nutritional supplements, and body care products.
* Producers could earn roughly $120 per acre when growing industrial hemp for straw alone or straw and grain, and $340 an acre from growing certified hemp seed.

HB168 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase the tax on beer.

* This bill would give New Hampshire the highest beer tax in New England—almost four times the rate of Massachusetts, which is 11 cents per gallon. Increasing our beer tax would hurt sales in the cities and towns along the Massachusetts border.

HB185 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund.

* This is a 25% increase in a fee for a dedicated fund which already had an excess of funding in the last biennium. This is unnecessary.

HB219 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 13, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would limit the authority of delegates to a constitutional convention.

* This bill enables the people to hold accountable a delegate to a constitutional convention called pursuant to Article V of the Constitution for the United States of America, should that delegate violate their oath of office and consider or support amendments outside of the people’s stated intent.

HB247 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the compensation for wrongfully convicted individuals.

* Currently, regardless of how long an innocent person may spend in prison, they would only be awarded $20,000 for their wrongful incarceration. This bill would increase it to $20,000 for each year spent in prison.
* New Hampshire currently has the lowest statutory wrongful conviction compensation in the entire nation.This bill would fix that.

HB251 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow for two legislators and one senator to be appointed to the home education advisory council.

* HEAC has six representatives from the home education community, and six from other state-level education agencies, creating a stable and balanced board. Restoring voting rights to the three legislative members gives them a “second bite at the apple” by having another opportunity to impact home education rules and policy. It also makes HEAC vulnerable to political shifts as the legislative HEAC members can sway policy.
* HEAC is part of the executive branch of government. Giving the legislative members of HEAC voting rights muddies the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.
* The original intent of SB 337 (2008) which added legislators to HEAC was to give the representatives and senator a better understanding of home education issues and law. This is not compromised by not having voting rights. Their voting rights were removed only last year via HB 545 (2012).
* This bill is flip-flop legislation, which is also counter to the role of HEAC, which is to create stability in home education rules and policy.

HB264 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would lower the criminal penalties for minor assaults with no injury to a violation instead of a (currently) misdemeanor.

* It upholds Part I, Article 18 of the N.H. Constitution, that penalties are to be proportional to offenses.
* It may have the secondary benefit of reducing caseloads in the court system, saving taxpayers money and allowing law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes.

HB286 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow municipalities to bond to build open-access broadband infrastructure.

* It opens access to infrastructure while keeping the municipality out of the broadband business where they would be competing with private companies.
* It provides a mechanism for setting use-based access tariffs for cost recovery.
* It is enabling legislation that will result in public–private partnerships.

HB290 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would attach a Class B felony to persons open carrying in a public building.

* Like HB 135, this bill infringes upon the right to keep and bear arms, which is an original guarantee in our form of government. Both the U.S. and State constitutions hold these rights sacred and not to be infringed.
* There has been no demonstrated or reported problem with public safety caused by people openly carrying firearms on public property.

HB295 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require criminal background checks by yet another.

* It makes the State violate individuals’ privacy and meddles in the private affairs of private companies.
* Background checks are already standard procedure for many youth camps, generally required in order to obtain liability insurance. This bill is an attempt to fix a problem that has already been solved by the private sector.
* This sort of mandate will have the unintended consequence of driving away volunteers and employees who simply wish to protect their privacy.
* It feeds into the overblown moral panic over pedophilia that has been gripping our nation since the 1980s.
* It creates a new $25 fee that these people must pay to the State in order to secure a private-sector job.

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require criminal background checks by yet another

* It makes the State violate individuals’ privacy and meddles in the private affairs of private companies. Background checks are already standard procedure for many youth camps, generally required in order to obtain liability insurance. This bill is an attempt to fix a problem that has already been solved by the private sector.
* This sort of mandate will have the unintended consequence of driving away volunteers and employees who simply wish to protect their privacy.
* It feeds into the overblown moral panic over pedophilia that has been gripping our nation since the 1980s.
* It creates a new $25 fee that these people must pay to the State in order to secure a private-sector job.

HB299 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow the Board of Education to end the moratorium on charter schools.

* The legislative intent of the 110% clause (2012) was to provide financial support of New Hampshire’s public charter schools in light of the DOE's under-projection of future N.H. public charter school enrollments. This support represents the Legislature’s intent and obligation to fund the adequacy of N.H.’s public students, whether they flourish in a public district or public charter school (RSA 198:42).
* The State Board of Education’s decision last September to deny any new charter applicants authorization was based on their questioning the Legislature’s intent to fund the adequacy of New Hampshire public charter schools. They questioned their ability to bind the next Legislature; however, every public school student binds the next Legislature for education expenses.
* This correction to the 110% clause has the support of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office and the Board of Education as a fix to the charter school moratorium.

HB311 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 13, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would establish a legally-recognized expectation of privacy.

* This bill establishes an expectation of privacy in certain "personal materials" such as fingerprints, saliva, hair, and household papers, unless a search warrant is supported by probable cause.
* Breaches of this privacy right are punishable as a class B misdemeanor, or as a class B felony for subsequent violations.

HB315 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would equalize the wholesale discount rate on wine for all retailers.

* This bill would uphold Part 1, Article 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution: "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family or class of men."
* The State should not interfere with the operation of the free market.

HB316 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would provide additional choices for the disposal of human remains.

* Currently, performing alkaline hydrolysis in N.H. is a misdemeanor; this bill would decriminalize it.
* This could provide for a less expensive and eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation or burial for the disposal of the remains of a loved ones.

HB323 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 13, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt employees that opt not to join a union from agency fees.

* To force someone that chooses not to associate with a union to pay dues to that union anyway is an act of coercion.
* Employment should be solely based upon the mutual benefit between employee and business.
* The NHLA opposes the criminal penalties and notice posting requirements contained in this bill.

HB335 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the scheduled increase of the tobacco tax.

* An increase in the cigarette tax will have a greater impact upon the poor. Cigarette taxes are regressive. Families in the bottom twenty percent of income earners spend four percent of their after-tax income on tobacco, compared to one half of one percent by families in the top twenty percent bracket.
* Cigarette taxes are ineffective at stopping people from smoking. Tax-bearing cigarette smokers typically do not smoke less when rates go up; they and their families consume less of other things.
* Government exists to protect each individual’s life, liberty, and property from attack by other individuals. It does not exist to protect individuals from making poor choices, or to restrict their choices of legal activities.

HB345 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibition on tinted glass in motor vehicles.

* Drivers from other states may drive on our roads with tinted glass; the currently law only applies to vehicles registered in New Hampshire.
* The current restriction only applies to after-market tinting; factory tinting is not prohibited.

HB357 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

March 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would limit an employers’ hiring practices.

* Government should not be dictating hiring practices for businesses.
* This would increase the risks involved in hiring, making firms more reluctant to bring on new employees.Like many other well-intentioned measures this could result in detrimental effect on the people it seeks to help.
* Credit reports are less subjective criteria for evaluating the potential of new employees. Without the use of a pre-employment credit check, many employers will likely use other more arbitrary means in making a selection.
* Only 13% of employers conduct credit checks on all job candidates, while 47% do for certain jobs. Typically those jobs are for senior personnel in critical positions. This bill is attempting to address a perceived problem, not a real one.

HB370 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the education tax credit program in its first year.

* Nearly 450 children have applied for scholarships to date from families with an average family income of only $45,000. More than 50% of these families qualify for free/reduced lunch.
* The program is in its infancy and the first scholarship organization was only approved by the Department of Revenue in January 2013. The scholarship program should be given time. Repealing it now would amount to flip-flop legislation.
* The average scholarship amount of $2,500 would put educational alternatives within reach for low-income families in our communities. While it is true that the élite private schools in our state, such as St. Paul’s and Phillips Exeter, have extremely high tuition, most private and alternative schools cost far, far less—and offer financial assistance to families. The combination of financial aid and the tax credit scholarship would make alternatives feasible for many families.
* The tax credit scholarships are not just for religious schools. These scholarships may be used for independent private schools, public schools outside the family’s district, as well as home education expenses.
* The fiscal note prepared by the Department of Education states that repeal will increase state expenditures by over $550,000 more than it would increase tax revenue. In other words, the scholarship program saves the state money.
* Vouchers and tax credit programs are not equivalent and the difference is not merely an accounting gimmick. Vouchers are distributed from monies received by the government and then distributed. Tax credit programs such as this scholarship program in New Hampshire, uses pre-tax dollars and come from voluntary charitable donations. This is similar to any other voluntary donation to non-profit organizations. Money does not belong to the government before taxes and should be directed as the business owners and individuals choose.

HB382 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the fee for out-of-staters to obtain a pistol permit.

* This bill reduces a large fee charged to people who wish to engage in the natural right of self-defense.
* This bill will bring non-resident fees back in line with resident fees, rather than trying to make it into a revenue source, as it was when this fee was increased several years ago.
* The Department of Safety has stated they have actually seen a decrease in revenue since the rate was raised from $20 to $100. Lowering the fee would regain those lost revenues and attract tourists into the state.

HB387 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 13, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would protect guardians ad litem

* It protect guardians ad litem by providing judicial immunity.
* It provides a measure of accountability by removing their judicial immunity in the event of grossly negligent, malicious, or corrupt acts.

HB388 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would affirm that owners of firearms are not liable for the criminal actions of thieves.

* Their was a recent demonstrated need for this bill, with an attempt to sue a gun owner in Coös County who had been robbed of his property and the criminal used his property in the commission of an additional crime.
* This bill ensures that the responsibility of criminal acts are placed wholly on the criminal—not the victim.
* This bill ensures that law-abiding gun owners are not victimized twice.

HB402 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 13, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow citizens to have voice against a government agent.

* The people ought to always have the power to register and have heard a complaint against an agent of the government, especially one whose work can so significantly affect their lives.

HB411 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the scheduled 2016 sunset of a fee increased in 2009.

* This is a future tax increase and would be better left to the Legislature that would have greater knowledge as to the need for funding at that time.

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal a decrease in vessel registration fees.

* Repealing an already-planned decrease is effectively an increase.

HB423 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prohibit amending a petitioned warrant article at a deliberative session in SB 2 towns.

* This bill would make it impossible to correct or clarify petitioned warrant articles if problems are discovered with one (for example, a specific dollar figure must be changed), potentially rendering an article unimplementable even if it were to pass.
* This bill would establish different, stricter rules for SB 2 towns than for traditional town meeting towns, where such amendments would still be able to take place.

Feb. 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prohibit amending a petitioned warrant article at a deliberative session in SB 2 towns.

* This bill would make it impossible to correct or clarify petitioned warrant articles if problems are discovered with one (for example, a specific dollar figure must be changed), potentially rendering an article unimplementable even if it were to pass.
* This bill would establish different, stricter rules for SB 2 towns than for traditional town meeting towns, where such amendments would still be able to take place.

HB443 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would prohibit the privatization of prisons.

* An inmate in a privately run prison does not have the same legal protections against abuse that an inmate in a state run prison has.
* It would put someone other than the State in the position of punishing crimes against the State.
* It upholds Part II, Article 88 of the N.H. Constitution: "All indictments, presentments, and informations, shall conclude, "against the peace and dignity of the state." "

HB451 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 27, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal requirements for a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.

* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual’s right to self-defense.
* Citizens can and do carry openly without any effect on public safety.
* There are other penalties for using a firearm in the actual commission of a crime.

HB453 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prevent the repeal of New Hampshire’s IAC (“Fusion Center”).

* The IAC cedes state sovereignty to the federal government.
* Fusion Centers in other states, such as Missouri, were shown to have included activists and accountability watchdogs on their “terrorist” watch lists.
* Several state employees are assigned to the IAC. With limited resources in the state budget, these people could be reassigned to more important duties in law enforcement, education, or road construction.
* Placing sandbags during the spring thaw can be handled without a federal bureaucracy overseeing our response to weather conditions.

HB454 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would protect the privacy of individual rate payers.

* These meters can be an invasion of privacy and a back-door opening to outside control of devices within your house.
* Requiring the owner’s permission protects their privacy while allowing those who want these features to have them.

HB472 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulations for landlords.

* This bill increase regulations on rooming house landlords by conferring legal "tenancy" status on occupants residing in the rooming house for ninety days or more.
* An unintended consequence that this bill could create would be a shortage of very low-income housing, which would result in many current occupants ending up in homeless shelters at taxpayer expense.

HB479 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restore local control of school districts.

* The district system is: (1) a well-tested, moderate solution providing school choice while keeping taxpayer funds within the public schools, (2) allows communities to opt out of uniform curricula, such as Common Core, and (3) opens the door to innovation and increased parental involvement.
* Waiving state funding in one district leaves a larger pool of available funds for the remaining districts.
* A district cannot be handpicked as enrollment is open to all residents.
* New districts can lease space in existing districts, easing transitions and minimizing budget uncertainty.

HB482 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would regulate landlords and tenants regarding infestation of bed bugs.

* Much of what this bill mandates should be handled through voluntary contracts mutually agreed to by landlords and tenants, not through legislation.
* The bill establishes potential liability upon tenants for the cost of bed bug mitigation, whether or not they were actually responsible for the infestation.
* It establishes a power of landlords to enter rental properties without the consent of tenants.

HB573 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow the use of therapeutic cannabis.

* Doctors and patients, not bureaucrats, should be the ones to make important medical decisions.
* This bill does not violate federal law. States are not required to enforce federal law, and the U.S. Attorney General has declared that the federal government will not prosecute patients in states with this type of legislation.
* Federal interference in state medical law is a violation of state sovereignty, as protected by Part I, Article 7 of the New Hampshire Constitution.

HB575 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended would expand local control for the hours of sales of on-premises liquor licensees.

* Businesses should have the freedom to set their own hours to satisfy market and consumer demands.
* The New Hampshire Constitution guarantees in Part I, Article 2: "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights—among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; ... and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness."

HB606 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would expand the community rating.

* This bill would expand the community rating ratio for the state and allow for a more competitive health insurance market.
* It would increase the flexibility of our market, making it more attractive to insurance companies, potentially giving New Hampshire citizens better health insurances prices and choices.

HB611 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would clarify the statutes regulating the jurisdiction of the family courts.

* It would remove the "notwithstanding any other law to the contrary" clause from RSA 490-D:3, thereby allowing other statutes to regulate the family courts in concert with this statute. Currently, the courts have pointed to this clause in order to ignore other statutes attempting to regulate them.
* This bill would allow rules of evidence to be created in the family courts. Currently, there is no absolute standard by which a judge can be required to allow admissible evidence into court.
* This bill is in response to several actual cases that were brought before last session’s Redress Committee.

HB614 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would return the State to more prudent debt levels by limiting the authorization of new debt.

* It would limit the authorization of new debt to no more than 90% of retired debt.
* It would help to ensure a positive bond rating for New Hampshire.

HB617 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill is a tax increase.

* This bill is an increase in a tax which should be more closely evaluated for compliance with the constitutional restrictions on it (N.H. Const., Part II, Article 6-a), before it is increased.
* This bill reaches well into the purview of future Legislatures, especially for the diesel tax.

HB619 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 27, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prohibit some images of a person’s residence to be taken from the air.

* The penalties against the government spying on persons are good, but the limitations on valid businesses and private parties using this technology are overly broad and very difficult to enforce.
* Wiretapping and eavesdropping are crimes already, and taking somebody’s image clandestinely can be part of a tort action; therefore, this bill is unnecessary. There is no demonstrable problem that needs to be solved at this time.
* This bill also criminalizes legitimate activities where nothing nefarious is going on.

Our full recommendation: YEA on recommit or ITL, YEA on the floor amendment, and NAY on OTP/A.

HB621 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

* In a free society, individuals should not be harshly punished for peaceful activities which do not harm others. Thus, it is more appropriate to punish simple marijuana possession with a citation and a fine than with a criminal conviction and possible jail time.
* Modeled after laws in other states, this bill would help avoid the unintended consequences associated with marijuana prohibition. By reducing the extent to which an individual’s life is disrupted by a minor marijuana arrest, it would reduce the expense of the criminal justice system and allow law enforcement to focus its efforts on serious crimes.
* Part I, Article 18 of the N.H. Constitution states, in part: "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense. ... Where the same undistinguishing severity is exerted against all offenses, the people are led to forget the real distinction in the crimes themselves, and to commit the most flagrant with as little compunction as they do the lightest offenses."

HB624 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would grant special privileges to a specific class of citizens.

* It violates Part I, Article 10 of the N.H. Constitution: "Government being instituted for the common benefit ... and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men. ..."

HB654 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 6, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restore powers to the elected legislature.

* This bill establishes licensure and renewal fees by statute rather than by administrative rule for a number of small boards.
* This bill reduces fees for the cost of the boards which allows more employment opportunities.

HB659 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 20, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase the tobacco tax.

* This tax is regressive in nature and will be felt most by the poor and those on fixed incomes.
* New Hampshire already taxes cigarettes more than thirty other states.
* This tax will hurt the New Hampshire economy and reduce its competitive advantage with nearby states.

HB669 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would severely increase penalties for nonpayment of property taxes.

* This bill would violate Part 1, Article 18 of the New Hampshire Constitution, that all penalties ought to be proportional to the nature of the offense.

SB11 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 29, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* There are already coöperative water districts in the state; this is redundant legislation.
* The bill has the potential to destroy property rights for property owners who prefer to maintain their own personal wells and septic systems.
* There is no voluntary opt-in provision for private property owners if a new district is formed. Owners could be required to pay even if they do not connect to the system.
* The NHLA supports Floor Amendment 1728h, which removes the bill’s current "government knows best" statement of purpose.

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* There are already cooperative water districts in the state; this is redundant legislation.
* The bill has the potential to destroy property rights for property owners who prefer to maintain their own personal wells and septic systems.
* There is no voluntary opt-in provision for private property owners if a new district is formed. Owners could be required to pay even if they do not connect to the system.
* The NHLA supports Floor Amendment 1728h, which removes the bill’s current "government knows best" statement of purpose.

May 8, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* Rather than establishing user fees for water services, this bill allows towns and cities to fund the services via property tax assessments—not only does this allow people who use more water to potentially be billed the same as those who use less, but it also means people who are not even using the service might end up paying for it.
* This bill will promote the further development of centralized water and sewer services, services which often result in localities banning people from installing their own wells or septic tanks, and further increasing people’s dependence on government-provided services.

SB20 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 29, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* The requirement that a camera be installed along with the interlock device is a severe privacy violation: Passengers as well as drivers can be photographed and tracked without the knowledge of the passengers. Photographs and location data will be stored for three years by the state and the company manufacturing the interlock devices.
* The Department of Safety will essentially be acting as prosecutor and judge in administrative hearings related to interlock devices. The only recourse by aggrieved defendants is an appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court.

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* The requirement that a camera be installed along with the interlock device is a severe privacy violation: Passengers as well as drivers can be photographed and tracked without the knowledge of the passengers. Photographs and location data will be stored for three years by the state and the company manufacturing the interlock devices.
* The Department of Safety will essentially be acting as prosecutor and judge in administrative hearings related to interlock devices. The only recourse by aggrieved defendants is an appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court.

SB41 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 5, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* This bill updates the N.H. corporations act to follow model corporate legislation as adopted in other states.
* Harmonizing our corporate laws with those common in other states will make New Hampshire a more attractive place for businesses to incorporate.

SB43 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 24, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would enable towns and cities to appraise historic buildings at a percentage of market value, in order to encourage the preservation of the historic buildings.

* This bill will allow towns and cities to grant preferential tax breaks, raising taxes for everyone else.
* A differentiated tax rate is unconstitutional (Part II, Art. 6), as opposed to a tax abatement.

SB45 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 8, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* It allows patients quicker access to medicine they need: If the approval process by a health benefit plan takes more than 48 hours to complete, access to the drug will automatically be approved.

SB47 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 5, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Transfer of plates to a spouse is already permitted for POW and Pearl Harbor survivor plates; this would include Purple Heart plates as well.
* The NHLA strongly supports floor amendment 2013-1993h, which adds the text of HB399 to this bill and would prohibit our state from supporting or implementing the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. The original bill had passed unanimously through two House committees and on the floor by a vote of 337–15, before being killed by the Senate. This amendment would help protect the freedoms that our veterans have fought for.

YEA on 2013-1993H

SB48 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 5, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* This bill would codify into N.H. law Common Core standards, which is central federal planning applied to education.
* This bill lacks a fiscal note and its implementation would increase costs to school districts, violating Part I, Art. 28-a of the N.H. Constitution. The Pioneer Institute has estimated that New Hampshire’s cost for Common Core adoption will be an additional $404 per pupil per year for the first seven years of implementation. This does not include the current costs incurred in our public school system.
* Common Core significantly lowers education expectations and standards—particularly in mathematics and science—when our students need more education, not less.
* New Hampshire already has some of the best education outcomes in the country. The bill will cost us money, when we simply do not need to spend it. Our local school districts need the flexibility to adapt their curricula to local needs, the desires of the local community, and abilities of the students.

SB60 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 24, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* This bill cobbles together a solution to a problem which would be better addressed at the root cause. If passed, this issue of "assisted living" lacking a proper definition and being handled under the proper statute will still need to be addressed.
* This bill may do as intended but it may also introduce unexpected problems.

SB83 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 24, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would delete the prospective repeal of the controlled drug prescription health and safety program.

SB89 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* There has been no documented evidence that lead fishing sinkers have a detrimental impact on local or regional loon populations. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, loon populations are either stable or are actually increasing across the nation.
* The use and sale of lead sinkers and jigs is already illegal. Increasing penalties will have no impact on the use of these devices.

SB96 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 29, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* By requiring a litigant to have an attorney or post a bond, this bill potentially limits pro se or poor litigants’ access to the courts—violating Part I, Article 14 of the New Hampshire Constitution in the process.
* There is already a penalty for frivolous litigation. See RSA 507:15.

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* By requiring a litigant to have an attorney or post a bond, this bill potentially limits pro se or poor litigants’ access to the courts—violating Part I, Article 14 of the New Hampshire Constitution in the process.
* There is already a penalty for frivolous litigation. See RSA 507:15.

SB97 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 5, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* This bill would replace the GED exam with one that is aligned with Common Core. Although the Common Core language does not appear anywhere in the bill, it will continue the switch to this new and unproven standard.
* The Board of Education decided to implement the new exam beginning in January 2014, and the Legislature has yet to approve it. This bill is just the “rubber stamp” to legitimize their actions. The Legislature represents the people; the BOE is an unelected board of the Executive Branch, and this is an overreach of their authority.
* The decision to implement more Common Core–aligned testing is also questionable. Like other Common Core–related changes, there are serious fundamental flaws in these untested standards that have not been addressed. These standards are not proven or internationally competitive according to academic experts, so further conversion of our education system to Common Core is irresponsible without further study.

SB108 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 24, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill would provide that landowners who allow the use of their land for recreational activity owe no duty of care to individuals engaged in the construction of trails on such land.

SB122 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* The shrimp fisheries are already regulated to prevent over-harvest through other means. A commercial license for shrimp was not necessary before and it is not necessary now.
* This new license is simply an attempt to extract more money out of an already small and hard-pressed industry. This bill is an attack on hard-working New Hampshire fishermen.

SB126 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* By modifying existing contractual arrangements between manufacturers and dealers, this bill violates both Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution for the united States of America, which prevents states from passing laws "impairing the Obligation of Contracts," and Part I, Article 23 of the New Hampshire Constitution, which prohibits retrospective laws.
* This bill increases state bureaucracy.
* It is a special interest bill: A small handful of corporate dealers are trying to circumvent the bargaining table through legislation, while maintaining the contractually created franchising benefits. They want the benefits of limiting supply to end customers, but none of the downsides of working under exclusive supplier agreements.

SB135 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 5, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* It establishes a new licensing requirement for this profession.
* There is currently no demonstrated need for the regulation of genetic counseling.
* Most of the patient harm that actually occurs is due to doctors and other medical professionals acting beyond their knowledge—not from supposedly non-qualified people claiming to be genetic counselors. This bill will not fix that problem.

SB152 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 22, 2013: Anti-Liberty

The NHLA is not opposed to liberalizing gambling laws <em>per se</em>. The freedom to gamble is a liberty issue. However, this particular bill is anti-liberty.

* It legislates a monopoly to one private provider, unconstitutional under Part II, Article 83 of the New Hampshire Constitution.
* The state should not be in the business of choosing winners or losers; all businesses should be allowed to compete in a free market. An improvement would be modeling the casino licenses after other business licenses, e.g., liquor licenses, that are available to any qualified applicant.
* The tax rates on gaming revenues in this bill could be considered usurious; they should be no different than other business taxes.
* Much of the debate centered around how much money this would bring to state coffers, so clearly this bill is about expanding government, not increasing people’s freedom.
* The Legislature should be looking at creative ways to reduce the size, scope, and cost of state government, not large new revenue sources.

SB153 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 29, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Collective bargaining agreements are potentially very costly to the state in the long run. Meaningful legislative oversight of the creation of such a large block of state spending and future liabilities is essential.
* This bill greatly improves accountability to the voters.

May 22, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* Collective bargaining agreements are potentially very costly to the state in the long run. Meaningful legislative oversight of the creation of such a large block of state spending and future liabilities is essential.
* This bill greatly improves accountability to the voters.

SB157 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 24, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a fund waiting for a disaster,.

* It gives the Director of Homeland Security the authority to hand out privately-donated funds with no oversight except by a committee he appointed himself.

SB164 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 8, 2013: Anti-Liberty

This bill

* This bill allows New Hampshire towns and cities to add even more regulations to local planning and zoning ordinances, further controlling people’s private property.
* Additionally, the bill is based on a mere theory—sea level rise—as opposed to facts.

SB189 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 8, 2013: Pro-Liberty

This bill

* It reduces the mandatory training hours currently required to be a fuel gas service technician from 5,000 to 2,000, and also allows 750 of the 2,000 hours to be fulfilled while servicing oil-fired appliances.
* The new education requirements are set in statute, rather than rules, ensuring that only the democratically-elected Legislature has the power to amend these requirements rather than unelected bureaucrats.

2014

CACR16 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides a check on the executive branch.

* This bill allows the Legislature to vet judicial appointments. It is very difficult to remove problematic judges currently; this bill would allow the Legislature to head off this problem by refusing to confirm judges that are already known to be a problem.

HB110 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would criminalize failure to report witnessed animal cruelty.

* The original intent of this bill was to stop certain animal rights activists from trespassing upon private family farms, or gaining employment there under false pretenses, and then fraudulently reporting animal cruelty to the public. This bill would have required such people to report to the authorities that they are witnessing such, which would have made them criminally liable themselves if they knowingly make false reports.
* The bill was intended to narrowly apply to farm workers and to deal with several genuine crimes—however, the way it was written, it had the unintended consequences described below, and for this reason the NHLA opposes the bill.
* This bill makes each of us an agent of the state with a duty to inform on our neighbor if we see animal cruelty. There is no current prohibition on reporting animal cruelty, and it should remain voluntary, not compulsory.

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would criminalize failure to report witnessed animal cruelty.

* This bill makes each of us an agent of the state with a duty to inform on our neighbor if we see animal cruelty.
* There is no current prohibition on reporting animal cruelty, and it should remain voluntary, not compulsory.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would criminalize failure to report witnessed animal cruelty.

* This bill makes each of us an agent of the state with a duty to inform on our neighbor if we see animal cruelty. There is no current prohibition on reporting animal cruelty, and it should remain voluntary, not compulsory.

HB120 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 29, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill extends the hours to purchase liquor.

* This bill clearly increases individual choice, and increases the ability of the free market to supply those choices. Would allow the option for people who get off from work after 11:45pm.
* It is an opt-in bill where local cities and townships can decide for themselves if they want to have later hours.
* Sales will now match the hours of the stores in Maine, as well as match the changes to on-premises serving hours for restaurants that were made last year.

Jan. 22, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill extends the hours to purchase liquor.

* This bill clearly increases individual choice, and increases the ability of the free market to supply those choices. Would allow the option for people who get off from work after 11:45pm.
* It is an opt-in bill where local cities and townships can decide for themselves if they want to have later hours.
* Sales will now match the hours of the stores in Maine, as well as match the changes to on-premises serving hours for restaurants that were made last year.

HB217 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a special class of persons.

* Violates Article 10, Part 1 of the NH Constitution - "Government being instituted for the common benefit, ...and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men;...".

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a special class of persons.

* Violates Article 10, Part 1 of the NH Constitution - "Government being instituted for the common benefit, ...and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men;...".

HB249 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would give the federal government power to decide who can work.

* Deciding who is allowed to work or not is too much power to entrust to a federal government, which is all too capable of bureaucratic ineptness, and all too willing to hurt its political enemies.
* The E-verify system has mistakenly prevented completely legal citizens from taking a job.
* The system is a threat to privacy and is too much like RealID, which NH has rightly rejected.
* "Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence." -- Thomas Jefferson.

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would give the federal government power to decide who can work.

* Deciding who is allowed to work or not is too much power to entrust to a federal government, which is all too capable of bureaucratic ineptness, and all too willing to hurt its political enemies.
* The E-verify system has mistakenly prevented completely legal citizens from taking a job.
* The system is a threat to privacy and is too much like RealID, which NH has rightly rejected.
* "Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence." -- Thomas Jefferson.

HB263 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants legal immunity to medical providers who report patients to the DMV/DOS.

* The bill is written broadly and can be arbitrarily imposed and enforced. For example, there is no time period in which the driver must be deemed unfit to "safely operate a motor vehicle" based on one person's observation. A person with two broken legs is obviously unfit, but once healed should not be restricted under the scarlet letter of the medical reporting.
* This bill enables private medical records to be retained indefinitely by the DMV, possibly violating HIPAA rules and weakening—by practice if not intent—the privacy of personal medical records.

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would allow anyone to report suspected medically unfit drivers with no responsibility for incorrect reports.

* This bill is a complete violation of RSA 329:26 which ensures us that: "The confidential relations and communications between a physician ... and the patient ... are placed on the same basis as those provided by law between attorney and client, and, except as otherwise provided by law, no such physician ... shall be required to disclose such privileged communications. ..."
* The amendment actually goes much further than medical professionals; it says "Any person including" such people.
* Any bill that grants immunity like this is anti-liberty on "lack of personal responsibility" grounds. There are already enough laws on the books allowing the motor vehicle bureaucrats to arbitrarily take away/suspend someone's drivers license, with no recourse for the person if they're harmed by such (e.g., losing their job because they can't get to work anymore), even if they ultimately get their license back.

HB326 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill attempts to fix a non-existent problem.

* Polysomnographers are already certified by national certification agencies, so mandating an additional layer of state bureaucracy doesn’t improve consumer protection, it merely increases the cost of doing business and providing a service.
* Sleep disorders are serious maladies, and medical care providers and insurers will ensure their employees are trained and certified to improve customer satisfaction and avoid liability.
* NAY on OTP/A

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill attempts to fix a non-existent problem.

* Polysomnographers are already certified by national certification agencies, so mandating an additional layer of state bureaucracy doesn't improve consumer protection, it merely increases the cost of doing business and providing a service.
* Sleep disorders are serious maladies, and medical care providers and insurers will ensure their employees are trained and certified to improve customer satisfaction and avoid liability.
* NAY on OTP/A

HB350 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate based on unemployment status.

* This Orwellian "thoughtcrime" is virtually unenforceable and sets a bad precedent by criminalizing a non-action and the subjective judgment used in normal business activity.
* A penalty of up to $5,000 per violation is grossly inappropriate and violates Part I Art. 18 of the NH constitution: "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense."

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate based on unemployment status.

* This Orwellian "thoughtcrime" is virtually unenforceable and sets a bad precedent by criminalizing a non-action and the subjective judgment used in normal business activity.
* A penalty of up to $5,000 per violation is grossly inappropriate and violates Part I Art. 18 of the NH constitution: "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense."

HB366 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

March 25, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes it a misdemeanor to photograph and share your ballot.

* This is a solution in search of a problem. There is no evidence that citizens are being coerced into recording their ballots.
* Most citizens are proud of their right to vote, and some wish to share it with friends. It is their choice and their constitutional right to free speech – US Constitution - First Amendment and NH Constitution Part I, Art. 22.
* After-the-fact photos are not currently illegal according to RSA 659:35.

Feb. 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, makes it a misdemeanor to photograph and share your ballot.

* This is a solution in search of a problem. There is no evidence that citizens are being coerced into recording their ballots.
* Most citizens are proud of their right to vote, and some wish to share it with friends. It is their choice and their constitutional right to free speech – US Constitution - First Amendment and NH Constitution Part I, Art. 22.
* After-the-fact photos are not currently illegal according to RSA 659:35.

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, makes it a misdemeanor to photograph and share your ballot.

* This is a solution in search of a problem. There is no evidence that citizens are being coerced into recording their ballots.
* Most citizens are proud of their right to vote, and some wish to share it with friends. It is their choice and their constitutional right to free speech.
* After-the-fact photos are not currently illegal according to RSA 659:35. If someone was charged for posting a photo of their ballot, they could argue that they're not showing someone how they are "about to vote" but how they voted (past tense).

HB421 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This report increases requirements and penalties on real estate licensees.

* A minimum fine of $10,000 for holding oneself out as a real estate salesperson after having his/her license suspended is an inappropriately harsh penalty.
* There is no proof that attending more required classes leads to better understanding or professionalism. Experience, broker supervision, membership organization rules, and personal ethics are more important than continuing education classes.
* Mandating an increase from 12 to 15 hours of CEU courses for all licensees, regardless of their career experience, is a blanket approach with no proven effect other than raising the cost of doing business and enriching a very small number of instructors.

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases requirements and penalties on real estate licensees.

* The imposition of a fine of minimum $10,000 for holding oneself out as a real estate salesperson after having his/her license suspended is an inappropriately harsh penalty.
* There is no proof that attending more required classes leads to better understanding or professionalism. Experience, broker supervision, and personal ethics are more important that continuing education classes.
* Mandating the same increase from 12 to 15 hours of CEU courses for all licensees, regardless of their experience or area of specialization, is a misdirected approach to improving levels of professionalism or customer service.

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases requirements and penalties on real estate licensees.

* The imposition of a fine of minimum $10,000 for holding oneself out as a real estate salesperson after having his/her license suspended is an inappropriately harsh penalty.
* There is no proof that attending more required classes leads to better understanding or professionalism. Experience, broker supervision, and personal ethics are more important that continuing education classes.
* Mandating the same increase from 12 to 15 hours of CEU courses for all licensees, regardless of their experience or area of specialization, is a misdirected approach to improving levels of professionalism or customer service.

HB424 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 8, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would clarify the charter school approval process.

* This bill is intended to directly address the concerns from the charter school moratorium of 2012 and 2013. This bill would require the NH BOE to approve charter schools if they meet all the requirements defined by RSA 194-B:3 and not delay or deny approval based on the status of state funding availability.
* HB 424 requires a state agency to fulfill its obligations to proposed charter schools that they are receiving money to provide.

HB430 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill is an unfunded mandate on the insurance companies.

* Increases regulation as well as it increases the size of government by requiring more extensive involvement from both the Insurance Commission and the Attorney General's office.
* Representatives from the insurance industry said that it would increase marketing costs in this state just because separate materials would have to be prepared, and because of that, mailing costs would also increase.

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill is an unfunded mandate on the insurance companies.

* Increases regulation as well as it increases the size of government by requiring more extensive involvement from both the Insurance Commission and the Attorney General's office.
* Representatives from the insurance industry said that it would increase marketing costs in this state just because separate materials would have to be prepared, and because of that, mailing costs would also increase.

HB435 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

Relative to funding for chartered public school pupils.

* NH charter schools are part of the public school system.
* For many low- and middle-income families, charter schools provide their only access to schools of their choice.
* No new money is needed because the state budget's line item for charter schools has a surplus. State adequacy will not increase from existing levels per the LBO. Adequacy costs will decrease, with surpluses projected at $6M and $11.8M in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
* If HB 435 passed, charter schools would receive only 2% of the state adequacy aid with the 98% going to traditional public schools.

Jan. 8, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase funding for charter schools.

* NH charter schools are part of the public school system.
* For many low- and middle-income families, charter schools provide their only access to schools of their choice.
* Charters play a critical role in the free-market of education.
* Insufficient funding presents a significant risk for charter schools particularly in the early years of operation. Low funding levels can effectively close educational options to the most needy in our communities.

HB485 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 29, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows small businesses to provide a gaming service to customers.

* Avoids the pitfall of granting a monopoly (or duopoly) by allowing small businesses to host Keno, as well as honoring the NH Constitution: "free and fair competition is an inherent right of the people".
* Estimated to raise at least $9 million per year for the Education Fund in true NH-fashion: through voluntary means, consistent with other lottery games.
* NH Lottery estimates that Granite State citizens spend $24 million annually at MA Keno outlets. This bill allows our citizens to spend that money locally. Five of the top ten MA Keno outlets are within ten minutes of the NH border. HB 485 increases consumer choice and freedom.

Jan. 22, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows small businesses to provide a gaming service to customers.

* Avoids the pitfall of granting a monopoly (or duopoly) by allowing small businesses to host Keno, as well as honoring the NH Constitution: "free and fair competition is an inherent right of the people".
* Raises at least $9 million per year for the Education Fund in true NH-fashion: through voluntary means, consistent with other lottery games.
* NH Lottery estimates that Granite State citizens spend $24 million annually at MA Keno outlets. This bill allows our citizens to spend that money locally. Five of the top ten MA Keno outlets are within ten minutes of the NH border. HB 485 increases consumer choice and freedom.

Jan. 15, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows a form of lottery- run legalizing gaming in NH- based small businesses.

* By allowing multiple applicants to host Keno, avoids the pitfalls of granting a monopoly or duopoly and not running afoul of the NH Constitution's admonition that "free and fair competition is an inherent right of the people." Consenting adults have a right to engage in this activity.
* Raises at least $9 million per year for the Education Fund in true NH-fashion: through voluntary means, consistent with other lottery games.
* NH Lottery estimates that Granite State citizens spend $24 million annually at MA Keno outlets. This bill allows our citizens to spend that money locally. Five of the top ten MA Keno outlets are within ten minutes of the NH border. HB 485 increases consumer choice and freedom.

HB492 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would tax and regulate marijuana.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make choices about how they treat their bodies, including what substances they ingest. 65% of New Hampshire voters support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.
* According to the NHCLU, New Hampshire spent $6,526,364 on enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010 alone. If HB492 were to become law, we would be receiving tens of millions in taxes instead.
* Although the NHLA generally opposes new or increased taxes such as the ones included in HB492, they may be appropriate in this instance because:
* "Sin taxes" may be considered a user fee when used to address potential costs to society from the taxed activity.
* Keeping the price of marijuana artificially high through taxes would more closely mirror the current street price, and bring much-needed revenue to the general fund instead of letting the profit go to street gangs and drug cartels.
* Taxing and regulating marijuana would improve the status quo so significantly that these taxes are an acceptable compromise in exchange for this expansion of personal liberty

Jan. 15, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would tax and regulate marijuana.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make choices about how they treat their bodies, including what substances they ingest.
* 60% of New Hampshire voters support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.
* According to the ACLU, New Hampshire spent $6,526,364 on enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010 alone. If HB492 were to become law, we would be receiving millions in taxes instead.
* Although the NHLA generally opposes new or increased taxes such as the ones included in HB492, they may be appropriate in this instance because:
* "Sin taxes" may be considered a user fee when used to address potential costs to society from the taxed activity.
* Keeping the price of marijuana artificially high through taxes would more closely mirror the current street price, and bring much-needed revenue to the general fund—instead of letting the profit go to street gangs and drug cartels.
* Taxing and regulating marijuana would improve the status quo so significantly that these taxes are an acceptable compromise in exchange for this expansion of personal liberty.

Jan. 8, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would tax and regulate marijuana.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make choices about how they treat their bodies, including what substances they ingest.
* 60% of New Hampshire voters support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.
* According to the ACLU, New Hampshire spent $6,526,364 on enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010 alone. If HB492 were to become law, we would be receiving millions in taxes instead.
* Although the NHLA generally opposes new or increased taxes such as the ones included in HB492, they may be appropriate in this instance because:
* "Sin taxes" may be considered a user fee when used to address potential costs to society from the taxed activity.
* Keeping the price of marijuana artificially high through taxes would more closely mirror the current street price, and bring much-needed revenue to the general fund—instead of letting the profit go to street gangs and drug cartels.
* Taxing and regulating marijuana would improve the status quo so significantly that these taxes are an acceptable compromise in exchange for this expansion of personal liberty.

HB493 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 29, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal parts of NH statutes Chapter 108.

* Currently, Chapter 108 has the potential of violating five articles of the NH Constitution, and Art. I, Section 10, Clause 1 of the U. S. Constitution.
* This compact requires New Hampshire to provide a variety of supplies and equipment to Canada in case it declares an emergency. Since many of the items are nonexistent at the state level, they could be taken from businesses and private institutions as authorized under RSA 4:46, which violates Part I, Article 19 of the NH Constitution.
* Under Chapter 108, the Director of Emergency Management may arrange for cross-border policing which would allow Canadian police, unfamiliar with our laws, to operate in New Hampshire. It also allows for the federal government to use Canadian military in New Hampshire during an emergency. They would remain under the command of their regular leaders in violation of Part I, Article 26 of the NH Constitution.
* Under the current Chapter 108, New Hampshire participates with five Canadian provinces and the New England states in the International Emergency Management Group which makes emergency management plans without our legislative oversight. Each state and province has equal voting rights which would place New Hampshire under the control of an international body, violating Part I, Article 7 of the State Constitution.
* New Hampshire may be asked to suspend state statutes in an emergency, something that can only be done by the legislature according to Part I, Article 29. According to Part II, Article 5-a, such suspension can only be done in case of an enemy attack and not under any other form of emergency.

HB495 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires car titles where now none are required.

* This bill will hinder private car sales, rendering many older cars illegal to sell.
* This will eliminate a NH advantage over neighboring states - for both buyers and sellers.
* Supply and demand apply here: used car prices will rise as legal inventory falls.
* The cottage industries who repair cars for resale will suffer from this regulation.
* The elder widow next door will not be able to legally sell the car her deceased husband kept in pristine condition for all of those years.

HB496 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

Jan. 29, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow first-time DWI offenders to drive to work, school or medical treatment.

* Freedom to travel is a sacred right in a free society.
* Punishing an offender by stripping him/her of the license to drive for 6 months or more can lead to even more problems, such as them losing his/her job or not being able to finish school. The economic costs can be catastrophic for some families.
* This is a humane approach to what some consider to be a mental health-related issue more than a criminal matter.
* We are concerned about privacy issues and data collection by firms outside New Hampshire through use of enhanced technology interlock devices, and thus strongly support Floor Amendment 2014-0012h (Rep. Warden). YEA on Floor Amendment 2014-0012h.

Jan. 22, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow first-time DWI offenders to drive to work, school or medical treatment.

* Freedom to travel is a sacred right in a free society.
* Punishing an offender by stripping him/her of the license to drive for 6 months or more can lead to even more problems, such as them losing his/her job or not being able to finish school. The economic costs can be catastrophic for some families.
* This is a humane approach to what some consider to be a mental health-related issue more than a criminal matter.
* We are concerned about privacy issues and data collection by firms outside New Hampshire through use of enhanced technology interlock devices, and thus strongly support Floor Amendment 2014-0012h (Rep. Warden). YEA on Floor Amendment 2014-0012h.

HB498 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This report grants special privileges for various classes of men.

* This bill seeks to exempt public safety workers, military veterans and historical re-enactors from the existing requirement that is applied to all other residents.
* The US and NH constitutions, along with sound public policy, demand equal treatment under the law and not discriminating against (or for) various classes of men.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants special privileges for various classes of men.

* This bill seeks to exempt public safety workers, military veterans and historical re-enactors from the existing requirement that is applied to all other residents.
* The US and NH constitutions, along with sound public policy, demand equal treatment under the law and not discriminating against (or for) various classes of men.

HB532 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This report would allow towns or village districts to create special districts and borrow money to fund energy efficiency improvements in private property.

* Violates the New Hampshire Constitution, Part 2, Article 5, states "the general court shall not authorize any town to loan or give its money or credit directly or indirectly for the benefit of any corporation."

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would use taxpayer dollars to fund improvements to commercial property.

* This bill, as amended, would allow towns or village districts to create special districts and borrow money to fund energy efficiency improvements in private property – primarily commercial property - in these areas.
* Violates the NH Constitution, Part 2, Article 5, states "the general court shall not authorize any town to loan or give its money or credit directly or indirectly for the benefit of any corporation."

HB533 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill downshifts cost to school districts.

* HB 533 downshifts costs to districts, violating Part I Article 28-A of the NH Constitution. This bill requires districts to pay for advanced math courses for students who complete existing courses available in the district.
* The state Board of Education sets minimum requirements under Ed 306, while school boards customize those requirements to meet local goals. School boards, not the legislature, currently determine graduation requirements.

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill downshifts cost to school districts.

* HB 533 downshifts costs to districts, violating Part I Article 28-A of the NH Constitution. This bill requires districts to pay for advanced math courses for students who complete existing courses available in the district.
* The state Board of Education sets minimum requirements under Ed 306, while school boards customize those requirements to meet local goals. School boards, not the legislature, currently determine graduation requirements.

HB544 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT)

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

* Nay on floor amendment 2014-0025h - Rosenwald and Sherman
* The amendment to HB 544 seeks to expand Medicaid.
* A major study demonstrated that expanded Medicaid does not improve health outcomes.
* A related study found that Medicaid patients were 40% more likely to use emergency rooms than uninsured patients resulting in increased costs to the tax payers.

HB562 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

* The original bill, which would have limited interest rates, is very anti-liberty. The committee amendment waters it down to only a reporting requirement, hence the recommendation to support the committee amendment (2013- 2311h).
* The liberty position is to leave it up to the free market, to oppose any reporting requirement, hence a secondary recommendation to oppose OTP/A.
* NAY on Floor Amendment – 2014 – 0026h (Williams).
* The profit margin for lenders of short term loans tend to be low. A rate cap of 36% will reduce the availability of short term loan providers.
* Evidence suggests consumers will switch to pawnbrokers, checking account overdraft, or late bill payment to meet their short term credit needs.
* Because low income households tend to experience more financial insecurity, short term credit likely softens financial shocks- without this credit, households may face more financial insecurity.
* For low value loans, a $20 fee for a one or two month loan becomes a very high annual interest rate.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

* The original bill, which would have limited interest rates, is very anti-liberty. The committee amendment waters it down to only a reporting requirement, hence the recommendation to support the committee amendment.
* The liberty position is to leave it up to the free market, to oppose any reporting requirement, hence a secondary recommendation to oppose OTP/A.

HB582 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would modify a voluntary option for settling medical injury claims.

* The original bill would have repealed early offers, which are a voluntary alternative to lengthy, expensive court proceedings for medical malpractice.
* The committee amendment adds a very subjective element, i.e. lost earnings, to what was a simple, objective process; removes a penalty for wasting everyone's time if a court proceeding results in a smaller payout than the early offer; and disallows speedy settlement even when both sides agree.
* The early offer process is still too new to be tinkering with it.

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would modify a voluntary option for settling medical injury claims.

* The original bill would have repealed early offers, which are a voluntary alternative to lengthy, expensive court proceedings for medical malpractice.
* The committee amendment adds a very subjective element, i.e. lost earnings, to what was a simple, objective process; removes a penalty for wasting everyone's time if a court proceeding results in a smaller payout than the early offer; and disallows speedy settlement even when both sides agree.
* The early offer process is still too new to be tinkering with it.

HB585 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would set equal pay rates for ophthalmologists or optometrists.

* HB 585 would open a can of worms with countless other professions demanding that government set equal pay rates inside their industries. For example, an MD, PA, RN, or LPN might demand to be paid the same as the others for certain services performed by all.
* Rates should be set by voluntary negotiations between payer and payee, and not interfered with by the state. When an insurance company intermediary is involved, reimbursement should be a contractual agreement between the insurer and its customers and its medical contractors/providers. More government regulation further distorts the market.
* Pay is just one component of employee compensation. Additionally, other non-compensated employment benefits include location, hours, support staff, modern equipment, etc. Pay flexibility is essential in obtaining a balance between all forms of compensation.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would set equal pay rates for ophthalmologists or optometrists.

* HB 585 would open a can of worms with countless other professions demanding that government set equal pay rates inside their industries. For example, an MD, PA, RN, or LPN might demand to be paid the same as the others for certain services performed by all.
* Rates should be set by voluntary negotiations between payer and payee, and not interfered with by the state. When an insurance company intermediary is involved, reimbursement should be a contractual agreement between the insurer and its customers and its medical contractors/providers. More government regulation further distorts the market.
* Pay is just one component of employee compensation. Additionally, other non-compensated employment benefits include location, hours, support staff, modern equipment, etc. Pay flexibility is essential in obtaining a balance between all forms of compensation.

HB590 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This report would allow landlords to represent themselves in circuit court.

* Some judges have interpreted the current law as prohibiting a landlord from representing themselves in multiple eviction cases.

HB597 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would require a drug-free workplace policy.

* This is feel-good legislation in response to one incident, what we call "legislation by anecdote."
* This is a new, expensive regulation on health care providers.
* Providers may already have their own procedures and policies which are superior to these new ones, but may not be compliant. Better to let the institutions' insurance companies and management determine appropriate policies instead of one-size-fits-all regulations from 17 non-medical legislators on the committee.

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, would require a drug-free workplace policy.

* This is feel-good legislation in response to one incident, what we call "legislation by anecdote."
* This is a new, expensive regulation on health care providers.
* Providers may already have their own procedures and policies which are superior to these new ones, but may not be compliant. Better to let the institutions' insurance companies and management determine appropriate policies instead of one-size-fits-all regulations from 17 non-medical legislators on the committee.

HB650 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

March 25, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would waste taxpayer money.

* Free market solutions are more efficient and cost less.
* The state should be reducing regulations and barriers to entry so more competitors could enter the marketplace for bus shuttle services.
* This bill would provide taxpayer money for a service that has a track record of failure -- ridership usually falls below projections and fares never cover the cost of operations.

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, spends up to $250,000 on bus service.

* If there was enough demand for this service private enterprise would have fulfilled it already.
* The proper role of government does not include subsidizing transportation for a minority of residents.

HB658 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a permanent board with the ability to set its own fees on medical workers.

* This bill effectively moves the taxing authority of the legislature out of their hands and places it in the hands of the executive branch. This is very bad policy and a violation of core constitutional principles.
* Maintains a database for 15 years that is published on a public internet site. Database maintains designation of active, inactive, suspended, revoked, or retired. The board is authorized to "Share information with appropriate in-state and out-of-state boards."
* The board can levy fines against employers that have technicians that aren't registered or haven't renewed and threatens to withhold Federal Medicaid money for non-compliant employers.

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a permanent board with the ability to set its own fees on medical workers.

* This bill effectively moves the taxing authority of the legislature out of their hands and places it in the hands of the executive branch. This is very bad policy and a violation of core constitutional principles.
* Maintains a database for 15 years that is published on a public internet site. Database maintains designation of active, inactive, suspended, revoked, or retired. The board is authorized to "Share information with appropriate in-state and out-of-state boards."
* The board can levy fines against employers that have technicians that aren't registered or haven't renewed and threatens to withhold Federal Medicaid money for non-compliant employers.

HB660 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase regulations on business.

* If there is a widespread public outcry for such labeling, companies (both producers and retailers) will ultimately lead the change to satisfy customer demand.
* Consumers already have the ability to avoid foods with GM ingredients by purchasing products labeled as "100 percent organic".
* New labeling requirements would place an undue burden on retailers, wholesalers, and producers throughout the state and region.
* Suppliers could work around the mandate by labeling EVERYTHING as "May contain genetically engineered components." Such labels would satisfy the legal requirement but would be absolutely useless.
* The proper solution to this situation would be an independent third-party certification agency, which could freely state whether or not food does or does not contain GMO. As long as they are not-for-profit and not engaged in actual commerce, the FDA/USDA couldn't regulate their reports as it's free speech.

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase regulations on business.

* If there is a widespread public outcry for such labeling, companies (both producers and retailers) will ultimately lead the change to satisfy customer demand.
* Consumers already have the ability to avoid foods with GM ingredients by purchasing products labeled as "100 percent organic".
* New labeling requirements would place an undue burden on retailers, wholesalers, and producers throughout the state and region.
* Suppliers can work around mandate by labeling EVERYTHING as "May contain genetically engineered components." Such labels would satisfy the legal requirement but would be absolutely useless.
* The proper solution to this situation would be an independent third-party certification agency, which could freely state whether or not food does or does not contain GMO. As long as they are not-for-profit and not engaged in actual commerce, the FDA/USDA couldn't regulate their reports as it's free speech.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase regulations on business.

* If there is a widespread public outcry for such labeling, companies (both producers and retailers) will ultimately lead the change to satisfy customer demand.
* Consumers already have the ability to avoid foods with GM ingredients by purchasing products labeled as "100 percent organic".
* New labeling requirements would place an undue burden on retailers, wholesalers, and producers throughout the state and region.
* Suppliers can work around mandate by labeling EVERYTHING as "May contain genetically engineered components." Such labels would satisfy the legal requirement but would be absolutely useless.
* The proper solution to this situation would be an independent third-party certification agency, which could freely state whether or not food does or does not contain GMO. As long as they are not-for-profit and not engaged in actual commerce, the FDA/USDA couldn't regulate their reports as it's free speech.

HB675 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates personal privacy and civil liberties to travel freely.

* The Boston police recently stopped using automated license plate readers. They found them ineffective, full of errors, open to hacking, and wasted thousands in tax payer dollars. Boston Police have NO PLANS to resume using license plate scanners, as noted in the explosive media coverage of this failed program.
* Blanket surveillance of vehicles traveling freely is an invasion of privacy on a grand scale. Without accountability or oversight in regards to the data captured and stored by these devices, there is serious potential for misuse and abuse of the records. The records could be stored permanently, allowing the state to keep record of people's movements for years or even decades.
* In states that have used automated license plate scanners, it quickly becomes about revenue rather than public safety. The highest use of officers' time should be public safety, not collecting fines.
* The NH constitution clearly prohibits warrantless searches in Part I, Art. 19: "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions...." The 4th Amendment to the US constitution gives the same restriction on the federal government.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates personal privacy and civil liberties to travel freely.

* Blanket surveillance of vehicles traveling freely is an invasion of privacy on a grand scale.
* Massive spying on the whereabouts of New Hampshire residents and visitors is a gross violation of civil liberties and can be used to target specific groups or individuals who may be in disfavor politically.
* In states that have used automated license plate scanners, it quickly becomes about revenue rather than public safety. For example, red light cameras in many states have actually shown to decrease public safety, as people panic and stop short on a yellow light so as to not get caught passing through the red light by a nose, thusincreasing rear-end collisions at intersections. Several states are now removing their red light cameras as a result of this.
* The NH constitution clearly prohibits warrantless searches in Part I, Art. 19: "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions. ...". The 4th Amendment to the US constitution gives the same exhortation.
* Without accountability or oversight in regards to the data captured and stored by these devices, there is serious potential for misuse and abuse of the records. "Computers never forget." The records could be stored permanently, allowing the state to keep record of people's movements for years or even decades.
* The Boston police recently stopped using automated license plate readers, with no plans to resume doing so, as a result of news coverage revealing privacy violations.

HB685 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

Jan. 29, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill places a barrier to open government.

* The bill sets up a commission stacked with members who would benefit by adding fees to 91-A requests. This places a barrier to open government.
* The bill was late to committee in the first part of the session and retained for work after the summer break, at the later part of session the AG's office floated this amended version which received little public hearing.
* The process getting to this amendment lacks transparency, which is counter to the goal of Right-to-Know.
* Expect a motion to divide the question and vote ITL on the 2nd section

Jan. 22, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill places a barrier to open government.

* The bill sets up a commission stacked with members who would benefit by adding fees to 91-A requests. This places a barrier to open government.
* The bill was late to committee in the first part of the session and retained for work after the summer break, at the later part of session the AG's office floated this amended version which received little public hearing.
* The process getting to this amendment lacks transparency, which is counter to the goal of Right-to-Know.
* Expect a motion to divide the question and vote ITL on the 2nd section

HB1117 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would fine citizens for cell phone use in vehicles.

* Driving fatalities have been on a downward trend despite massive cell phone adoption over the last ten years. In states where cell phone restrictions have been instituted there has not been a significant change in fatal accidents.
* This law is redundant, outlawing something that is already covered by existing law. RSA 265:79-b, the offense of negligent driving, already exists and is quite sufficient.

HB1118 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would fine citizens for cell phone use in vehicles.

* Driving fatalities have been on a downward trend despite massive cell phone adoption over the last ten years. In states where cell phone restrictions have been instituted there has not been a significant change in fatal accidents.
* This law is redundant, outlawing something that is already covered by existing law. RSA 265:79-b, the offense of negligent driving, already exists and is quite sufficient.

HB1125 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes adultery a civil matter.

* Adultery is a violation of a marriage contract—a private contract between two parties—and should not be punished criminally.
* This law has gone unenforced for decades. Leaving such laws on our books creates confusion and disrespect for the law.
* "These laws harken back to an earlier period, where a majority of citizens claimed the right to impose their values and morals on their neighbors. The notion of a government policing immorality runs against the grain of our constitutional system. That is more often associated with countries like Iran, where morality police roam the streets." --Jonathan Turley, legal scholar, 2011

HB1132 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

March 5, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires school districts to complete a school building inventory report.

* This bill creates more bureaucratic layers to chase non-existent funding.
* Increases central planning and mandating time, money, and efforts at the local level.

HB1135 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This report increases unlicensed driving from a violation to a class B misdemeanor.

* This report, as amended, would only increase the penalty for driving while NEVER having had a license. Driving with a license that is between 1 day and 1 year expired stays a violation for a first offense, but a class B misdemeanor for a second offense in that 12 month window. It eliminates the penalty for driving with a license that is more than 12 months expired.
* This crime has no victim and therefore the penalty is in violation of the Constitution, Part 1, Article 18 : "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense".
* To pass this bill would require another bill next year to repair the flaws.

Feb. 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases criminal penalties for driving with an expired license.

* The constitution exhorts legislators to keep penalties proportionate to the actual crimes (Art. 18, Part I). Increases the penalty on 1st time offenders from a violation to a misdemeanor for a victimless crime. A penalty of up to a year in jail for driving with an expired license is not justice.
* A driver with 30 years experience is likely going to be a much better driver than a 17 year old, regardless of whether her license is updated. Public policy should allow for discretion based on other factors besides paying your DMV fee.

HB1137 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill redefines and reclassifies felony escape.

* Reducing penalties for lesser crimes, and in the case of the new misdemeanor escape, relatively victimless crimes, will simplify the process of a person getting on with their lives. A felony on one's record makes one difficult to hire, in fact there are many jobs that strictly prohibit hiring felons. Simple escape, when there is no malice, forethought, or harm should not be classified as a felony.
* Would classify non-violent escape as a Class A misdemeanor while providing a clearer definition of felony escape. Those convicted of the more serious crime would still be barred from appealing for annulment under section 651:5 V.
* Keeping people out of prison for lesser crimes will save the taxpayer money.

HB1149 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

Relative to the requirements for filing a charter school application.

* This bill would require proposed charters to have 50% of their application based on the educational mission statement. This would devalue the remaining evaluation criteria, such as the budget and financial management, curriculum, and academic goals.
* This proposed change is dramatic and will complicate the approval process and make it more subjective.

HB1159 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

Relative to immunity when seeking medical assistance for overdoses.

* This bill would save lives by encouraging people to call 911 or otherwise seek medical attention when someone is having a drug or alcohol overdose.
* This bill would not provide immunity for drug dealing or other serious charges, the bill (as amended) spells out immunity for a few things like possession.
* This is a small-government solution to the problem of drug overdose deaths—unlike the big government prescription drug database passed last term, it focuses on getting help and saving lives at the moment of crisis.

HB1165 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill creates a special fund for a constitutional right.

* Redress of grievances before the Legislature is a constitutional right.
* Due process in any governmental proceeding protects all parties and should be restored to our laws for redress of grievances.
* Redress can include restitution and should be provided for in the budgetary process.

HB1184 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the speed limit on a portion of the highway.

* It would decrease the number of penalties handed out for the victimless act of speeding.
* This would only increase the speed limit by five miles per hour, which has not been shown to increase accident rates.

HB1185 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would increase the speed limit on a portion of the highway.

* It would decrease the number of penalties handed out for the victimless act of speeding.
* This would only increase the speed limit by five miles per hour, which has not been shown to increase accident rates.

HB1204 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes clear that a badge does not excuse perjury.

* Perjury is a felony, compared to other forms of official falsification which are misdemeanors. Would it be in the best interest to the citizens of New Hampshire to have police officers continue in their position as convicted felons?
* Police officer testimony is virtually always given more weight than the testimony of private citizens. That some cops take advantage of this and openly lie on the stand is so well known among criminal defense attorneys that they even have a term for this: "Testilying."
* "For anyone who has practiced criminal law in the state or Federal courts, the disclosures about rampant police perjury cannot possibly come as a surprise. "Testilying" -- as the police call it -- has long been an open secret among prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges." -- Alan Dershowitz, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/02/opinion/controlling-the-cops-accomplices-to-perjury.html
* The existence of the threat of "testilying" is a massive injustice. This threat is such a real possibility that innocent citizens are counseled into "taking the plea deal" rather than taking a chance on the officer's honesty.
* This bill would restore the people's trust in their judicial system. It would alleviate the threat of "testilying" during pre-trial negotiations, and it will encourage the innocent to prove their innocence in court.
* NHLA supports YEA on OTP

HB1216 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would delete language relating to soliciting another to commit suicide.

* This bill retains the language that purposely aiding another to commit suicide is a crime. Removing the the phrase "or solicits" serves to protect family and friends as they discuss with loved ones the choices that may be made in terminally ill situations.
* The state should not be interfering in or judging the solemn conversations that may occur between parties who are emotionally close to one another.

HB1217 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows distributors from New Hampshire to buy from nano breweries.

* Allows distributors from New Hampshire to do what distributors from other states can already do - directly support NH nano breweries.

HB1230 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill creates provisions for the calculation of concurrent and consecutive sentences.

* This bill would require that judges state in writing the reasons for imposing consecutive sentences.
* This bill could lead to reduced sentences, which would save NH taxpayers.

HB1237 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal residency restrictions.

* Courts in New Hampshire have already repealed sex offender residency restrictions in Franklin and Dover; this will codify court decisions consistently throughout the state.
* Residency restrictions can backfire by driving people on the registry underground, where they are harder to track and monitor.
* Limitations on residency can force people on the registry further from the support networks they need the most: jobs, therapy, and public transportation, making it more difficult to re-assimilate into society.

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal residency restrictions.

* Courts in New Hampshire have already repealed sex offender residency restrictions in Franklin and Dover; this will codify court decisions consistently throughout the state.
* Residency restrictions can backfire by driving people on the registry underground, where they are harder to track and monitor.
* Limitations on residency can force people on the registry further from the support networks they need the most: jobs, therapy, and public transportation, making it more difficult to re-assimilate into society.

Feb. 6, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal residency restrictions.

* Courts in New Hampshire have already repealed sex offender residency restrictions in Franklin and Dover; this will codify court decisions consistently throughout the state.
* Residency restrictions can backfire by driving people on the registry underground, where they are harder to track and monitor.
* Limitations on residency can force people on the registry further from the support networks they need the most: jobs, therapy, and public transportation, making it more difficult to re-assimilate into society.

HB1239 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require fiscal analysis and transparency.

* The adoption of Common Core by the NH Board of Education is an unfunded mandate in violation of Part I Article 28-A of the New Hampshire Constitution.
* This bill promotes fiscal transparency of government at all levels.
* Many districts have communicated that they have costs that are specifically for the implementation of Common Core that they would not have otherwise, or these costs are accelerated in order to meet the mandated spring 2015 assessment implementation deadline. This has presented a significant burden for smaller and more rural districts.
* The costs of implementing these new standards have never been fully identified or communicated at the state or local level. Before Common Core is fully implemented across the state, the citizens of NH should know what it will cost.

HB1247 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires the department of education to reimburse school districts for technology costs.

* The new required statewide assessment is an unfunded mandate and violates the New Hampshire Constitution Part I Article 28-A. Although all school districts plan for some technology upgrades and improvements, the conversion to the online adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessment is a hardship to smaller districts which have significant and costly upgrades to implement.

HB1262 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would safeguard student data.

* Currently schools collect a massive amount of data on students that are not only academic related.
* Federal FERPA protections were severely eroded in 2008 and 2011 and now permit student information to be shared with third-party organizations and private corporations without parental consent.
* The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium agreement with the NH DOE allows the sharing of "student-level data" without guarantee the data is aggregated.
* HB 1262 is the only bill before the legislature that addresses the unique problems presented with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that are being piloted in NH schools now and will become mandatory in spring 2015. Until such protections are in place, districts will be liable for any breach of student privacy.

HB1264 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, creates a study committee.

* Nay on OTP as amended. The committee amendment did not have a public hearing, is substantively different from the original bill, and is non-germane to the original bill.
* Yea on OTP for the original bill. NH Part 1 Article 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] is for all persons, even those from Vermont.
* The NHLA opposes the committee amendment -- NAY on OTP/A. NHLA supports the original intent and language of the bill before the committee amendment. - YEA on OTP.

HB1266 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would permit a town to authorize the board of selectmen or the town manager to appoint the town clerk.

* This bill would reduce local control of the voters in the election of town clerks; which has been the tradition for more than 300 years.
* This is a "solution" looking for a problem.

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would permit a town to authorize the board of selectmen or the town manager to appoint the town clerk.

* This bill would reduce local control of the voters in the election of town clerks; which has been the tradition for more than 300 years.
* This is a "solution" looking for a problem.

HB1274 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides additional options for property owners and renters.

* Current law, meant to protect tenants from being charged exorbitant up-front rental costs such as a huge security deposit, has the unintended effect of preventing people from paying their rent in installments larger than one month. This bill would fix this.

HB1277 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would remove a $3000 grocery inventory requirement from beer & wine stores.

* This bill removes the requirement that any establishment selling beer and wine maintain a $3000 wholesale inventory value of grocery items.
* The state liquor commission admits that many stores meet this requirement by keeping Spam, Vienna sausages, and other canned items that don't spoil quickly, which are never sold.
* For a beer & wine store, this requirement is a wasteful and protectionist, and serves as a barrier to entry to small stores that only stock $15,000 in alcohol inventory.

HB1287 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a mandate on beverage manufacturers.

* This bill would mandate that every beverage container sold or offered for sale to a consumer in this state shall have a deposit and refund value. This would be especially burdensome on small-scale beverage manufacturers in the state.
* The Department of Environmental Services states that municipalities participating in recycling programs will experience a loss of revenue due to the reduction in recyclables sent to the municipal recycling centers.

HB1288 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a mandate on beverage manufacturers.

* This bill would mandate that every container of bottled water sold or offered for sale to a consumer in this state shall have a source of water indicated on the label. This would be especially burdensome on manufacturers.

HB1292 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would create an affirmative defense for a person who causes or aids another who is terminally ill in committing suicide.

* This bill would allow an affirmative defense only against the charge of 'causing or aiding suicide,' which is when someone takes their own life. It does not create a defense against a charge of murder; the taking of someone else's life.
* The current law cruelly prevents friends and family from being with their loved one at the end because of the threat of a Class B Felony.

HB1301 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows a minor to transport an adult and liquor at the same time.

* The state should not be criminalizing the harmless behavior of minors transporting unopened alcohol.
* Current liquor laws provide penalties for underage consumption or providing alcohol to minors.

HB1307 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill upholds a community-like atmosphere to towns and municipalities.

* Restricts towns and municipalities from purchasing or receiving military equipment, saving those tax dollars for more important needs
* Prohibits the continual increase in armament of the local police force ensuring they are focused on building better community relations vs. escalating confrontations to the point where citizens are killed.
* Prevents the purchase of equipment that was designed for the battle field, not for community policing.

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill upholds a community-like atmosphere to towns and municipalities.

* Restricts towns and municipalities from purchasing or receiving military equipment saving those tax dollars for more important needs
* Prohibits the continual increase in armament of the local police force ensuring they are focused on building better community relations vs. escalating confrontations to the point where citizens are killed.
* Prevents the purchase of equipment that was designed for the battle field, not for community policing.

HB1323 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows constitutionally eligible 17 year olds to file for State Rep.

* Article 11, Part First requires that "every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualification, has equal right to be elected into office." Any inhabitant who is 18 on or before election day meets the age qualification and has an equal right to be elected.
* The Supreme Court has struck down laws like alphabetical listing of candidates as a violation of the equal right to be elected; requiring some 18-year olds—but not others--to use write-in campaigns to qualify for the ballot is not equal!

HB1325 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would let adults make decisions about their own body.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies—whether it be smoking, eating trans fats, buckling a seatbelt, or choosing to end their pain and suffering from a terminal condition.
* Adults who currently choose to end their own lives should be able to have their loved ones present at the end without their risking felony charges (RSA 630:4).
* The easiest way to address "death with dignity" would be to simply repeal laws prohibiting the aiding of suicide, instead of creating additional bureaucracy.

HB1339 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow individuals to play table stakes games.

* Playing games that harm no one should never be a crime, regardless of incentives.
* Would effectively make it legal for 8 friends to sit around a table and play poker with monetary stakes.

HB1341 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would harm parent-child relationships.

* This bill has many unintended consequences:
* One of the parents would be identified as the cause of the divorce potentially eliminating any ability for the parties to co-parent agreeably and negatively impact parent-child relationships.
* It would require longer and more costly court hearings.
* Moreover, intolerable marriages may be forced to stay intact and could also encourage perjury to dissolve an intolerable marriage, e.g. one inflicted with drug abuse or financial recklessness.

HB1345 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the theft of personal property by the police.

* This bill ensures that the state can only attempt to forfeit property after a person has been convicted of the crime of which they are accused. Current law is open to abuse where the state could take someone's property for a "crime" for which they have not even been convicted!

HB1351 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits tanning facilities from tanning persons under 18 years of age.

* The trend towards infantilization of the youth of the state, particularly over something as trivial as choosing to take a tan, at the same time shows a disrespect for their judgment and does nothing to help a young adult learn to make decisions for themselves.
* This bill has a disproportionate impact on young women.
* Young women are already allowed to make enormously more significant health choices wholly independent of their parents.

HB1360 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

March 5, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would fine citizens for cell phone use in vehicles.

* Driving fatalities have been on a downward trend despite massive cell phone adoption over the last ten years. In states where cell phone restrictions have been instituted there has not been a significant change in fatal accidents.
* This law is redundant, outlawing something that is already covered by existing law. RSA 265:79-b, the offense of negligent driving, already exists and is quite sufficient.

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill fines citizens for cell phone use in vehicles.

* Driving fatalities have been on a downward trend despite massive cell phone adoption over the last ten years. In states where cell phone restrictions have been instituted there has not been a significant change in fatal accidents.
* This law is redundant, outlawing something that is already covered by existing law. RSA 265:79-b, the offense of negligent driving, already exists and is quite sufficient.

HB1362 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects state jurisdiction from the over-reach of federal law.

* The bill seeks to correct the continued abuse of power by the Federal government in areas not delegated to Congress: The New Hampshire Constitution clearly states: "[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled."
* The bill corrects the current restrictions in place from the Federal Government that are not supported by the tenth amendment in the Bill of Rights: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
* The bill is pro-business as there are a significant number of manufacturers and customers in the state that would benefit from reduced regulation.

HB1369 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects property rights.

* Strengthens your right to contract with your property, not have it divided at a judge's whim.
* Limits federal tax payments.

HB1379 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill excludes firearms records from public records subject to disclosure under the Right-to-know law.

* The current law (RSA 159:6-a) only limits inspection of those applications and records – this bill goes further in protecting privacy to prevent disclosure of this personal information.

HB1392 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the restriction on the number of pupils eligible to transfer to a chartered public school.

* HB 1392 removes the current 10% limit per grade currently in law, which discourages charter school opportunities in the North Country.
* This bill will encourage more charters to open and allow greater school choice in areas with smaller populations.

HB1393 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

Relative to tuition payments for students attending a chartered public school in the student's district of residence.

* Some local school districts which do not operate their own full-time elementary or secondary school provide tuition to students so that they can attend nearby public school districts. This bill would allow parents to select a charter school operating within their district as an alternative.
* The resident district would pay the charter school the tuition minus the amount the charter receives from the state (currently $5498).
* The costs to the resident district would be less and families would have more educational options.

HB1403 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a state minimum wage and increases it with inflation.

* A state set minimum wage prevents individuals from freely agreeing to a lower rate, while they prove their productivity or learn on the job. People who are willing to work for less cash but higher benefits should be able to express this preference in the marketplace.
* Internships and apprenticeships are recognized as the best way to learn a complex profession, but few employers will risk paying a beginner very much.
* The very idea of a minimum wage is patronizing and demeaning, as it implies that citizens don't know how much they're worth and are incapable of negotiating with an employer.

HB1405 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would limit an employers' hiring practices.

* Government should not be dictating hiring practices for businesses.
* This would increase the risks involved in hiring, making firms more reluctant to bring on new employees.
* Like many other well-intentioned measures this could result in detrimental effect on the people it seeks to help.
* Credit reports are a less subjective criteria for evaluating the potential of new employees. Without the use of a pre-employment credit check, many employers will likely use other more arbitrary means in making a selection.
* Only 13% of employers conduct credit checks on all job candidates, while 47% do for certain jobs. Typically those jobs are for senior personnel in critical positions. This bill is attempting to address a perceived problem, not a real one.

HB1409 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the law against discrimination to prohibit housing discrimination to various new categories of individuals.

* This bill reduces property rights and is contrary to the freedom of association rights of the First Amendment.

HB1435 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require judicial oversight and public notice of police checkpoints.

* NH constitution Article 19, Part I states, "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches [...]"
* The US constitution's 4th Amendment clearly prohibits blanket checkpoints, which are warrantless searches for unlucky travelers.
* Searches of citizen's effects are supposed to require judicial review and deliberation.
* Citizen's shouldn't feel ambushed by checkpoints while using the roads they pay for, nor should they feel compelled to answer questions about their business without cause.

HB1436 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows minors to possess alcohol for limited reasons.

* This bill restores parental responsibility and family choice in allowing a minor to possess alcohol for religious, medical or other reasons. This is more properly a role of parents, not law enforcement.
* A teenager sipping wine under parental supervision during a religious ceremony should not be deemed a criminal by the state.

HB1437 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would limit license suspensions for under age drink to offenses where driving was actually involved.

* Would uphold the New Hampshire Constitution Article 18, Part 1 - "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense."
* Two teenagers are drinking at a party. One walks home to avoid drinking and driving. The other recklessly gets behind the wheel. If they both are caught, the New Hampshire Constitution dictate that they get different penalties, since one teen put others at risk. Instead, current law treats them both the same. HB1437 would fix that.

HB1452 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires a judge to notify jurors of their rights to judge the application of a law prior to deciding a case.

* Jurors have the right to return a not-guilty verdict if they think applying a law in a particular case is fundamentally unjust.
* Most jurors have never been in a courtroom, and jurors who do not understand their rights cannot exercise them.
* Asking our judges to briefly inform jurors of all their rights is not burdensome, time consuming, or expensive.

HB1474 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires a finding that the person has the liquid assets to pay the contempt penalty.

* Incarceration civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt which they do not have the ability to pay is debtors prison; an archaic and counter productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.
* Using imprisonment to cause family members not responsible for the debt to assume the debt is unprincipled and an abuse of power.

HB1476 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BET.

* Incorporated enterprises (Inc., LLC, PLC, PCC, type-S) are technically franchises of the State. A franchise is defined as the power granted by the State to do business in a manner not available to the general public (without liability). In 1903, the people of the State authorized the expansion of taxation to include additional forms of property such as franchises. If the business enterprise tax is lawful, it is because it is a franchise tax.
* The business enterprise tax is a franchise tax, it cannot be levied on non-franchises. Proprietorships are not franchises. A proprietorship is legally identical to its owner(s), owners are fully liable for the actions of the proprietorship.
* The business enterprise tax cannot be levied on individuals, therefore, it cannot be levied on the proprietorships with whom they are identical. This is entirely consistent with supreme court decisions as the distinction is solely in the class of property, franchise or proprietorship, and not upon the any distinction in the owners.
* This is a distinction in classes of property (franchise or proprietorship), not a distinction between the taxpayers who own the property.

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BET.

* Incorporated enterprises (Inc., LLC, PLC, PCC, type-S) are technically franchises of the State. A franchise is defined as the power granted by the State to do business in a manner not available to the general public (without liability). In 1903, the people of the State authorized the expansion of taxation to include additional forms of property such as franchises. If the business enterprise tax is lawful, it is because it is a franchise tax.
* The business enterprise tax is a franchise tax, it cannot be levied on non-franchises. Proprietorships are not franchises. A proprietorship is legally identical to its owner(s), owners are fully liable for the actions of the proprietorship.
* The business enterprise tax cannot be levied on individuals, therefore, it cannot be levied on the proprietorships with whom they are identical. This is entirely consistent with supreme court decisions as the distinction is solely in the class of property, franchise or proprietorship, and not upon the any distinction in the owners.
* This is a distinction in classes of property (franchise or proprietorship), not a distinction between the taxpayers who own the property.

Feb. 6, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BET.

* Incorporated enterprises (Inc., LLC, PLC, PCC, type-S) are technically franchises of the State. A franchise is defined as the power granted by the State to do business in a manner not available to the general public (without liability). In 1903, the people of the State authorized the expansion of taxation to include additional forms of property such as franchises. If the business enterprise tax is lawful, it is because it is a franchise tax.
* The business enterprise tax is a franchise tax, it cannot be levied on non-franchises. Proprietorships are not franchises. A proprietorship is legally identical to its owner(s), owners are fully liable for the actions of the proprietorship.
* The business enterprise tax cannot be levied on individuals, therefore, it cannot be levied on the proprietorships with whom they are identical. This is entirely consistent with supreme court decisions as the distinction is solely in the class of property, franchise or proprietorship, and not upon the any distinction in the owners.

HB1477 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BPT.

* The BPT is only constitutional if it is a franchise tax (a tax on an incorporated enterprise).
* Franchise taxes cannot be levied on non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships)
* This is a distinction in classes of property (franchise or proprietorship), not a distinction between the taxpayers who own the property.

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BPT.

* The BPT is only constitutional if it is a franchise tax (a tax on an incorporated enterprise).
* Franchise taxes cannot be levied on non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships)
* This is a distinction in classes of property (franchise or proprietorship), not a distinction between the taxpayers who own the property.

Feb. 6, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would exempt non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships) from BPT.

* The BPT is only constitutional if it is a franchise tax (a tax on an incorporated enterprise).
* Franchise taxes cannot be levied on non-franchised enterprises (proprietorships)
* This is a distinction in classes of property (franchise or proprietorship), not a distinction between the taxpayers who own the property.

HB1482 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would expand occupational licensing.

* An "occupational license" is just that—government permission to work in a particular field. Gainful employment requires convincing a prospective employer or potential customer of their value. This bill requires convincing the government.
* The consumers of occupationally licensed services derive no determinable benefit for the added cost. For example, when was the last prevented case of fungal infection due to licensing manicurists?
* Barriers like these make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.

HB1496 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require consistency with current law and protections of student privacy.

* State law requires that all statewide assessments are valid, appropriate, and objectively scored per RSA 193-C.
* Smarter Balanced Assessments are mandatory by spring 2015, yet will not be validated by this deadline; they are not appropriate for students according to several NH districts; and they are subjectively scored as they measure student values, attitudes and dispositions in direct violation of SB 48 (2013).
* Districts are not obtaining written informed consent from parents when minor children are being asked to be unpaid participants in research of the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

HB1501 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a new business license.

* Government interference in the market through business licensing discourages competition, and creates unnecessary compliance costs that will ultimately be passed on to the consumer.
* This bill delegates most details to the Department of Health and Human Services, directing them in 10 different parts of HB1501 to develop rules that would carry the force of law.

HB1506 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make it harder for eligible voters to cast a ballot.

* Violates Article 11 Part 1 of the NH constitution "All elections are to be free to all inhabitants of the state...".
* There is no credible evidence that impersonation fraud is a problem in New Hampshire.

HB1508 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would restore local control of public education.

* Common Core State Standards were rushed to adoption by the NH BOE in summer 2010 in order to expedite the Race to the Top grant application without adequate public notification or input.
* Public records of the NH BOE meetings indicate that other proven successful state standards were never considered as part of the process of improving NH's state standards.
* As part of the grant application and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium agreement, the NH DOE promised to pilot and field test the experimental assessment.
* The Smarter Balanced Assessment which is being field tested in schools across the state, often without prior parental consent, is in violation of RSA 193-C.
* The SBA will be mandatory by spring 2015, but will not be validated by that date and includes dispositional questions in violation of SB 48 (2013) and RSA 193-C.

HB1532 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

Relative to notification of radon and arsenic levels.

* While encouraging informed buyers is a good thing, dictating the language of private contracts is a bad thing.
* It is the buyer's responsibility to hire a home inspection professional, and have any desired tests made. This is not a cost that should be placed upon the seller.

HB1533 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would require a warrant to search information in a portable electronic device.

* NH constitution Article 19, Part I states, "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches [...]"
* The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in State v. Granville on February 26, 2014: [W]e conclude, as did the court of appeals, that ... Given modern technology and the incredible amount of personal information stored and accessible on a cell phone, we hold that a citizen does not lose his reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of his cell phone merely because that cell phone is being stored in a jail property room.
* Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police needed a search warrant to obtain historical cell site records from a cell phone provider. New Jersey's Supreme Court reached the same result last year.

HB1539 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would disband the Certificate of Need board.

* Certificates of Need boards were mandated of the states by unelected officials in the Social Security Administration under Section 1122 of the Social Security Act. Titled "LIMITATION ON FEDERAL PARTICIPATION FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES" it threatened to withhold statewide funds for "HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE AGED AND DISABLED" and "GRANTS TO STATES FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS" without a CONs planning board. It promised funds to create such a board.

HB1541 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow the sale of health insurance without mandates.

* Insurance mandates add to the cost of policies by requiring purchasing "insurance" for something that the consumer may or may not want. For example, women are required to buy policies that include coverage for midwife services, even if they don't plan on having a child or giving birth outside a hospital. (RSA 420-B:8-p)
* While allowing people to opt out of buying policies with insurance mandates will increase premiums for those who don't, it's only because the higher price more accurately reflects the risk that they are buying insurance for.

HB1548 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would eliminate the cocaine/crack cocaine disparity.

* Under current law, possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine is treated more harshly than possession of 140 grams of powdered cocaine. (RSA 318-B:26).
* According to the NHCLU, this 28:1 disparity is the largest in the country.

HB1550 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would permit the audio and video recording of a public official while in the course of his or her official duties.

* On the job means on the record: Part I, Art.8 of the New Hampshire Constitution provides that officers and agents of the government are at all times accountable to the people.
* A member of law enforcement has a right to record you without your consent at a traffic stop, but citizens recording the exact same conversation have been threatened and even charged with a felony.

HB1573 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow more local control of municipal planning board membership.

* By requiring planning boards to be elected by the people, this bill will prevent town governments (e.g., the selectmen or city councils) from stacking the planning board with people who will do as they demand.
* Regional planning commissions promote top-down, centralized planning, in direct conflict with New Hampshire's tradition of decentralized, local control. In particular, regional planning commissions are one of the primary ways that the federal government and supranational bodies like the U.N. bypass elected town government in order to implement central planning.

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow more local control of municipal planning board membership.

* By requiring planning boards to be elected by the people, this bill will prevent town governments (e.g., the selectmen or city councils) from stacking the planning board with people who will do as they demand.
* Regional planning commissions promote top-down, centralized planning, in direct conflict with New Hampshire's tradition of decentralized, local control. In particular, regional planning commissions are one of the primary ways that the federal government and supranational bodies like the U.N. bypass elected town government in order to implement central planning such as Agenda 21.

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow more local control of municipal planning board membership.

* By requiring planning boards to be elected by the people, this bill will prevent town governments (e.g., the selectmen or city councils) from stacking the planning board with people who will do as they demand.
* Regional planning commissions promote top-down, centralized planning, in direct conflict with New Hampshire's tradition of decentralized, local control. In particular, regional planning commissions are one of the primary ways that the federal government and supranational bodies like the U.N. bypass elected town government in order to implement central planning such as Agenda 21.

HB1586 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

Relative to student and teacher information protection and privacy.

* HB 1586 protects the privacy rights of students and teachers while addressing other data and privacy issues that other legislation does not include.
* During public hearing, the HEC spoke very highly of the thorough research and documentation supplied by the prime sponsor. No additional study is needed or appropriate.

HB1588 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a mandate.

* This bill requires school districts and chartered public schools to provide suicide prevention education and training to students, parents, faculty, staff, and school volunteers.
* This bill provides neither an appropriation nor authorization for new positions and will increase state general fund expenditures by $455,180 in FY 2015, $197,856 in FY 2016, $204,426 in FY 2017, $425,905 in FY 2018, and $224,390 in FY 2019.

HB1589 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would turn law abiding citizens into criminals.

* This law would be unenforceable without enormous cost.
* This bill fails to meet the low, low bar of a solution in search of a problem. It is a problem in search of a problem.
* The language shifts the burden of proof to the individual as opposed to the state---a radical shift in our standards of jurisprudence.
* The penalty portion of the bill takes activities which are currently legal (disposing of one's private property) and assigns serious penalties to those activities. These are penalties that could affect a person's ability to get a job (misdemeanor B), and that could put a person in jail if there is a second offense (misdemeanor A).It creates a crime where there has been no crime in 392 years.

HB1591 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 25, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires 72 notice before holding a public meeting.

* Part first, Article 8 of the NH Constitution, reads "Government, therefore, should be accessible, accountable, and responsive."
* The current law only requires 24 notice of a meeting - which may not be enough time for newspapers to print the story. By requiring an agenda be posted as well, the public will know what items will be discussed so they can prepare for them.

HB1594 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require occupational licensing.

* An "occupational license" is just that—government permission to work in a particular field. Gainful employment requires convincing a prospective employer or potential customer of their value. This bill requires convincing the government.
* The consumers of occupationally licensed services derive no determinable benefit for the added cost. For example, when was the last prevented case of fungal infection due to licensing manicurists?
* Barriers like these make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.

HB1595 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill removes rightful authority from the judicial and legislative branch.

* As stated, this bill would make matters of condominium assoc. bylaw infractions or other actions not in compliance with condo instruments, or state law come under the jurisdiction of a condominium dispute resolution board. This should come under the jurisdiction of the judicial branch or the legislative branch, if new laws are required, not a resolution board.
* The board will consist of 9 members only two of which will be elected representatives.

HB1597 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the meals tax by about 1%.

* People should not be forced to pay more for the necessity of eating meals.
* Reduction in tax rates can lead to increased consumer spending which would help NH businesses

Feb. 19, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the meals tax by about 1%.

* People should not be forced to pay more for the necessity of eating meals.
* Reduction in tax rates can lead to increased consumer spending which would help NH businesses

Feb. 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the meals tax by about 1%.

* People should not be forced to pay more for the necessity of eating meals.
* Reduction in tax rates can lead to increased consumer spending which would help NH businesses

Feb. 6, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the meals tax by about 1%.

* People should not be forced to pay more for the necessity of eating meals.
* Reduction in tax rates can lead to increased consumer spending which would help NH businesses.

HB1601 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds an unnecessary mandate.

* Current law requiring headlamps only 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise is because that is (approximately) when it actually becomes dark enough to need them. It is not dark at sunset or sunrise.
* This law removes common-sense discretion from motorists as to when rain, snow, or fog is thick enough to require headlamp use.
* This law will only lead to people being ticketed for committing technical violations of the law when no actual harm could have been possible. Headlamps are not needed at sunset or sunrise but now not using them will be a violation. A single patch of fog or a barely noticeable drizzle or snow flurries will be able to be used by police to ticket people needlessly.

March 5, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds an unnecessary mandate.

* Current law requiring headlamps only 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise is because that is (approximately) when it actually becomes dark enough to need them. It is not dark at sunset or sunrise.
* This law removes common-sense discretion from motorists as to when rain, snow, or fog is thick enough to require headlamp use.
* This law will only lead to people being ticketed for committing technical violations of the law when no actual harm could have been possible. Headlamps are not needed at sunset or sunrise but now not using them will be a violation. A single patch of fog or a barely noticeable drizzle or snow flurries will be able to be used by police to ticket people needlessly.

HB1609 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

Relative to forfeiture of personal property.

* This bill bans civil forfeiture in the state of New Hampshire.
* Civil forfeiture, unlike criminal forfeiture, occurs without charges, and without a conviction.
* Money seized is often routed through a federal agency, which gives the money back to the police who seize it, bypassing the state entirely, thus creating perverse incentives to seize property.

HB1611 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 19, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds certain products to the controlled drug act.

* Most of the related chemical compounds, sometimes known as bath salts, K-2, and Spice, are already banned under the federal controlled drug act. Adding them to NH law is redundant.
* While currently legal, making these specific substances illegal will lead to manufacturers creating potentially more-harmful substances to skirt the prohibition. The complex compounds can be modified by changing one chemical element, thus making it legal but less proven.
* The growth in sales of these substances stems from the prohibition on marijuana, which is similar in effect but is shown to be much less dangerous to a user's health than these chemicals.

HB1616 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would restrict doctor/patient medical decisions and potentially criminalize individuals who lawfully obtain medicinal cannabis.

* This bill would make it a crime for patients to possess cannabis in a motor vehicle "except if the cannabis is secured in a locked container." Punishment, up to and including incarceration, of individuals who have legally obtained medicinal cannabis violates Article 18 of the New Hampshire Constitution, which provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense."
* New Hampshire's law currently allows qualifying patients to purchase up to two ounces of cannabis every 10 days. HB 1616 would cut this to two ounces every 30 days, reducing the amount of cannabis patients could purchase to one-third the amount authorized under New Hampshire law and markedly less than the usage levels seen on the federal Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) Program.
* Does not allow a provider to override this two ounce cap for patients with special needs, so this bill would restrict the possible dosage for every qualifying patient in the state with no exceptions.
* NHLA is in support of expanding the qualifying medical conditions, but cannot support HB1616.

HB1621 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would redefine simple assault.

* Under current law, there have been absurdities with people charged for assault simply because they laid their hand on someone's shoulder or brushed up against someone who didn't like it. This bill would require that such physical contact actually be offensive, threatening, or harmful, before an actual crime could be charged.

HB1622 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 5, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow for a grow your own provision to therapeutic cannabis.

* Although NH passed a medical marijuana law in 2013, no patient has received any benefit from the law. Patients still have no legal protection and no legal access to marijuana.
* If HB 1622 passes, patients can finally be issued ID cards this summer and they can finally begin growing a couple of plants.
* If HB 1622 doesn't pass, patients will have no legal way to obtain medical marijuana until dispensaries open, which will be summer 2015 at the earliest (and could be longer).

HB1625 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT)

March 12, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

* In a free society, individuals should not be harshly punished for peaceful activities which do not harm others. Thus, it is more appropriate to punish simple marijuana possession with a citation and a fine than with a criminal conviction and possible jail time.
* This bill would help avoid the unintended consequences associated with marijuana prohibition. By reducing the extent to which an individual's life is disrupted by a minor marijuana arrest, it would reduce the expense of the criminal justice system and allow law enforcement to focus its efforts on serious crimes.
* Part I, Article 18 of the N.H. Constitution states, in part: "All penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense. ... Where the same undistinguishing severity is exerted against all offenses, the people are led to forget the real distinction in the crimes themselves, and to commit the most flagrant with as little compunction as they do the lightest offenses."

HB1626 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill promotes some form of a government sponsored monopoly on gambling.

* If one wants to allow of gambling in New Hampshire, simply repeal RSA 338:1-4 related to various prohibitions on gambling contracts and transfers of property due to gambling and RSA 647:2 which criminalizes gambling.

HB1628 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill promotes some form of a government sponsored monopoly on gambling.

* If one wants to allow of gambling in New Hampshire, simply repeal RSA 338:1-4 related to various prohibitions on gambling contracts and transfers of property due to gambling and RSA 647:2 which criminalizes gambling.

HB1633 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill promotes some form of a government sponsored monopoly on gambling.

* If one wants to allow of gambling in New Hampshire, simply repeal RSA 338:1-4 related to various prohibitions on gambling contracts and transfers of property due to gambling and RSA 647:2 which criminalizes gambling.

SB120 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases regulations on political speech.

* The bill places an onerous and crippling paperwork burden on two or more people who wish to communicate their views to the public. It has a disparate impact on small political groups that would not be required to file under Federal election law.
* This bill is a deliberate attempt to circumvent the Citizen's United decision, and is aimed at small groups.
* New Hampshire has a long history of anonymous speech dating back to before the Revolutionary War.
* This bill moves up the registration requirement of 'political committees' from 14 days to 48 hours. Political committees are defined as ' Any organization of 2 or more persons that promotes the success or defeat of... candidates or... measures.'
* Failure to register is already a criminal offense (RSA 664:21 V), but SB120 adds a new fine on unregistered political committees of up to 25% of any expenditures, even if they aren't required to be reported.

SB180 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Jan. 15, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require the tax payers of the State of New Hampshire to take some of the responsibility for the losses of investors in the Financial Resources Mortgage debacle.

* SB 180 would open Pandora's box of investors looking to have taxpayers bail them out of bad investments. The lesson: If an investment doesn't work then just find a friendly legislator to pass a law giving restitution.
* In a free market, investors evaluate offers, take risks, win some, and lose some. This legislation would have the unintended consequence of future investors using less due diligence to evaluate offers before investing.
* This situation is a reminder that despite all the laws and criminal penalties and licensing and government agency oversight, malefactors will still behave badly and deceive people; government cannot protect everyone from bad things happening.

Jan. 8, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require the tax payers of the State of New Hampshire to take some of the responsibility for the losses of investors in the Financial Resources Mortgage debacle.

* SB 180 would open Pandora's box of investors looking to have taxpayers bail them out of bad investments. The lesson: If an investment doesn't work then just find a friendly legislator to pass a law giving restitution.
* In a free market, investors evaluate offers, take risks, win some, and lose some. This legislation would have the unintended consequence of future investors using less due diligence to evaluate offers before investing.
* This situation is a reminder that despite all the laws and criminal penalties and licensing and government agency oversight, malefactors will still behave badly and deceive people; government cannot protect everyone from bad things happening.

SB207 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new mandates on employers and the department of labor.

* This bill is redundant as pay equity is already in statute (RSA 275:37 Equal Pay); feel-good legislation like this demeans more pressing issues.
* New mandates on employers and on the commissioner add costs and reduce productivity.

April 23, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands regulations on employers and the department.

* This bill adds new regulations onto businesses, making them less competitive with those in other states and burdening them with additional compliance requirements. Further, "Equal Pay" legislation is already in statute, so this is unneeded.
* New requirements will add more duties to the labor department, setting the stage for future growth.
* So-called discrimination laws are very difficult to enforce and lead to an increasingly litigious environment.
* By allowing the commissioner to enforce the laws merely "in response to complaints," it opens a Pandora's Box of potential politically motivated retributions in cases where no violation has been proven.

SB215 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

April 23, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a new business entity without well defined parameters.

* General public benefit' means a material positive effect on society and the environment..." is vague and leaves too much discretion to the secretary of state to enforce. This could lead to selective, politically-motivated enforcement actions.

SB244 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 30, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record and establishes a commission to study mental health and firearms.

* The amendment as passed by the Senate would conflate the issues of mental illness and firearm ownership.
* Mental illness is a disease, not a crime, and those who would stigmatize the mentally ill in pursuit of a political agenda create a slippery slope from which few would remain unharmed or unsullied.
* If the bill truly wished to restore 2A rights, then they should be written in RSA 135:C as part of the mental health statutes. To include it in pistol and revolver statutes forever links mental health with firearms.

SB259 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 7, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a palliative care center for health care consumers and providers and continually appropriates a special fund.

* Something so personal and sacrosanct as end-of-life palliative care should not be the domain of bureaucrats.
* With the billions of dollars invested in medical care facilities and personnel in this state, existing providers can provide for this niche market easily and swiftly, without government intervention.
* Any state-run entity will be a subsidized service competing with the free market, removing incentives for new entrants in the marketplace and limiting options for consumers.

SB296 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

April 23, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates preferences for veterans in public employment.

* Violates Article 10, Part 1 of the NH Constitution - "Government being instituted for the common benefit, ...and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men;...".
* Jobs should be given solely on the basis of merit and experience with no extra weighting given to anyone's special characteristics or status.

SB319 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates the 1st Amendment.

* Whereas the NHLA has a policy of not taking positions on the issue of abortion in general, this bill's assault on freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment merits our taking a position in opposition to this bill.
* The bill targets the right of people to peacefully assemble, violating the 1st Amendment.
* The city of Manchester has an ordinance requiring foot traffic to keep moving as to not block sidewalks.
* This bill pushes protesters away from the source and into neighboring properties.
* This bill will force/allow a private business to place signage on public sidewalks/roads and possibly in front of neighboring properties.
* Many of the complaints this bill looks to resolve are already covered by existing statutes.

SB329 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 7, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the prohibition on advertising alcohol on billboards.

* Upholds the NH Constitution Part 1 Article 22 - "Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought therefore to be inviolably preserved."
* Advertising is a form of speech and should not be restricted by government.

SB355 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

May 14, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill seeks to protect all students' social media privacy.

* A school, private or not, by forcing a student to share their credentials, is both forcing someone to violate a contract and then, by using those credentials, violating a contract themselves.
* Rarely does the NHLA support new criminal laws, but we support a law forcing people to not violate contracts.

SB366 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 7, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a state sanctioned "limited monopoly".

* Violates the New Hampshire Constitution Article 83 Part 1 - "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it."
* Works against the small businesses that cannot compete with 2 large casinos.
* Creates regulation system where one person is judge, jury and jailer.
* NHLA takes no position on the gambling industry per se. We object to the way it is being unduly limited, controlled, regulated and taxed in this legislation.
* NHLA supports the right of adults to gamble if they wish to do so without the fear of criminal penalties.

SB367 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 23, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill raises the gas tax and tyies it to the CPI.

* This ensures that the gas tax is increased every 4 years in perpetuity.
* Inflation is already a hidden tax on every citizen. Tying a fuel tax to inflation "adds insult to injury."
* This will hurt sales of fuel for NH border town retailers and will encourage out of state sales of gasoline.
* As is the case with most taxes, this gas tax will fall most heavily upon those who can least afford it.
* This bill also increases the diesel tax. The cost to move goods (food, equipment, cars, wood, oil...) into or around New Hampshire will increase as a result.

SB369 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands a sales tax on essential medical services.

* This tax is of questionable constitutional validity, which is admitted in the Majority report.

SB371 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 7, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill is an unfunded mandate on county nursing homes.

* This bill is patronizing to our older citizens
* Creates excessive business regulations on private communities.

SB389 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants conservation officers special powers.

* Conservation officers are given leeway in the field to search personal effects and vehicles under the lesser restriction of "reasonable suspicion." All other officers must find "probable cause" before searching property without a warrant.
* If this passes other divisions of law enforcement would be able to call conservation officers to traffic stops and thus circumvent their own "probable cause" restrictions.
* The NHLA supports amendment 1813h, which raises the burden for a warrantless search at a traffic stop from 'reasonable suspicion' to 'probable cause.' This brings conservation officers in line with other law enforcement.

SB390 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

May 14, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill would add another layer of prohibited practices on employers.

* So-called discrimination bills are very difficult to enforce. They lead to increased litigation, and exacerbate cynicism among employers and the public.
* Unless there is a proven, demonstrable problem in this area, added regulations simply make New Hampshire less attractive to businesses. That leads to a weaker economic base, which negatively affects all employees.

SB405 (Anti-Liberty / PASSED)

June 6, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This report requires certification for airborne radon installers.

* New Hampshire leads the nation in placing onerous licensing and certification requirements on businesses, which only serves to discourage and drive away small businesses. This bill creates yet another unneeded certification mandate.
* This new requirement would add compliance regulations on contractors and the board, raising the cost of doing business and raising prices to consumers.
* Such certification schemes grant unearned benefits to named, private certifiers and erect barriers to entry to new providers, depressing free-market forces.

SB413 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 25, 2014: Anti-Liberty

This bill is fiscally irresponsible in the long term.

* There are no reasonable financial safeguards if this bill should be adopted.
* This bill would likely lead to a state income or broad-based sales tax.
* This bill has been rushed through without adequate public input and examination.
* By 2022, this program would cost NH between $40 to $45 million which is more than our current revenue structure can support.
* Other states have implemented a program similar to the one proposed in this bill and it has been a financial and medical disaster.

SB416 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 14, 2014: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits allocation of highway funds to the judicial branch.

* This will keep more of the highway fund money available for roads and bridges.

2015

CACR1 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects taxpayers by requiring a 3/5 vote to impose new or increased taxes.

* This amendment reduces the risk that taxes will be raised for frivolous, transitory reasons, and helps ensure bipartisan support for any tax increase.
* 16 states already require a supermajority to raise taxes
* This amendment codifies New Hampshire's long tradition of being fiscally responsible.

CACR3 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This amendment eliminates local control of education to resolve Claremont decision(s).

* This bill would enshrine in the NH Constitution the concept that the state is responsible for all aspects of education, eliminating local control and innovation.
* Centralizing decision-making in Concord makes it more difficult for parents to exercise their right to direct the education of their children.
* Parents can't afford to spend years changing state law when they experience a significant problem with their local school. They need immediate local decision making through their locally elected representatives.
* Use of the term "reasonable" in the amendment invites additional lawsuits.
* Giving the general court an enumerated power of "full... authority to determine the... methods of raising... funding" puts all options on the table.

CACR5 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 19, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores the right of taxpayers to petition the courts for redress.

* Taxpayers have an inherent interest in seeing the most effective use of their money which funds state government. Therefore, they ought to have legal standing in any suit against the government which concerns disbursements from the treasury.
* In many cases unlawful actions by government officials have gone unchallenged for too long because of difficulty finding a plaintiff with standing. This bill better holds government accountable to the constitution and to the law.

HB102 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill defends open access to government in small towns. The non-germane amendment protects the right of property owners to build accessory dwelling units.

* If residents of a town make the effort to put an article on the warrant, they should have confidence that it will be acted on in the town meeting, and not ignored.
* Many NH residents are currently prevented by arduous zoning laws from building accessory dwelling units.
* The needs and demographics of NH residents are shifting. Accessory dwelling units make it possible for aging parents to live with adult children, elderly residents to retain their independence by obtaining live-in aid, and young adult children to share housing costs with parents.
* The right of property owners to make their own choices about their property should be respected. Increasing housing flexibility benefits everyone.

HB122 (Pro-Liberty / VETO OVERRIDDEN)

April 9, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibition on alcohol container labels referencing minors.

* HB 122 as amended repeals RSA 179:31, VII(a) which violates freedom of speech.
* This bill improves the current law on beer labels, which forbids any depiction of a minor no matter how innocent. The liquor commission would still be able to ban subject matter or illustrations that they determine is reasonably likely to induce minors to drink.
* The NHLA supports this bill, but is cautious about giving more discretion to regulators. Giving the commission the discretion to allow some artwork on labels also allows them to ban other artwork. How we exercise of our First Amendment rights shouldn't be decided by the liquor commission.

HB124 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases government transparency.

* This bill creates a more open, communicative adoption process for college readiness standards.
* Parents should have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the adoption of policies that affect the education of their children.

HB136 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 30, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on parental rights.

* It is not possible or appropriate for the state to mandate every aspect of responsible parenting.
* If this bill becomes law, a teen who needs photo-light therapy would have to use a dermatologist's office to treat seasonal affective disorder or other medical conditions - which would be much more expensive than the tanning salon.
* If this bill becomes law, a teenager who is seventeen could join the military (with parental consent) but would be banned from getting a tan.
* If this bill becomes law, a teenage woman could get an abortion without parental consent but would be banned from tanning.

March 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the rights and responsibilities of parents to make decisions about the well being of their children.

* Some teens need photo-light therapy, which they can currently get at a tanning salon. If this is banned, they would have to use a dermatologist's office, who would charge much more than the neighborhood tanning salon.
* It's not possible or appropriate for the government to mandate every aspect of responsible parenting.
* If this bill passes:
* A teenager who is seventeen could join the military (with parental consent) but would be banned from getting a tan. It would be possible to get a tan while deployed in Iraq but not at the tanning salon.
* A teenaged woman could get an abortion without parental consent but would be banned from tanning.
* A parent would be deprived of the opportunity to use good judgement & prohibit a child from tanning.

HB169 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow charitable casinos to offer a greater variety of games.

* The primary effect of this bill would be to allow charitable casinos to offer no-limit and pot-limit style poker games. These types of games are far more popular than alternatives. Without access to these games, many poker players must currently travel out of state to play the games they most enjoy.
* Currently, poker players can play no-limit and pot-limit, but only as part of a tournament. This bill would allow these types of games in a "cash" format, which allows players to leave at any time.
* People have a right to make their own choices with their own money. The fact that some problem gamblers exist does not justify limiting the freedom of all gamblers.

HB171 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will allow insurance companies to hold contests with payouts greater than $1000.

* Insurance producers should be able to market their services through contests, sweepstakes, raffles, or drawings and not be limited to an arbitrary amount.
* This bill will put insurance companies on equal footing with other companies already allowed to hold contests, sweepstakes, raffles, or drawings.

HB200 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows properly labeled food from local homestead farms to be sold at retail outlets.

* Easing restrictions on sale of farm goods at retail outlets makes it more possible for NH residents to partially support themselves sustainably through small-scale farming.
* This bill will allow NH consumers access to healthier and more unique options, and will result in higher availability of affordable, locally sourced food.

HB203 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows trusts and property owners greater control in choosing their representation in a court of law.

* If they so choose, trusts and owners have a right to be represented by an unlicensed individual, who may have intimate knowledge about the issues at hand.
* This law merely makes existing statute more consistent, by extending to trusts and property owners the same rights that are already granted to businesses.

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows trusts and property owners greater control in choosing their representation in a court of law.

* If they so choose, trusts and owners have a right to be represented by an unlicensed individual, who may have intimate knowledge about the issues at hand.
* This law merely makes existing statute more consistent, by extending to trusts and property owners the same rights that are already granted to businesses.

HB206 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires notification of a parent and respects their right to opt out.

* NAY on committee and floor amendments. Support the bill as passed by the House.
* Children should not be subjected to surveys and questionnaires that pry into non-academic, non-school related matter for the purpose of data gathering without parental notification.
* Requiring districts have an opt out policy is respectful of parental rights.
* Requiring districts to make surveys and questionnaires available to parents prior to distribution to students is good policy and consistent with federal law.

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as passed by the House, protects a parent's right to opt-out of their children's participation in non-academic surveys.

* NAY on Senate amendment #2015-1180s, which would turn this bill into a study committee.
* Children should not be subjected to surveys that pry into non-academic, non-school related matters for the purpose of data collection without parental notification.
* Parents have a right to be informed about surveys given to their children, and a right to opt out of surveys that they consider to be inappropriate.
* Requiring districts to make surveys and questionnaires available to parents prior to distribution to students is good policy and consistent with federal law.

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires notification of a parent and respects their right to opt out.

* Requiring districts have an opt out policy is respectful of parental rights.
* Children should not be subjected to surveys that pry into non-academic, non-school related matter for the purpose of data gathering without parental notification.
* Too many non-academic surveys and questionnaires are being given to students without parental notification.
* Requiring districts to make surveys and questionnaires available to parents prior to distribution to students is consistent with federal law.

HB208 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

June 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

By eliminating the existing rebate to residential ratepayers, the senate amendment increases a stealthy tax on NH electricity consumers.

* The NHLA supports HB208 as passed by the House, without Senate amendment #2015-1970s.
* Electric rates are already high in NH. Efficiency projects that are truly fiscally responsible can and will be funded by electricity consumers themselves. It is unfair to force all ratepayers to fund projects for specific consumers, whether private or governmental.
* Money raised through RGGI originally slated to support energy efficiency programs, instead was misappropriated into the general fund in 2010. Passage of the House version of this bill would prevent this from happening again.

Feb. 18, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended no longer repeals RGGI, instead it returns proceeds to ratepayers.

* By rebating all net proceeds to ratepayers, this bill eliminates a program that stealthily taxes all electricity consumers.
* Money raised through RGGI was originally slated to support energy efficiency programs. Millions of dollars collected from the program were instead misappropriated into the general fund in 2010.
* If funding is needed to supplement core energy reduction programs, Public Utilities Commission can authorize regulated electric utilities to increase System Benefit Charge (paid by rate payers), without State government being the middleman.

HB210 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill doubles the insurance requirement for some motorists.

* Requiring someone to purchase insurance for a couple of speeding tickets is excessive at $25,000 of liability coverage. This bill would increase that to as much as $100,000.
* This bill is unneeded. Uninsured motorist claims have been falling and NH already has below average percentages of uninsured motorists.

HB214 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill promotes police accountability.

* A police officer who, in the course of his or her official duties, is proven to have committed perjury, given a false statement, or tampered with or fabricated physical evidence is unfit for the job, & should be fired.
* Respect for police is undermined when corruption is tolerated, or defended.
* Allowing a corrupt and dishonest police officer to remain on the job threatens the safety and liberty of innocent people.

HB215 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 25, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would mandate 50 million dollars per year in state spending on school buildings.

* RSA 198:15-a, IV allows for up to 50 million dollars of school building aid grants. By changing that to require that at least 50 million be granted every year, excess spending & higher taxes would result.
* School enrollments have been falling year after year, and yet school budgets continue to increase. This unchecked spending increases already high property taxes, and further burdens the NH economy. Schools should be more, not less accountable, to reign in spending.
* With state building aid, local districts will fund more extravagant schools than they would if they had to pay the full cost themselves.

Feb. 18, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would mandate 50 million dollars per year in state spending on school buildings.

* RSA 198:15-a, IV allows for up to 50 million dollars of school building aid grants. By changing that to require that at least 50 million be granted every year, excess spending & higher taxes would result.
* School enrollments have been falling year after year, and yet school budgets continue to increase. This unchecked spending increases already high property taxes, and further burdens the NH economy. Schools should be more, not less accountable, to reign in spending.
* With state building aid, local districts will fund more extravagant schools than they would if they had to pay the full cost themselves.

HB216 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

May 14, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill incentivizes more numerous and expensive investigations by licensing and regulatory boards.

* Charging targets of investigations for the costs of the investigation could encourage numerous and expensive investigations of minor infractions.
* Passage of this provision would increase the likelihood of a board or commission to continue an investigation until they found some act of misconduct so that the licensee would have to pay the costs of the investigation.
* Charges for expensive investigations may be vastly exceed what is reasonable for the severity of the misconduct, in violation of part one article 18 of the NH constitution.
* NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous. In order to improve the NH economy, and encourage innovation of entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen licensing requirements and regulatory burdens.

April 9, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill incentivizes more numerous and expensive investigations by licensing and regulatory boards.

* Charging targets of investigations for the costs of the investigation could encourage numerous and expensive investigations of minor infractions.
* Passage of this provision would increase the likelihood of a board or commission to continue an investigation until they found some act of misconduct so that the licensee would have to pay the costs of the investigation.
* Charges for expensive investigations may be vastly exceed what is reasonable for the severity of the misconduct, in violation of part one article 18 of the NH constitution.
* NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous. In order to improve the NH economy, and encourage innovation of entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen licensing requirements and regulatory burdens.

HB219 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits gross misuse of taxpayer funds.

* It is wrong to force taxpayers to fund purchases of non-essential goods like tobacco, tattoos, or piercings.
* These bills are common sense. The recipients of taxpayer money, which is intended to help purchase basic necessities, should be prohibited from spending that money on non-essential goods and services.
* While it is not currently, nor will it ever be possible to detect all types of fraud, it is still important for the legislature to clarify that these clear abuses of taxpayer money are unlawful.

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits gross misuse of taxpayer funds.

* It is wrong to force taxpayers to fund gambling, or purchases of non-essential goods like tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, or adult entertainment.
* HB 216 is common sense. The recipients of taxpayer money, which is intended to help purchase basic necessities, should be prohibited from buying guns, porn, and tattoos with that money.
* While it is not currently, nor will it ever be possible to detect all instances of fraud, it is still important for the legislature to clarify that these clear abuses of taxpayer money are unlawful.

HB220 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the rights of condominium owners and workers.

* One size fits all legislation is bad public policy. Some associations are dozens of units; others may be 2 or 3 owners. Requiring expensive and time-consuming licenses and continuing-ed courses for tiny duplexes in remote, financially distressed locations is inappropriate.
* Condo owners have a right to make their own choices about who will manage their property.
* This bill is unneeded. Managers with a poor reputation or who cannot provide references won't be hired.

HB227 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of local residents to have a voice regarding eminent domain seizures of public land.

* Eminent domain seizures can affect the health and well being of the neighbors of the seized property. Neighboring residents should have a voice in the process.
* Public land belongs to the people of the municipality. Decisions regarding the use of public land should be made by the citizens in those municipalities.
* Lowering energy costs does not justify destroying the local environment, or taking public land without the consent of the people.

HB228 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes an unconstitutional statute that violates the first amendment.

* This bill repeals the entire section pertaining to showing a ballot (RSA 659:35) and references to other statutes regarding signage at the polling place, and is therefore more comprehensive than HB 404.
* The legislature doesn't need to wait for judicial action before rectifying an unconstitutional statute.
* There is no evidence to show that a problem exists in New Hampshire with citizens being coerced into showing their ballot. If someone attempts such a crime other statutes would be sufficient to prosecute.

HB241 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 18, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would further erode personal responsibility trying to micromanage bad behavior.

* This bill is unnecessary, there are already laws on the books that address reckless driving (RSA 265:79), and negligent driving (265:79-b).
* It is not possible nor appropriate to legislate common sense, by specifically prohibiting every possible cause of distraction. Should we next ban eating, talking, or applying makeup while driving?
* Bad drivers should be prosecuted for their demonstrated reckless or negligent behavior, not for something that has the mere potential to cause harmful behavior.
* This bill is also flawed in that it would be unenforceable (would police be able to see if you have a cat or small dog on your lap in the car?), and also because it does not address the perceived problem (It does not prohibit you from driving with a cat on your head, for example, only on your lap).

HB246 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes it an act of maladministration for a judge to deny or limit the right of the defense in criminal cases to fully inform the jury.

* The US Supreme Court ruled in 1895 that jurors "have the right to decide...all questions, whether of law or of fact", and RSA 519:23-a, states the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.
* This bill will hold judges accountable for denying jurors information necessary to carrying out their duties, which are an essential element of 'due process'. The Wentworth instruction alone (which suggests to jurors they have an option to acquit) is insufficient to inform jurors of their rights.

HB258 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill doubles the clerical fee for registering a vehicle.

* Instead increasing fees, which are already high, towns should look to better allocate existing funds.
* This is a double tax on citizens. Town clerks are already paid for their time through other taxes.
* Towns could reduce some of the expense of having clerks file registration documents if they offered residents the option to register online.

April 30, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill doubles the clerical fee for registering a vehicle.

* Instead increasing fees, which are already high, towns should look to better allocate existing funds.
* This is a double tax on citizens. Town clerks are already paid for their time through other taxes.
* Towns could reduce the expense of having clerks file registration documents if the registration process was online.

HB263 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill would ban local ordinances that unfairly punish sex offenders.

* New Hampshire courts have ruled that municipalities may not exile citizens, no matter how undesirable they may be.
* Allowing ex-offenders no convenient place to live makes it much more difficult for police and parole officers to track their whereabouts and keep the public safe against a possible re-offense.
* Released sex offenders have served their time and should not be punished twice for their crime.

HB267 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would compel the use of an E-verify type of federal database.

* Citizens and legal residents should not be required to obtain a permission slip to work.
* The NH legislature is responsible for determining labor law in New Hampshire; it should not surrender that responsibility to the federal government.
* The E-verify system has mistakenly prevented completely legal citizens from taking a job; the Social Security Administration itself reports that approximately 17.8 million of its files contain incorrect data, 12.7 million of which concern U.S. Citizens.

HB269 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows landlords to propose rental terms appropriate for their property.

* The bill makes the collection of first, last, and security permissive, NOT required, supporting the right to set mutually agreed upon terms in a private contract.
* This bill will help renters with bad credit and perhaps questionable references. A landlord might only allow such a potential tenant to rent with the additional months rent but reject him/her without it.
* Landlords would be able to keep rents lower if they can contain the losses from delinquent tenants.
* 41 out of 50 states allow security deposits of at least 2 months rent.

HB270 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects Good Samaritans from being charged with possession as a result of requesting medical help for a drug overdose.

* Fear of prosecution for drug possession discovered as a result of emergency personnel responding to overdose reports discourages people from calling for emergency medical help.
* Immunity from prosecution creates an incentive for bystanders to take responsible action that will help save lives. A person calling for medical help should not fear prosecution.
* Results from more than 30 other states with this law show that overdose deaths will be decreased without interfering with police work.
* Police in Massachusetts are championing the effects of their 911 immunity law where overdose deaths in were almost half as frequent, per capita, as in New Hampshire last year.
* Overdose deaths in NH have more than quadrupled since Good Samaritan legislation failed to pass the Senate in 2014. Many of those lives could have been saved had that bill passed. More will die without passage of this bill.

HB271 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows patients and family members access to life saving anti-overdose medication.

* The failed 'War on Drugs' has created a situation where last year alone, 100 people died due to heroin overdoses in NH. Many, perhaps most of these lives could have been saved if Naloxone or Narcan had been readily available and administered promptly.
* Those closest to a heroin user should be able to obtain this miracle medicine for use in case of overdose. Imagine a mother that is powerless to help her overdosing child as she waits for EMS when an immediate cure would have been available if only the state allowed her to have it.
* 27 States including Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut already have laws allowing access to Narcan for friends and family of those at risk.
* Restricting access to Narcan creates great harm and has no benefit, there is no danger of abuse or maladministration.
* This bill has zero cost to taxpayers.

HB290 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects land owners from liability when others use the land for recreation.

* Land owners who allow their property to be used for recreation should not fear lawsuits from people who voluntarily engage in risky outdoor activities.
* This bill could encourage more landowners to allow their land to be used for outdoor recreational activities, and expand NH's trail systems.
* This bill will help reduce frivolous lawsuits.

HB292 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows engineers and architects to take control of other people's private properties without the commensurate accountability.

* HB 292 specifically concerns judgements about the safety and structural integrity of buildings, both public and private.
* Legal recourse for private property owners must be protected. Under this bill, government officials can be shielded from liability by using 'volunteers' to take and control other people's property unfairly.
* Plumbers, electricians, and foresters that volunteer in an emergency are not exempted from liability. Exempting one specific class of individual, for one specific purpose, constitutes unequal protection.
* There is no need for this bill. Emergencies have been effectively handled for for hundreds of years in NH, without this law.

HB298 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows use of bait to take game animals during the existing open season.

* Helps hunters better control the conditions under which game is taken increasing safety for humans and reducing risk of suffering for the game animals.
* Clarifies existing legislative intent on the use of bait for taking game reducing the risk of loss of rights via executive action.

HB302 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides needed transparency and public feedback.

* There are no checks and balances prior to the submission of a federal grant application, only afterwards in terms of fiscal accountability. Open government requires transparency.
* These grant applications make multiple year commitments with the federal government, potentially restricting local control of school districts.
* There is no time to delay on this bill: the upcoming No Child Left Behind Waiver is a four year commitment starting in June 2015, not a two year commitment like the last NCLB Wavier, which introduced many controversial reforms without any transparency.

HB303 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the integrity of statewide assessments and requires written parental consent before any treatment by a school psychologist.

* Amendment simplifies bill to prohibit statewide assessments from asking dispositional questions, measuring student values, attitudes or beliefs, which is consistent with federal law.
* This bill helps restore trust and cooperation between parents and schools by providing basic assurances for the statewide assessments and school psychologists in an open and transparent manner.

HB315 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects a landlord's property rights.

* Under current law, a landlord cannot seek eviction even if a tenant has pets or additional persons on the property, in direct violation of the lease or rental agreement. This is a clear violation of the landlord's property rights.
* Good renters and tenants end up paying more to cover the costs incurred by bad renters and tenants. Better recognizing the rights of landlords to manage their own property leads to lower rental costs and overall cost of living.

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects a landlord's property rights.

* Under current law, a landlord cannot seek eviction even if a tenant has pets or additional persons on the property, in direct violation of the lease or rental agreement. This is a clear violation of the landlord's property rights.
* Good renters and tenants end up paying more to cover the costs incurred by bad renters and tenants. Better recognizing the rights of landlords to manage their own property leads to lower rental costs and overall cost of living.

HB323 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 21, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants legislative authority to the Department of Education commissioner to redesign the statewide assessment program.

* Legislation is not needed to designate the SATs for grade 11 as the statewide assessment. For over a decade no legislation was needed to designate the NECAPs or Smarter Balanced as statewide assessments.
* HB 323 was written to support the DOE commissioner's intention to transform the current statewide assessment program into a regional system of weekly K-12 PACE (Performance Assessment Competency Education) assessments administered by the Department of Education.
* The PACE pilot program has not demonstrated any evidence of success and has not been fully vetted by parents and teachers, including charter school parents and teachers.
* Support amendment 1752s. It is very narrowly written, specifying only the SATs as the high school assessment without any additional, unintended consequences. Amendment 1752s supports parent's rights and eliminates concerns that the commissioner will transform the statewide assessment program.

May 14, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants legislative authority to the Department of Education commissioner to redesign & regionalize the statewide assessment program.

* No legislation is needed to establish the SATs as the designated statewide assessment for grade 11. No legislation was ever needed to establish the NECAPs or Smarter Balanced as designated statewide assessments for over a decade. Legislation is only needed to transform the current statewide assessment program into a Regional system of weekly K-12 PACE (Performance Assessment Competency Education) assessments.
* The US ED approved two-year waiver on March 5, 2015 based upon commissioner's "intent" to transition all districts to a "single statewide system" using the PACE program anchored to Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors, which are aligned to Common Core.
* PACE does not reduce testing; it significantly increases testing and re-testing under its Department-approved "State Graduation Competency" K-12 pilot program from 7 end-of-year assessments to over 400 weekly mini-assessments.
* PACE is a Regionally-implemented and Regionally-scored assessment program under the direct control of the Department of Education.
* If the transition to PACE is unsuccessful, no federal funding will be lost; all districts simply revert back to the existing statewide system with Smarter Balanced assessments, where informed parents can refuse the tests.
* PACE integrates its assessments into the student's day-to-day work in opposition to state law, RSA 193-C:1 VI. This integration makes it impossible for parents to effectively refuse the Smarter Balanced mini-assessments. This integration undermines the mission, independence, and integrity of Charter School curricula and day-to-day operations.
* Requiring Departmental approval for weekly PACE assessment program violates RSA 193-H:5 "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to permit either the department of education or the state board of education to take control of the daily operations of any local public school."

May 7, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants legislative authority to the department to re-design and regionalize the statewide assessment program under the commissioner's control.

* The US Education Department approved a two year NCLB waiver on March 5, 2015 based upon the Commissioner's "intent" to transition all districts to Performance Assessment Competency Education (PACE), a single statewide system anchored to Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors, based on Common Core.
* PACE does not reduce testing; it significantly increases testing and re-testing under its Department- approved "State Graduation Competency" pilot program.
* PACE is a regionally-implemented and regionally-scored, yet supposedly "local" assessment system under the control of the Department, undermining districts.
* If the transition to PACE is unsuccessful, no federal funding will be lost; all districts simply revert back to the existing Statewide system with Smarter Balanced testing, where informed parents can refuse the tests.
* PACE integrates its assessments into the weekly curriculum in opposition to RSA 193-C:1 VI, making it impossible for parents to refuse these Smarter Balanced mini-assessments.
* Requiring Departmental approval for weekly PACE assessments violates RSA 193-H:5 "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to permit either the department of education or the state board of education to take control of the daily operations of any local public school."

HB332 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures transparency when controversial materials are used in school.

* Nay on committee amendment 1261s. YEA on floor amendment 1559s which requires a policy with a clear method of notification to parents.
* Ensures that parents can review controversial materials on the school website two weeks prior to their use in the classroom.
* Encouraging open communication between schools and parents builds trust and cooperation.
* This bill allows parents an opportunity to engage their children in conversations on sensitive issues before it's discussed in class.

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

The unamended bill ensures transparency when controversial materials are used.

* NAY on Senate amendment #2015-1261s. This amendment narrowly focuses blame on teachers when the principal or superintendent could be at fault. Violation of any school policy should automatically result in a reprimand. There is no need to micro-manage districts.
* This bill ensures that parents can review controversial materials on the school website two weeks prior to their use in the classroom, allowing parents an opportunity to engage their children in conversations on sensitive issues.
* Encouraging open communication between schools and parents builds trust and cooperation.

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill insures transparency when controversial materials are used in school.

* Insures that parents can review controversial materials on the school website two weeks prior to their use in the classroom.
* Encouraging open communication between schools and parents builds trust and cooperation.
* This bill also allows parents an opportunity to engage their children in conversations on sensitive issues.

HB336 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for crossbow seasons for various game animals and birds.

* Sportsmen should have the freedom to use the hunting weapons of their preference.
* Crossbow hunting is no less safe or effective than other forms of hunting.
* This bill makes current hunting law more consistent, by eliminating an arbitrary restriction on the use of crossbows for large game other than deer.

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for crossbow seasons for various game animals and birds.

* Crossbow hunting is no less safe or effective than other forms of hunting.
* This bill makes current hunting law more consistent, by eliminating an arbitrary restriction on the use of crossbows for large game other than deer

HB343 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

The state should not mandate content on websites of private organizations.

* Forcing organizations to publish personal information of board members online raises real privacy and safety concerns.
* The information this bill seeks to publish is already available through the Secretary of State.

HB346 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill goes too far in expanding background checks on school employees & volunteers.

* Expanding background checks from criminal offenses to any offense is recklessly broad. A person convicted of giving a haircut without a license will no longer be eligible to work in a school cafeteria or on a school bus.

HB349 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would further impose restrictions on other people's property.

* This bill creates buffer zones around every wetland in the state, taking private property with no compensation.
* The method of determining buffer size looks scientific, but it is actually subjective and open to interpretation.
* This process would create a larger, more complex bureaucracy within Department of Environmental Services, funded by fees on development.

HB365 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would limit employers' hiring practices.

* Government should not be interfering in or dictating businesses' hiring practices.
* This would increase the risks involved in hiring, making firms more reluctant to expand or create new jobs. Like many other well-intentioned measures this could result in detrimental effects on the people it seeks to help.
* This bill is attempting to address a perceived problem, not a real one. Only 13% of employers conduct credit checks on all applicants, while 47% do for certain jobs - typically for senior personnel in critical positions.

HB381 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes allows liquor manufacturers to receive on-premises licenses.

* This bill makes the law more consistent between breweries, wineries, and liquor manufacturers.
* Local artisan distilleries are a growth industry for NH, creating jobs, increasing tourism, and enhancing overall quality of life for NH residents. This bill helps New Hampshire businesses.
* The property rights of liquor manufacturers to choose to open a restaurant or bar should be protected.

HB383 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

June 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would be used to expand a state administered vaccine registry.

* This bill changes the registry from opt-in to opt-out, burdening patients to take action to protect their vaccination records from being collected by the government.
* The burden MUST be on the state to obtain permission to collect vaccination data, not on individuals to fight to maintain their privacy.
* This bill fails to create policies to fully inform citizens on how or when all of their immunizations may be subsequently tracked without their knowledge or consent, if they do not choose to opt-out of the registry.
* Despite legislative efforts to the contrary, a registry would allow the state to place those who refuse vaccines on a list which could subsequently be used for discriminatory purposes. For example, in many states with vaccine registries, health care providers have used the registry to refuse care for children based on the fact that they are not immunized.
* Any time private information is collected and shared, there is inherent risk of a security breach.
* This is a matter for private health care providers. There is no need for the state to track private medical records.
* There is no need for this bill, or for a government registry. 97% of school children already receive vaccines, the remaining 3% have medical or religious exemptions.

HB387 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 18, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill would unburden NH citizens of unnecessary annual automobile expenses.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another six states require only biennial inspections.
* According to the Department of Transportation, only 1.2% of accidents are caused by a problem with the vehicle itself, leading to loss of control. The same study found that in only 6.8% of accidents was vehicle condition a factor at all, of which almost all were cases of tire/wheel damage (e.g. vehicle runs over a nail). Most accidents are caused by driver error or negligence.
* Yearly inspections are a special hardship on those with older vehicles and lower incomes, who often need the vehicle in order to get to work. Vehicles often fail for causes that have no material impact on safety. Biennial inspections will save these vehicle owners money they desperately need, and cost the state nothing.

HB391 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase taxes.

* The collection method in this bill is complex, inaccurate and imposes costs on businesses.
* Lower income residents disproportionately use prepaid cell phones (e.g. a poll by Opinion Research Corporation showed 65 percent of those who relied on just a prepaid cell phone had household incomes less than $35,000). This tax would be regressive, raising the costs of prepaid cell cards for the most financially vulnerable.
* Many prepaid cell customers who are NH residents do not have a NH area code, and many who reside outside the state do have a NH area code cell number.

May 14, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase taxes.

* The collection method in this bill is complex, inaccurate, and imposes costs on businesses.
* Lower income residents disproportionately use prepaid cell phones (e.g. a poll by Opinion Research Corporation showed 65 percent of those who relied on just a prepaid cell phone had household incomes less than $35,000). This tax would be regressive, raising the costs of prepaid cell cards for the most financially vulnerable.
* This tax is difficult to enforce. Many NH residents do not have a NH cell number. Prepaid cards can be purchased out of state or online to avoid this new tax and would hurt local NH retailers.

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase taxes.

* The collection method in this bill is complex, inaccurate and imposes costs on businesses.
* Lower income residents disproportionately use prepaid cell phones (e.g. a poll by Opinion Research
* Corporation showed 65 percent of those who relied on just a prepaid cell phone had household incomes less than $35,000). This tax would be regressive, raising the costs of prepaid cell cards for the most financially vulnerable
* This tax is difficult to enforce. Many NH residents do not have a NH cell number.

HB392 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a state minimum wage with automatic increases for inflation.

* This bill would increase wages automatically with inflation but it does not allow for reduction of wages due to deflation.
* This bill is similar to HB 684. Please see bullet points below.

HB403 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores freedom of speech on public ways or sidewalks.

* Freedom of speech should not be restricted on public land paid for by taxpayers.
* The current law is unconstitutional and will cost the state too much to enforce.
* An almost identical Massachusetts law was struck down as unconstitutional by all 9 Supreme Court justices last summer. The plaintiffs in that case were awarded $1.24 million in legal fees.
* A vote against repeal is a vote to charge taxpayers for an expensive lawsuit the state is expected to lose.

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores freedom of speech on public ways or sidewalks.

* Freedom of speech should not be restricted on public land paid for by taxpayers.
* The current law is unconstitutional and will cost the state too much to enforce.
* An almost identical Massachusetts law was struck down as unconstitutional by all 9 Supreme Court justices last summer. The plaintiffs in that case were awarded $1.24 million in legal fees.
* A vote against repeal is a vote to charge taxpayers for an expensive lawsuit the state is expected to lose.

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores freedom of speech on public ways or sidewalks.

* Freedom of speech should not be restricted on public land paid for by taxpayers.
* The current law is unconstitutional and will cost the state too much money in enforcement.

HB404 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes an unconstitutional statute that violates the first amendment.

* The legislature doesn't need to wait for judicial action before rectifying an unconstitutional statute.
* There is no evidence to show that a problem exists in New Hampshire with citizens being coerced into showing their ballot. If someone attempts such a crime other statutes would be sufficient to prosecute.
* This bill creates a maximum penalty for unlawfully showing a ballot to be no more than ten dollars.

HB407 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill is an important first step towards halting the militarization of police forces in New Hampshire.

* Under the USDLA 1033 program, NH counties, cities, and towns have received over six million dollars worth of military grade rifles, armored trucks and personnel carriers, a grenade launcher, and more. In many cases, these acquisitions have been made over the objections of local voters.
* The use of military forces domestically is prohibited, however, since 2001 the line separating the military from the police has become increasingly blurred. The spirit of Posse Comitatus is undermined when police (many of whom are veterans with recent combat experience overseas) are provided with many of the same types of weapons and vehicles at home that were used in the invasion and occupation of Iraq or Afghanistan.
* Police should be peace officers, primarily tasked with de-escalating situations, and protecting life. Militarization can create a dangerous change in police mentality, which can come to view citizens as enemies to confront with overwhelming force.

Feb. 18, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill would stop the militarization of our police forces in New Hampshire.

* Under the USDLA 1033 program, NH counties, cities, and towns have received over six million dollars worth of military grade rifles, armored trucks and personnel carriers, a grenade launcher, and more. In many cases, these acquisitions have been made over the objections of local voters.
* The use of military forces domestically is prohibited, however, since 2001 the line separating the military from the police has become increasingly blurred. The spirit of Posse Comitatus is undermined when police (many of whom are veterans with recent combat experience overseas) are provided with many of the same types of weapons and vehicles at home that were used in the invasion and occupation of Iraq or Afghanistan.
* Police should be peace officers, primarily tasked with de-escalating situations, and protecting life. Militarization can create a dangerous change in police mentality, which can come to view citizens as enemies to confront with overwhelming force.
* Tools shape our thinking. When military hardware is readily available a tendency exists to think of ways to use it. For someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

HB409 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on fuel producers and consumers' right to choose use ethanol.

* This bill creates a new prohibition on an entirely legal and ethical product.
* This bill will harm the related businesses which manufacture and sell ethanol blended gasoline including many small and family-owned gas stations.
* The bill discriminatorily only bans corn-based products, not all ethanol additives. Banning manufacture & sale of only corn-based ethanol creates an artificial preference for ethanol produced from other sources.
* 0% corn ethanol gasoline is not widely consumed in New England. Passage of HB409 would cause a significant increase in fuel costs for NH consumers.

HB410 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibition on the sale of organs for transplant.

* An average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs (organdonor.gov)
* Humans own their bodies and should be allowed to make reasonable choices about what happens to them after they die.
* Allowing for the possibility of a financial incentive for donations that will occur after death will save lives.

HB413 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would expand occupational licensing.

* An "occupational license" is just that—government permission to work in a particular field. Gainful employment requires a worker to convince a prospective employer or potential customer of their value. This bill requires convincing the government.
* The consumers of occupationally licensed services derive no determinable benefit for the added cost.
* Barriers like these make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs.

HB426 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows adults the freedom to choose responsible cell phone use while driving.

* Studies show that bans on use of handheld devices while driving have no effect on accident rates.
* Handheld phone bans will cause some drivers to hide their phone use, by placing the phone in their lap and taking their eyes off the road longer, which is far more dangerous.
* The current ban overreaches. It doesn't allow for using a phone while stopped in traffic or at a red light.

HB427 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill implements an extensive list of burdensome new regulations.

* Such a long list of changes should be more thoroughly vetted to look for unintended consequences.
* This legislation is likely to cost taxpayers large sums of money in the near term and indefinitely into the future, both through added costs related to public infrastructure and in construction of private buildings.

HB439 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes statutes that discriminate between religious denominations and allows increased charitable donations.

* Removes the antiquated power of incorporated churches to levy property taxes.
* Removes inequities between certain denominations and unincorporated churches in regard to donation limits, property ownership, and business practices.

HB445 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

A game of skill should not be falsely defined as gambling simply to maintain a source of revenue for the state.

* Poker is demonstrably a game of skill, mathematical studies over millions of hands played online have established this beyond a reasonable doubt.
* It is currently a felony to organize a poker game & a misdemeanor to play poker in your own home.
* Poker is not a crime and should be treated just like other games of skill, just like bridge, euchre, etc.

HB446 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows terminally ill people to have more options in their treatment.

* The FDA drug approval process often takes many years. This is time that terminal patients do not have.
* HB 446 is very limited in its scope. In order to be eligible, a patient must have a condition for which no FDA approved treatment is available, & the risk associated with the treatment must be less than the underlying condition.
* It is immoral and unjust for the state to stand between a terminal patient and a life saving treatment.

HB463 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves oversight of state administrative agencies.

* The legislative budget assistant needs certain information in order to conduct effective performance and fiscal audits.
* Administrative agencies' refusal to provide the legislative budget assistant with needed documents makes effective oversight difficult or impossible. HB 463 helps correct this problem.
* HB463/A does not require disclosure of HIPAA protected information, or other individually identifiable medical information.

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves oversight of state administrative agencies.

* The legislative budge assistant needs the necessary information to conduct performance and fiscal audits.
* Administrative agencies' refusal to provide the legislative budget assistant with needed documents makes effective oversight difficult or impossible. HB 463 helps correct this problem.
* HB463/A does not require disclosure of HIPAA protected information, or other individually identifiable medical information.

HB468 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will prohibit government agencies from tracking the location of citizens without a warrant.

* HB468 comports with part one article 19 of the NH Constitution and the fourth amendment to the US Constitution.
* HB468 defends the privacy rights of NH residents, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge based on probable cause.
* Technology has enabled some agencies in the U.S. to intercept cell phone signals and track citizens secretly, without oversight. This bill would prevent that from happening in NH.

June 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will prohibit government agencies from tracking the location of citizens without a warrant.

* HB468 comports with part one article 19 of the NH Constitution and the fourth amendment to the US Constitution.
* HB468 defends the privacy rights of NH citizens, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge based on probable cause.
* Technology has enabled some agencies in the U.S. to intercept cell phone signals and track citizens secretly, without oversight. This bill would prevent that from happening in NH.

May 28, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will prohibit government agencies from tracking the location of citizens without a warrant.

* HB468 comports with part one article 19 of the NH Constitution and the fourth amendment to the US Constitution.
* HB468 defends the privacy rights of NH citizens, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge based on probable cause.
* Technology has enabled some agencies in the U.S. to intercept cell phone signals and track citizens secretly, without oversight. This bill would prevent that from happening in NH.

May 21, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will prohibit government agencies from tracking the location of citizens without a warrant.

* HB468 comports with part one article 19 of the NH Constitution and the fourth amendment to the US Constitution.
* HB468 defends the privacy rights of NH residents, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge based on probable cause.
* Technology has enabled some agencies in the U.S. to intercept cell phone signals and track citizens secretly, without oversight. This bill would prevent that from happening in NH.

March 25, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will prohibit government agencies from tracking the location of citizens without a warrant.

* HB468 comports with part one article 19 of the NH constitution and the fourth amendment to the US constitution.
* HB468 defends the privacy rights of NH residents, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge based on probable cause
* Technology has enabled some police departments in the U.S. to intercept cell phone signals and track citizens secretly, without any oversight. This bill would prevent that from happening in NH.

HB469 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill goes too far by restricting the rights of private persons to photograph.

* This bill makes photography (and videography) a crime in certain common scenarios.
* This bill would make it a crime to use common geo-location features found on smart phones.
* The NHLA would support an amendment that would apply this bill to state agencies only, removing the reference to "nor any person".

HB470 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to instruct juries on their right to nullification, and allows defendants to explain this right to the jury.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries, it simply provides mechanisms for them to be informed and educated on their longstanding rights to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* Opposition to this bill stems from a misunderstanding of what jury nullification is.
* To nullify is to make legally null and void, it is a negative, a veto on an action taken by the government. There is no way that a jury exercising their right to nullify could result in a guilty verdict.
* Governments are not perfect, jury nullification is a well established check and balance on overzealous, corrupt, or imprudent legislatures, law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts.

HB476 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of patients with certain serious illnesses to obtain the medicine they need.

* This bill will help patients who are suffering get treatment and relief.
* Bureaucrats and politicians should not stand between patients and doctors in determining courses of treatment.
* Natural cannabis has demonstrable medical benefits as a treatment to certain symptoms and diseases, that no other drug (including synthetic alternatives) can match.

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of patients with certain serious illnesses to obtain the medicine they need.

* This bill will help patients who are suffering get treatment and relief.
* Bureaucrats and politicians should not get between patients and doctors in determining courses of treatment.
* Natural cannabis has demonstrable medical benefits as a treatment to certain symptoms and diseases, that no other drug (including synthetic alternatives) can match.

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of patients with certain serious illnesses to obtain the medicine they need.

* This bill will help patients who are suffering get treatment and relief.
* Bureaucrats and politicians should not get between patients and doctors in determining courses of treatment.
* Natural cannabis has demonstrable medical benefits as a treatment to certain symptoms and diseases, that no other drug (including synthetics) can match.

HB486 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow for additional taxes.

* This bill would be used to further raise taxes on people who are already struggling to pay property taxes, by allowing the majority of their neighbors to create special taxing districts for improvements.
* Could create a double tax for municipal services that are already being paid for, but not received.
* There is no requirement that all residents receive notice of a proposed district during the collection of signatures or the submission of an "improvement plan". The first residents and owners may hear of a proposed plan is when receiving notice of the hearing, putting those who might propose an alternative at a significant disadvantage.

May 28, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow for additional taxes.

* This bill would be used to further raise taxes on people who are already struggling to pay property taxes, by allowing the majority of their neighbors to create special taxing districts for improvements.
* Could create a double tax for municipal services that are already being paid for, but not received.
* There is no requirement that all residents receive notice of a proposed district during the collection of signatures or the submission of an "improvement plan". The first residents and owners may hear of a proposed plan is when receiving notice of the hearing, putting those who might propose an alternative at a significant disadvantage.

May 21, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow for additional taxes.

* This bill would be used to further raise taxes on people who are already struggling to pay property taxes, by allowing the majority of their neighbors to create special taxing districts for improvements.
* Could create a double tax for municipal services that are already being paid for, but not received.
* There is no requirement that all residents receive notice of a proposed district during the collection of signatures or the submission of an "improvement plan". The first residents and owners may hear of a proposed plan is when receiving notice of the hearing, putting those who would seek to oppose a plan at a significant disadvantage.

May 14, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow for additional taxes.

* This bill would be used to further raise taxes on people who are already struggling to pay property taxes, by allowing the majority of their neighbors to create special taxing districts for improvements.
* Could create a double tax for municipal services that are already being paid for, but not received.
* There is no requirement that all residents receive notice of a proposed district during the collection of signatures or the submission of an "improvement plan". The first residents and owners may hear of a proposed plan is when receiving notice of the hearing, putting those who would seek to oppose a plan at a significant disadvantage.

HB490 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill restricts our freedom to enjoy firework displays featuring aerial shells.

* Irresponsible behavior of a few people does not justify depriving everyone of their liberty to use and enjoy all manner of fireworks.
* These items are available in Maine, which is where New Hampshire residents will have to go to get them.

HB492 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands special privileges granted to government employees to veterans.

* YEA on floor amendment to HB492, repealing RSA 644:13
* Veterans and military re-enactors should be allowed to discharge firearms for commemorative events and celebrations, however they should not be given special exemptions from the law to do so.
* Floor amendment to repeal RSA 644:13 would allow all citizens to commemorate and celebrate holidays, funerals, etc. with the discharge of firearms without special permission from the police.

HB494 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates an unnecessary and harmful prohibition on industrial hemp.

* Industrial hemp is completely non-psychoactive and not useful as a recreational drug. There is zero risk of abuse.
* Hemp is easy to distinguish from its cousin visually by the layperson. Law enforcement would have no trouble enforcing the prohibition on marijuana if hemp were brought back into production in NH.
* Hemp is a versatile crop, with a long and proud history of cultivation in NH, from early colonial times, through the early 20th century. In modern times it has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction, body products, health food, and bio-fuel.
* U.S. retail sales are estimated to exceed $350 million annually. The U.S. market for hemp clothing and textiles is approximated at $100 million annually. Currently, hemp products are imported from Canadian farmers, where it is a major crop (over 66,000 acres in 2013).
* Allowing industrial hemp production in NH would spur agriculture here, rather than continuing to ship jobs to Canada.
* 13 states already have passed bills allowing hemp as a commercial crop, including Vermont and Maine. 7 others allow it to be grown for academic or research purposes.

HB534 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 9, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases government transparency.

* Fiscal responsibility requires representatives to have accurate and timely knowledge about spending by government entities, including the Housing Finance Authority.
* Requiring the disclosure of terms and conditions of loans or grants to municipalities helps prevent misunderstanding, and helps ensure local authorities are fully informed.

HB543 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes unfair mandates on how electricity must be produced.

* Electricity costs are already very high in NH. Current law exacerbates this problem by mandating that electricity be produced using expensive energy sources.
* HB 543 recognizes the property rights of energy producers and consumers.

HB548 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands federal government interference in what should be a private health care market serving the citizens of New Hampshire.

* Health care reform is a federal government takeover of health insurance that forces citizens to buy health insurance and manages health coverage decisions centrally via a federal bureaucracy.
* If New Hampshire adopts the federal exchange as a state exchange, the state will have accepted the unconstitutional terms of healthcare reform.

HB551 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill attempts to expand the reach of the business profits tax.

* This bill greatly complicates the tax code, increasing both governmental bureaucratic overhead, and business regulatory compliance cost.
* We should be working to make NH more business friendly, not less so.

HB554 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 30, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill offers more choices to NH consumers, and helps NH retailers compete.

* This bill would allow the sale of growlers in restaurants, beer stores, and supermarkets. Sales of growlers are currently only allowed by nano-breweries, brewpubs, and beverage manufacturers.
* Some beers are only available through keg purchases. This bill will allow NH residents access to craft beers that are not readily available.
* 35 states, including Massachusetts and Vermont, already allow growler sales under a retail license.
* This bill will allow New Hampshire businesses to offer products that their customers want.

HB559 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 30, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would penalize out-of-state companies with fleets of vehicles for doing business in New Hampshire.

* This will increase the cost to do business in NH and may force car and truck rental companies out of NH. Businesses routinely register their entire fleet in one state for easier accounting and to save money. Under this bill companies would be required to register their vehicles in NH instead of where it is most advantageous and economical for them to do so.
* This bill is largely unenforceable and the cost to attempt enforcement would outweigh the increase in revenue from registrations. We shouldn't have unenforceable laws on the books.
* This bill was requested by the Department of Safety to target ambulance companies. Enforcement of existing laws requiring a license to operate an ambulance would make this bill unnecessary.

HB572 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the rights of property owners whose land is being taken by eminent domain.

* Under current law, companies taking private land for the development of a high pressure pipeline may only take land to be used for the pipeline, without compensating owners for damage to the value and usability of property immediately adjacent to the pipeline. This bill would provide at least some protection to homeowners against this unfair practice.
* If companies wish to acquire land for the construction of a high pressure gas pipeline, they should acquire it from property owners on a consensual basis, not using force via eminent domain.

HB577 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 28, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would lead to massive new spending and involve government in the private finances of thousands of families.

* This type of program can and should be accomplished by private charities, either in coordination with each other or individually. It is inappropriate to use taxation and the state bureaucracy to fund or establish such a program.
* No restrictions are specified by the bill on the use of these funds. Will funds be available only for tuition? For any purpose at all? Can funds be withdrawn and spent by parents?
* This bill which would require spending $30,000 to hire someone to disperse $65,000 to students in its first year is a ridiculously inefficient use of taxpayer funds.
* The NHLA is not taking a position on the non-germane amendment relative to the bonding authority of the city of Dover.

April 30, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would lead to massive new spending and involve government in the private finances of thousands of families.

* This type of program can and should be accomplished by private charities, either in coordination with each other or individually. It is inappropriate to use taxation and the state bureaucracy to fund or establish such a program.
* No restrictions are specified by the bill on the use of these funds. Will funds be available only for tuition? For any purpose at all? Can funds be withdrawn and spent by parents?
* This bill which would require spending $30,000 to hire someone to disperse $65,000 to students in its first year is a ridiculously inefficient use of taxpayer funds.
* The NHLA is not taking a position on the non-germane amendment relative to the bonding authority of the city of Dover.

HB578 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill addresses unconstitutional state downshifting of costs to local districts.

* This bill affirms P1, Art. 28-a of the NH Constitution, which prohibits the state from downshifting costs onto school districts. This constitutional provision has been ignored for the most part by the state.
* This bill is a reminder to the legislature that it must either find funds to cover all the current federal and state mandates, or eliminate these mandates.

HB593 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for the ill to receive the medicine they need sooner.

* Despite passage of a medical marijuana law in 2013, patients suffering from debilitating illnesses are still committing a crime if they possess cannabis in N.H. Although it is hoped that a dispensary will open later this year, there is no guarantee that will happen, and in other states the process has been beset by delays. So far, states with "dispensary-only" laws have not been able to meet the needs of patients.
* This bill would allow patients to grow up to two mature plants until a dispensary opens near their residence. This would be a far more restrictive policy than the home cultivation provisions in Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and it is the least New Hampshire can do for patients who can't afford to wait for dispensaries — or who will not be able to access them conveniently once they are open.

HB597 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would criminalize behavior in normal everyday social situations.

* Infants are not excluded in this bill which defines a victim only as a "child who is less than the age of 16." A parent bathing with their infant or changing clothes in the infant’s presence could become perpetrators of a class B felony.
* This bill defines the potential perpetrator simply as "person" without regard to age. This means other children could become perpetrators in some situations such as the high school shower or other public locker room, and young siblings bathing together would be both perpetrators and victims.
* Current statute qualifies the violation of “exposure of his or her genitals” by requiring "circumstances which he or she should know will likely cause affront or alarm." This new felony has no such qualification and could lead to unreasonable prosecutions.
* RSA 645:1-II(b) Makes it a felony to send lewd images to a child under sixteen. This statute targets specific behavior that is almost always sexual or even predatory. The committee hopes this bill will create consistency with this statute but does not anticipate the innocent behavior that could become felonious if this bill were to pass.

HB600 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill forces businesses to pay sick leave compensation.

* The fiscal note exemplifies the huge financial impact this law would have on ALL businesses.
* When deciding which states to expand in or to, this legislation would count as a mark against NH.
* There are no federal legal requirements for paid sick leave. Connecticut is the only state to force employers to provide mandatory paid sick leave.

HB603 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Sept. 16, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects parents' right to refuse state assessments for their child.

* This is a bipartisan issue with significant impact on all NH families. Both Nashua and Manchester high schools experienced a refusal rate of over 50%.
* Parents' rights should not be compromised over deliberate misunderstandings of NCLB, and scare tactics that threaten a loss of federal funding. Seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and California) already have opt-out provisions. No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates, nor over opt out provisions.
* This bill is necessary to refute the Commissioner's Technical Advisories which school districts are inappropriately using to trample parents' rights.
* This bill makes it clear that there is no penalty for students exempted by parents from statewide assessments.

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to refuse state assessments for their child.

* This is a bipartisan issue with significant impact on all NH families. Both Nashua and Manchester high schools experienced a refusal rate of over 50%.
* Parent's rights should not be compromised in order to obtain federal funds.
* No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates.
* This bill is necessary to refute the Commissioner's Technical Advisories which school districts are inappropriately using to trample parents' rights.
* This bill makes it clear that there is no penalty for students exempted by parents from statewide assessments.

May 14, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to refuse state assessments for their child.

* This bill makes it clear that there is no penalty for students exempted by parents from statewide assessments.
* This bill is necessary to refute the Commissioner's Technical Advisories which school districts are inappropriately using to bully and intimidate parents.
* No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates.
* Parents' rights should not be compromised in order to chase federal dollars.

May 7, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to refuse state assessments for their child.

* This bill makes it clear that there is no penalty for students exempted by parents from statewide assessments.
* The bill as amended by the House fails to address student privacy. Only the original bill prevents the public from obtaining parent refusal information under the Right to Know law.
* This bill is necessary to refute the Commissioner's Technical Advisories which school districts are inappropriately using to trample parents' rights.
* No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates.
* Parents' rights should not be compromised in order to obtain federal dollars.

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to refuse state assessments for their child.

* This bill makes it clear that there is no penalty for students exempted by parents from statewide assessments. Neither the department of education nor the state board of education may impose any penalty upon districts with corresponding lower participation rates.
* Both amendments listed in the House calendar fail to address student privacy. Only the original bill prevents the public from obtaining student refusal forms under the Right to Know law.
* This bill is necessary to refute the Commissioner of Education's Technical Advisories which school districts are mistakenly using to trample parents' rights.

HB606 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces fees for citizens and makes government more accessible.

* This will encourage people to ask for electronic copies of documents which will reduce government costs and lower fees to citizens.
* Government should be accessible to everyone, not just those who can pay the fees.

HB618 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

June 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill brings New Hampshire slightly closer to a responsible drug policy.

* The N.H. Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense," but our state's penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and they are far more severe than those found in other New England states.
* Currently, N.H. treats all marijuana possession as a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. This bill would reduce the penalty for possessing up to one-half ounce of marijuana to a violation bringing it more closely into line with the more sensible policies of our neighboring states.
* Vermont passed a similar law in 2013; it led to an 80% reduction in criminal marijuana cases the following year. With fewer possession cases, police and prosecutors are free to spend their time solving crimes where innocent people have been victimized.
* There is no evidence that reducing marijuana penalties has led to negative outcomes in the 19 states where it has been tried. This reform is long overdue in New Hampshire.

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill brings New Hampshire slightly closer to a responsible drug policy.

* The N.H. Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense," but our state's penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and they are far more severe than those found in other New England states.
* Currently, N.H. treats all marijuana possession as a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. This bill would reduce the penalty for possessing up to one-half ounce of marijuana to a violation bringing it more closely into line with the more sensible policies of our neighboring states.
* Vermont passed a similar law in 2013; it led to an 80% reduction in criminal marijuana cases the following year. With fewer possession cases, police and prosecutors are free to spend their time solving crimes where innocent people have been victimized.
* There is no evidence that reducing marijuana penalties has led to negative outcomes in the 19 states where it has been tried. This reform is long overdue in New Hampshire.

HB638 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill resurrects an inefficient redistributive program.

* The department of HHS asserts that the reinstitution of this program would imply hiring an additional administrator at a cost of $75,000 per year.
* The last two years the catastrophic illness program operated, it expended only $107-122K per year, implying a very wasteful ratio of disbursements to overhead.

HB646 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill discourages transparency by allowing higher fees for 91-A requests.

* This puts an unnecessary barrier between citizens and their government. Government should be open and accessible per Part 1 Article 8 of the NH Constitution. Public records belong to the people, and their access should not be restricted.
* Municipalities worried about the high cost of 91-A requests should innovate and make all public information available online without waiting for a request.
* This is a double tax on taxpayers. The officials are already compensated for their time, this bill would allow municipalities to profit from requests for information that should be free for everyone.
* There is no provisions in this bill for refunds if the records search happens to be quicker than anticipated.

HB650 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes all firearms transactions subject to criminal background checks via the national Instance Criminal Background Check System.

* Definition of "commercial sales" unclear in this bill. Federal firearms law already defines who may legally purchase, own and sell firearms.
* Removal of term "federally" from "federally-licensed firearm dealer" opens the door for future restrictions on licensing at local levels.
* This bill perpetuates the "gun show loophole" myth.

HB660 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill lessens the regulatory burden on small farmstands.

* Lowering barriers to entry would mean more people could afford to support themselves sustainably through small-scale farming and would result in higher availability of affordable, locally sourced food.
* This would allow citizens with a passion for local food production to venture into a business that would provide their communities with healthier and more unique options while requiring a much smaller initial capital investment.
* Increases local employment opportunities by not only lowering the cost of starting a small business but also lowering the cost of hiring employees

HB665 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the nomination requirement to 1/10th of 1% or about 600 signatures.

* Protects the rights of minor party and independent candidates by allowing them an easier path to the ballot.
* Potentially gives voters more choice on election day
* Protects freedom of association by allowing candidates to run under the label they choose, instead of feeling forced to run as a candidate of a major party

HB669 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill will improve transparency about the militarization of police in NH.

* The public's right to transparency is recognized by Part 1 Article 8 of the NH constitution.
* Much of the data required by this bill is already readily available to law enforcement agencies. Reporting requirements are not arduous.
* The public has a right to know about the presence and use of military equipment in our cities.

HB673 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would have the state take private property during every sales transaction.

* New Hampshire should be seeking to spur job growth by reducing the tax and regulatory burden on NH residents. This bill does the opposite.
* The "New Hampshire Advantage" exists because of our long tradition of fiscal restraint and low taxes. This bill is contrary to that tradition and would stifle our economy.

HB681 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make getting permission to be married more expensive.

* Section 2 unfairly penalizes peaceful people, who choose to marry, for the violent actions of others.
* Taking money from domestic violence abusers is one thing, but this bill also takes money from completely innocent couples.
* This is not a user-fee. Should car registration fees pay for road-rage therapy or a beer tax pay for Alcoholics Anonymous?

May 14, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make getting permission to be married more expensive.

* Unfairly penalizes peaceful people, who choose to marry, for the violent actions of others.
* It would be more appropriate for domestic violence perpetrators to fund prevention programs, not innocent couples.
* This is not a user-fee. Should car registration fees pay for road-rage therapy or dog license fees pay for the K-9 Unit?

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make getting permission to be married more expensive.

* Unfairly penalizes peaceful people who choose to marry because the violent actions of others.
* It would be more appropriate for domestic violence perpetrators to fund prevention programs, not innocent couples.
* This is not a user-fee. Should car registration fees pay for road-rage therapy or a boat license pay for flood control?

HB683 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes unneeded licensing requirements on buyers of precious metals.

* This is not just an imposition on cash for gold businesses. Many other small businesses such as consignment and coin shops trade in gold or silver as well.
* Cities and towns already have the ability to regulate businesses buying precious metals, if they so choose.

HB684 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a state minimum wage.

* Employers and employees should be free to negotiate the terms of employment without interference.
* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to get their start in the workforce.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation - more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.
* The very idea of a minimum wage is patronizing and demeaning as it implies that citizens don't know how much they're worth and are incapable of negotiating with an employer.

HB685 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 11, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce future federal firearms legislation.

* This bill comports with article 7 of the NH constitution, the 10th amendment to the federal constitution, and the recent supreme court case Printz v. US, when it ruled: "the federal government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the states' officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program".
* It is not appropriate to use NH law enforcement and NH taxpayer dollars to enforce federal gun laws. NH law enforcement resources should focus on NH state law.
* The state of NH should not participate in any future federal abridgments of NH residents' inherent right to self defense.

HB686 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 18, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would enforce a government-run monopoly on healthcare.

* Vermont recently abandoned a similar big government program, with its principal proponent, Governor Shumlin, admitting that the required tax hike would be "in a word, enormous" and that "the risk of economic shock is too high at this time to offer a plan I can responsibly support". This bill includes no mechanism to pay for the enormous cost of government-run healthcare.
* Central planning of healthcare does not work, any more than central planning of consumer goods, housing, or labor. Command economies lead, predictably, to waste, abuse, and stagnation.
* People's right to make their own choices about their healthcare, and finances, should be respected. This bill not only compels funding, but prohibits healthcare alternatives (404-J:8).

HB689 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: CONSENT CALENDAR REPORT FILED)

March 4, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows local voters greater control over town and school budgets.

* Current law allows voters in SB2 jurisdictions to vote only on the proposed budget. If the proposed budget is voted down, the default budget takes effect. Problematically, however, the default budget is often very similar to the proposed budget, effectively taking the decision making power out of the hands of the voters.
* HB689 addresses this problem by allowing a 3/5 majority of voters in SB2 jurisdictions to choose to allow votes on the default budget as well as the proposed budget. If both fail, a town meeting would be held to choose the budget.
* Voters should have the power to choose the budget -- budgets should not be pre-determined by administrators or committee members.

SB1 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 19, 2015: Pro-Liberty

These bills protect the property rights of business owners by reducing taxes.

* NH's ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede NH's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.
* Enterprise taxes are a tax on compensation. Lowering these taxes directly enables businesses to increase compensation to employees.

March 5, 2015: Pro-Liberty

These bills protect the property rights of business owners by reducing taxes.

* NH's ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede NH's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.
* Enterprise taxes are a tax on compensation. Lowering these taxes directly enables businesses to increase compensation to employees.

SB2 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 19, 2015: Pro-Liberty

These bills protect the property rights of business owners by reducing taxes.

* NH's ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede NH's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.
* Enterprise taxes are a tax on compensation. Lowering these taxes directly enables businesses to increase compensation to employees.

March 5, 2015: Pro-Liberty

These bills protect the property rights of business owners by reducing taxes.

* NH's ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede NH's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.
* Enterprise taxes are a tax on compensation. Lowering these taxes directly enables businesses to increase compensation to employees.

SB7 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 26, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves legislative oversight of regulatory policy.

* It is important that the legislature provide robust oversight of executive department policies to ensure they do not create more arduous regulations than are specified by NH law, and to ensure that the rights and the freedoms of NH residents are respected.
* The amendment clarifies that the committee will take responsibility to approve regulatory policies, and not merely review them.

SB15 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill micromanages pet owners with unneeded regulation.

* Some dogs are well trained or small enough to hold and don't need to be on a leash Specifying that they must be leashed in the presence of a service animal is unnecessary.
* In environments where companion animals may be unleashed, such as on hiking trails, it may not be practical for an owner to immediately recall and leash his/her animal the moment a service animal comes into view. "Failure" to immediately recall and leash an animal should not be grounds for criminal prosecution.

SB16 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 15, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces regulations on competitive water skiing in certain circumstances.

* This bill is very limited, applying only to skiers on an officially permitted slalom course, using approved equipment.
* 13 other states already allow a mirror of appropriate size to be used in lieu of an observer, for both competitive and recreational skiing.
* NHLA would support an amendment to extend SB16 to also apply to recreational water skiing.

SB30 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 6, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows guarantees of a bond issue of up to $30 million for a well capitalized investor to develop the Balsams Resort.

* This bill expands the use of the Business Finance Authority, which allows government to arbitrarily subsidize some private projects over others. This is not good governance and violates Article 10 of the NH Constitution which states "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men".
* This bill gives New Hampshire counties unprecedented taxing powers over unincorporated areas and expands the practice of using New Hampshire taxpayers as the guarantors of loans for the benefit of private interests.
* Capital for private ventures should come from voluntary investors, lenders, and donors, not from taxpayers who are forced to participate in financing private projects they may not support.

SB32 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases government transparency.

* Fiscal responsibility requires representatives to have accurate knowledge about spending by government entities.
* Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent.
* Reporting requirements are reasonable, and not arduous.

March 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases government transparency.

* Fiscal responsibility requires representatives to have accurate knowledge about spending by government entities.
* Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent.
* Reporting requirements are reasonable, and not arduous.

SB81 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the direct authority of the state board of education over public schools.

* Schools are best governed by the communities they serve. This change empowers local governance of public schools.
* This bill addresses clear instances when the state BOE overstepped its statutory authority.
* This bill limits the state board of education rule-making to those "necessary for the proper interpretation of laws enacted by the General Court."
* Restores the balance between state Board of Education and local districts with duly elected representatives closest to citizens.

SB82 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the direct authority of the state commissioner of education over public schools.

* This bill prohibits the commissioner from assuming any "managerial or supervisory" role with district administrators (superintendents, principals & curriculum specialists).
* Instead the commissioner will have to persuade parents and elected school boards to choose to adopt policies, rather than dictating them.
* Non transparent, closed door meetings of the state commissioner (or her agents) with district administrators undermines the people's right to control of their local schools as guaranteed under Article 6, Part 1 of the NH Constitution.

SB100 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REREFERRED)

March 26, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill compels fuel providers to deliver when payment is guaranteed by municipal welfare officials.

* The state should not interfere in the right of NH business owners and residents to freely contract, or choose not to contract, for goods or services. To forcefully compel a service provider to do business with another private party is unjust.
* The bill as amended is poorly written, and unclear. The text of the amendment only references "current delivery", with no specification of the good or service to be delivered. RSA 358-A:2, into which SB100/A would add a new paragraph, covers many different types of commerce, not just heating fuel. It is also not clear if the mandate to provide service is contingent on the repayment plan, nor who determines whether a payment plan is "reasonable".
* This bill as amended provides no protection to fuel providers nor accountability to municipal welfare officials who provide the guarantee. The amended bill does not specify that a fuel provider has a legal claim to collect money from the municipality should the customer default.

SB101 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

April 15, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects local control over educational standards.

* SB 101 prohibits the state from mandating Common Core standards thereby protecting local control.
* Federally funded "regional liaisons" recruited by the NH DoE have worked to implement Common Core in school districts without approval of parents or school boards.
* This bill protects local control in the face of on-going efforts to eliminate local decision making authority, including a No Child Left Behind waiver renewal that would require Common Core to be implemented in every school district.

Feb. 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies that districts are not required to adopt Common Core standards.

* This bill protects local control of education by clarifying that adoption of common core standards are at the discretion of local districts, and not mandated by the state.
* Common Core standards employ controversial metrics for measuring educational "competencies".
* The sponsor's amendment is consistent with legislative intent of previous education bills to keep "competency-based education" from "state approval standards" (SB 192 in 2011 and SB 82 in 2013).
* Amendment restores academics as focus of public education, not student "dispositions," by defining "competencies" in terms of academic mastery, not values, attitudes and beliefs under Common Core aligned "competency-based education".

SB105 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 6, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates unneeded regulations for bottling of electronic cigarette liquid.

* Fluid for E-cigarettes is intended to be consumed by adults, and is not widely sold in childproof containers. This requirement would make refills for this tobacco replacement product far more difficult for NH residents to obtain, and make it more difficult for those of limited means to shift to what is a far healthier alternative to smoking tobacco.
* No childproof cap will be a replacement for responsible parenting. Parental negligence causes poisoning, not the product. The tragic situation in which one child in New York died after drinking liquid nicotine would not have been prevented by this bill. The child, who is the only confirmed infant death from exposure to liquid nicotine, was exposed to the product only after his parents left it uncapped and within his easy reach.
* One cigarette can kill a child if ingested and yet cigarettes are not sold in childproof packages. Many other products, which can be harmful if ingested by children, often lack child resistant packaging, including alcohol (isopropyl and ethanol), many household chemicals and cleaners, cosmetics, etc.

March 19, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits private property owners from allowing use of e-cigarettes, even in designated smoking areas.

* Business owners have a right to set rules for their own property. The appropriate recourse for a customer or worker who objects to the use of e-cigarettes is to refrain from doing business in locations where it is permitted.
* E-cigarettes emit water vapor, not smoke, which studies show to be vastly safer than traditional smoking. (e.g. Roswell Park Cancer Institute found e-cigarette toxicant levels to be 9 to 450 times lower than those in cigarette smoke). There is no credible evidence that there is danger from secondhand e-cig water vapor.
* This bill is fundamentally intolerant, even eliminating reasonable exceptions to current law, for designated smoking rooms in hotels, private social clubs, and more.

SB106 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 6, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill is a further continuation of failing prohibitionist drug policies.

* The legislature could more effectively address the failure the 'war on drugs' by decriminalizing marijuana, instead of adding new prohibitions to ban alternatives.
* In many cases, unregulated alternatives developed to replace illegal drugs are far more dangerous than the original drug. For example, "Spice" was invented to circumvent prohibitionist policies on marijuana. Lengthening the list of prohibited substances only encourages users to try even more dangerous alternatives.
* All manner of potentially dangerous and even lethal products are legal to sell and possess in New Hampshire. It is not practical to ban all substances which can be misused (including glues, many solvents, and aerosols, etc.).
* In a free society, individuals should not be punished for peaceful activities which harm only themselves. Individuals should take responsibility for their own choices.

Feb. 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill is an attempt to remedy a problem created by drug prohibition

* The legislature should address the failure the 'war on drugs' by decriminalizing marijuana before it adds new prohibitions to ban dangerous alternatives.
* In many cases, legal replacements to illegal drugs are far more dangerous than the original substances, like "Spice" invented to circumvent prohibitionist policies on marijuana.
* All manner of potentially dangerous and even lethal products are legal to sell and possess in New Hampshire. It is not possible to prohibit all substances which can be misused (including glues, many solvents, and aerosols).
* In a free society, individuals should not be punished for peaceful activities which harm only themselves. Individuals should take responsibility for their own choices, good or bad.

SB113 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 29, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates government granted monopoly privileges.

* Allowing one or two special interests to conduct gambling operations, while prohibiting all others from competing, is a clear example of regulatory capture and an unjust use of government power.
* This bill would violate article 83 of the NH Constitution, which states "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it."
* This bill dramatically increases the size and scope of government. Once large bureaucracies and moneyed interests are created, they are very difficult to roll back.
* The NHLA would support a bill to more broadly legalize gambling, or allow for the creation of many independent casinos.

SB116 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

Sept. 16, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates an arbitrary legal distinction between concealed & open carry.

* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: "All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
* Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a permit, do not "have far stricter regulations at the point of original purchase than New Hampshire does" as the Governor suggests in her veto message.
* The language of current statute can be selectively interpreted and enforced.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalize law-abiding citizens.
* This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person," which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of "not prohibited by state or federal law."
* By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a waiting period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman suffering from a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.

April 29, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates an arbitrary legal distinction between concealed & open carry.

* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill allows law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and abstruse definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalize law abiding citizens.
* This bill removes the ambiguity of a "suitable person", which encourages profiling, and has in the past been used for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination.
* For many people, due to work or life circumstances, it is not practical to open carry. In these cases, current law effectively constitutes a waiting period, prohibiting a person who may be feel threatened (e.g. a woman suffering from a stalker) from carrying protection when they need it.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.

Feb. 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows people to possess tools of defense without permission or notice.

* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill allows law-abiding citizens to carry protection wherever they go.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and abstruse definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalize law abiding citizens.
* This bill removes the ambiguity of a "suitable person" to make it consistent with federal law.

SB118 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill compels young men to register for federal selective service in order to obtain a driver's license.

* Young men are already given the opportunity to register with the selective service when they apply for a driver's license, if they choose.
* Young men may, for reasons of conscience, decline to sign up for Selective Service. To prohibit these individuals from driving, merely because they have followed their conscience and exercised their right to dissent, is both tyrannical and immoral.
* Selective service imposes a specific requirement upon men based solely on their sex, which is a violation of part one article two of the New Hampshire constitution. While the base problem is one of federal law, this bill would violate the NH constitution by inappropriately making NH departments enforcers of this unequal federal imposition.

SB124 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 3, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would eliminate a citizen's right to a probable cause hearing.

* Probable cause hearings protect our rights by requiring the state to provide some proof a crime has been committed by the accused before subjecting that person to the risk and expense of mounting a defense in a trial.
* This bill will allow a judge to decide if a hearing is "necessary to assist the court", revoking the protection the right to a probable cause hearing could offer the accused.
* We should never jeopardize our rights to due process merely to save money or for the courts to more efficiency convict the accused.
* The improvements to SB 124 in the committee amendment are supported by the NHLA but they don't do enough to redeem the bill.

SB125 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 6, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the rights of homeowners and service providers.

* Licensing often creates unintended consequences, increasing the behavior it ostensibly intends to limit -- in this case amateur work. As hiring a certified and licensed professional becomes more expensive, more homeowners might attempt to do the work themselves or neglect the problem to save money.
* A test or licensing fee is no replacement for references and reputation. Some licensed service providers are incompetent & many unlicensed service providers are highly competent. Licensing creates a false sense of security for consumers, and reduces the overall quality of work provided, by raising barriers to entry, and reducing competition.
* Licensing makes it more difficult even for experienced, competent workers to start small businesses. We should be reducing the already significant regulatory load on small businesses, not increasing it.
* The government should not be imposing restrictions on homeowners regarding who they may hire to provide services for their own property.

April 15, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the rights of homeowners and service providers.

* Licensing often exacerbates problems it ostensibly intends to remedy - in this case, use of amateur work. As hiring a certified and licensed professional becomes more expensive, more homeowners might attempt to do the work themselves to save money.
* Requiring a license to remove mold doesn't mean the licensee will do a good job; there are both licensed service providers who do poor work, and unlicensed service providers who do good work.
* Licensing reduces competition and raises costs, limiting the ability of homeowners to choose a better alternative based on more relevant qualifications, like reputation and experience.
* The government should not be imposing restrictions on homeowners regarding who they may hire to provide services for their own property.

March 19, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates yet another hurdle for business owners.

* Licensing often creates untended consequences, increasing the behavior it ostensibly intends to limit -- in this case amateur work. As hiring a certified and licensed professional becomes more expensive, more homeowners will attempt to do the work themselves or neglect the problem to save money.
* A test or licensing fee is no replacement for references and reputation. Some licensed service providers are incompetent & many unlicensed service providers are highly competent. Licensing creates a false sense of security for consumers, and reduces the overall quality of work provided, by raising barriers to entry, and reducing competition.
* Licensing makes it more difficult even for experienced, competent workers to start small businesses. We should be reducing the already significant regulatory load on small businesses, not increasing it.

March 5, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates yet another hurdle for business owners.

* Requiring a license to remove mold doesn't guarantee the licensee will do a good job.
* Licensing often creates the untended consequence of creating more of the behavior it ostensibly intends to remedy, in this case amateur work. Hiring a certified and licensed professional becomes more expensive and more homeowners will attempt to do the work themselves to save money.
* Licensing would reduce a homeowners options for mold removal services while increasing expense.

SB126 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill restricts speech on public rights of way.

* Public political speech should be protected, even when inconvenient.
* This bill is unenforceable. There is no feasible way for a government worker or member of the public to know whether or not signs along rights of way have been approved by an abutting property owner.
* NH DOT already as discretion to remove political signage along major highways and rights of way as necessary.

SB135 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new regulations on property owners & state agencies that are redundant with existing state and federal laws.

* This bill lowers the threshold for notification of blood lead levels without scientific certainty as to what levels are actually dangerous, creating many new requirements for health providers and agencies.
* It is bad public policy to link NH statute to a specific federal program (in this case the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program). The details of the federal program can be modified at the whim of Congress and regulators, regardless of applicability to New Hampshire. The federal program could even be eliminated altogether, and still NH statute would remain linked to it.
* Section 3 of the bill is particularly troubling: it sets an arbitrary goal of 85% of children ages 1 and 2 to receive blood lead level tests. Further, it targets only poor children who are receiving Medicaid or WIC benefits, while ignoring wealthier classes of people.
* There are already numerous lead paint programs and regulations in place. These new requirements are redundant with existing state and federal laws.
* This bill places new reporting requirements & regulatory burdens on agencies & property owners, reducing private property rights.

SB146 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the right of property owners to build accessory dwelling units.

* Many NH residents are currently prevented by arduous zoning laws from building accessory dwelling units.
* The needs and demographics of NH residents are shifting. Accessory dwelling units make it possible for aging parents to live with adult children, elderly residents to retain their independence by obtaining live-in aid, and young adult children to share housing costs with parents.
* The right of property owners to make their own choices about their property should be respected. Increasing housing flexibility benefits everyone.

SB149 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 15, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates an unnecessary exemption to the right-to-know law.

* Contract negotiations are already covered under RSA 91-A. Adding legislation for every possible contract situation is unnecessary.
* This bill is attempting to solve a problem that doesn't currently exist. School districts have gone into non-public session for student or pupil tuition contracts in the past without it being an issue.

SB155 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: REPORT FILED)

March 19, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require taxpayers of the State of New Hampshire to take partial responsibility for the losses of investors in the FRM debacle.

* Perpetrators should be funding compensation to victims of fraud. It is inappropriate and unjust to force uninvolved taxpayers to do so.
* SB 155 sets a bad precedent for investors looking to have taxpayers bail them out of bad investments. The lesson: If an investment doesn't work, find a friendly legislator to pass a bill granting a bail-out.
* The State only has liability for actions carried out in its name. Therefore, unless an officer of the State has been found guilty of malfeasance or maladministration in office for failing to intercede in such a case of fraud can the State, and the taxpayers be found to bear financial responsibility.

SB158 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: REPORT FILED)

March 26, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the notice requirement for out of state mortgagees foreclosing on certain owner occupied dwellings from 25 to 60 days.

* The law as amended by SB158 would treat NH based mortgagees unequally, by allowing them to foreclose far more quickly. It would also treat both owners of more than 5 units, and owners who live offsite unequally, by allowing them to be subject to foreclosure on shorter notice. In both cases, legitimate mortgagees and mortgagers would be put at an unfair competitive disadvantage.
* SB158 makes current law both more complicated and less consistent.
* NH Law should not interfere in private contracts by creating complicated mandates for foreclosure notice. Instead, notice requirements should be determined by the terms of the mortgage contract itself.

SB162 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 19, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill tries to legislate good parenting.

* The state should not attempt to micromanage good parenting and common sense with legislation.
* This is a slippery slope toward controlling what one does in his or her own home. If a parent is banned from smoking in a car with his child, next he'll be banned from smoking in his own home.
* The dangers second hand smoke in a car are exaggerated. Simply smoking in a car does not necessarily create an overly toxic environment. Appropriate ventilation would limit second-hand smoke for passengers to levels similar to that found in a smoking household.

SB169 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

June 24, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits gross misuse of taxpayer funds.

* It is wrong to force taxpayers to fund purchases of non-essential goods like tobacco, tattoos, or piercings.
* These bills are common sense. The recipients of taxpayer money, which is intended to help purchase basic necessities, should be prohibited from spending that money on non-essential goods and services.
* While it is not currently, nor will it ever be possible to detect all types of fraud, it is still important for the legislature to clarify that these clear abuses of taxpayer money are unlawful.

March 26, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits gross misuse of taxpayer funds.

* It is wrong to force taxpayers to fund gambling, or purchases of non-essential goods like tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, or adult entertainment.
* SB169 is common sense. The recipients of taxpayer money, which is intended to help purchase basic necessities, should be prohibited from buying guns, porn, and tattoos with that money.
* While it is not currently, nor will it ever be possible to detect all types of fraud, it is still important for the legislature to clarify that these clear abuses of taxpayer money are unlawful.

SB190 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 3, 2015: Anti-Liberty

Expands regional educational programs directly under the control of the DOE, circumventing elected school boards and district supervision.

* SB 190 undermines the well established NH principle that education is better controlled locally by parents and taxpayers.
* SB 190 augments the authority of the state Department of Education to include the determination of tuition and transportation costs and the distribution of funds.
* The NHLA does not support amendment #1945h, which adds the language of HB 276 (not SB101) to SB 190. HB 276 prohibits the state from requiring that school districts adopt Common Core standards. However, it goes too far by granting power to the state Board of Education to adopt standards. Currently only the state legislature may adopt standards for an adequate education.

March 26, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the size and scope of career and technical education programs administered by the Department of Education.

* Regional education programs operating directly under the Department of Education undermine the well established NH principle that education is better controlled locally by parents and taxpayers.
* Instead of creating or expanding state level programs, the state should allow local districts to more freely work with each other, with private businesses and organizations, and with a range of education providers, to make the choices that best fit the needs of local students and taxpayers.

SB196 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill appropriates funds to the DOE and is unnecessary, wasteful, and unfair.

* SB196 unfairly redistributes money from rural communities to those with extensive public water systems.
* This bill significantly increases state spending at a time when the state should be reducing expenditures and tax burdens on citizens and businesses

SB199 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 5, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new regressive tax for prepaid cell phone users.

* NH should be seeking to reduce the tax burden on NH residents, not increase it.
* Lower income residents disproportionately use prepaid cell phones (e.g. a poll by Opinion Research Corporation showed 65 percent of those who relied on just a prepaid cell phone had household incomes less than $35,000). This tax would be regressive, raising the costs of prepaid cell cards for the most financially vulnerable.

SB204 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 19, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the successful K-12 scholarship program.

* The NH Supreme Court ruled in Aug 2014 that the plaintiffs had no standing, thereby allowing the program to continue.
* Voluntary private donations to 501c3 organizations are not state monies and not a form of government spending, therefore the program is not in conflict with the Blaine Amendment.
* Similar tax-credit scholarship programs have been deemed Constitutional by their home states and by the US Supreme Court.

SB205 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 12, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases government transparency and accountability.

* Protects the public's right to transparency as recognized in Art. 8 of the NH constitution, by applying right to know statues to the office of the governor.
* Appropriately holds government officials accountable for misuse of taxpayer resources, by extending electioneering laws to employees of the office of the governor, and of the general court.

SB216 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 26, 2015: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows sales of samples onsite at distilleries, wineries & beverage manufacturers.

* Local artisan breweries, wineries, and distilleries have become an important growth industry for NH, creating jobs, increasing tourism, and enhancing overall quality of life for NH residents. This bill helps New Hampshire businesses.
* The provision of onsite samples is standard in these industries, and expected by customers. These businesses should not be expected to provide those samples for free, and the right of business owners to charge for a legitimate product should be respected.
* HB216 makes the law more consistent between breweries and other beverage manufacturers.

SB228 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 5, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require the state to fund non-compulsory attendance.

* Although it is reasonable and appropriate to reduce the stabilization funding given to districts with fewer students in the Free & Reduced Lunch program, the other part of the bill would fund full-day kindergarten.
* Compulsory attendance begins at age 6 by Sept. 30th of that school year, so the state should not pay for full-time school for a year that is optional.
* This bill would increase state education expenses by $2M in 2016 and by $25M in 2017, plus an indeterminate amount for public charter schools offering full-day kindergarten.

SB261 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the freedom of workers and employers.

* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation - more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.
* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.

SB262 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 12, 2015: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes an invasive federal program on NH residents.

* This bill would violate NH citizens' privacy by requiring that drivers' licenses and non-driver IDs provide personal data in a machine readable format.
* The REAL ID Act was an ill-considered legislative boondoggle and unfunded mandate. States around the country, including New Hampshire, were right to refuse the national ID project when DHS first attempted to implement it, and are right to continue to do so.
* There is no pressing harm that this legislation addresses. A national ID is anti-liberty and unnecessary.

2016

CACR16 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of parents to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of their children.

* Decisions about child-rearing are the responsibility of parents, not the state.
* This constitutional amendment makes parental rights, which our state supreme court has recognized as implicit in Part I, Article 2, explicit in a separate Part I, Article 2-b.

CACR22 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This resolution formalizes the right to privacy in the NH constitution.

* While courts have held in the past that privacy is a fundamental right, the lack of explicit protection within the constitution increases the risk that future decisions could deviate from this finding.
* The amendment is an improvement to the original language.

CACR27 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

Relating to the operating budget. Providing that the state shall not spend more in any year than it receives in revenue

• This constitutional amendment would require a balanced budget unless two-thirds of each house chooses to set aside the requirement.
• This measure will limit government spending, reduce budget deficits, enhance fiscal accountability, and strengthen the state's credit rating. It is an important, positive move.
• At a time when many other states and the federal government are facing fiscal crises due to reckless spending and debt, this is an opportunity for New Hampshire to lead as an example of fiscal responsibility.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

Balanced budget amendment. Prevents the state from spending more than it takes in and prohibits the use of debt to fund the operating budget.

* This constitutional amendment would require a balanced budget unless two-thirds of each house chooses to set aside the requirement.

* This measure will reduce government spending, reduce budget deficits, enhance fiscal accountability, and strengthen the state's credit rating. It is an important, positive move.

* At a time when many other states and the federal government are facing fiscal crises due to reckless spending and debt, this is a way for New Hampshire to lead and be an example of how a responsible government works.

* New Hampshire has a long history of fiscal responsibility, this amendment is a logical step to ensure that tradition continues.

HB114 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

• This bill allows specialty beer retail establishments to obtain a new license that doesnt require a $3000 inventory value of grocery items.
• Many stores meet the current grocery requirement by keeping Spam, Vienna sausages, and other canned items that don't spoil quickly, which are never sold. For a beer & wine store, this requirement is wasteful, protectionist, and serves as a barrier to entry to small stores.
• This will help to increase beer tourism which is a hot market in New England. New Hampshire is lagging behind neighboring states in this growing market.

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a specialty beer license to allow retailers to sell specialty beers without also requiring them to sell food.

• This bill allows specialty beer retail establishments to obtain a new license that doesn’t require a $3000 inventory value of grocery items.
• Many stores meet the current grocery requirement by keeping Spam, Vienna sausages, and other canned items that don't spoil quickly, which are never sold. For a beer & wine store, this requirement is wasteful, protectionist, and serves as a barrier to entry to small stores.
• This will help to increase beer tourism which is a hot market in New England. New Hampshire is lagging behind neighboring states in this growing market.

HB128 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill opens the door to more competition and more choice in heath care.

* While there may be no companies currently interested in this model, we shouldn't ignore the possibility of a health care startup revolutionizing the industry and looking to do business in NH.
* Technology has transformed many industries both local and global. This has allowed for more job opportunities, better customer service, and lower prices. The health care industry will follow this path and NH customers should be allowed the opportunity to buy healthcare from any insurer willing to sell to them.

HB183 (No Position Taken / SENATE)

March 31, 2016: No Position Taken

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill contains language already ruled unconstitutional.

* VOTE YEA ON FLOOR AMENDMENT 3030-H AND OTP/A.
* Representative Hoelzel's floor amendment removes the confusing language that the Supreme Court found unconstitutional.
* The voter registration form should not be used as a platform to inform voters about laws unrelated to voting.

HB197 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows wine manufacturers to establish up to 2 'off site' locations for sampling and purchase of their wines.

• Wine manufacturers should be permitted to sell their product where their potential customers are, not restricted to selling where grapes grow best.
• Allowing local businesses to showcase local products benefits NH residents and helps the NH economy.
• Additional jobs will be created to run off-site tasting rooms.

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows wine manufacturers to establish up to 2 'off site' locations for sampling and purchase of their wines.

• Wine manufacturers should be permitted to sell their product where their potential customers are, not restricted to selling where grapes grow best.
• Allowing local businesses to showcase local products benefits NH residents and helps the NH economy.
• Additional jobs will be created to run off-site tasting rooms.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows wine manufacturers to establish up to 2 'off site' locations for sampling and purchase of its wines.

* Wine manufacturers should be permitted to sell their product where their potential customers are, not restricted to selling where grapes grow best.
* Allowing local businesses to showcase local products benefits NH residents and helps the NH economy.

HB216 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill incentivizes excessive enforcement of minor licensing infractions

* Charging targets of investigations for the costs of the investigation could encourage numerous and expensive investigations.
* Passage of this provision would increase the likelihood of a board or commission to continue an investigation until they found some act of misconduct so that the licensee would have to pay the costs of the investigation.
* Charges for expensive investigations may vastly exceed what is reasonable for the severity of the misconduct, in violation of part one article 18 of the NH constitution.
* NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous and complex. In order to improve the NH economy, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen licensing requirements and regulatory burdens.

HB218 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill provides fiscal incentives for failure to reach math proficiency standards.

* The state should not be rewarding failure to meet proficiency standards, in any subject, with taxpayer money. Instead, it should be allowing students, parents, and communities greater educational choice.
* There is little evidence to suggest that the original legislative effort was successful in increasing overall reading achievement.
* The new state assessment for math is only 1 year old, which provides insufficient data to derive a fiscal impact.
* Parents and voters of local school districts are best positioned to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their students and schools.

HB226 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill could incentivize towns to borrow irresponsibly to pay their bills.

* This bill promotes fiscal irresponsibility. Competent budgeting and planning should prevent the need to borrow from existing funds, dedicated to other purposes.
* This bill could produce large property tax spikes as the town's try to re-fund their accounts. Large unexpected spikes in taxes most hurt those on fixed incomes who can't afford to pay.

HB231 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 31, 2016: No Position Taken

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill goes too far in expanding criteria for state building aid.

* School building projects are better handled locally.
* The criteria for state subsidy for building projects are far too broad, both under this bill, and in current law, including any project that contributes to "operational cost efficiencies" or "educational services", or even meets "any criteria the state board of education may determine are necessary"
* Rather than subsidizing building projects across the state, state government should focus on allowing greater freedom of choice and competition in education.

HB240 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill will limit law enforcement use of surveillance drones to emergencies.

* This bill removes some ambiguity from the use of drones by law enforcement, and attempts to explicitly protect a citizens right to be secure from unreasonable searches under Part First Article 19 of the NH Constitution.
* Law enforcement searches of a person's property by drone should be constrained by 4th Amendment protections of the US Constitution.
* The people of New Hampshire have a right to go about their daily lives without concern that they are being broadly or arbitrarily surveilled by a government drone.

HB253 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates arbitrary requirements for a charter school application.

* Basing 25% of the charter's approval on its mission is arbitrary and subjective and could only serve to give more latitude in eliminating public school competition.
* This bill requires evidence that certain types of programs in charter schools will not duplicate those in public schools. This essentially prohibits the charter school from attempting to do better than public schools at the same thing, thus eliminating the chance for competition.
* Often basics (especially in STEM) are required before advanced topics can be understood. Charter schools could have an innovative way to teaching students these advanced topics at a younger age but would not be allowed to offer them the foundation required because such material is already covered by traditional and/or charter schools.
* This bill requires evidence of success before sanctioning an alternate approach. We cannot expect to make progress in childhood education if we refuse to allow innovators to explore new approaches.

HB353 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

Jan. 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill micromanages Home Owner Associations.

* Government should not mandate details as to how condo owners run their HOA. These policies may work for some HOAs, but not all.

HB359 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows municipalities to play favorites, forcing some property owners to subsidize others.

* This bill encourages cronyism. All companies in all industries should have lower tax rates to encourage growth and long lasting job creation in NH.
* Favoring certain industries or businesses with lower tax rates discourages businesses of other industries from coming to NH.
* The legislature, to encourage economic growth, should focus on reducing the arduous regulatory and tax burden on NH businesses.

HB500 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 17, 2016: Pro-Liberty

* The ability to hear game is an important component to the sport of hunting, so many hunters choose to not wear ear protection. Suppressors protect the shooter from hearing loss because the reduction of noise is enough to no longer cause damage.
* Current law unfarily discriminates against people that choose the sport of hunting over the sport of target shooting. The use of suppressors is already legal for target shooters persuing their sport on the same exact tracts of land that hunters use.
* Citizens that live in the vicinity of hunting grounds often complain about sound of gun fire in the early morning hours when hunting is popular. The use of a suppressor is a compromise that addresses that concern.
* A suppressor does not make the discharge of a firearm silent (dispite it's alternate name "silencer"). The sound can still be heard from a significant distance, so the use of suppressors does not compromise safety, or put the game at a disadvantage.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows use of suppressors for noise reduction while hunting.

* 35 states already allow use of suppressors for hunting
* Use of suppressors is already legal in NH for other activities including target shooting. This bill removes an arbitrary discrimination against people that prefer the sport of hunting.
* Firearm suppressors reduce but do not eliminate the noise from discharging a firearm, protecting the hearing of the shooter and anyone else in the area.
* A common complaint among property owners living near hunting grounds is the noise of the firearms used. This annoyance leads to conflict, and motivation to restrict hunting lands. This bill provides a compromise. While a suppressed firearm can still be heard from a distance, it is quiet enough to not wake people living near hunting grounds in the early morning hours when hunting is most common.

HB504 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows students the freedom to learn in a more efficient setting.

• Many studies have shown online learning to be as effective as in-person classes. (e.g. Russell, T. L. The No Significant Difference Phenomenon. Montgomery, AL:IDEC,1999,17 Barry, M.& Runyan, G).
• Remote learning provides much needed flexibility to students with limited transportation options, or limited means
• Remote learning helps reduce the cost of driver education

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows students the freedom to learn in a more efficient setting.

* Many studies have shown online learning to be as effective as in-person classes. (e.g. Russell, T. L. The No Significant Difference Phenomenon. Montgomery, AL:IDEC,1999,17 Barry, M.& Runyan, G).
* Remote learning provides much needed flexibility to students with limited transportation options, or limited means
* Remote learning helps reduce the cost of driver education

HB512 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill extends protection of the right to property ownership.

• This bill reinforces an existing ban on confiscation of firearms, adding teeth to penalize those who violate the rights of NH citizens.
• This bill holds individuals that infringe the rights of the people of New Hampshire personally accountable, while protecting officers who defend the rights of the people from disciplinary action.

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill extends protection of the right to property ownership.

• This bill reinforces an existing ban on confiscation of firearms, adding teeth to penalize those who violate the rights of NH citizens.
• This bill holds individuals that infringe the rights of the people of New Hampshire personally accountable, while protecting officers who defend the rights of the people from disciplinary action.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill extends protections of the right to gun ownership.

* This bill reinforces an existing ban on confiscation of firearms, adding teeth to penalize those who violate the rights of NH citizens.
* This bill holds officers that infringe the rights of the people of New Hampshire personally accountable, while protecting officers who defend the rights of the people, from disciplinary action.

HB549 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill dramatically increases state government spending, requiring that the state spend at least $50 million per year on school building aid.

* Local school districts receive the benefit of building projects and should pay the full cost locally rather than taxing the rest of the state.
* Local districts have less of an incentive to make wise cost trades when planning construction or renovation projects when additional funding is seen as 'free money from the state'.

HB552 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 20, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows greater flexibility for taxpayers.

* There is very little possible downside to this proposal. There is no financial risk to the state; the state will only hold and deal in US dollars. All bitcoin transactions are handled by a third party payment processor, at no cost.
* This legislation may help attract young entrepreneurs to NH, by sending a clear message that NH is technologically progressive, modern, and forward thinking. A willingness to embrace new technologies reflects well on the state.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows greater flexibility for taxpayers

* There is very little possible downside to this proposal. There is no financial risk to the state; the state will only hold and deal in US dollars. All bitcoin transactions are handled by a third party payment processor, at no cost.
* This legislation may help attract young entrepreneurs to NH, by sending a clear message that NH is technologically progressive, modern, and forward thinking.

HB582 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

House version of SB 116. Makes possession of a NH pistol/revolver license optional; replaces vague term of "suitable" with "not prohibited by state or federal law"; extends license minimum period from 4 to 5 years.

• New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: "All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
• A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
• Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a license, rank among the safest places in the country.
• The language of current statute can be and has been selectively interpreted and enforced.
• This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalizes law-abiding citizens.
• This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person", which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of not prohibited by state or federal law.
• By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a waiting period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman with a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
• Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
• There is no evidence that the current NH pistol license provides a necessary benefit to public safety.

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

House version of SB 116. Makes possession of a NH pistol/revolver license optional; replaces vague term of "suitable" with "not prohibited by state or federal law"; extends license minimum period from 4 to 5 years.

• New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: “All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”
• A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual’s right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
• Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a license, rank among the safest places in the country.
• The language of current statute can be and has been selectively interpreted and enforced.
• This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalize law-abiding citizens.
• This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person,” which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of “not prohibited by state or federal law.”
• By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a waiting period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman with a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
• Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
• There is no evidence that the current NH pistol license provides a necessary benefit to public safety.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates an arbitrary legal distinction between concealed & open carry.

* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: "All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual’s right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
* Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a permit, rank among the safest places in the country.
* The language of current statute can be selectively interpreted and enforced.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalize law-abiding citizens.
* This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person," which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of "not prohibited by state or federal law."
* By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a waiting period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman suffering from a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
* There is no evidence that the current NH pistol license provides a necessary benefit to public safety.

HB585 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase penalties for crimes which should not exist in law.

* Title XIII includes many victimless crimes, including prohibitions on sale of food in cigar bars (178:20-a), friends trading or gifting home-brewed beers (RSA 179:1, 175:5-b-III), and more. It also contains many very detailed licensing mandates and fees to be paid to the commission.
* Section 5 of this bill, as amended, increases and extends the existing penalty assessment of 24% authorized in RSA 188-F:31, to violations in general, not just criminal offenses, and not just those related to alcohol. This includes violations such as picking up seaweed at night (RSA 207:48), and conducting business on a Sunday (RSA 332D).
* Instead of further increasing penalties for all violations, legislators should be working to remove unnecessary laws from the books.

HB601 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the annual cash machine notification renewal fee by $45.

• The current fee is excessively high, going beyond covering the administrative costs of regulation.
• The NHLA would more strongly support the bill as originally introduced; eliminating annual notification requirements for cash dispensing machine operators entirely.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the annual cash machine notification renewal fee by $45.

* The current fee is excessively high, going beyond covering the administrative costs of regulation.
* The NHLA would more strongly support the bill as originally introduced; eliminating annual notification requirements for cash dispensing machine operators entirely.

HB602 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates arbitrary restrictions on the private use of drones while allowing government and business wide latitude. In addition, as amended it establishes a state grant program for a substance abuse enforcement program.

• Creating wide ranging restrictions on a new technology risks stifling innovation. New Hampshire residents would be better served by a legislature that narrowly addresses specific problems.
• This bill's definition of drone is too vague. Drones are available in many sizes; it is impractical for an owner to inscribe name, address, and phone number on even a small indoor toy drone or helicopter. The FAA has enacted rules regarding drones and has exempted small lightweight drones that cause no harm.
• The bill (422-D:3, IX) grants nearly full exemption from the provisions of this bill for businesses. This goes beyond mere 'corporate personhood' by exempting businesses from all aspects of the law while still applying the law to all private citizens.
* The committee amendment adds another $1.5 million in state spending on drug enforcement activities and propaganda designed to "gain respect and approval of the public for the work of the police." (21-P:66 II(c))

April 28, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates arbitrary restrictions on the private use of drones while allowing government and business wide latitude.

• Creating wide ranging restrictions on a new technology risks stifling innovation. New Hampshire residents would be better served by a legislature that narrowly addresses specific problems.
• This bill's definition of drone is too vague. Drones are available in many sizes; it is impractical for an owner to inscribe name, address, and phone number on even a small indoor toy drone or helicopter. The FAA has enacted rules regarding drones and has exempted small lightweight drones that cause no harm.
• The bill (422-D:3, IX) grants nearly full exception from the provisions of this bill for businesses. This goes beyond mere 'corprorate personhood' by excempting businesses from all aspects of the law while still applying the law to all private citizens.

March 23, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates arbitrary restrictions on the private use of drones while allowing government wide latitude.

• Creating wide ranging restrictions on a new technology risks stifling innovation. New Hampshire
residents would be better served by a legislature that narrowly addresses specific problems.
• This bill's definition of drone is too vague. Drones are available in many sizes; it is impractical for an owner to inscribe name, address, and phone number on even a small indoor toy drone or helicopter. The FAA has enacted rules regarding drones and has exempted small lightweight drones that cause no harm.
• 644-A:7 as inserted by this bill creates a federal premption, and allows federal agencies to violate the rights of NH residents.
• This bill allows for the weaponizing of drones by NH police departments for the purposes of crowd control, and allows several broad loopholes under which police need not obtain a warrant for drone surveillance.

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates arbitrary restrictions on the private use of drones while allowing government wide latitude.

* Creating wide ranging restrictions on a new technology risks stifling innovation. New Hampshire residents would be better served by a legislature that narrowly addresses specific problems.
* This bill would end commercial delivery drones before they have a chance to prove themselves viable. Requiring the approval of each property a drone flies over is impractical.
* Drones are available in many sizes and it would be impractical to write one's name, address, and phone number on a small indoor drone. The FAA has enacted rules regarding drones and has exempted small lightweight drones that cause no harm. This bill's definition of drone is too vague.
* This bill allows for the weaponizing of drones by NH police departments, further promoting police militarization, and allows several broad loopholes under which police need not obtain a warrant for drone surveillance. HB240 far better protects the rights of NH residents from warrantless searches.

HB605 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals mandatory minimum sentencing for specific crimes.

• Mandatory minimums remove discretion from the courts, often forcing judges to impose sentences far longer than are appropriate for the situation and the crime. Restoring discretion enables the Judiciary to perform its constitutional role.
• Reducing use of excessively long minimum sentences will help slow the growth of prison populations.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals mandatory minimum sentencing for specific crimes.

• Mandatory minimums remove discretion from the courts, often forcing judges to impose sentences far longer than are appropriate for the situation and the crime. Restoring discretion enables the Judiciary to perform its constitutional role.
• Reducing use of excessively long minimum sentences will help slow the growth of prison populations.

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals mandatory minimum sentencing for specific crimes.

• Mandatory minimums remove discretion from the courts, often forcing judges to impose sentences far longer than are appropriate for the situation and the crime. Restoring discretion enables the Judiciary to perform its constitutional role.
• Reducing use of excessively long minimum sentences will help slow the growth of prison populations.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals mandatory minimum sentencing for specific crimes.

* Mandatory minimums remove discretion from the courts, often forcing judges to impose sentences far longer than are appropriate for the situation and the crime. Restoring discretion enables the Judiciary to perform its constitutional role.
* Reducing use of excessively long minimum sentences will help slow the growth of prison populations.

HB606 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces fees for NH residents and makes government more accessible.

• This bill will encourage people to ask for electronic delivery of documents, reducing the costs of handling paperwork.
• Government should be accessible to everyone, not just those who can pay the fees.

Jan. 14, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces fees for NH residents and makes government more accessible.

* This bill will encourage people to ask for electronic copies of documents, reducing the costs of handling paperwork.
* Government should be accessible to everyone, not just those who can pay the fees.

HB611 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill prevents the state board and DOE from forming binding agreements with the federal government and other third parties without a public hearing and approval from the legislature.

* Agreements by the state board and DOE have imposed burdensome and expensive obligations on the state of New Hampshire and local districts.
* The people of New Hampshire have a right to voice their acceptance or rejection of these agreements through their elected representatives.

HB617 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes guidance for the use of Body-Worn Cameras by police.

• The use of BWCs as outlined in this bill will be a benefit to public safety, foster better interactions between police and members of the public, protect members of law enforcement, promote accountability and assist in investigations.
• BWCs protect both police and the citizens they interact with by providing objective evidence of encounters.
• Mandatory disclosure requirements protect civil rights and likely contribute to better behavior by all parties reducing the utilization of force.
• A 12 month study on the use of BWCs in Rialto, CA found use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59 percent and complaints against officers dropped by 87 percent compared to the previous year’s totals.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes guidance for the use of Body-Worn Cameras by police.

* The use of BWCs as outlined in this bill will be a benefit to public safety, foster better interactions between police and members of the public, protect members of law enforcement, promote accountability and assist in investigations.
* BWCs protect both police and the citizens they interact with by providing objective evidence of encounters.
* Mandatory disclosure requirements protect civil rights and likely contribute to better behavior by all parties reducing the utilization of force.
* A 12 month study on the use of BWCs in Rialto, CA found use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59 percent and complaints against officers dropped by 87 percent compared to the previous year’s totals.

HB630 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces property taxes while allowing NH residents access to expanded gaming without creating monopolistic casinos.

* The state's proceeds, estimated to be $217 million a year, would reduce the statewide property tax; more than cutting it in half. This would be about a 5% overall cut for taxpayers.
* Past bills created monopolistic privileges for only one or at most a handful of businesses to operate casinos. Existing New Hampshire businesses would have been put at a disadvantage because they would not have been allowed to compete. HB 630, on the other hand, creates a level playing field, open to businesses of any size.

HB634 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands taxation.

* Taxing capital gains disproportionately harms the elderly, who often rely on investments to cover living expenses in retirement. NH already heavily taxes the elderly through high property taxes; this bill would make the situation even worse.
* This bill is another attempt to undermine the NH advantage. We should be seeking to reduce taxes for everyone, to encourage growth and prosperity.

HB636 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This important bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process

• Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects several of the injustices in current law, and protects due process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and clear and convincing evidence of wrong-doing.
• This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that they have recourse when it is not.
• This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the forfeiture.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This important bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process.

• Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects several of the injustices in current law, and protects due process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and “clear and convincing evidence” of wrong-doing.
• This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that they have recourse when it is not.
• This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the forfeiture.

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This important bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process.

• Oppose committee amendment 2016-0885h. If amendment passes, support OTP/A.
*Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or
often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects the injustices in current law, and protects due
process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and “clear and convincing
evidence” on the part of the state.

* This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that
they have recourse when it is not.

* This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that
proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the
forfeiture.

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This important bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process.

* Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects the injustices in current law, and protects due process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and "clear and convincing evidence" on the part of the state.
* This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that they have recourse when it is not.
* This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the forfeiture.

HB661 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill burdens animal shelters with extensive new reporting requirements.

• This bill will increase the costs of shelters and other animal care facilities. The state should be
seeking to reduce red tape for these organizations, not increasing it.
• This bill expands the overly broad licensing requirements in RSA 437, which can be interpreted
to affect non-professionals.

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill burdens animal shelters with extensive new reporting requirements.

* This bill will increase the costs of shelters and other animal care facilities. The state should be seeking to reduce red tape for these organizations, not increasing it.
* This bill perpetuates the overly broad licensing requirements in RSA 437, which can be interpreted to affect non-professionals.

HB668 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill better aligns NH capital expense deductions with federal provisions.

• NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions for capital expenses in the first year. This bill removes the state limit and aligns the calculation with IRS rules simplifying compliance costs.
• At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to $500K (http://taxfoundation.org/).
• While the long term impact of this bill is largely revenue neutral, allowing business to more fully deduct capital expenses in the year they are made increases the probability of capital investment and growth in NH.
• NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with excessive taxes.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill better aligns NH capital expense deductions with federal provisions.

• NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions for capital expenses in the first year. This bill removes the state limit and aligns the calculation with IRS rules simplifying compliance costs.
• At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to
$500K (http://taxfoundation.org/).
• This bill encourages businesses to move to NH, and incentivizes existing NH companies to make
significant investments for future growth, which benefits all NH residents.
• In the long term the impact is largely revenue neutral as any portion of the taxpayer's federal IRC section 179 deduction that is disallowed on the New Hampshire return may be deducted as regular depreciation over several years under the relevant IRC depreciation provision however allowing business to more fully deduct capital expenses in the year they are made increases the probability of capital investment and growth in NH.
• NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with
excessive taxes.

Feb. 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows larger deductions for New Hampshire companies, especially for investments in capital equipment.

* NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions; this bill would raise the limit to $100K. The federal government has raised the limit for deductions to $500K.
* At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to $500K (http://taxfoundation.org/).
* This bill encourages businesses to move to NH, and incentivizes existing NH companies to make significant investments for future growth, which benefits all NH residents.
* NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with excessive taxes.

Jan. 20, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows larger deductions for New Hampshire companies, especially for investments in capital equipment.

* NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions; this bill would raise the limit to $100K. The federal government has raised the limit for deductions to $500K.
* At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to $500K. (http://taxfoundation.org/).
* This bill encourages businesses to move to NH, and incentivizes existing NH companies to make significant investments for future growth, which benefits all NH residents.
* NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with excessive taxes.

HB1104 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes modest changes to renewable energy portfolio standards to allow hydropower to make up a larger share of the renewable energy portfolio.

* Renewable energy portfolio standards raise New Hampshire's already-high electric costs by requiring retailers to use more expensive sources of electricity. Since RGGI already encourages utilities to reduce carbon emissions, these standards are at best redundant and, more likely, inefficient command-and-control.
* This bill slightly relaxes these regulations by admitting more hydroelectric power as a source meeting the goal. It should reduce electric costs and improve New Hampshire's competitiveness.
* The Committee majority opinion is that his may hurt NH based biomass companies that have been profitable when shielded from competition by existing law. While a thriving business entity is admirable, a company that thrives only when shielded from fair and responsible competition is not sustainable.

HB1118 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a rebuttable presumption that shared parenting and shared residential rights and responsibilities are in the best interest of the child or children.

* Barring extenuating circumstances such as abuse or neglect, it is in the best interest of the child that both parents have continuing involvement in the child's life.
* Multiple studies indicate that share parenting arrangements result in lower risks of fear, aggression or depression. See http://www.divorceny.com/custody/swedish-survey/ and http://national.deseretnews.com/article/17236/what-shared-parenting-is-and-how-it-can-affect-kids-after-divorce.html
* The bill contains protection to help ensure that a history of abuse or neglect is considered in determining what is in the best interest of the child.

HB1119 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 27, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill doubles the current $5 fee to $10.

* Vehicle registration costs are already too high in NH. This is yet another tax increase that is going to hurt lower income families.
* While it's nice that the fee must go to transportation improvements, if the gas tax were used exclusively for transportation, we wouldn't need to come up with additional taxes on NH drivers.

HB1120 (No Position Taken / HOUSE)

March 23, 2016: No Position Taken

This bill mandates that all teachers at NH charter schools must be credentialed by the state.

• Currently, charter schools are permitted to consider qualified non-traditional candidates who may
bring a valuable and diverse perspective to the teaching profession. This is exactly the kind of
flexibility that has made charter schools more successful than school districts.
• By increasing protectionism and artificial barriers to entry, this bill would raise education costs.
• It is often difficult to find certified STEM field teachers while a large pool of industry STEM experts
without certification are available who could potentially do a better job than available candidates
with an arbitrary certificate.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates that all teachers at NH charter schools must be credentialed by the state.

* Currently, charter schools are permitted to consider non-traditional candidates for teaching positions. This allows school administrators to consider qualified non-traditional candidates who may bring a valuable and diverse perspective to the teaching profession, and is exactly the kind of flexibility that has made charter schools more successful than school districts.
* By increasing protectionism and artificial barriers to entry, this bill would raise education costs.
* It is often difficult to find certified STEM field teachers while a large pool of industry STEM experts without certification are available who could potentially do a better job than available candidates with an arbitrary certificate.

HB1125 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures crime victims may have certain property returned to them within 48 hours of its recovery by police.

* Victims of theft rightfully own their property, and should be given the opportunity to recover it at the earliest moment possible.
* The bill provides that photographs of the stolen property shall be admissible as secondary evidence at trial.
* A stolen phone may have critical information to the victim, received both before and after the item was stolen.
* While the committee’s majority expressed concern over the ability of the police to fully document the evidence within 48 hours, this concern is outweighed by the need to prevent further damage to the victim of the crime. The law contains the option for the police to request an extension from the victim. The state should not further victimize a citizen who has already been negatively impacted by theft.

HB1127 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill is pro-liberty and brings a level of accountability to marital referees and marital masters.

* This bill requires that court referees who are not former judges become justices of the peace.
* Currently, referees, as state employees, cannot be impeached if they decide beyond their proper authority, by contrast, justices of the peace can be impeached if necessary.
* The requirement is not arduous. JP is easy to obtain, and allows a five year term before requiring re-approval by the governor and council.

HB1130 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill overrides local control for no good reason.

* Decisions about education and educational facilities are best made by parents, or local communities, not by the state.
* Communities which do not wish to place military memorials on school grounds should not be forced to do so by state legislators.

HB1132 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows hunters and sportsmen to have ammunition in their guns in their vehicles, so long as the safety is on, and the chamber empty

• This common sense gun law reduces this risk of a citizen being charged with a crime when transporting a weapon in a safe and secure manner.
• This bill enhances safety by reducing the number of times the weapon is unloaded and reloaded.
• This bill retains the existing restriction on hunting from a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, boat, or aircraft.
* This bill allows RV owners to have a shotgun in their mobile home when camping for self protection from wild animal or perpetrator.
• This bill allows a hunter to place his loaded rifle on his car when speaking to a fish and game officer without fear of being charged with a violation.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows hunters and sportsmen to have ammunition in their guns in their vehicles, so long as the safety is on, and the chamber empty

* This common sense gun law reduces this risk of a citizen being charged with a crime when transporting a weapon in a safe and secure manner.
* This bill enhances safety by reducing the number of times the weapon is unloaded and reloaded.
* This bill retains the existing restriction on hunting from a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, boat, or aircraft.

HB1138 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill gives terminally ill patients more options for treatment while protecting all involved.

• The individual should be able to make fully informed healthcare decisions about their treatment, and not have to wait for the FDA to approve such treatments.
• Allowing terminally ill patients to try other treatments could save their lives while advancing modern medicine at the same time.
• Some terminally ill patients travel to foreign countries to try these treatments. This bill will allow the patient to remain close to friends and families in their time of need.
• 27 states have passed similar laws.

HB1143 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the current prohibition on sharing photos of a ballot.

• RSA 659:35 infringes on freedom of speech, and violates both section 1 article 22 of the NH
constitution and the first amendment to the US constitution.
• Current law has already been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.
• There is no evidence to show that a problem exists in New Hampshire with citizens being coerced
into showing their ballot. If someone attempts such a crime other statutes would be sufficient to
prosecute.
• The legislature doesn’t need to wait for judicial action before rectifying an unconstitutional statute.

HB1153 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves government transparency.

• There are already many restrictions on where a registered offender can live. These types of restrictions can force people out of affordable housing and sometimes result in homelessness.
• Residency restrictions are an infringement upon fundamental private property rights and do nothing to actually protect victims.
• Limitations on residency can force people on the registry further from the support networks they need the most: jobs, therapy, and public transportation, making it more difficult to re-assimilate into society

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves government transparency.

•There are alreay many restrictions on where a registered offender can live. These types of restrictions can force people out of affordable housing and sometimes result in homelessness.

•Such restrictions are an infringement upon fundamental private property rights and do nothing to actually protect victims.

•Limitations on residency can force people on the registry further from the support networks they need
the most: jobs, therapy, and public transportation, making it more difficult to re-assimilate into society.

HB1154 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 21, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates personal privacy and civil liberties to travel freely

• Blanket surveillance by the state government is rife with potential misuse and abuse. There is no way to ensure that the data won't be improperly shared.
• It has been shown in other states that there are many false positives on license readers, leading to infringements on driver freedom and personal liberty.
• In December 2013, the Boston police stopped using automated license plate readers. They found them ineffective, prone to error, open to hacking, and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Boston Police have no plans to resume using license plate scanners, as noted in the explosive media coverage of this failed program.
• The NH constitution clearly prohibits warrantless searches in Part I, Art. 19: "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions...." The 4th Amendment to the US constitution gives the same restriction on the federal government.
• While the bill would impose a mandate that non-targeted plate data would be destroyed within 3 minutes, the need to have these devices networked to receive 'alarms' authorizing collections mean that the data will almost certainly be compromised. Large federal agencies including those charged with the responsibility of retaining detailed personal background data have shown that they are unable to prevent long-standing hacks and backdoors.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates personal privacy and civil liberties to travel freely

* Blanket surveillance by the state government is rife with potential misuse and abuse. There is no way to ensure that the data won't be improperly shared.
* It has been shown in other states that there are many false positives on license readers, leading to infringements on driver freedom and personal liberty.
* In December 2013, the Boston police stopped using automated license plate readers. They found them ineffective, prone to error, open to hacking, and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Boston Police have no plans to resume using license plate scanners, as noted in the explosive media coverage of this failed program.
* The NH constitution clearly prohibits warrantless searches in Part I, Art. 19: "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions...." The 4th Amendment to the US constitution gives the same restriction on the federal government.
* While the bill would impose a mandate that non-targeted plate data would be destroyed within 3 minutes, the need to have these devices networked to receive 'alarms' authorizing collections mean that the data will almost certainly be compromised. Large federal agencies including those charged with the responsibility of retaining detailed personal background data have shown that they are unable to prevent long-standing hacks and backdoors.

HB1184 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the licensing burden on NH wine manufacturers.

* State government should be encouraging NH small businesses to expand, not penalizing success.
* The NHLA supports the reduction and elimination of licensing fees in general, on all kinds of businesses.

HB1186 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the existing unenforceable prohibition on coasting vehicles.

•Existing law is not enforceable as there is no external indication that a vehicle is in neutral.
•Coasting can reduce wear on vehicles and save fuel. As long as the rules of the road are followed, there is no danger to others from a coasting vehicle.

HB1187 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals licensing requirements for showmen.

* The current law is dated, unnecessary and overly broad, going so far as to make it illegal for a clown or a magician to perform even at a private event, including a child’s birthday party, without permission from the selectmen.
* Ventriloquists, puppeteers, sleight of hand magicians, and other showmen should not be required to get a permission slip in order to transact in voluntary commerce. Existing fire codes and certificates of occupancy are more than adequate to ensure the safety of the public.
* While local control is generally preferable to state or national mandates, the higher principle is that of individual liberty. Indeed, the most "local" governance of all is the governance of an individual over his or her own life and property.

HB1188 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds cider to the list of alcoholic beverages that can be served by the holder of a brewpub license.

* Ciders and beer are similar both in terms of the process to create them as well as the risks inherent in their use. There is no compelling argument to have a unique licensing regime for ciders.
* Local brewpubs have been one of the great successes in NH business, since the previous restrictive laws were updated for the 21st century. This modest improvement in the law will help support a locally grown 'farm to glass' business model that allows NH to highlight products created from locally grown fruits.

HB1192 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the successful K-12 scholarship program.

* This bill represents a third attempt at repeal since the Education Tax Credit Scholarship program went into effect.
* The Education Tax Credit Scholarship program has helped many families have access to better educational opportunities.
* Similar tax-credit scholarship programs have been deemed Constitutional by their home states and by the US Supreme Court.
* Free choice by families and students is the very best form of accountability, and leads to the best outcomes. By contrast, one size fits all centralized government control of education has led to spiraling administrative costs and worsening outcomes.
* Education should serve the interests of students, not government unions.

HB1193 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new certification requirements for school nurses.

* Current law already requires that a school nurse be a registered professional nurse currently licensed in New Hampshire. As amended by the committee, this bill dramatically expands the certification requirements for school nurses which will increase cost and deny employment to qualified nurses.
* The broad expansion in certification requirements are not appropriate for Committee of Conference changes as insufficient review has been provided to ensure that the changes are responsible. These change will drive a shortage in school nurses by creating artificial barriers to entry for qualified medical professionals putting our children at risk while simultaneously driving up costs.

May 5, 2016: No Position Taken

HB1210 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill slightly liberalizes telemedicine by increasing the conditions under which a physician may prescribe controlled substances as part of an ongoing patient relationship.

* Liberalizing telemedicine can reduce health care costs and expand patient choice.
* The bill requires that the prescriber has a prior in-person practitioner-patient relationship.

HB1227 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes an unnecessary prohibition on Sunday business activities

• This bill repeals outdated laws prohibiting or regulating Sunday business activities and removes differing Sunday hours for bingo and games of chance.
• Existing laws banning business activities on Sundays are regularly and widely ignored, and do not align with common practices in the state.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes an unnecessary prohibition on Sunday business activities

* This bill repeals outdated laws prohibiting or regulating Sunday business activities and removes differing Sunday hours for bingo and games of chance.
* Existing laws banning business activities on Sundays are regularly and widely ignored, and do not align with common practices in the state.

HB1229 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill gives control over assessment results to students and parents.

• Statewide assessments were designed to measure overall school performance, and are not designed as a measurement of individual student performance.
• Students should not be held accountable to an assessment that changes from year to year and may be based on standards that are not fully implemented.

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill gives control over assessment results to students and parents.

• Statewide assessments were designed to measure overall school performance, and are not
designed as a measurement of individual student performance.
• Students should not be held accountable to an assessment that changes from year to year and
may be based on standards that are not fully implemented.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill gives control over assessment results to students and parents

* Statewide assessments were designed to measure overall school performance, not students.
* Students should not be held accountable to an assessment that changes from year to year and may be based on standards that are not fully implemented.

HB1231 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires districts to notify parents before covering certain controversial or sensitive topics.

• The bill provides an opt-out for parents who do not wish their children to participate.
• This bill respects the right of parents to direct the education of their children.

March 23, 2016: No Position Taken

This bill requires districts to notify parents before covering certain controversial or sensitive topics.

• The bill provides an opt-out for parents who do not wish their children to participate.
• This bill respects the right of parents to direct the education of their children.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires districts to notify parents before covering certain controversial or sensitive topics.

* This bill also provides an opt-out for parents who do not wish their children to participate.
* This bill respects the right of parents to direct the education of their children.

HB1232 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires districts to notify parents before outside, non-educational state agencies or private companies visit schools and classrooms.

• This bill provides an opt-out for parents who do not wish their children to be part of the visit.
• This bill supports parental rights and improves privacy protections.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires districts to notify parents before outside, non-educational state agencies or private companies visit schools and classrooms.

* This bill provides an opt-out for parents who don’t wish their children to be part of the visit.
* This bill supports parental rights and improves privacy protections.

HB1236 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects mutually agreeable compromises reached out of court

• This bill as amended provides that when the parties agree to a modification of parental rights and responsibilities, the court shall not hold a hearing on the modification unless requested by both parties.
• Mutually agreed-upon parenting plans are a win/win agreements that reduce stress for all involved including the children.
• This bill keeps un-coerced parenting agreements in the control of cooperating parents, avoiding unnecessary litigation and concomitant suffering.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects mutually agreeable compromises reached out of court

* This bill as amended provides that when the parties agree to a modification of parental rights and responsibilities, the court shall not hold a hearing on the modification unless requested by both parties.
* Mutually agreed-upon parenting plans are a win/win agreements that reduce stress for all involved including the children.
* This bill keeps un-coerced parenting agreements in the control of cooperating parents, avoiding unnecessary litigation and concomitant suffering.

HB1239 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill attempts to standardize terminology in the education statutes.

* The bill's sponsor testified during the committee hearing that this bill is intended to be a 'housekeeping' bill to address consistency in terminology but as currently submitted, the bill inadvertently results in material changes in the relationship between the state board of education and local school boards. While we support the intent of clear and consistent language in the statutes, in its current form, the risks far outweigh any potential benefit that could be realized from 'housekeeping' consistency updates. The following issues would need to be addressed for the bill to limit its scope to housekeeping and clarity :
* In most of the bill, existing statutes that utilize terminology of 'educational' or 'curriculum' standards have been replaced with the consistent and defined language of 'academic standards'. However, in part II, the bill simply deleted 'curriculum and educational' standards instead of replacing it with the words 'academic' standards. The resulting language greatly expands the scope of potential rule making power that RSA 186:8 grants the state board. The deletion would now allow the state board of education to define standards outside of the context of academic standards.
* The proposed change to RSA 193-C:1, II-III goes beyond mere clarification of terms. Previously this RSA indicated that statewide assessments were an effective measure of accountability for our schools. The changes in the bill go beyond ensuring accountability of the school by adding that the statewide assessments are intended to measure "student performance". One potential interpretation of this addition is that the statewide assessments and academic standards could be used in student grading or promotion in lieu of locally developed proficiency standards. Since this is not the intent of the existing statute, this can easily be interpreted as a material change to the intent of the law.
* Finally, the key to this bill being simply a housekeeping bill is the extent to which 'academic standards' are aligned with the intent of current law. This bill broadly defines 'academic standard' as "what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level" but provides no constraints that align the standards with the existing definition of academic topics included in an adequate education per RSA 193-E:2-a. The definition should be clarified to "what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level for each of the topics enumerated in RSA 193-E:2-a, I."

HB1243 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 23, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on due process and unfairly shifts the balance of power in favor of municipalities, over property owners.

* By including language; 'Each day a violation continues shall be a separate offense', a municipality
can set a fine at $1500 for multiple days and thereby avoid a jury trial for fines over $1500 as
required by constitution. So, a violation ongoing for 20 days would subject the violator to a $30,000
fine and no possibility of a jury trial.
* Contrary to the normal 'may' award, this bill states the court 'shall' award to the municipality if they
prevail.
* As the minority report notes, this bill awards attorney fees only to the municipality if it prevails in
the litigation and not to the homeowner if he or she prevails, and provides that a municipality can
request the homeowner/defendant post a “bond,” for projected expenses, which is normally posted
by the plaintiff, not the defendant.

HB1247 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 14, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows the playing of poker games in a private residence.

• Currently NH law creates criminals of homeowners and their guests who happen to gather for an evening of recreational poker.
• This bill takes the reasonable step of legalizing poker in private residences, so long as there is no “house”, “rake”, or similar.
• Private, voluntary transactions between adults taking place on private property should not be prohibited by the state.
• There is no revenue impact to the state

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows the playing of poker games in a private residence.

* Currently NH law creates criminals of homeowners and their guests who happen to gather for an evening of recreational poker.
* This bill takes the reasonable step of legalizing poker in private residences, so long as there is no "house", "rake", or similar.
* Private, voluntary transactions between adults taking place on private property should not be prohibited by the state.

HB1249 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps prevent families from being harmed by false accusations.

* As amended, this bill provides that a person who knowingly submits false or misleading information in abuse or neglect proceedings shall be guilty of the crime of false swearing.
* Allowing immunity for possibly false testimony is absurd and unjust.
* Children are being seriously harmed by false accusations in family law cases. This bill will place a barrier to false testimony and hidden evidence.
* This bill as amended does not create new penalties for providing false information, but it does explicitly link RSA 169 to RSA 641, and it clarifies which sections of the statute apply. It also provides a penalty for professionals involved in a case who hide exculpatory evidence.

HB1250 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill defends parental rights

* This bill provides that a parent or legal guardian shall not be charged with abuse or neglect of a child’s need for medical care if they follow a recommended course of treatment from a licensed health care professional.
* This bill ensures that parents who have taken their child to the doctor and are following a prescribed treatment are not accused of medical neglect, even if the state identifies and orders an alternative treatment.
* When qualified experts disagree on the best course of treatment, a parent or guardian's ultimate decision should not be seconded guessed by the state.

HB1266 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill legalizes additional categories of fireworks.

* The choice of whether to purchase, possess, and use fireworks should be a personal one. Fireworks bans are paternalistic.
* Removing the ban on firecrackers and smoke bombs will increase economic activity in New Hampshire.

HB1270 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies the Wentworth instruction given to jurors.

* Jurors find the Wentworth instruction to be less than clear.
* This instruction to the jury makes clear their right to ignore the law if the result would be unjust.
* Jurors generally do not understand the significant distinction between the terms 'must' and 'should' as used in the Wentworth instruction.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures jurors are clearly informed about their responsibilities.

* The power of prosecutors choose to not bring forward charges is called "prosecutorial discretion"; juries should understand that they have the same discretion.
* The language of the instruction merely reinforces law as we have always known it in New Hampshire; it clarifies the confusing language in the 'Wentworth' instruction in a way that is understandable to jurors.

HB1282 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes new regulations on builders and homeowners.

* This bill proposes to adopt the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Plumbing Code, the 2015 International Mechanical Code, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, and the 2015 International Residential Code as the minimum standard for all new building construction as well as any commercial or residential renovations.
* Adopting these standards would implement an extensive list of burdensome new regulations, predominantly related to energy efficiency.
* Only 6 states have adopted this 2015 standard either at a state or local level.
* This legislation would add significant cost to taxpayers related to public infrastructure and in construction of private buildings.

HB1288 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires any force protection policy adopted by the New Hampshire national guard to permit guard members to carry concealed.

* Gun free zones have been targets of mass shootings. We shouldn't put National Guard members at risk by disarming them. These men and women have firearms training and should be allowed to exercise their right to bear arms if they choose.

HB1298 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: No Position Taken

• Property owners should not be liable for damage caused by others on their land. This bill ensures they have clear protection against such damage, and a means to obtain fair restitution.
• OHRV owners should be responsible for their actions, and respect the property they are allowed to use.

Feb. 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects property rights.

* Property owners should not be liable for damage caused by others on their land. This bill ensures they have clear protection against such damage, and a means to obtain fair restitution.
* OHRV owners should be responsible for their actions, and respect the property they are allowed to use.

HB1300 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires public schools to dedicate up to two days each year to discuss the words, meaning and history of the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner.

• The legislature shouldn't be dictating curriculum from Concord. Local school districts are in a better position to understand the educational needs of their students.
• Requiring the same discussion twice each year throughout a public school career crowds out other significant and relevant topics including the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

March 23, 2016: No Position Taken

may be based on standards that are not fully implemented.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires public schools to dedicate up to two days each year to discuss the words, meaning and history of the Pledge of Allegiance and star Spangled Banner.

* The legislature shouldn't be dictating curriculum from Concord. Local school districts are in a better position to understand the educational needs of their students.
* While the suggested topics are culturally significant, requiring the same discussion twice each year throughout a public school career crowds out other significant and relevant topics such as the declaration of independence, the constitution, or other relevant topics.

HB1301 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to determine the satisfactory level of academic performance required for a youth certificate of employment.

* Current NH law puts an unfair hurdle in place for all non-public school students seeking employment by forcing public school superintendents and principals into a role of responsibility for students they do not know.
• According to a Harvard Graduate School of education report (http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4740480), teens who have good high school work experiences are more likely to be inspired to stay in school, graduate, and adopt ambitious goals.
• Existing law grants public school principals or superintendents the exclusive right to approve work certificates. Parents, however, better understand the full set of challenges that the student faces outside of the school.
• Current law effectively requires homeschoolers, charter school students or students attending private schools to seek permission from the local public school's principal/superintendent who has no connection to the student's school work and performance.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to determine the satisfactory level of academic performance required for a youth certificate of employment.

• According to a Harvard Graduate School of education report (http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4740480), teens who have good high school work experiences are more likely to be inspired to stay in school, graduate, and adopt ambitious goals.
• Existing law grants public school principals or superintendents the exclusive right to approve work certificates. Parents, however, better understand the full set of challenges that the student faces outside of the school.
• Current law effectively requires homeschoolers, charter school students or students attending private schools to seek permission from the local public school's principal/superintendent who has no connection to the student's school work and performance.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects a parent's right to determine the satisfactory level of academic performance required for a youth certificate of employment.

* According to a Harvard Graduate School of education report (http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4740480), teens who have good high school work experiences are more likely to be inspired to stay in school, graduate, and adopt ambitious goals.
* Existing law grants principals the exclusive right to approve work certificates. Parents, however, better understand the full set of challenges that the student faces outside of the school.
* Current law effectively requires homeschoolers to seek permission from the local school's principal who has no connection to the student's school work and performance.

HB1314 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

Unless specifically referenced statute, the bill would allow firearms to be carried on the premises of any entity funded in whole or in part by the State of New Hampshire.

* The bill would allow on-carry open carry or concealed by license.
* The current law is ambiguous and some argue this is already legal. This bill would end any questions to the legality of legally possessing a firearm while on public property.
* If towns aren't allowed to prohibit guns in their offices, either by the public or town employees, state universities shouldn't be allowed to do the same.
* By disarming responsible gun owners, current policy puts students at risk when attending publicly funded colleges and universities.

HB1338 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to opt their children out of the statewide assessment.

• Parents have a right to direct the education of their children.
• Seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and California) already have opt-out provisions. No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates, nor over opt out provisions.
• The new federal law, ESSA, recognizes parents’ right to opt out.

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to opt their children out of the statewide assessment.

• Parents have a right to direct the education of their children.
• Seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and California)
already have opt-out provisions. No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower
participation rates, nor over opt out provisions.
• The new federal law, ESSA, recognizes parents’ right to opt out.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to opt their children out of the statewide assessment.

* Parents have a right to direct the education of their children.
* Seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and California) already have opt-out provisions. No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates, nor over opt out provisions. The new federal law, ESSA, recognizes parents' right to opt out.

HB1339 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business and carves out an exclusion to pay practice laws for a single industry segment.

* This bill requires annual reporting of an insurer or insurance groups corporate governance structure, policies and practices to permit the commissioner to gain and maintain an understanding of the insurers corporate governance framework.
• This bill increases overhead and burden on insurance companies which will invariably be passed on to consumers through higher insurance rates.
• This bill also carves out a special exception to existing law requiring that employees be paid for at least 2 hours of work for ski and snowboard instructional. Special case exclusions in the law are an indication that the law itself is flawed as it is unlikely that the legislature can be aware of all of the special conditions facing each employer. Piecewise exclusions only serve to reduce the size of the constituency fighting the improper law without addressing the problems inherent in the law itself.

April 21, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business and carves out an exclusion to pay practice laws for a single industry segment.

• This bill requires annual reporting of an insurer or insurance group’s corporate governance structure, policies and practices to permit the commissioner to gain and maintain an understanding of the insurer’s corporate governance framework..
• This bill increases overhead and burden on insurance companies which will invariably be passed on to consumers through higher insurance rates.
• This bill contains non-germane amendment that carves out a special exception to existing law requiring that employees be paid for at least 2 hours of work for ski and snowboard instructional. Special case exclusions in the law are an indication that the law itself is flawed as it is unlikely that the legislature can be aware of all of the special conditions facing each employer. Piecewise exclusions only serve to reduce the size of the constituency fighting the improper law without addressing the problems inherent in the law itself.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business

* This bill requires annual reporting of an insurer or insurance group’s corporate governance structure, policies and practices to permit the commissioner to gain and maintain an understanding of the insurer’s corporate governance framework.
* This bill increases overhead and burden on insurance companies which will invariably be passed on to consumers through higher insurance rates.

HB1340 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 21, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires that insurance producers complete certain education requirements every 2 years.

• This bill raises regulatory burdens on insurance producers by requiring biennial continuing education. This bill is a giveaway to schools providing the mandated education. There is no guarantee that the mandates will increase the productivity or ethics of insurance producers.
• If insurance producers want to increase their productivity, they can already seek out additional training. Additional regulatory burdens on licensed professions reduce the supply of providers, raising costs and limiting choice for consumers.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires that insurance producers complete certain education requirements every 2 years.

* This bill raises regulatory burdens on insurance producers by requiring biennial continuing education. This bill is a giveaway to schools providing the mandated education. There is no guarantee that the mandates will increase the productivity or ethics of insurance producers.
* If insurance producers want to increase their productivity, they can already seek out additional training. Additional regulatory burdens on licensed professions reduce the supply of providers, raising costs and limiting choice for consumers.

HB1342 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business.

* This bill would prevent insurance companies from utilizing data that may accurately represent claims risk when setting premiums.
* This bill significantly increases price controls in personal auto insurance. Auto insurers should be free to underwrite insurance policies according to the estimated risk posed by the insured. Politically manipulating insurance companies' prices will likely result in more people having to go to the residual market and/or higher premiums for everyone.
* This bill prohibits the usage of education level and occupation information when determining rates for casualty insurance. This will cause broad based increases in insurance costs.

HB1346 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes and raises a minimum wage for tipped employees.

* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience (https://www.cbo.gov/publication/44995)
* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.
* A better way to help tipped employees is to increase the productivity of hospitality workers by making the state more attractive to tourists and visitors.

HB1348 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business.

* This bill removes the exemption from the consumer protection act for trade or commerce under the jurisdiction of financial institutions, insurance regulators of other state and federal banking or securities regulators.
* This is a bill to enrich trial lawyers by expanding the scope of consumer protection act to cover companies that are already federally regulated. The consumer protection act does not really protect consumers but makes products more expensive by making it easy to sue businesses for unintended harms.
* The AG already has the ability to enforce federal consumer protection regulations and need only notify the Consumer Final Protection Bureau of its intent to do so.

HB1358 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates maximum idle times for vehicles in various circumstances

* Both hybrids and many non-hybrid vehicles are now available with automated systems to manage idling, taking into account engine temperature, battery charge levels and other factors. Attempting to mange idle times through legislation is both archaic and ineffective.
* There are no exclusions in this bill for non-commercial vehicles running heat or air conditioning for passenger comfort, diesel commercial vehicles which have special requirements at low temperatures, or even disabled motorists facing dangerous temperature extremes.
* The legislature should not be micromanaging drivers.

HB1368 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill proposes mandatory liability insurance for firearm ownership.

* The requirement to obtain liability insurance creates a substantial burden on the fundamental right to to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by article 2-a of the NH constitution.
* This bill would have a disproportionate discriminatory effect on people of modest incomes.
* The ill defined insurance requirement grants private companies the ability to deny people a constitutionally guaranteed right. This will result in citizens who are qualified to own a firearm under state and federal law being denied that right by an unaccountable private entity backed by the force of the state.

HB1374 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill rebates money paid into the renewable energy fund back to ratepayers.

* This bill rebates the proceeds of the renewable energy fund to ratepayers, thus reducing the effective cost of electricity in New Hampshire.
* The bill reduces the opaque cronyism to which the current system is susceptible, which allows subsidies to particular firms and technologies. Direct subsidies to businesses are not 'pro-business' - they are instead pro-government interference in the market place, leading to a distortion of investment priorities with winners and losers picked not on the basis of how customers are served, but rather on the basis of how well a company can work the apparatus of the state.

HB1376 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would mandate that employers offer permanent positions to temporary workers who have been working for the employer for six months.

* This bill would discourage employers from hiring temporary employees to begin with, or force them to fire successful temporary workers after five months on the job, if they are not in a position to hire a permanent employee.
* Workers and employers have a right to negotiate working arrangements. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.
* No other states have this must-hire mandate. Legislators should be seeking to reduce the already burdensome regulatory environment in NH, not make it even more arduous and complex.

HB1381 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the ban on smoke bombs.

* Removing the ban on smoke bombs will increase economic activity in New Hampshire.
* Even states with substantially more restrictive fireworks laws allow smokebombs (e.g. this is a class of device that is legal in New York state)

HB1382 (No Position Taken / SENATE)

May 12, 2016: No Position Taken

• The change will allow ballot access based on a meaningful percentage of voters who choose to actively participate in the electoral process rather than a percentage of citizens who are simply registered to vote.
• As the state works to simplify the voter registration process, the existing law could make the ballot process impractical as there is a risk that potential increases in voter registration may not translate into similar increases in engaged voters. This bill ensures that the ballot procedure is 'self-tuning' to the the number of citizens who actively participate in politics.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes the required number of signatures to place a question on the ballot from 10% of registered voters to 20% of the voters voting in the last municipal election.

* The change will allow ballot access based on a meaningful percentage of voters who choose to actively participate in the electoral process rather than a percentage of citizens who are simply registered to vote.
* As the state works to simplify the voter registration process, the existing law could make the ballot process impractical as there is a risk that potential increases in voter registration may not translate into similar increases in engaged voters. This bill ensures that the ballot procedure is 'self-tuning' to the the number of citizens who actively participate in politics.

HB1388 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 31, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows a person who has purchased a muzzleloader license to hunt deer with a crossbow.

* The state has no compelling interest in limiting the means of effectively and safely taking deer.
* Some NH families rely on deer season to provide high quality locally sourced protein. This bill would allow families to utilize alternate safe means for taking deer potentially saving them money.

HB1393 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves government transparency.

• The Department received over $8 million dollars to organize student level data into a state database, including statewide assessment scores for students.
• The legislature must review statewide assessment results for students receiving differential adequacy funding to ensure that scarce education funds are being used effectively.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill improves government transparency.

* The Department received over $8 million dollars to organize student level data into a state database, including statewide assessment scores for students.
* The legislature must review statewide assessment results for students receiving additional adequacy funding to ensure that scarce education funds are being used effectively.

HB1400 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures that any citizen who is legally allowed to own a firearm may be issued a concealed weapons license.

* This bill removes the ambiguity of a "suitable person", which encourages profiling, and has in the past been used for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination.
* The language replacing "suitable" is identical to that contained in SB 116 which passed both Houses in 2015, and to HB 582 which passed the House earlier this session.
* There is a demonstrated need for this legislation. Citizens have been arbitrarily denied their right to obtain or renew their license and then forced to seek legal counsel to exercise a basic right. As recently as 2015 a NH woman was denied the right to defend herself for 112 days after an arbitrary decision by a local police chief. While the chief's decision was overturned almost immediately upon he case being heard, the prolonged and expensive legal battle is an unfortunately common outcome of the current law.

HB1408 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates a statewide inventory of approximately 400 school buildings.

* The incremental work increases from individual mandates such as this contribute to an overworked staff and loss of focus on the primary mission of the schools to educate our children.
* There is a cost to gather this data even when using existing staff. Assertions to the contrary imply that the staff at our schools are spending a portion of their day sitting idle.

March 31, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates a statewide inventory of approximately 400 school buildings.

* Although the majority believes there are no costs to gather this data due to the use of existing staff, the implication is that the staff at our schools are spending a portion of their day sitting idle. The incremental work increases from individual mandates such as this contribute to an overworked staff and loss of focus on the primary mission of the schools to educate our children.
* This bill was never reviewed by Finance Committee to evaluate the burden being imposed upon districts.

HB1416 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a tax on the exercise of a constitutionally protected right.

* Article 2a of the NH constitution recognizes the inherent right to keep and bear arms. In Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, 383 U.S. 663 the U.S. Supreme Court found that Virginia's poll tax was unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The Court noted that “a state violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution whenever it makes the affluence of the voter or payment of any fee an electoral standard. Voter qualifications have no relation to wealth." Similarly, affluence has no bearing on a citizen’s constitutional right defend him or herself.
* The federal government runs the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)which is currently used in NH for long gun sales. The existing NH state level point of contact for handguns is simply a pass through position to the NICS system and adds a needless level of bureaucracy with no additional assurance of safety or quality. We should be working toward elimination of the state point of contact for firearms background checks, rather than seeking to expand our existing state level system.

HB1417 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill promotes government transparency.

* Under current law, public bodies may convene in "non-meetings", under certain circumstances, which are not only closed, but secret as well.
* The bill as amended would require that records be kept of "non-meetings" which would include: the specific exemption which is relied upon as the foundation for the "non-meeting," names of members, meeting places, and beginning and ending time.
* Providing the information outlined will calm fears of secret meetings and reduce further 91-A requests.
* This bill comports with Part I, Article 8 of the NH constitution.

HB1418 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 31, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies the required content for non-public meeting minutes.

* The NH Constitution, Part 1 Article 8: ... Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. This bill helps to achieve this requirement.

* Provides that minutes kept in nonpublic sessions are consistent with minutes kept in public sessions while maintaining the existing protections outlined in RSA 91-A:3 (e.g. preventing the release of information that would adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself.)

HB1419 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 31, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires minutes of nonpublic sessions under the right-to-know law to include the vote of each member in all actions taken.

* The NH Constitution, Part 1 Article 8: ... Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. This bill helps to achieve this requirement.
* Retains ability for public bodies to conduct nonpublic sessions while ensuring the public has a right to know the voting record of their representatives.

HB1420 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow law enforcement to access patients' private health care information without a warrant from a court.

* This bill infringes on fundamental privacy rights, and violates part 1 article 19 of the NH constitution and the fourth amendment to the federal constitution.
* Medical information is extremely private, personal information. It is inappropriate for law enforcement to be given access to such data without a warrant from a judge.
* The majority blurb claims that "access may be denied", but no mechanism for denial of access is given, for a wide range of enforcement activities.
* "Quicker access" is a weak excuse for circumventing due process and violating fundamental liberties.

HB1430 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill subjects utility tractors to vehicle registration requirements

• Compact utility tractors are rarely used on NH's roads and should not be subject to registration fees.
• This bill would create an unnecessary burden on small agricultural businesses.

HB1434 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended reinforces the requirement that the judges must provide a written finding to keep a child in out-of-home placement after the preliminary hearing of an abuse and neglect proceeding.

* Unwarranted interference in the parent child relationship is a harm to children, parents, and society as a whole. This bill helps ensure that removal is limited only to cases where a hearing has found that there are documentable instances of abuse or neglect.
* Clear documentation of findings supports rebuttal of unsubstantiated claims and in cases when the abuse is substantiated, it helps provide documentation that may be useful to all parties to determine the most appropriate path forward in future hearings.
* Documented findings are consistent with the NH Constitution Part 1 Article 15 which states "No subject shall be held to answer for any crime, or offense, until the same is fully and plainly, substantially and formally, described to him..."

HB1435 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes driving with a cell phone a secondary offense.

* Police shouldn't stop people who are not a danger and driving perfectly. This bill would help focus the police's attention on providing actual public safety.
* The current ban overreaches, by prohibiting speaking on a cell phone even while stopped in traffic or at a red light
* Studies show that bans on use of handheld devices while driving have had no effect on accident rates. (e.g. NE Burger, DT Kaffine, B Yu Transportation research part A: policy and practice 66, 162-172, and IIHS Status Report, Vol. 45, No. 2)
* Handheld phone bans cause some drivers to hide their phone use, by placing the phone in their lap and taking their eyes off the road, which is far more dangerous.

HB1438 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

•This bill improves equality and consistency of law by allowing trailers to be registered as antique regardless of the number of axles.
• Antique trailers are not used as frequently as newer trailers, so it’s right that registering an antique trailer should be less costly.

Jan. 27, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows 2-axle antique trailers to be registered as such.

* This bill improves equality and consistency of law by allowing trailers to be registered as antique regardless of the number of axles.
* Antique trailers are not used as frequently as newer trailers, so it’s right that registering an antique trailer should be less costly.

HB1440 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill exempts volunteer and part-time solid waste operators from the certification requirement as long as they are under the direct supervision of certified personnel.

* This bill reduces the burden of regulation on small businesses, volunteer organizations, and local governments, in managing solid waste.
* As the minority committee opinion points out, current staff re-training requirements for solid waste operators are excessive when compared other occupations. While this bill does not broadly address over-certification issues it does provide a small improvement.

HB1442 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill would allow the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) to object to rules if they are deemed to have a negative impact on businesses.

* This bill provides an additional tool for the legislature to exercise a check on the administrative branch, as is its responsibility, and to protect the NH economy.
* The clause in RSA 541-A "determined not to be in the public interest," is insufficient to stop some over-reaching rules that impact small businesses in an unfavorable way.

HB1443 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would shift the burden of proof related to reasonable compensation for Limited Liability Companies from the state back to the taxpayer.

* Innocent until proven guilty is a long standing tradition of US law as well as Common Law that predates the founding of the republic.
* The state should always have the burden to prove wrongdoing, as only the state has the monoply of power to initiate force.

HB1444 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would increase taxes on insurance premiums by up to 60%.

* The NH government should be working to reduce already high taxes and fees on NH businesses, instead of increasing them.
* The costs of direct taxes on premiums are inevitably passed on to consumers.
* Higher taxes reduce the competitiveness of NH based insurance providers, and discourage new providers from relocating to NH.

HB1445 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal an existing prohibition on tinted side windows

• 46 other states already allow tinted side windows, with no widespread problems reported.
• NH law enforcement already encounters tinted windows on the thousands of tourist vehicles that visit NH each year. No widespread problems have been reported with these vehicles, either.
• While we do not support the $5 annual fee, this bill still represents a clear improvement over current law.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal an existing prohibition on tinted side windows

* 46 other states already allow tinted side windows, with no widespread problems reported.
* NH law enforcement already encounters tinted windows on the thousands of tourist vehicles that visit NH each year. No widespread problems have been reported with these vehicles, either.
* While we do not support the $5 annual fee, this bill still represents a clear improvement over current law.
* (transcriber note: this is listed as anti-Liberty, but seems to be pro-Liberty? - mdrew)

HB1451 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the injustice done to innocent, convicted persons.

• This bill as amended allows a person who was convicted of a criminal offense whose conviction was subsequently vacated by a court to petition for an annulment of the arrest record or court record or both.
• Having the option to petition for annulment allows a wrongly convicted individual to at least partially restore their official reputation.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the injustice done to innocent, convicted persons.

* This bill as amended allows a person who was convicted of a criminal offense whose conviction was subsequently vacated by a court to petition for an annulment of the arrest record or court record or both.
* Having the option to petition for annulment allows a wrongly convicted individual to at least partially restore their official reputation.

HB1453 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

his bill allows patients suffering from ulcerative colitis access to medical cannabis, if recommended by their doctor.

* Ulcerative Colitis is a serious, incurable disease. Symptoms include loss of appetite, malnutrition, chronic pain, oral ulcers, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, and insomnia. Despite treatment, symptoms can reoccur at any time.
* Symptoms of ulcerative colitis are similar to those of Crohn’s disease, which is already included in the the list of qualifying medical conditions. Indeed, Crohn's patients are often misdiagnosed as Colitis patients, and vice-versa. It would be unfair to afford relief to one group of patients and not to the other.
* Asking patients in chronic and severe pain to wait months or longer for centers to open, before waiting again for a new legislative session and a new bill, effectively puts the convenience of the Legislature above the immediate and serious needs of the constituents.

HB1471 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of parents to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of their children

• Decisions about child-rearing are the responsibility of parents, not the state.
• This bill does not change existing regulations, but is a valuable statement of principle.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of parents to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of their children

* Decisions about child-rearing are the responsibility of parents, not the state.
* This bill does not change existing regulations, but is a valuable statement of principle.

HB1475 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates taxpayer spending on an additional life insurance benefit exclusively for school employees.

* If additional compensation in the form of life insurance is required to properly compensate teachers, then those benefits should be negotiated as part of normal teacher contract negotiations.
* While any untimely death is a tragedy, it is unclear why we would uniquely single out teachers for this special benefit. For example, sanitation work is far more dangerous than teaching. Are the lives of government employees who are not teachers somehow less important?
* There is already a death benefit for any school employee covered by the New Hampshire Retirement System.

HB1480 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the freedom of workers and employers.

* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation - more jobs means more competition to hire all workers
* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.

HB1508 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of libraries in New Hampshire to run software used to protect privacy on the Internet.

* Libraries have historically been a place to freely seek information. This bill clarifies that libraries that can continue that mission in the modern age without fear of retribution by the state.
* This bill does not require libraries to run privacy software; libraries are free to make the choice for themselves.

HB1543 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a criminal penalty for prosecutorial misconduct.

* While we would like to believe that all of our public servants are always acting in the best interest of justice, it is foolish to believe that everyone entrusted with state power will always act in a moral manner. This bill provides for a penalty as an additional deterrent to potential misconduct to help ensure that the outcome in the criminal justice system is in fact just.
* The committee's concern over the difficulty in determining whether or not someone knew something with certainty is not an argument against the bill, but rather helps ensure that only the most egregious cases of misconduct will be prosecuted. Furthermore, NH law is already replete with examples of laws that require proof of a guilty intent so this law is hardly unique in that regard (e.g. RSA 626:2 "only if he acts purposely, knowingly", RSA 641:4 "Knowingly gives or causes to be given false information ..."

HB1552 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill dramatically expands the list of offenses for which the death penalty may be sought.

* This bill dramatically expands the list of offenses for which the death penalty may be sought.
* The language in this bill is excessively broad and would result in an unprecedented expansion on the power of the state to take a life as a punishment for crime.
* The definition of 'weapon of mass destruction' in this bill is so broad that even a child's model rocket would fall under this classification. Common C11 engines contain more than 0.3 ounces of propellant, and this bill classifies "incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce" as a weapon of mass destruction.

HB1555 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

Allows property owner to reject an offer in eminent domain takings.

* Government should uphold property rights, not abrogate them.
* The homeowner should have every opportunity to get fair value for their land.
* Private developments of all kinds, on large contiguous plots of land, are very common; developers manage to assemble these properties without using confiscation. If private developers can achieve such outcomes, there's no reason government officials can't do so.
* Many ingenious alternatives exist to eminent domain, in order to practically accomplish large capitol projects, and avoid the "hold out problem".

HB1563 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state spending to fund full day kindergarten

* Full day programs are not appropriate for many 5 year olds, who are often better off spending more time with their family. This bill would discourage the continuation of successful half day programs.
* Communities which choose to offer half day kindergarten should not be forced to subsidize those that choose to offer full day kindergarten. Both the decision, and the funding, should be local.
* Instead of further expanding state spending on schools, and taxes, to the tune of over three million dollars a year, legislators should seek to return decision making power to families.

HB1564 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates an unaccountable, tax funded redistricting commission.

* While the stated goals of this bill are laudable, the approach for creating this 'independent' commission are unlikely to result in significant independence. Appointees would be selected from politically connected citizens that the majority and minority parties would count on to counterbalance potential unfair plans from the opposing party.
* The seemingly independent commission would allow the legislature to claim plausible deniability in cases where clearly gerrymandered districts resulted from this process. While this abdication of responsibility may result in improved redistricting in some years or some regions of the state, the reduction of accountability prevents voters from being able to properly influence the process.
* This bill increases state spending by establishing a new state funded election integrity attorney.
* The bill seeks to fund additional spending with a new tax; should the new tax be insufficient to cover the unbounded costs, the commission would be funded from the general fund.

HB1570 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores freedom of speech on public ways or sidewalks.

• Freedom of speech should not be restricted on public land paid for by taxpayers.
• The current law is unconstitutional and will cost the state too much to enforce.
• An almost identical Massachusetts law was struck down as unconstitutional by all 9 Supreme Court justices last summer. The plaintiffs in that case were awarded $1.24 million in legal fees.
• A vote against repeal is a vote to charge taxpayers for an expensive lawsuit that the state will most certainly lose.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill restores freedom of speech on public ways or sidewalks.

* Freedom of speech should not be restricted on public land paid for by taxpayers.
* The current law is unconstitutional and will cost the state too much to enforce.
* An almost identical Massachusetts law was struck down as unconstitutional by all 9 Supreme Court justices last summer. The plaintiffs in that case were awarded $1.24 million in legal fees.
* A vote against repeal is a vote to charge taxpayers for an expensive lawsuit that the state will most certainly lose.

HB1584 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill regulates the usage of Body-Worn Cameras by law enforcement.

• The use of BWCs as outlined in this bill will be a benefit to public safety, foster better interactions between police and members of the public, protect members of law enforcement, promote accountability and assist in investigations.
• BWCs protect both police and the citizens they interact with by providing objective evidence of encounters.
• Mandatory disclosure requirements protect civil rights and likely contribute to better behavior by all parties reducing the utilization of force.
• A 12 month study on the use of BWCs in Rialto, CA found use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59 percent and complaints against officers dropped by 87 percent compared to the previous year's totals.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended regulates a law enforcement agency's use of body-worn cameras. As amended the new title would be "relative to body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers".

• The use of BWCs as outlined in this bill will be a benefit to public safety, foster better interactions between police and members of the public, protect members of law enforcement, promote accountability and assist in investigations.
• BWCs protect both police and the citizens they interact with by providing objective evidence of encounters.
• Mandatory disclosure requirements protect civil rights and likely contribute to better behavior by all parties reducing the utilization of force.
• A 12 month study on the use of BWCs in Rialto, CA found use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59 percent and complaints against officers dropped by 87 percent compared to the previous years totals.

HB1590 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state taxes and regulations.

• There is no minimum income threshold in this bill. This bill would require a homeowner who lets out a room for even a night or two to register as a "hotel operator", and display a "rooms and meals" tax ID.
• The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents, and should be encouraged, not crushed by the state.
• If homeowners are required to register with the government in order to simply let a room for a day or two, many will give up on the idea entirely. This is often the effect of government mandates on informal trade, and on nascent businesses.

May 12, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state taxes and regulations.

There is no minimum income threshold in this bill. This bill would require a homeowner who lets out a room for even a night or two to register as a "hotel operator", and display a "rooms and meals" tax ID.
• The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents, and should be encouraged, not crushed by the state.
• If homeowners are required to register with the government in order to simply let a room for a day or two, many will give up on the idea entirely. This is often the effect of government mandates on informal trade, and on nascent businesses.

April 21, 2016: No Position Taken

• There is no minimum income threshold in this bill. This bill would require a homeowner who lets out a room for even a night or two to register as a "hotel operator", and display a "rooms and meals" tax ID.
• The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents, and should be encouraged, not crushed by the state.
• If homeowners are required to register with the government in order to simply let a room for a day or two, many will give up on the idea entirely. This is often the effect of government mandates on informal trade, and on nascent businesses.

April 14, 2016: No Position Taken

• There is no minimum income threshold in this bill. This bill would require a homeowner who lets out a room for even a night or two to register as a "hotel operator", and display a "rooms and meals" tax ID.
• The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents, and should be encouraged, not crushed by the state.
• If homeowners are required to register with the government in order to simply let a room for a day or two, many will give up on the idea entirely. This is often the effect of government mandates on informal trade, and on nascent businesses.

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state taxes and regulations.

* There is no minimum income threshold in this bill. This bill would require a homeowner who lets out a room for even a night or two to register as a "hotel operator", and display a "rooms and meals" tax ID.
* The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents, and should be encouraged, not crushed by the state.
* If homeowners are required to register with the government in order to simply let a room for a day or two, many will give up on the idea entirely. This is often the effect of government mandates on informal trade, and on nascent businesses.

HB1604 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill overrides local control of education

* Mandating "instructional methods" at the state level violates, RSA 193-E:2-a,V, which clearly states that the "methods of instruction" are "the responsibility of local teachers, administrators, and school boards."
* Decisions about instruction, as well as "competency" based criteria for advancement, are better made by local school boards, not by state legislators.
* This bill was completely rewritten in exec session and bears no resemblance to the original bill.

HB1605 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates an unnecessary law.

* Since demand has increased, alternatives in the marketplace are available, such as Nitrile and Vinyl. Vinyl gloves are less expensive and most widely used in the food industry.
* It is in a restaurant's best interest to keep their customers safe. This issue is already being solved in the marketplace without the need for new laws.

HB1610 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

• The NH Constitution provides that “all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the
offense,” but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public
opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states.
• 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and 72% support
decriminalization (WMUR Poll 7/15).
• Legalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted
by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system,
allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been
victimized.
• There is no evidence that reducing or eliminating marijuana penalties has led to negative
outcomes in the states where it has been tried. In fact, harm reduction will be achieved by allowing
adults to grow and share a much less harmful alternative to opioids and alcohol. When allowed as
a substitute 68% of prescribed medicine users chose the less harmful option; cannabis.
• Contrary to often told story, cannabis is an 'exit' drug not a 'gateway'. It is a fact that opioid users,
isolated due to the criminality of the drug, can and have used cannabis to break their addiction.
• This bill would take millions of dollars, not to mention many customers, out of the hands of illicit
street dealers.
• This bill does not violate Federal law, it is in fact the law that has been in place in our nation's
capital for the past year.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* The NH Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense," but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states.
* 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and 72% support decriminalization (WMUR Poll 7/15).
* Legalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.
* There is no evidence that reducing or eliminating marijuana penalties has led to negative outcomes in the states where it has been tried. In fact, harm reduction will be achieved by allowing adults to grow and share a much less harmful alternative to opioids and alcohol. When allowed as a substitute 68% of prescribed medicine users chose the less harmful option; cannabis.
* Contrary to often told story, cannabis is an 'exit' drug not a 'gateway'. It is a fact that opioid users, isolated due to the criminality of the drug, can and have used cannabis to break their addiction.
* This bill would take millions of dollars, not to mention many customers, out of the hands of illicit street dealers.
* This bill does not violate Federal law, it is in fact the law that has been in place in our nation's capital for the past year.
* The majority blurb is misleading and speaks mainly to a different bill.

HB1614 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes that sex between consenting adults should not be illegal.

* This bill legalizes consensual sex between consenting adults, while keeping solicitation of sexual contact with a person under 18 years of age or through the use of force or intimidation a felony.
* As is generally the case, prohibition drives these activities underground where dangers are higher for participants. Sex workers who report crimes to law enforcement face arrest, violence, and assault.
* While the majority expresses concerns over theoretical unintended consequences of this bill, we already know the realized unintended consequences of the current law - namely that people who would like to extract themselves from this way of life are victimized by the very law that was supposed to protect them. Threats of violence and actual violence go unreported due to fear of prosecution.
* Many recent studies have concluded that legalization is necessary to reduce the harms associated with sex work. Many major organizations including the world health organization, Lancet medical journal, and Amnesty International now support legalization. (http://goo.gl/7yPoH0, http://goo.gl/InLmHk, http://goo.gl/EJbgBy)

HB1616 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill assists the federal government in violating the privacy of NH residents.

• The federal REAL ID act establishes a national identification card, and requires holders of REALID-compliant identification to allow their photos and social security numbers to be held in government databases. These requirements open New Hampshire citizens up to identity theft and privacy violations.
• Currently, 28 states do not comply with REAL ID. For almost a decade, the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly postponed enforcement of REAL ID. They will continue to do so, so long as states fulfill their obligation to defend the rights of their residents from this unconstitutional mandate.
• Contrary to the house majority blurb, this bill provides no substantial protections against the entry of NH residents' data into federal databases. In fact, it explicitly enables it (section 15).
• The state of NH as an organization has no obligation to provide real ID compliant cards, or DHS accessible databases. The state does have an obligation to do everything in its power to protect its residents from federal privacy intrusions.
• Providing REAL ID-compliant cards at the same price as non-compliant cards, and stamping the latter as non-compliant, will make it practically feasible for DHS to move forward on their enforcement objectives, mandating that everyone get the national ID card.
• This bill is not "opt in". The bill authorizes sharing of data for both REAL ID-compliant and non-compliant cards with federal databases, gutting privacy protection for all NH residents, including those choosing non-compliant IDs.
• Since 2010, a bipartisan majority in New Hampshire has firmly rejected compliance with the REAL ID Act.

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill assists the federal government in violating the privacy of NH residents.

* The federal REAL ID act establishes a national identification card, and requires holders of REAL ID-compliant identification to allow their photos and social security numbers to be held in government databases. These requirements open New Hampshire citizens up to identity theft and privacy violations.
* Currently, 28 states do not comply with REAL ID. For almost a decade, the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly postponed enforcement of REAL ID. They will continue to do so, so long as states fulfill their obligation to defend the rights of their residents from this unconstitutional mandate.
* Contrary to the majority blurb, this bill provides no substantial protections against the entry of NH residents' data into federal databases. In fact, it effectively enables it (section 15).
* The state of NH as an organization has no obligation to provide real ID compliant cards, or DHS accessible databases. The state does have an obligation to do everything in its power to protect its residents from federal privacy intrusions.
* Providing REAL ID-compliant cards at the same price as non-compliant cards, and stamping the latter as non-compliant, will make it practically feasible for DHS to move forward on their enforcement objectives, mandating that everyone get the national ID card.
* Since 2010, a bipartisan majority in New Hampshire has firmly rejected compliance with the REAL ID Act.

HB1624 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits all persons from engaging in electioneering that utilizes government equipment.

* This bill attempts to clarify existing law that prohibits the use of public property for electioneering by public employees. The bill amends the current law to replace 'property' with 'equipment' which is an appropriate change to prevent the restriction from applying to real property such as public sidewalks. In modifying the existing statute, the language was changed so that restriction on use of government equipment now applies to *all people* - not just government employees. As a result, a private citizen using government equipment such as a computer in a library or an open wifi access point in a government building would violate the law as amended by this bill.
* The applicability to 'all persons' will create inadvertent violators of the law and would potentially penalize those who have no special access to government property.
* Although use of government equipment for electioneering by any party forces the public to financially support electioneering activities that they potentially find offensive, the risk of misdemeanor prosecution for inadvertent violation is an unacceptable potential outcome of this bill.
* The bill would allow off-duty public employees to utilize public property (such as office space to which they have unique access) for electioneering while citizens are denied this right.

HB1629 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would create a costly, impractical new program.

* The fiscal note estimates that the required administrative changes would cost $432,557 in the first year alone.
* It is reasonable to assume that if someone is denied benefits under the provisions of this bill that they will appeal and or sue the state resulting in additional costs.
* Provides a financial incentive for citizens to 'turn in' their neighbors, which creates claims which are difficult to verify. The federal government's record on similar lists is poor with several publicized failures, including former Senator Ted Kennedy appearance on a no-fly list, for 6

HB1631 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

April 21, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

• The NH Constitution provides that “all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense,” but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states.
• 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and 72% support decriminalization (WMUR Poll 7/15)
• Legalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* The NH Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense," but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states.
* 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and 72% support decriminalization (WMUR Poll 7/15)
* Legalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.

HB1632 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new, unnecessary law.

* This bill attempts to create a prohibition that already exists. Pursuant to RSA 159:7: "No person shall sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a pistol, revolver or any other firearm, to a person who has been convicted, in any jurisdiction, of a felony. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class B felony."
* Current law is more than adequate.

HB1637 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows students to be assigned to a public or private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district.

• Allows access to private schools for children in towns with no school building.
• Moves the education system in the direction of the free market by allowing both public and private schools to compete for the students.
* This bill would help 15 small districts across the state, not just Croydon. There are many more that would benefit from these options given declining student enrollment.
* The amendment is consistent with several NH Supreme Court opinions as well as existing state statute and the NH Constitution.

May 12, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill as amended and passed by floor amendment 2016-1736s mandates that private schools meet government school standards under certain conditions.

* The bill as passed mandates that private schools meet Common Core standards, implement Competency based instruction and administer online Smarter Balanced assessments if they choose to accept students from towns with no public schools.
* The bill is a significant overreach into private school systems that will force private schools to choose between denying access to students from towns with no public schools or accepting burdensome intrusion into their school system.
* Private schools must attract students and parents on a voluntary basis. This is a far more effective form of accountability, and far better guarantee of quality, than bureaucratic government mandates.

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows students to be assigned to a public or private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district

• Allows access to private schools for children in towns with no school building.
• Moves the education system in the direction of the free market by allowing both public and private schools to compete for the students.
• Creates a system to address declining school enrollment by allowing other education options.
* Support Avard/Hill amendment 2016-1343s which retains the benefits of the bill as passed by the house and addresses certain technical issues with the house wording.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows students to be assigned to a public or private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district.

• Allows access to private schools for children in towns with no school building
• Moves the education system in the direction of the free market by allowing both public and private schools to compete for the students
• Creates a system to address declining school enrollment by allowing other education options
• Support TABLING motion to allow sponsor to be present for the vote.

March 23, 2016: No Position Taken

HB1641 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates federally determined prevailing minimum wages on state-funded public works projects.

* The bill would result in an estimated 2.6 million dollars annually in direct reoccurring state spending.
* This bill would impose significant additional record keeping and weekly reporting requirements for contractors supporting state projects. These increased overhead costs, which are not directly represented by the fiscal note, would ultimately be borne as additional costs to the taxpayer.
* The bill mirrors similar federal legislation (Davis Bacon Act) which was passed with the deliberate intent to prevent non-unionized, less established, minority laborers from competing with established, unionized, white workers during the depression. While times have changed and the intent of this bill may be somewhat different, the effect will still be to dramatically increase the risk and/or cost of employing workers with potential for growth but with lower demonstrated skill level.
* Small firms may not have the personnel to absorb compliance overhead costs. This bill would have the effect of biasing state contracts towards larger/established firms.

HB1644 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill further increases state level spending on education.

• This bill creates an entirely new level of specialist within the DOE at more expense to the state.
• Programs already exist to identify students who need additional services; this bill is duplicative of services already in place.
• Nongermane committee amendment leaves objectionable portions of bill intact but is otherwise acceptable.

April 21, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill further increases state level spending on education.

• This bill creates an entirely new level of specialist within the DOE at more expense to the state.
• Programs already exist to identify students who need additional services; this bill is duplicative of services already in place.

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill further increases state level spending on education.

* This bill creates an entirely new level of specialist within the DOE at more expense to the state.
* Programs already exist to identify students who need additional services; this bill is duplicative of services already in place.

HB1645 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill, with amendment 2016-0617h, allows carry of firearms in vehicles.

* Many other open carry states allow carry in a car without additional licensing requirements.
* Loading and unloading firearms to get in and out of a car encourages swatting and potentially accidental discharges.
* A person has a right to carry a firearm in their vehicle, for personal protection, just as they may carry one in their home.
* This bill would not allow hunting from vehicles, which remains prohibited under RSA 207:7

HB1647 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates an unnecessary licensing requirement.

* Current law is confusing, containing a variety of obscure exceptions, and is largely unenforceable.
* This bill retains authority for municipal governments to license and regulate hawkers, peddlers, or itinerant vendors, if they so choose.
* These laws are outdated in today's world of online shopping, and reputation rankings and reviews. The consumer has more tools to vet a vendor or product than ever before. Licensing mainly serves to reduce consumer choice.

HB1656 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes exceptions from the real estate transfer tax for certain transfers of title related to changes in form of organization or made between the owners and the entity for no consideration.

• Eliminates a double tax on property owners transferring their property to themselves.
• Taxation of 'paper' real-estate transfers for which no true transfer is taking place improperly penalizes property owners who have non-material changes in organizational structure. This bill would prevent application of the real-estate transfer tax in cases where no true transfer is performed.

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes exceptions from the real estate transfer tax for certain transfers of title related to changes in form of organization or made between the owners and the entity for no consideration.

• Eliminates a double tax on property owners transferring their property to themselves.

• Taxation of 'paper' real-estate transfers for which no true transfer is taking place improperly penalizes property owners who have non-material changes in organizational structure. This bill would prevent application of the real-estate transfer tax in cases where no true transfer is performed.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes exceptions from the real estate transfer tax for certain transfers of title related to changes in form of organization or made between the owners and the entity for no consideration.

* Taxation of 'paper' real-estate transfers for which no true transfer is taking place improperly penalizes prorperty owners who have non-material changes in organizational structure. This bill would prevent application of the real-estate transfer tax in cases where no true transfer is performed.

HB1657 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

The bill would have effectively banned the sale and or carry of firearms in nearly every public place in NH

* Gun free zones do nothing to deter criminals with violent intent.
* The bill clearly infringes upon NH constitution Article 2-a, which recognizes the right of NH residents to keep and bear arms in defense of ourselves, our families, our property and the state.

HB1660 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps protect property rights from eminent domain abuse.

• Owners of residential properties being taken may require the taking of the entire property if so they will not be forced to live with the project being developed.
• This bill equalizes eminent domain with regard to gas pipelines as it relates to other utilities.
• It allows the owner of the property to select their own appraiser and have the costs of the appraisal paid for by the pipeline company.

April 28, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps protect property rights from eminent domain abuse.

• Owners of properties being taken may require the taking of the entire property so they will not be forced to live with the project being developed.
• This bill equalizes eminent domain with regard to gas pipelines as it relates to other utilities.
• It allows the owner of the property to select their own appraiser and have the costs of the appraisal paid for by the pipeline company.

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps protect property rights from eminent domain abuse.

* Owners of properties being taken may require the taking of the entire property so they will not be forced to live with the project being developed.
* This bill equalizes eminent domain with regard to gas pipelines as it relates to other utilities.
* This bill requires the consent of a municipality for the taking of property already in public use.

HB1674 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases regulations on food producers and suppliers.

* New labeling requirements would place an undue burden on retailers, wholesalers, and producers throughout the state and region.
* The proper solution would be an independent third-party certification agency, which could freely state whether or not food does or does not contain GMO. Such third party agencies now exist (e.g.nongmoproject.org) and offer certification seals.
* The USDA has developed a "Non-GMO Label" program that allows producers to pay to participate in the Process Verified Program. This voluntary approach allows consumers who choose to avoid GMO foods to support brands that participate in the program.
* The bill notably excludes alcoholic beverages, demonstrating a conflict of interest as the state derives significant income from acting as an alcohol retailer.

HB1681 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 5, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as passed by the house, reduces the harm of the war on drugs, by allowing for safe disposal of hypodermic needles.

Oppose committee amendment 2016-1487s. Changing this bill to a study committee defers a proven positive step in harm reduction
• People are more likely to safely dispose of needles if they aren’t in danger of arrest.
• Allowing easier access to clean needles will help prevent the spread of dangerous and costly diseases, including hepatitis and HIV.
• Penalizing addicts for possession of a used syringe is a failed approach, which does not help them and endangers the community.
• This bill allows charities to create needle-exchange programs, which have a proven track record of reducing the harm of drug addiction (Steffanie A. Strathdee1 and David Vlahov, AIDScience Vol. 1, No. 16, December 2001, also: https://goo.gl/Q1wQYp, more: http://goo.gl/hWuJoa)

April 28, 2016: No Position Taken

• People are more likely to safely dispose of needles if they aren’t in danger of arrest.
• Allowing easier access to clean needles will help prevent the spread of dangerous and costly
diseases, including hepatitis and HIV.
• Penalizing addicts for possession of a used syringe is a failed approach, which does not help them
and endangers the community.
• This bill allows charities to create needle-exchange programs, which have a proven track record of
reducing the harm of drug addiction (Steffanie A. Strathdee1 and David Vlahov, AIDScience Vol. 1,
No. 16, December 2001, also: https://goo.gl/Q1wQYp, more: http://goo.gl/hWuJoa)

March 23, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the harm of the war on drugs, by allowing for safe disposal of hypodermic needles.

• People are more likely to safely dispose of needles if they aren’t in danger of arrest.
• Allowing easier access to clean needles will help prevent the spread of dangerous and costly
diseases, including hepatitis and HIV.
• Penalizing addicts for possession of a used syringe is a failed approach, which does not help them
and endangers the community.
• This bill allows charities to create needle-exchange programs, which have a proven track record of
reducing the harm of drug addiction (Steffanie A. Strathdee1 and David Vlahov, AIDScience Vol. 1,
No. 16, December 2001, also: https://goo.gl/Q1wQYp, more: http://goo.gl/hWuJoa)

HB1686 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Pro-Liberty

his bill repeals a program using mandatory fees to fund property acquisition.

* Under the Land and Community Heritage and Investment Program (LCHIP), private property owners are forced to pay higher fees for deeds, mortgages, and plans, with the money going to fund property acquisition primarily by municipal governments.
* The continuous incremental accumulation of private property by municipalities drives up real-estate costs, and reduces the tax base, resulting in increased property taxes. LCHIP has resulted in a net reduction in private property by over 238,000 acres in the last 15 years.
* Property acquisition for purposes of conservation should be handled through voluntary donations to nonprofit organizations, not forced contributions to government programs.

HB1690 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill extends and expands a massive new entitlement program.

* This bill eliminates the existing sunset provision for Medicaid Expansion.
* Medicaid Expansion is a welfare program for able-bodied adults in their working years. The medical insurance provided has features such as no premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles and includes non-emergency transportation that are simply not available to workers with full-time jobs.These benefits create a strong disincentive to full-time employment and career advancement.
* Federal money always comes with strings attached, and it is not free. The national debt is approaching $20 trillion.
* The Federal government will not keep its promises. As federal money dries up, costs will fall squarely on the State’s General Fund, which will only be able to support it through a new broad based tax, such as a sales or income tax, thereby destroying what remains of the New Hampshire Advantage.
* A free market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters

HB1694 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

Feb. 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* The NH Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense," but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states.
* 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and 72% support decriminalization (WMUR Poll 7/15).
* Legalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.
* There is no evidence that reducing or eliminating marijuana penalties has led to negative outcomes in the states where it has been tried.
* In most recent reputable studies on the topic, gateway drug assertions have been shown to be unwarranted.
* This bill would take millions of dollars, not to mention many customers, out of the hands of illicit street dealers.

HB1696 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 31, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill extends and expands a massive new entitlement program.

• This bill preserves Medicaid Expansion which is currently set to sunset at the end of 2016 due to reduction in federal funding. Medicaid Expansion provides able-bodied, childless adults in NH, above the poverty line, with free health care.
• Though no general funds are used in this iteration, the bill puts in place a financial transfer mechanism via higher insurance premiums and healthcare costs charged to existing paying customers.
• The "severability clause" in the bill allows CMS to pick and choose which portions of the law will be enforced, such as the work requirement. The NH legislature, in effect, will abrogate its responsibility to this federal agency.
• Federal money always comes with strings attached, and it is not free. The national debt, which is approaching $20 trillion, is arguably the largest threat to national security.
• The Federal government will not keep its promises. Federal money will dry up and the financial transfer mechanism will break because hospitals and insurance companies will be unable to transfer the entire cost onto paying customers. This will place the costs squarely on the State's General Fund, which will only be able to support it through a new broad based tax, such as a sales or income tax, thereby destroying what remains of the New Hampshire Advantage.
• A free market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters.

March 9, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill extends and expands a massive new entitlement program.

* This bill preserves Medicaid Expansion which is currently set to sunset at the end of 2016, due to reductions in federal funding.
* Medicaid Expansion is a welfare program for able-bodied adults in their working years. The medical insurance provided has features such as no premiums, no deductibles, and included non-emergency transportation that are simply not available to workers with full-time jobs. These benefits create a strong disincentive to full-time employment and career advancement.
* Though no general funds are used in this iteration, the bill puts in place a financial transfer mechanism via higher insurance premiums and healthcare costs charged to existing paying customers.
* Federal money always comes with strings attached, and it is not free. The national debt is approaching $20 trillion.
* The Federal government will not keep its promises. Federal money will dry up and the financial transfer mechanism will break because hospitals and insurance companies will be unable or unwilling to transfer the entire cost onto paying customers. This will place the costs squarely on the State’s General Fund, which will only be able to support it through a new broad based tax, such as a sales or income tax, thereby destroying what remains of the New Hampshire Advantage.
* A free market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters.

Feb. 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill extends and expands a massive new entitlement program.

* This bill preserves Medicaid Expansion which is currently set to sunset at the end of 2016 due to reduction in federal funding. Medicaid Expansion provides able-bodied, childless adults in NH, above the poverty line, with free health care.
* Though no general funds are used in this iteration, the bill puts in place a finanicial transfer mechanism via higher insurance premiums and healthcare costs charged to existing paying customers.
* The "severability clause" in the bill allows CMS to pick and choose which portions of the law will be enforced, such as the work requirement. The NH legislature, in effect, will abrogate its responsibility to this federal agency.
* Federal money always comes with strings attached, and it is not free. The national debt, which is approaching $20 trillion, is arguably the largest threat to national security.
* The Federal government will not keep its promises. Federal money will dry up and the financial transfer mechanism will break because hospitals and insurance companies will be unable to transfer the entire cost onto paying customers. This will place the costs squarely on the State’s General Fund, which will only be able to support it through a new broad based tax, such as a sales or income tax, thereby destroying what remains of the New Hampshire Advantage.
* A free market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters.

SB61 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

Jan. 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill taxes everyone for the benefit of select landholders.

* It is wrong to force all taxpayers to subsidize certain farmers and landholders
* This bill spends $3M taxes per year largely on paying farmers to keep farming
* Conservation efforts are better done on the local level, closest to the people having their property and income directly affected.

SB110 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill protects companies practicing "bad business" while keeping their customers in the dark.

* Customers of insurance companies should know if their insurer is insolvent. This intervention in the marketplace is not the job of the state. The risk of losing customers should be enough of a motivator for insurers to follow good business practices.
* Not only does this protect the insurance companies from going out of business, it gives immunity to the government employees who fail to provide proper oversight. This bill only hurts innocent insurance customers.

SB131 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

Feb. 4, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill opens the door to more competition and more choice in heath care.

* NH customers should be allowed the opportunity to buy healthcare from any insurer willing to sell to them.
* While there may be no companies currently interested in this model, we shouldn't ignore the possibility of a health care startup revolutionizing the industry and looking to do business in NH.
* This bill allows for improved health insurance flexibility for companies looking to relocate to NH, and their employees living near other states.

Jan. 14, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill opens the door to more competition and more choice in heath care.

* NH customers should be allowed the opportunity to buy healthcare from any insurer willing to sell to them.
* While there may be no companies currently interested in this model, we shouldn't ignore the possibility of a health care startup revolutionizing the industry and looking to do business in NH.
* This bill allows for improved health insurance flexibility for companies looking to relocate to NH, and their employees living near other states.

SB146 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the right of property owners to build accessory dwelling units.

* Many NH residents are currently prevented by arduous zoning laws from building accessory dwelling units.
* The needs and demographics of NH residents are shifting. Accessory dwelling units make it possible for aging parents to live with adult children, elderly residents to retain their independence by obtaining live-in aid, and young adult children to share housing costs with parents.
* The right of property owners to make their own choices about their property should be respected. Increasing housing flexibility benefits everyone.

SB157 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill erodes local control of school curricula and assessments.

* The assessment is not optional for schools. The bill as amended states that schools shall administer a competency assessment. Schools are likely to choose the US citizenship and immigration test.
* In general it is inexpedient for state legislators to compel schools to adopt particular curricula or assessments. These decisions are far better made locally, by parents and teachers.

SB178 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

Jan. 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prohibit insurers from requiring an optometrist to participate in a separate vision plan.

* The state legislature should not interfere in private contracts. Optometrists enter these contracts with full knowledge of the obligations of the contract.
* The insurer has the right to limit any conflict of interest to protect their customers and themselves.

SB210 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates yet another hurdle for businesses and property owners.

• Certification programs for septic evaluators are already available in NH. It is the right of home buyers and sellers to decide whether or not to hire a certified septic evaluator, and not the business of government.
• Requiring a license to evaluate septic systems does not guarantee the licensee will do a good job. There are plenty of examples of incompetent licensed tradesmen.
• Licensing often creates more of the behavior it ostensibly intends to remedy. Making it more expensive to hire qualified professionals incentivizes buyers to forgo evaluations, hire amateurs or attempt to perform work themselves.
• Licensing reduces options for septic evaluation while increasing expense.

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates yet another hurdle for businesses and property owners.

• Certification programs for septic evaluators are already available in NH. It is the right of home buyers and sellers to decide whether or not to hire a certified septic evaluator, and not the business of government.
• Requiring a license to evaluate septic systems does not guarantee the licensee will do a good job. There are plenty of examples of incompetent licensed tradesmen.
• Licensing often creates more of the behavior it ostensibly intends to remedy. Making it more expensive to hire qualified professionals incentivizes buyers to forgo evaluations, hire amateurs or attempt to perform work themselves.
• Licensing reduces options for septic evaluation while increasing expense.

Feb. 4, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates yet another hurdle for businesses and property owners.

* Certification programs for septic evaluators are already available in NH. It is the right of home buyers and sellers to decide whether or not to hire a certified septic evaluator, and not the business of government.
* Requiring a license to evaluate septic systems doesn’t guarantee the licensee will do a good job. There are plenty of examples of incompetent licensed tradesmen.
* Licensing often creates more of the behavior it ostensibly intends to remedy. Making it more expensive to hire certified and licensed professionals incentivizes buyers to forgo evaluations, or hire amateurs.
* Licensing reduces options for septic evaluation while increasing expense.

SB239 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill better aligns NH capital expense deductions with federal provisions.

• NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions for capital expenses in the first year. This bill increases the state limit to more closely align with IRS rules simplifying compliance costs.
• At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to $500K (http://taxfoundation.org/).
• While the long term impact of this bill is largely revenue neutral, allowing business to more fully deduct capital expenses in the year they are made increases the probability of capital investment and growth in NH.
• NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with excessive taxes.

SB263 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

Feb. 4, 2016: Pro-Liberty

Protects privacy and private property

* This bill prohibits the placement of a tracking device on a vehicle, without a warrant or the consent of the owner.
* Free citizens should not be tracked without their consent.
* Comports with part one article 19 of the NH constitution and the fourth amendment to the US constitution.
* Defends the privacy rights of NH residents, and clarifies that government agencies shall not track their movements without a warrant from a judge.

SB309 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 4, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new and unnecessary regulations on fuels.

* Fuel choices are best handled individually, and pollution controls are better handled locally.
* For many NH residents in rural areas, air quality is not a pressing concern, but heating costs are. If these residents want to continue to use standard fuel they should have the option to do so, if it is available in the marketplace.
* The transition to low sulfur oil can be accomplished without additional regulations. Awareness of the benefits, including greater efficiency, less cleaning, and cleaner air will lead most customers to purchase low sulfur fuels, if the cost is comparable.

SB320 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the privacy of students and families.

• This compromise legislation requires parental consent for all non-academic surveys, except the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• The fact that some students may benefit from social programs does not justify ignoring privacy concerns and parents' right to direct their under-age children's education.
• There is a demonstrated need for this bill. Evidence was provided at the public hearing, showing that some existing surveys are neither anonymous nor optional.

April 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the privacy of students and families.

• This compromise legislation requires parental consent for all non-academic surveys, except the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• The fact that some students may benefit from social programs does not justify ignoring privacy concerns and parents' right to direct their under-age children's education.
• There is a demonstrated need for this bill. Evidence was provided at the public hearing, showing that some existing surveys are neither anonymous nor optional.

March 3, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the privacy of students and families.

* This compromise legislation requires parental consent for all non-academic surveys, except the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
* The fact that some students may benefit from social programs does not justify ignoring privacy concerns and parents' right to direct their under-age children's education.
* There is a demonstrated need for this bill. Evidence was provided at the public hearing, showing that some existing surveys are neither anonymous nor optional.

SB324 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill updates a neglected state law, RSA 121 which provides oversight and regulation of certain federal land acquisitions.

• RSA 121 has been neglected for decades, ignoring the will of the General Court.
• This bill replaces obsolete language, assigning authority to the appropriate modern agency.
• The original law, and this update, place reasonable limits on certain federal land acquisitions. This is wise policy, as evidenced by the many problems now facing many western states.
• Although limits are set, under this bill, if the voters of a municipality wish to cede more of their landmass to the federal government, they can vote to do so.

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill updates a neglected state law, RSA 121 which provides oversight and regulation of certain federal land acquisitions.

• RSA 121 has been neglected for decades, ignoring the will of the General Court.
• This bill replaces obsolete language, assigning authority to the appropriate modern agency.
• The original law, and this update, place reasonable limits on certain federal land acquisitions. This is wise policy, as evidenced by the many problems now facing many western states.
• Although limits are set, under this bill, if the voters of a municipality wish to cede more of their landmass to the federal government, they can vote to do so.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill updates a neglected state law, RSA 121 which provides oversight and regulation of certain federal land acquisitions.

* RSA 121 has been neglected for decades, ignoring the will of the General Court.

* This bill replaces obsolete language, assigning authority to the appropriate modern agency. It could almost be called a "Housekeeping Bill" if the subject matter were not so important.

* The original law, and this update, place reasonable limits on certain federal land aquisitions. This is wise policy, as evidenced by the many problems now facing many western states.

* Even though limits are set, there is an exception that allows local control. If the voters of a municipality decide to cede more of their landmass to the federal government, they can vote to do so.

SB325 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended adds MMR vaccine to the list of vaccines approved for administration to adults by pharmacists.

• Reduces cost and increases convenience for adults who choose to receive the MMR vaccine.
• Adults should not be required wait for a more expensive doctors visit in order to receive common vaccines.

March 3, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended adds MMR vaccine to the list of vaccines approved for administration to adults by pharmacists.

* Reduces cost and increases convenience for adults who choose to receive MMR vaccine.
* Adults should not be required wait for a more expensive doctors visit in order to receive common vaccines.

SB330 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state government and creates a new permanent licensing board.

* This bill expands the role of the state in healthcare, increasing costs and limiting patient access to services.
* The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists already provides credentialing services to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging and radiation therapy. Establishing a new state mandated board duplicates the education, ethics and examination services provided by this internationally recognized organization.
* The addition of a parallel and duplicative licensing scheme will increase overhead costs which will inevitably be passed on to consumers.

SB336 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures that any citizen who is legally allowed to own a firearm may be issued a concealed weapons license.

• This bill as amended removes the ambiguous requirement that an applicant be a "suitable person", which encourages profiling, and has in the past been used for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination. This “suitability” clause is replaced by the objective requirement that the applicant not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal statute.
• This language replacing “suitable” is identical to that contained in SB 116 which passed both Houses in 2015, and to HB 582 which passed the House earlier this session.
• There is a demonstrated need for this legislation. Citizens have been arbitrarily denied their right to obtain or renew their license and then forced to seek legal counsel to exercise a basic right. As recently as 2015 a NH woman was denied the right to defend herself for 112 days after an arbitrary decision by a local police chief. While the chief's decision was overturned almost immediately upon the case being heard, the prolonged and expensive legal battle is an unfortunately common outcome of the current law.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill ensures that any citizen who is legally allowed to own a firearm may be issued a concealed weapons license.

• This bill as amended removes the ambiguity of a "suitable person", which encourages profiling, and has in the past been used for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination and replaces it with a prohibition based on whether applicant is allowed to possess a firearm under state or federal statute.
• The language replacing “suitable” is identical to that contained in SB 116 which passed both
Houses in 2015, and to HB 582 which passed the House earlier this session.
• There is a demonstrated need for this legislation. Citizens have been arbitrarily denied their right to
obtain or renew their license and then forced to seek legal counsel to exercise a basic right. As
recently as 2015 a NH woman was denied the right to defend herself for 112 days after an arbitrary
decision by a local police chief. While the chief's decision was overturned almost immediately upon
the case being heard, the prolonged and expensive legal battle is an unfortunately common
outcome of the current law.

SB339 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: No Position Taken

• Under RSA 135-C, people with mental illnesses are involuntarily committed to the state hospital, and under RSA 622:45 some of those acute patients, those whose illness pose a threat to
themselves or others, are transferred to and civilly committed to the Department of Corrections Secure Psychiatric Unit. This bill would require these citizens to have DNA samples taken even if no crime has been committed. Mental illness is a medical condition, not a crime.
• The legislature should not require those who have never committed a crime to submit to have a DNA sample taken.

April 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds a new requirement to collect a DNA sample from citizens who may not even have been accused of a crime.

* Under RSA 135-C, people with mental illnesses are involuntarily committed to the state hospital, and under RSA 622:45 some of those acute patients, those whose illness pose a threat to themselves or others, are transferred to and civilly committed to the Department of Corrections Secure Psychiatric Unit. This bill would require these citizens to have DNA samples taken even if no crime has been committed. Mental illness is a medical condition, not a crime.
* The legislature should not require those who have never committed a crime to submit to have a DNA sample taken.

SB342 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes NH law to prevent taxing business on phantom gains caused by exchange of assets that are not owned by the business.

• Current NH law can be interpreted as imposing a business profits tax on LLCs or partnerships that have received no gain when one of the partners leaves and transfers ownership to another entity. We are the only state that does this.
• This means that current law unfairly discriminates between LLCs and corporations, and discourages small NH start-ups.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes NH law to prevent taxing business on phantom gains caused by exchange of assets that are not owned by the business.

* Current NH law can be interpreted as imposing a business profits tax on LLCs or partnerships that have received no gain when one of the partners leaves and transfers ownership to another entity. We are the only state that does this.
* This unfairly discriminiates between LLCs and corporations discouraging innovation for small start-ups in the state.

SB345 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 17, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill modestly protects the rights of some property owners by adding agritoruism to the list of land use activities partially protected under existing law.

* Existing law states that local zoning regulations on agricultural lands shall not be unreasonably limited by use of municipal planning and zoning powers or by the unreasonable interpretation of such powers. This bill clarifies that agritorism is a usage of land that ought not be unreasonably limited.
* All reasonable usege of property by its owners should be protected however this is a very small step in the right direction.

SB347 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows municipalities to regulate attire.

• Municipalities should not be in the business of regulating attire.
• Allow municipalities to further regulate attire is anti-first ammendment and could open them up to a lawsuit in the future.

SB350 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 17, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs DRED to study repeated and ongoing violations of existing state law RSA 121. It also halts all real estate transactions to which this law applies.

*Existing state law, RSA 121 is being ignored and has been for decades. A study is needed to find out how it has been violated. This is the first small step in correcting the matter.

* This bill doesn't propose any new law, it should not be controversial to research if the state is breaking its own laws.

* Interim Study is not the proper procedure, we don't need a study to study the proposed study.

* If any state law is to be taken seriously, effort should be made to ensure they are all being taken seriously. Citizens are expected to follow laws enacted by the legislature, the state loses credibility when it fails to follow the same set of laws.

SB356 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 20, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows commercial fishing operators to register certain vehicles using current agricultural plates.

• This bill puts fisheries on common ground with other agricultural businesses.
• Reducing fees for businesses will attract businesses to NH

SB358 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 20, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of drivers to use navigation systems.

• This is a good common sense first step in fixing the hands free law.
• There are many distractions while driving and we can't legislate all of them. Using a mounted or built in GPS is no more dangerous than changing radio stations.
• The hands free law went too far in restricting what drivers can do in their own vehicles. This bill helps give drivers the freedom to use their property as it was intended without the fear of being pulled over and ticketed.

March 10, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill recognizes the right of drivers to use navigation systems.

* This is a good common sense first step in fixing the hands free law.
* There are many distractions while driving and we can't legislate all of them. Using a mounted or built in gps is no more dangerous than changing radio stations.
* The hands free law went too far in restricting what drivers can do in their own vehicles. This bill helps give drivers the freedom to use their property as it was intended without the fear of being pulled over and ticketed.

SB365 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

• There is no evidence that police officers do a better job than non-police flaggers.
• Allowing non-police flaggers will reduce the cost of maintenance and the savings will be passed to NH utility customers
• This bill does not reduce the safety of workers or the public. It's a common sense approach to allow options in areas that don't require the extra level of attention.
• Companies shouldn't be held hostage to pay three times the amount for police flaggers in rural areas with little traffic.

SB369 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

Jan. 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes unnecessary, unfunded mandates on local school districts

* This bill is unnecessary. RSA 189:10 already requires drug and alcohol education. Furthermore, state regulations, ED 306, updated in July 2015, explicitly require K-12 health and wellness education programs that includes instruction on "substance use and abuse including tobacco,alcohol, and drugs".
* No members of the public were afforded an opportunity to speak at the joint public hearing, despite the fact that several had signed up to do so. It is wrong to undermine public access to the NH legislative process, particularly for the purposes of rushing through unnecessary, redundant legislation.
* In general, state legislators should not compel schools to adopt particular curricula. It should be up to local parents and teachers to determine the appropriate age to introduce these subjects. Kindergarten students do not need to be taught about alcohol.

SB384 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates that feed vendors add additional labeling to their packaging.

* Requiring feed vendors to add what is effectively a public service announcement to their packaging infringes on free speech.
* Some vendors already have similar labeling but would have to change their packaging just for NH customers. This will add unnecessary costs to the price of animal feed.
* The second part of this bill, prohibiting placing of food for the consumption of deer, in certain

SB391 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the waiting period for annulment of the record of arrest/ conviction for simple marijuana possession from 3 years to 2 years.

• This reduces the harm of our existing law by allowing a citizen who has harmed no-one to more quickly turn their life around and return to meaningful employment.
• The change retains the requirement of a decision by a judge allowing the facts of the case to be considered before an annulment is granted.

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the waiting period for petition for the annulment of a misdemeanor

SB396 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would ban sales of devices that are not compatible with either the National Electric Code or New Hampshire building code.

• This bill would make it a crime for NH retailers to sell equipment that is not compatible with NH code, but is compatible with electrical codes in other countries, forcing NH residents to purchase equipment for use on travel from online retailers or out of state.
• Many NH businesses sell commercial or industrial equipment intended for use in other jurisdictions, with different electrical specifications.
• Private safety certification agencies like Underwriters Laboratories are a great alternative to state mandates
• RSA 358:A:2 is explicitly for the purpose of banning “any unfair method of competition or any unfair or deceptive act or practice in the conduct of any trade or commerce". Selling devices that do not meet NH code is neither unfair nor deceptive, unless the goods are sold with a label indicating compatibility with certain standards, while not actually being compatible. Misrepresentation of certification is already covered by 358:a:2 II and IV.

Feb. 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would ban sales of devices that are not compatible with either the National Electric Code or New Hampshire building code.

* This bill would make it a crime for NH retailers to sell equipment that is not compatible with NH code, but is compatible with electrical codes in other countries, forcing NH residents to purchase equipment for use on travel from online retailers or out of state.
* Many NH businesses sell commercial or industrial equipment intended for use in other jurisdictions, with different electrical specifications.
* Private safety certification agencies like Underwriters Laboratories are a great alternative to state mandates
* RSA 358:A:2 is explicitly for the purpose of banning "any unfair method of competition or any unfair or deceptive act or practice in the conduct of any trade or commerce". Selling devices that do not meet NH code is neither unfair nor deceptive, unless the goods are sold with a label indicating compatibility with certain standards, while not actually being compatible. Misrepresentation of certification is already covered by 358:a:2 II and IV.

SB401 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 17, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates the manner in which an insurance company must allow for one early refill of prescription eye-drops.

* This bill expands state law in order to micormanage trivial details of early refills of prescription eye-drops.
* Attempting to legislate that which should be determined by the market is wasteful and unlikely to even achieve the desired outcome. For example the bill goes into painful detail about the manner and timeframe for early renewal of 30 and 90 day prescriptions but if a product were dispensed with a 45 day prescription, it would not be covered by the law.
* The bill could result in a coverage gap if a consumer uses all refills prior to obtaining another prescription.

SB408 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill provides funding to fund savings accounts for all children born in Manchester or Coos county.

• This type of program can be accomplished accomplished by private charities, either in coordination
with each other or individually. It is inappropriate to use taxation and the state bureaucracy to fund or establish such a program.

SB410 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows cities and towns to ban the use of plastic bags.

* Consumers and retailers have a right to choose whether or not to use plastic bags.
* A large number of consumers who use plastic bags reuse them for a variety of purposes including waste removal, or recycle them.
* Many of the supposed harms of plastic bags are myths. In many ways, plastic bags are less harmful to the environment than alternatives, including paper bags.

SB412 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

Feb. 4, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the freedom of workers and employers.

* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation - more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.
* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.

SB416 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates new mandates on businesses

• Employees and employers should be free to negotiate working relationships and terminate them at will. The state should not micromanage employer/employee relationships.
• This bill is unnecessary, as the market provides protection for both employers and employees. If employers terminate employees capriciously they will not be able to retain or attract talent. If employees terminate their employment frequently they will have difficulty convincing employers to hire them.

March 17, 2016: Anti-Liberty

* Employers and employees should be free to agree upon and terminate employment for any reason.
* This bill is unnecessary, as the market provides protection for both employers and employees. If employers terminate employees capricously they will not be able to retain or attract talent. If employees terminate their employment frequently they will have difficulty convincing employers of hiring them.

SB428 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill would prohibit nursing homes from making agreement to arbitration a condition of admission.

* Arbitration is generally less expensive, faster, and a private alternative to litigating in the courts.
* This is just one way businesses reduce operating costs. Requiring that all matters be litigated would increase the cost of doing business for nursing homes which would increase the cost to the customer.
* Businesses should be free to refuse service if customers are not willing to agree to their terms, just as customers are free to choose alternative service providers for any reason.

SB446 (Pro-Liberty / VETOED BY GOVERNOR)

April 6, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects private property by clarifying that the state building code review board may only require data that is reasonably required for the building inspector to act on an application under the International Residential Code in the application process.

* The bill makes no changes to existing code or inspection requirements under the International Residential code but it is a small step to ensure that property rights are not frivolously infringed.

SB457 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes additional, arduous reporting requirements on local PACs.

* Many small, local PACs are run by volunteers. Expecting a complete itemized report within 48 hours of each $1000 donation increment is unrealistic, and an undue burden on free speech.
* Participation in the new on-line filing tool is better left optional.

SB463 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill suspends the imposition of the death penalty until such time that methods exist to ensure that the death penalty cannot be imposed on an innocent person.

* NH should not risk allowing the state to kill an innocent person.
* As recently as 2014, a death row inmate in TX (Henry Lee McCollum) was conclusively cleared by DNA evidence after having spent nearly 30 years on death row. He is far from the only example of an innocent person being placed on death row; several other examples were heard in testimony. Neither prosecutors nor courts are infallible.
* If a person is convicted and incarcerated, but is later found innocent of wrongdoing, the sentence isat least partially reversible. The death penalty is irreversible.
* There are two primary reasons to apprehend those who commit crimes against persons or property. The first reason is to obtain restitution for the victim of the crime, to whatever extent possible. The second reason is to prevent those who present a continuing threat to others from committing further crimes. Given the availability of secure prison facilities, the death penalty as it exists in New Hampshire is necessary for neither of these purposes.
* As shown in the fiscal note, long term incarceration also costs NH taxpayers less than the death penalty.

SB473 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill further increases government spending on education.

* The DoE reports that average per-student spending in NH government schools last year reached almost $17,000.
* Ever-increasing spending on government education, much of which goes to administrative overhead, has not led to improved outcomes. Private and charter schools regularly achieve superior results at significantly lower cost.
* Instead of continuing to further increase spending on government schools, state legislators should be seeking to empower parents and students to make their own choices among various educational options, and to create an environment of competition for educational dollars.
* If the cap must be removed for legal reasons, adjustments to the formula for education grant payments could be made so as to render the change spending neutral.

SB475 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 17, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill places a mandate on local law enforcement agencies to file crime reports with the department of safety.

* Violates [Art.] 28-a. [Mandated Programs.] The state shall not mandate or assign any new, expanded or modified programs or responsibilities to any political subdivision in such a way as to necessitate additional local expenditures by the political subdivision unless such programs or responsibilities are fully funded by the state or unless such programs or responsibilities are approved for funding by a vote of the local legislative body of the political subdivision.
* Most localities are already voluntarily providing the data.

SB481 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill raises new barriers to entry for healthcare service providers.

* This bill contains provisions designed to create or protect health care service monopolies in the state limiting competition and preventing competitive price pressures. It delegates the power to the state commissioner of health and human services to make a determination of the need for new facilities enshrining crony capitalism into state law.
* The bill effectively requires all new medical facilities to provide 24/7 emergency services. This further increases the barrier to entry for new service providers who look to fill medical needs to being served by our existing hospitals.

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill raises new barriers to entry for healthcare service providers.

* This bill contains provisions designed to create or protect health care service monopolies in the state limiting competition and preventing competitive price pressures. It delegates the power to the state commissioner of health and human services to make a determination of the need for new facilities enshrining crony capitalism into state law.
* The bill effectively requires all new medical facilities to provide 24/7 emergency services while exempting existing medical facilities from providing this capability. This further increases the barrier to entry for new service providers by increasing their costs while shielding existing providers from the new costs.

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill contains provisions designed to create or protect health care service monopolies in the state, by limiting competition and preventing competitive price pressures.

• Granting power to the state commissioner of health and human services to make a determination
of the need for new facilities effectively enshrines crony capitalism into state law.
• This bill requires all new medical facilities to provide 24/7 emergency services, but exempts
existing medical facilities from this requirement, thereby further raising the barrier to entry for new
service providers, while shielding existing providers from fair competition.

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill raises new barriers to entry for healthcare service providers.

* This bill contains provisions designed to create or protect health care service monopolies in the state, by limiting competition and preventing competitive price pressures.
* Granting power to the state commissioner of health and human services to make a determination of the need for new facilities effectively enshrines crony capitalism into state law.
* This bill requires all new medical facilities to provide 24/7 emergency services, but exempts existing medical facilities from this requirement, thereby further raising the barrier to entry for new service providers, while shielding existing providers from fair competition.

SB483 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill grows government by adding another permanent state level position.

* The bill creates a new position of "chartered public school program officer" which incrementally grows state government. Once such positions are established they are exceedingly difficult to eliminate.
* Creation of this position further centralizes state control over charter schools and ensures more involvement of the state board of education in operations of charter schools.
* The state should be seeking to decentralize the existing charter school system providing for local control instead of furthering a model of state run government schools.

SB485 (No Position Taken / HOUSE)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill continues the failed approach to the war on drugs by expanding spending on police enforcement.

* This bill creates a new substance abuse law enforcement program and funds it with $1.5 million in FY 2017.
* A law enforcement centric approach will mean more costs for courts, prosecutors, defense and corrections.

SB488 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates new mandates on businesses

• Many businesses do not have and cannot afford to create “private, non bathroom spaces” for
employees, or afford many of the other costly mandates contained in this bill.
• Use of vague exceptions that place the burden of proof on the business is a recipe for lawsuits.
• Job benefits should be negotiated between an employee and an employer, not mandated by
legislators. If a business does not offer attractive benefits, employees may seek work elsewhere.
• The costly mandates contained in this bill will deter businesses from hiring young women of child
bearing age, particularly for entry level or early career work.
• NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous. In order to improve the NH
economy, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen
regulatory burdens, not expand them.

March 17, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates new mandates on businesses

• Many businesses do not have and cannot afford to create “private, non bathroom spaces” for
employees, or afford many of the other costly mandates contained in this bill.
• Use of vague exceptions that place the burden of proof on the business is a recipe for lawsuits.
• Job benefits should be negotiated between an employee and an employer, not mandated by
legislators. If a business does not offer attractive benefits, employees may seek work elsewhere.
• The costly mandates contained in this bill will further deter businesses from hiring young women of
child bearing age, particularly for entry level or early career work.
• NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous. In order to improve the NH
economy, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen
regulatory burdens, not worsen them.

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates new mandates on businesses

* Many businesses do not have and cannot afford to create "private, non bathroom spaces" for employees, or afford many of the other costly mandates contained in this bill.
* Use of vague exceptions that place the burden of proof on the business is a recipe for lawsuits.
* Job benefits should be negotiated between an employee and an employer, not mandated by legislators. If a business does not offer attractive benefits, employees may seek work elsewhere.
* The costly mandates contained in this bill will further deter businesses from hiring young women ofchild bearing age, particularly for entry level or early career work.
* NH licensing and regulatory requirements are already far too arduous. In order to improve the NH economy, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, legislators should be working to lessen regulatory burdens, not worsen them.

SB494 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 17, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals provisions of the law that forces NH taxpayers to subsidize federal government, non-military travel on NH roads.

• The federal government should help pay for the upkeep of the roads they are using
• A government vehicle wears on the roads just as much, and in some cases more, than a private
vehicle.
• This bill is a step in the right direction, and will increase revenue for NH roads without further
taxing NH drivers.

Feb. 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

NH drivers should not be forced to subsidize federal government travel.

* The federal government should help pay for the upkeep of the roads they are using
* A government vehicle wears on the roads just as much, and in some cases more, than a private vehicle.
* This bill is a step in the right direction, and will increase revenue for NH roads without further taxing NH drivers.

SB496 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases health care costs for PCA services in NH.

• This bill requires personal care attendants provide “access to the community” and “non-medical
transportation” — services for which they may not be equipped.
• "Access to the community” is vague and could open personal care attendants up to frivolous
lawsuits.

Feb. 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases health care costs for PCA services in NH.

* This bill requires personal care attendants provide "access to the community" and "non-medical transportation" - services for which they may not be equipped.
* "Access to the community" is vague and could open personal care attendants up to frivolous lawsuits.

SB498 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended would reduce possession of a small amount of marijuana to an unspecified misdemeanor subject to a fine of $350.

• This is a very small step in the right direction of recognizing that NH's current laws are not inline with the vast majority of NH residents who favor decriminalization of marijuana. A UNH/ WMUR poll released in July 2015 indicated that 72% of Granite Staters support decriminalizing marijuana. This bill as takes an incremental step toward reducing collateral damage done to people who use or experiment with marijuana by making first time possession charge a violation.
• While the bill is a small improvement over current law and thus should be supported the legislature should do far more to reform or eliminate laws governing the private acts of citizens.

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended would make first-time possession of a small amount of marijuana, up to one quarter ounce, a violation, subject to a fine of $300, instead of a misdemeanor crime subject to arrest, jail time, and a criminal record.

• This is a very small step in the right direction of recognizing that NH's current laws are not inline with the vast majority of NH residents who favor decriminalization of marijuana. A UNH/ WMUR poll released in July 2015 indicated that 72% of Granite Staters support decriminalizing marijuana. This bill as takes an incremental step toward reducing collateral damage done to people who use or experiment with marijuana by making first time possession charge a violation.
* While the bill is a modest improvement over current law and thus should be supported the legislature should do far more to reform or eliminate laws governing the private acts of citizens.

April 6, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases fines on drug offenses and retains misdemeanor charge for simple marijuana possession.

• Increases minimum fine on ALL drug offenses to $500 from $350.
• The bill in its current form is a poor substitute for HB1631 which passed the house by nearly a two to one margin on March 10, 2016 and has yet to be decided upon by the senate..
Support recommit to allow for an opportunity to amend the bill to remove increased fines and remove option for misdemeanor prosecution for marijuana possession

SB500 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates new procedures for educational entities that operate self-funded student health insurance plans.

• This bill is attempting to address a problem that does not exist. There are sufficient consumer protections already in place for students covered under these plans.
• The state should not insert itself where it is not needed. A free market in health insurance better serves customers than ever-expanding state mandates and regulations.
• College costs and health care costs continue to rise faster than inflation year over year. Overregulation, which this bill exemplifies, is a big part of the problem.
• The scope of this bill is larger than what is implied by the Majority report. It applies to all not-for-profit private and public institutions of higher education which provide 4 year bachelor’s degree programs and graduate or professional degree programs.

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates new procedures for educational entities that operate self-funded student health insurance plans.

* This bill is attempting to address a problem that does not exist. There are sufficient consumer protections already in place for students covered under these plans.
* The state should not insert itself where it is not needed. A free market in health insurance better serves customers than ever-expanding state mandates and regulations.
* College costs and health care costs continue to rise faster than inflation year over year. Overregulation, which this bill exemplifies, is a big part of the problem.

SB503 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE)

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill compels taxpayers to fund yet another optional, experimental program.

*The bill's original fiscal note is for $10M to support a grade level outside compulsory attendance.
* The first program of this type, a NYC program to help teenage inmates was an official failure. Currently Utah has a "pay for success" early education program in place, but their boasts were determined to be inflated due to poorly defined goals. These "pay for success" experiments are still unproven to justify a launch in New Hampshire.
* Let the private sector establish pre-school programs, not the state through public/private partnerships, using taxpayer money.
* Not a single social impact bond project has demonstrated success so far.

March 24, 2016: No Position Taken

This is similar to SB 69 (2015), but takes it a major step further. Instead of a study committee like last year, the current bill would create a commission to implement a public preschool program funded through “pay for success” or social impact bonds (SIBs). This new kind of funding for social policy change has not demonstrated success. The first program of this type, a NYC program to help teenage inmates was an official failure. Currently Utah has a “pay for success” early education program in place, but their boasts were determined to be inflated due to poorly defined goals. These “pay for success” experiments are still unproven to justify a launch in New Hampshire. The bill's fiscal note is for $10M to support a grade level outside compulsory attendance. NH has many other important commitments to our public education system than to support an optional and experimental program. To complicate the proposal even more, the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) admits in a 2012 report that the longest running federal preschool program, Head Start, is a dismal failure. These early childhood programs do not produce long-term gains for our youngest learners. The preschool programs that showed success were exorbitantly expensive and in small studies that do not scale to a statewide program.

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill compels taxpayers to fund yet another optional, experimental program.

* The bill's fiscal note is for $10M to support a grade level outside compulsory attendance.
* Let the private sector establish pre-school programs, not the state through public private partnerships.
* Not a single Social Impact Bond project has demonstrated success so far.

SB506 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill revises existing restrictions on who may adopt.

* This bill expands the definition of who may adopt a child recognizing that not all familial bonds need to be formally recognized by the state in order to be valid.
* It it recognizes the same sex marriages the legislature created in 2008 by allowing all married couples to pursue adoption.

SB515 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes evidence of opioid dependence in single parent households a rebuttable presumption of child neglect.

• This bill contains language that states that "Evidence of a custodial parent's opioid drug abuse or opioid drug dependence" is a "rebuttable presumption" of child neglect. Although this is an improvement over text as originally introduced, it still places families in positions have having to prove innocence as opposed to the state having to prove guilt.
• RSA 169-C:29 already requires doctors, nurses, social workers and others to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Under existing law these professionals have some minor freedom to consider the totality of circumstances for reporting potential neglect. With this bill, even as improved by proposed amendments, these professionals would no longer have discretion. This would likely result in doctors failing to ask medically relevant questions and patients failing to provide medically relevant answers for fear of involving the state in an already complex situation. If based on the specific circumstances of the patient and their drug use (regardless of type of drug) a professional has reason to believe the child is being abused or neglected, they already have the duty to report. This bill therefore carries unacceptable risk of harm while providing little in the way of potential benefits to children

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes evidence of opioid dependence in single parent households a rebuttable presumption of child neglect.

* This bill as amended still contains language that states that "Evidence of a custodial parent’s opioid drug abuse or opioid drug dependence" is a "rebuttable presumption" of child neglect. Although this is an improvement over the original text of the bill, it still places families in positions have having to prove innocence as opposed to the state having to prove guilt.
* RSA 169-C:29 already requires doctors, nurses, social workers and others to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Under existing law these professionals have some minor freedom to consider the totality of circumstances for reporting potential neglect. With this bill, even as improved by proposed amendments, these professionals would no longer have discretion. This would likely result in doctors failing to ask medically relevant questions and patients failing to provide medically relevant answers for fear of involving the state in an already complex situation. If based on the specific circumstances of the patient and their drug use (regardless of type of drug) a professional has reason to believe the child is being abused or neglected, they already have the duty to report. This bill therefore carries unacceptable risk of harm while providing little in the way of potential benefits to children.

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows the unchallenged assertions of a single medical professional to shift the burden of proof for child neglect from the state to the mother.

* While the instinct to look out for vulnerable children in society is noble, this bill goes too far by presuming a mothers neglect based only on a medical diagnosis that has not been subject to cross examination or judicial review.
* The bill places no limits on who may make the diagnosis meaning that a first year nurse practitioner error could result in undo harm and stress on a mother and her newborn baby.

SB516 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill reduces access to affordable healthcare by placing duplicative mandates on health care facilities.

* Requiring facilities to spend even more money on regulatory compliance diverts resources from real solutions. This state imposed approach to violence prevention would stifle innovation that is already underway across the state. For example, in the absence of this regulatory overhead, New Hampshire Hospital has already begun work on "Project Pause" which uses smartphone technology and data analysis to help predict patients who may become violent.
* Provisions mandating violence record-keeping place further new burdens on facilities. Many hospitals already choose to keep records (in addition to the records already maintained by local authorities). A state imposed mandate will increase the overhead costs of such records keeping.
* Several other states (e.g. NY, CA) have passed similar legislation with no measurable reduction in violence.
* Published studies by medical worker advocates point out that even when violence against a healthcare worker is made a felony offense, states still fail to pursue charges against the criminals committing the offenses. If the state is serious about reducing violence then responsible prosecutions against those who are initiating violence should be preferred over prosecuting hospitals for not managing internal records in a manner consistent with arbitrary state guidelines.

SB517 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 3, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases the amount deducted from a fine for each day of a person's incarceration from $50 per day to $150 per day.

* While it is challenging to determine the total financial burden placed on an individual per day of incarceration, the current 'credit' for incarceration is more than 3.5x lower than the average 8 hour wage in NH (23.12/hr in June 15 per the NH Employment Security) and nearly 2x lower than even the lowest average 8 hour wage in the state ($11.06/hr). 24hr incarceration places additional burdens beyond lost wages on the incarcerated individual, including costs to a single parent associated with child care. The current deduction is therefore excessively punitive
* The fiscal note for this bill estimates that the average daily cost of incarcerating an individual may be as high as $110 per day. The current deduction level results in a net loss to the state for each day of incarceration chosen in lieu of fine. The new deduction level will ensure that the state is not penalized in cases where a citizen chooses incarceration instead of fine.

SB518 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

Feb. 18, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill is an attempt to tax free speech.

* This bill would require local candidates, political action committees, campaigns, and other advocacy organizations to pay a tax on funds spent on behalf of promoting their candidate, organization, or cause.
* Charging a tax for speech is not only unethical, but it violates Article 1 Part 22 of the NH constitution and the first amendment to the US constitution.

SB520 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

SB521 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill steeply increases OHRV registration fees, especially for those who choose not to join clubs.

• This bill favors certain clubs over others. Different fees for different club affiliations creates a class system, and could hurt non approved clubs and their membership.
• OHRV riders should not be punished with higher registration fees because they choose not to become members of an approved non profit club.
• The $30 increase is too steep and will hurt OHRV tourism.

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill steeply increases OHRV registration fees, especially for those who choose not to join clubs.

• This bill favors certain clubs over others. Different fees for different club affiliations creates a class
system, and could hurt non approved clubs and their membership.
• OHRV riders should not be punished with higher registration fees because they choose not to
become members of an approved non profit club.
• The $30 increase is too steep and will hurt OHRV tourism.

March 3, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill steeply increases OHRV registration fees, especially for those who choose not to join clubs.

* This bill favors certain clubs over others. Different fees for different club affiliations creates a class system, and could hurt non approved clubs and their membership.
* OHRV riders should not be punished with higher registration fees because they choose not to become members of an approved non profit club.
* The $30 increase is too steep and will hurt OHRV tourism.

SB522 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process.

• Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects the injustices in current law, and protects due process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and clear and convincing evidence on the part of the state.
• This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that they have recourse when it is not.
• This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the forfeiture.
* The NHLA is not taking a position in support of section 1 of the bill, appropriating money to the prescription monitoring program.

May 11, 2016: Pro-Liberty

With the committee amendment, this bill protects the rights of NH residents to due process.

• Civil asset forfeiture involves the taking of property from a person who has not been convicted, or often even charged, with a crime. This bill corrects the injustices in current law, and protects due process, by requiring a criminal conviction prior to forfeiture of assets, and “clear and convincing evidence” on the part of the state.
• This bill ensures that property is returned to innocent property owners in a timely manner, and that they have recourse when it is not.
• This bill greatly reduces perverse incentives and appearances of impropriety by providing that proceeds from asset forfeiture no longer flow directly to the government agencies pursuing the forfeiture.

SB523 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill puts the government between doctors and patients.

• Patients facing chronic pain already have enough trouble receiving effective treatment. This new mandate removes discretion from trained medical professionals and forces them to treat chronic pain patients as if they are drug seeking addicts.
• Legislators should be seeking to reduce the already costly and extensive interferences by government into medical care, not expand them.
• The provisions that allow for 'random' drug testing are too broad and could be interpreted as allowing the doctor to demand a drug test at any time. This would further disrupt the life and livelihood of a patient.

May 11, 2016: No Position Taken

• Patients facing chronic pain already have enough trouble receiving effective treatment. This new mandate removes discretion from trained medical professionals and forces them to treat chronic pain patients as if they are drug seeking addicts.
• Legislators should be seeking to reduce the already costly and extensive interferences by government into medical care, not expand them.
• The provisions that allow for 'random' drug testing are too broad and could be interpreted as allowing the doctor to demand a drug test at any time. This would further disrupt the life and livelihood of a patient.

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill puts the government between doctors and patients.

* Patients facing chronic pain already have enough trouble receiving effective treatment. This new mandate removes discretion from trained medical professionals and forces them to treat chronic pain patients as if they are drug seeking addicts.
* Legislators should be seeking to reduce the already costly and extensive interferences by government into medical care, not expand them.
* The provisions that allow for 'random' drug testing are too broad and could be interpreted as allowing the doctor to demand a drug test at any time. This would further disrupt the life and livelihood of a patient.

SB531 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill extends and expands a massive new entitlement program.

* This bill eliminates the existing sunset provision for Medicaid Expansion.
* Medicaid Expansion is a welfare program for able-bodied adults in their working years. The medical insurance provided has features such as no premiums, no deductibles and non-emergency transportation benefits that are simply not available to workers with full-time jobs. These benefits create a strong disincentive to full-time employment and career advancement.
* Federal money always comes with strings attached, and it is not free. The national debt is approaching $20 trillion.
* The Federal government will not keep its promises. As federal money dries up, costs will fall squarely on the State’s General Fund, which will only be able to support it through a new broad based tax, such as a sales or income tax, thereby destroying what remains of the New Hampshire Advantage.
* A free market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters

SB533 (No Position Taken / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2016: No Position Taken

May 11, 2016: No Position Taken

April 20, 2016: No Position Taken

March 24, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the current failed approach to the war on drugs and perpetuates failed policies already signed into law.

* The Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
has been in operation since 2000, while NH watches the heroin epidemic grow and expand, taking
the life of one Granite Stater every day last year. The State would be wise to wait to see results
from recently implemented programs before throwing yet more taxpayer dollars at the issue.

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the current failed approach to the war on drugs and perpetuates failed policies already signed into law.

* The Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery has been in operation since 2000, while NH watches the heroin epidemic grow and expand, taking the life of one Granite Stater every day last year. The State would be wise to wait to see results from recently implemented programs before throwing yet more taxpayer dollars at the issue.
* Wires are crossed in this legislation, which aims to both convict addicts and provide treatment to addicts. It is doubtful that this legislation, if passed, would accomplish anything of measure or value.

SB543 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 10, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires parents to utilize adoption procedures of existing law for transferring children for adoption.

* The language of the bill is unclear and could result in parents being prosecuted for giving physical custody to a grandparent. It is not uncommon for parents to encounter circumstances that require physical transfer of custody for indeterminate time periods, which could easily be viewed as intent for permanent transfer.
* A parent who becomes ill with a terminal disease and who transfers physical custody to a grandparent should not be at risk of prosecution after 6 months.
* Asserting that a parent who is utilizing non-traditional means to arrange long term or indeterminate term childcare is guilty of endangering the welfare of the child is inappropriate without taking into account the circumstances of the transfer.
* The complexity and significant expense of the processes outlined in Chapter 170-B represent a real deterrent to completely valid adoptions. Legislators should seek to lessen the difficulty and expense of adoption, rather than universally mandate bureaucracy.

SB551 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE)

March 17, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill enables the creation of a state mandated single provider monoply in video lottery and table gaming.

• It legislates a monopoly to one private provider which is unconstitutional under Part II, Article 83 of the New
Hampshire Constitution.
• The state should not be in the business of choosing winners or losers; all businesses should be allowed to
compete in a free market. An improvement would be modeling the casino licenses after other business
licenses, e.g., liquor licenses, that are available to any qualified applicant.
• The tax rates on gaming revenues in this bill could be considered usurious; they should be no different than
other business taxes.
• The Legislature should be looking at creative ways to reduce the size, scope, and cost of state
government, not large new revenue sources.

Feb. 18, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates government granted monopoly privileges.

* Allowing one special interest to conduct gambling operations, while prohibiting all others from competing, is a clear example of regulatory capture and an unjust use of government power.
* This bill would violate article 83 of the NH Constitution, which states "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it."
* This bill dramatically increases the size and scope of government. Once large bureaucracies and moneyed interests are created, they are very difficult to roll back.
* The NHLA would support a bill to more broadly legalize gambling, or allow for the creation of many independent casinos.

SB552 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE)

March 24, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows New Hampshire companies to more accurately reflect expenses, particularly for capital investments, with regards to the business profits tax.

• NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions; this bill would use the federal limit of $500K.
• At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to
$500K. (http://taxfoundation.org/).
• This bill encourages businesses to move to NH, and incentivizes existing NH companies to make
significant investments for future growth, which benefits all NH residents.
• NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with
excessive taxes.

Feb. 18, 2016: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows New Hampshire companies to more accurately reflect expenses, particularly for capital investments, with regards to the business profits tax.

* NH currently allows only up to $25K in deductions; this bill would use the federal limit of $500K.
* At least 37 other states already allow deductions over $100K, and 33 allow deductions up to $500K. (http://taxfoundation.org/).
* This bill encourages businesses to move to NH, and incentivizes existing NH companies to make significant investments for future growth, which benefits all NH residents.
* NH legislators should work to make NH business friendly, rather than driving them away with excessive taxes.

SB576 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Jan. 20, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill perpetuates privacy rights violations and expands bureaucracy.

* Opens the door to state funding of the prescriptions information database, with mandatory reporting of patients' private data, subject to hacking and other abuses.
* Increases burden of recordkeeping on prescribers.
* Mandates insurance coverage in accordance with recommendations of a private organization ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine), with interests not necessarily aligned with the state's interests.
* The fiscal note on this bill is inadequate and vague; not properly studied. This bill should not be rushed to pass without needed details.

Jan. 14, 2016: Anti-Liberty

This bill perpetuates privacy rights violations and expands bureaucracy

* Opens the door to state funding of the prescriptions information database, with mandatory reporting of patients' private data, subject to hacking and other abuses.
* Increases burden of record-keeping on prescribers
* Mandates insurance coverage in accordance with recommendations of a private organization ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine), with interests not necessarily aligned with the state's interests.
* The fiscal note on this bill is inadequate and vague; not properly studied. This bill should not be rushed to pass without needed details.

2017

HB1 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

April 6, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill dishonestly hides increases in state spending and unacceptably grows the size of state government.

* This bill allows the growth of government to be 10.5% in the General Fund for this proposed budget.
* This bill adopts a cut in projected revenue for several funds, which senior members of the Finance committee believe will come in later and can be adopted by the Fiscal committee. This is a dishonest accounting trick to reduce the apparent size of the budget.
* The legislature should seek to return the additional tax revenues to the taxpayers during the prosperous times so that government does not become unaffordable during the lean times.

April 5, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill dishonestly hides increases in state spending and unacceptably grows the size of state government.

* This bill allows the growth of government to be 10.5% in the General Fund for this proposed budget.
* This bill adopts a cut in projected revenue for several funds, which senior members of the Finance committee believe will come in later and can be adopted by the Fiscal committee. This is a dishonest accounting trick to reduce the apparent size of the budget.
* The legislature should seek to return the additional tax revenues to the taxpayers during the prosperous times so that government does not become unaffordable during the lean times.

HB2 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

April 6, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill continues the state's failed approach to the War on Drugs, promotes wealth transfer under the guise of property tax relief, and forces taxpayers to fund certain college tuition costs through a new state benefit that provides college scholarships.

* While the committee floor amendment (2017-1163h) addresses the college tuition concern, the amendment does not change our recommendation on the bill.

April 5, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill continues the state's failed approach to the War on Drugs, promotes wealth transfer under the guise of property tax relief, and forces taxpayers to fund certain college tuition costs through a new state benefit that provides college scholarships.

HB94 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits certain defenses in prostitution and human trafficking cases.

* "Mens rea" — ill intent — is a fundamental principle of Anglo-American common law. This bill would undermine it.
* People should not be convicted of felonies they were provably unaware of having committed.

HB98 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes brewpubs to manufacture hard cider.

* This bill will help NH brewpubs and their customers by allowing the brewpub to sell cider. Cider is a growing product and this will help NH brewpubs capitalize on this trend in the beverage industry.

HB99 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits the liquor commission from requiring a beverage vendor to obtain federal label approval for a beverage if sold exclusively in the state of New Hampshire.

* This bill will help prevent the NH Liquor Commission from overstepping its jurisdiction.
* Federal label approval is costly, time consuming, and an unnecessary expense for products sold exclusively within the State of New Hampshire.

HB100 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill legalizes an additional category of fireworks.

* This will help small businesses by allowing them one more product to sell in their stores.
* A large amount of out of state money is used to buy fireworks and this bill will allow for toy smoke bombs to be included in those sales. This could help businesses other than firework stores.

HB103 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 29, 2017: Pro-Liberty

Under this bill parents may temporarily remove their children from a classroom rather than having to argue for the removal of objectionable materials.

* This bill addresses the notification gap in RSA 186:11 IX-c that allows parents to select alternative materials for their children at their own expense. It does not censor the entire class' materials.
* This does not present any new or additional costs to districts as they already have notification systems in place that may be used, including but not limited to beginning-of-the-year course syllabi and material lists.
* This bill allows parents to make informed decisions regarding their children's education, and brings choices closest to the student for the best educational fit.

Feb. 2, 2017: Pro-Liberty

Under this bill a parent may temporarily remove their child from a classroom rather than having to argue for the removal of objectionable materials.

* This bill addresses the notification gap in RSA 186:11 IX-c that allows parents to select alternative materials for his/her child at their own expense. It does not censor the entire class' materials.
* This does not present any new or additional costs to districts as they already have notification systems in place that may be used, including but not limited to beginning of the year course syllabi and material lists.
* This bill allows parents to make informed decisions regarding their children's education, and bring choices closest to the student for the best educational fit.

HB112 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the definition of "e-cigarette", and creates new requirements for packaging of cartridges.

* Federal code16 C.F.R. section 1700.15 concerns packaging requirements for poisons. To apply these standards to e-cigarette cartridges, which "may or may not" contain nicotine at all is inappropriate, and would place an undue burden on manufacturers.

HB115 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the freedom of workers and employers.

* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.
* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation — more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.

HB129 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 2, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would repeal the successful K-12 scholarship program.

* This bill represents a fourth attempt at repeal since the Education Tax Credit Scholarship program went into effect.
* The Education Tax Credit Scholarship program has helped many families have access to better educational opportunities.
* Similar tax-credit scholarship programs have been deemed constitutional by their home states and by the US Supreme Court.
* Free choice by families and students is the very best form of accountability, and leads to the best outcomes. By contrast, one-size-fits-all centralized government control of education has led to spiraling administrative costs and worsening outcomes.
* Education should serve the interests of students, not government unions.
* The scholarship program is funded through private donations, not tax dollars. Other states with Blaine Amendments have ruled tax-credit scholarship programs to be constitutional because monies are distributed to parents who choose the schools and not the schools directly.

HB130 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill limits employers' hiring practices.

* The state should not be interfering in or dictating businesses' hiring practices.
* This would increase the risks involved in hiring, making firms more reluctant to expand or create new jobs. Like many other well-intentioned measures, this could result in detrimental effects on the people it seeks to help.

HB133 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries—it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding rights to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries—it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding rights to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries on their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries - it simply provides mechanisms for them to be informed and educated on their longstanding rights to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

HB145 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires municipal approval for siting high voltage transmission lines.

* This bill would require a 2/3 vote of the entire governing body of any city or a majority of those voting in a town vote to allow siting high voltage transmission lines within the boundaries of a municipality.
* This would potentially control the private property of others without regard for any adjudicated actual impact to surrounding property and places an unreasonable burden on the use of private property.

HB148 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 2, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates that all teachers at NH charter schools must be credentialed by the state.

* Currently, charter schools are permitted to consider qualified non-traditional candidates who may bring a valuable and diverse perspective to the teaching profession. This is exactly the kind of flexibility that has made charter schools more successful than school districts.
* By increasing protectionism and artificial barriers to entry, this bill would raise education costs.
* It is often difficult to find certified STEM field teachers. This can currently be mitigated by the large pool of industry STEM experts without certification who are available and could potentially do a better job than candidates with an arbitrary certificate. This bill would remove this option.
* Teacher hiring requirements are a critical part of innovation and flexibility unique to chartered public schools. Teacher credentials alone are not correlated with student performance.

HB157 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

Adding chronic pain to qualifying conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis.

* Cannabis has never been known to cause a fatal overdose, and many patients use it as an alternative to opioids for treating chronic pain. A comprehensive review of medical literature on cannabis recently published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that "There is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults".
* Research indicates that patients are taking fewer opioids in states where medical cannabis is legal, and those states are experiencing lower rates of overdose fatalities as well (Johns Hopkins https://goo.gl/vU0GvQ).

HB160 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to the qualifying medical conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis.

*This bill, which originally only dealt with the use of therapeutic cannabis for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was amended by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to include other positive reforms that have already been approved by the Senate this year, including the addition of "moderate to severe chronic pain" and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
*Twenty-three states now allow doctors to recommend cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and several patients testified that they find it beneficial in alleviating their symptoms.
*Medical providers should be free to certify their patients for the use of therapeutic cannabis if they believe it may be helpful. There is no good reason for the state to continue to stand between medical providers and patients who may benefit from this treatment option.

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the qualifying medical conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis.

* Twenty-three states now allow doctors to recommend cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and several patients testified that they find it beneficial in alleviating their symptoms. Medical providers should be free to certify their patients for the use of therapeutic cannabis if they believe it may be helpful. There is no good reason for the state to continue to stand between medical providers and patients who may benefit from this treatment option.

HB171 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from assisting or enabling a federal agency in the collection of personal electronic data without informed consent or a warrant issued by a judge based upon probable cause.

* Both the NH Constitution (Article 19) and the US Constitution (4th Amendment) recognize the rights of citizens to be secure from searches and seizures of their papers and possessions.
* NH law enforcement should not be obligated to participate and assist in unconstitutional acts by federal agencies.

HB174 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes jurisdiction of the Superior Court over education adequacy and funding.

* The General Court has constitutional authority to define the jurisdiction of the courts.
* The Supreme Court's rulings in Claremont wrongly equated "cherish" with "fund". The court should not be in the business of mandating funding levels; that is the role of the legislature.

HB194 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill permits employers to pay wages to employees weekly or biweekly.

* Employers and employees are perfectly capable of determining appropriate pay periods themselves without government interference.
* One size may not fit all. Certain businesses may have many part-time employees and therefore pay weekly, while others could have long-tenured full-time employees and want to enjoy the efficiency of biweekly pay.

HB201 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires background checks for all transfers or sales of firearms.

*This bill perpetuates the "gun show loophole" myth. Commercial firearm sales, whether in a retail outlet, over the internet, or at a gun show already require an NICS check by the licensed dealer.
* Gun control laws put barriers in the way of law-abiding citizens. Criminals will continue to find new ways to get firearms, regardless of the laws.
* The definition of commercial sales used in the bill is broad and conflicts with the stated exemption for private non-commercial sales, resulting in a vague law that will be difficult to enforce or follow.
* As drafted, the bill puts licensed dealers at risk of violating federal law on transfers between people in which the transaction does not go through instantly and when subsequently the seller wants to "hold on to the firearm". After the firearm has been handed over to a dealer, it cannot leave the premises until a background check has been run on either the seller or the buyer.

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires background checks for all transfers or sales of firearms.

*This bill perpetuates the "gun show loophole" myth. Commercial firearm sales, whether in a retail outlet, over the internet, or at a gun show already require an NICS check by the licensed dealer.
* Gun control laws put barriers in the way of law-abiding citizens. Criminals will continue to find new ways to get firearms, regardless of the laws.
* The definition of commercial sales used in the bill is broad and conflicts with the stated exemption for private non-commercial sales, resulting in a vague law that will be difficult to enforce or follow.
* As drafted, the bill puts licensed dealers at risk of violating federal law on transfers between people in which the transaction does not go through instantly and when subsequently the seller wants to "hold on to the firearm". After the firearm has been handed over to a dealer, it cannot leave the premises until a background check has been run on either the seller or the buyer.

HB203 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates an unaccountable, tax-funded redistricting commission.

• The approach for creating this 'independent' commission is unlikely to result in significant independence. Appointees would be selected from politically-connected citizens that the majority and minority parties would count on to counterbalance potential unfair plans from the opposing party.
• The purportedly independent commission would allow the legislature to claim plausible deniability in cases of gerrymandering, preventing voters from being able to properly influence the process or hold the officials involved accountable.
• The proposed “independent” commission would create significant new spending, including staff, rent, consultants, software, and other supplies, and even establishes a new state-funded election integrity attorney. This bill seeks to fund these new expenses by creating a new tax on political speech.

HB212 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill criminalizes holding a public meeting or function without first making application for police attendance at that function.

* The language of "may potentially involve traffic-related problems, lead to a public disturbance or public nuisance, or endanger the public health, safety, or welfare" is exceedingly broad and potentially could apply to any size meeting or function.
* The bill is inconsistent with Article 32 of the NH Bill of Rights - Right of Assembly, Instruction, and Petition.

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill criminalizes holding a public meeting or function without first making application for police attendance at that function.

* The language of "may potentially involve traffic-related problems, lead to a public disturbance or public nuisance, or endanger the public health, safety, or welfare" is exceedingly broad and potentially could apply to any size meeting or function.
* The bill is inconsistent with Article 32 of the NH Bill of Rights - Right of Assembly, Instruction, and Petition.

HB223 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill expands the current prohibition on lobbying by recipients of state funds to cover those who receive county or municipal funds.

* Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for lobbyists to lobby against their interests.
* The local towns and city employees have the same opportunity to contact legislators as citizens do. County and municipal employees should not be allowed use taxpayer funds for activism. It's a clear conflict of interest.
* The state already restricts lobbying by entities that receive state funds under RSA 15:5. This bill simply expands the restriction to cover county and municipal funds while retaining the responsible exemptions from the prohibition that have served the state for more than 10 years.

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill expands the current prohibition on lobbying by recipients of state funds to cover those who receive county or municipal funds.

* Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for lobbyists to lobby against their interests.
* The local towns and city employees have the same opportunity to contact legislators as citizens do. County and municipal employees should not be allowed use taxpayer funds for activism. It's a clear conflict of interest.
* The state already restricts lobbying by entities that receive state funds under RSA 15:5. This bill simply expands the restriction to cover county and municipal funds while retaining the responsible exemptions from the prohibition that have served the state for more than 10 years.

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill expands the current prohibition on lobbying by recipients of state funds to cover those who receive county or municipal funds.

* Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for lobbyists that they may oppose.
* The local towns and city employees have the same opportunity to contact legislators as citizens do. County and municipal employees should not be allowed use taxpayer funds for activism. It's a clear conflict of interest.
* The state already restricts lobbying by entities that receive state funds under RSA 15:5. This bill simply expands the restriction to cover county and municipal funds while retaining the responsible exemptions from the prohibition that have served the state for more than 10 years.

HB227 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the current prohibition on aftermarket tinting of side windows.

• 46 other states already allow tinted side windows, with no widespread problems reported.
• NH law enforcement already encounters tinted windows on the thousands of tourist vehicles that visit NH each year. No widespread problems have been reported with these vehicles either.
• It is unfair to allow out-of-state visitors to drive with tinted windows, but prohibit them to NH residents.

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the current prohibition on aftermarket tinting of side windows.

• 46 other states already allow tinted side windows, with no widespread problems reported.
• NH law enforcement already encounters tinted windows on the thousands of tourist vehicles that visit NH each year. No widespread problems have been reported with these vehicles either.
• It is unfair to allow out-of-state visitors to drive with tinted windows, but prohibit them to NH residents.

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the current prohibition on aftermarket tinting of side windows.

• 46 other states already allow tinted side windows, with no widespread problems reported.
• NH law enforcement already encounters tinted windows on the thousands of tourist vehicles that visit NH each year. No widespread problems have been reported with these vehicles either.
• It is unfair to allow out-of-state visitors to drive with tinted windows, but prohibit them to NH residents.

HB276 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 2, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to opt their children out of the statewide assessment.

* At least seven states (Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and California) already have opt-out provisions. No state or school district has lost federal funding due to lower participation rates, nor over opt-out provisions.
* The statewide assessment is an accountability tool for districts, not individual students. Parents have rights that districts cannot control, such as determining whether or not their child takes a statewide assessment. This bill recognizes the rights of parents and protects students and districts from penalty.

HB278 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 26, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the existing criminal defamation statute.

* Existing law makes defamation a class B misdemeanor. This subjects citizens exercising the right to free speech to both criminal and civil penalties. While there ought to be consequences to untruthful and irresponsible speech that may cause others to face contempt or ridicule, the use of criminal statute is a poor substitute for the civil remedies.
* The burden of proof in the current law is quite high as it requires proof of knowledge on two counts "which he knows to be false" and "knows will tend to expose any other living person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule" - while this high burden helps to limit the potential for successful prosecution of speech made in error, it also means that the law is unlikely to lead to conviction.
* Nash v. Keene Publishing Corp., 127 N.H. 214 (1985) further found that statements of opinion rather than fact to not qualify as criminal defamation which further limits the applicability of the law.
* The theoretical benefit of a potential rare prosecution using the existing law is outweighed by the chilling effect that the law may have on unpopular political speech.

HB279 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows cigarette smoking in cigar bars.

* This bill as amended is a small step toward improving private property rights.
* If an establishment is permitted to allow smoking of tobacco of one kind, it is not appropriate to prevent it from allowing smoking of tobacco in another form.

HB291 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the negative impacts of the controlled drug prescription health and safety program by preventing veterinarians from having to comply with rules designed for human patients.

* Veterinarians prescribe drugs for animals, not people. As such, holding them to the same regulations as for doctors of human patients does not make sense.
* Veterinary practices are critical for farming and other economic aspects of our agrarian state; onerous regulations directly impact rural, generally low-income communities.

HB293 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds additional requirements to the process of creating a charter school, which could hamper the development of new schools.

* The language prohibits additional schools similar in educational direction from being formed. Not everyone can commute the length of the state to attend the school that meets their needs.
* There have been numerous outcries for more STEM charter schools, but this bill would prohibit those schools from starting.
* Charter schools currently have waiting lists and this would cripple the ability to launch new schools to meet those needs.

HB318 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new tax on premium cigars at a rate of 15% of the wholesale price.

* This bill would directly erode the New Hampshire advantage. NH presently has no tax on cigars. That fact has specifically drawn multiple cigar companies to NH; several moved here when MA imposed its cigar tax in 1996.
* The tax hike of $78,719 estimated in the fiscal note fails to take into account the impact of the inevitable lost sales that would result from out-of-state buyers who may now opt to purchase cigars in their home state. Business taxes paid by cigar sellers and other businesses that benefit from the out-of-state traffic that the sales generate would inevitably be lost due to decreased premium cigar sales.

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new tax on premium cigars at a rate of 15% of the wholesale price.

* This bill would directly erode the New Hampshire advantage. NH presently has no tax on cigars. That fact has specifically drawn multiple cigar companies to NH; several moved here when MA imposed its cigar tax in 1996.
* The tax hike of $78,719 estimated in the fiscal note fails to take into account the impact of the inevitable lost sales that would result from out-of-state buyers who may now opt to purchase cigars in their home state. Business taxes paid by cigar sellers and other businesses that benefit from the out-of-state traffic that the sales generate would inevitably be lost due to decreased premium cigar sales.

HB333 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill removes the exemption on premium cigars from the tobacco tax.

* This bill would directly erode the New Hampshire advantage. NH presently has no tax on cigars. That fact has specifically drawn multiple cigar companies to NH; several moved here when MA imposed its cigar tax in 1996.
* The tax hike of $340K estimated in the fiscal note fails to take into account the impact of the inevitable lost sales that would result from out-of-state buyers who may now opt to purchase cigars in their home state. Business taxes paid by cigar sellers and other businesses that benefit from the out-of-state traffic that the sales generate would inevitably be lost due to decreased premium cigar sales.

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill removes the exemption on premium cigars from the tobacco tax.

* This bill would directly erode the New Hampshire advantage. NH presently has no tax on cigars. That fact has specifically drawn multiple cigar companies to NH; several moved here when MA imposed its cigar tax in 1996.
* The tax hike of $340K estimated in the fiscal note fails to take into account the impact of the inevitable lost sales that would result from out-of-state buyers who may now opt to purchase cigars in their home state. Business taxes paid by cigar sellers and other businesses that benefit from the out-of-state traffic that the sales generate would inevitably be lost due to decreased premium cigar sales.

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill removes the exemption from the tobacco tax on premium cigars.

* This bill would directly erode the New Hampshire advantage. NH presently has no tax on cigars. That fact has specifically drawn multiple cigar companies to NH; several moved here when MA imposed its cigar tax in 1996.
* Per the fiscal note, this would likely raise taxes by $340k. HB333 seeks to raise revenue for the state, but will ultimately fail in doing so as the business taxes paid by cigar sellers and other businesses that benefit from the out of state traffic the sales generate would be lost due to decreased premium cigar sales.

HB350 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: NO ACTION)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make it a class B felony to possess a firearm or other deadly weapon at a polling place.

* This bill is a clear violation of Part First Article 2-a of the New Hampshire Constitution.
* Citizens of New Hampshire should not be required to surrender their right to carry an implement of self-defense or otherwise reduce their ability to defend themselves in order to exercise their right to vote.
* This bill is largely unenforceable, as many citizens peacefully and inconspicuously carry a concealed firearm daily throughout the state.
* As with the majority of proposed weapons regulations, this bill does nothing to prevent criminals from carrying out violent acts.

HB351 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands the use of the death penalty in NH

* NH should not risk allowing the state to kill an innocent person. As recently as 2014, a death row inmate in TX (Henry Lee McCollum) was conclusively cleared by DNA evidence after having spent nearly 30 years on death row. He is far from the only example of an innocent person being placed on death row; several other examples were heard in testimony. Neither prosecutors nor courts are infallible.
* If a person is convicted and incarcerated, but is later found innocent of wrongdoing, the sentence is at least partially reversible. The death penalty is irreversible.
* There are two primary reasons to apprehend those who commit crimes against persons or property. The first reason is to obtain restitution for the victim of the crime, to whatever extent possible. The second reason is to prevent those who present a continuing threat to others from committing further crimes. Given the availability of secure prison facilities, the expansion of the death penalty as it exists in New Hampshire is not necessary for either of these purposes.
* Long-term incarceration costs NH taxpayers less than the death penalty.

HB353 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT)

May 18, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes the sale of beer in refillable containers.

* This bill allows certain on- and off-premises liquor licensees to fill refillable containers of beer, aka "growlers". A growler is a way for a craft beer lover to bring home draft beer in the same form as they would enjoy it at a restaurant. This removes one small barrier to free commerce.
* This allows consumers wishing to minimize their impact on the environment to opt to reuse containers, rather than being forced to utilize containers that must be discarded after use or go through a more energy intensive recycling process.
* This gives NH brewers another way to distribute their product without investing in expensive bottling or canning equipment.

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes the sale of beer in refillable containers.

* This bill allows certain on- and off-premises liquor licensees to fill refillable containers of beer, or "growlers". A growler is a way for a craft beer lover to bring home draft beer in the same form as they would enjoy it at a restaurant. This removes one small barrier to free commerce.
* This allows consumers who desire to minimize their impact on the environment to opt to reuse containers rather than being forced to utilize containers that are discarded after use or must go through a more energy intensive recycling process.
* This gives NH brewers another way to distribute their product without investing in expensive bottling or canning equipment.

HB365 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill awards attorney's fees when a petitioner is successful in a right-to-know lawsuit where it is ruled the lawsuit was necessary in order to enforce compliance with the provisions of the Right-to-Know law or to address a purposeful violation.

* The Right-to-Know law is supposed to increase transparency in our government. It should be accessible to all NH citizens and not just the few who have the means to fund legal battles in the event of a bureaucratic mistake.
* This is a small but important change to the current law. It will make government more accountable for abuses of RSA 91-A and may provide better training to the people who hold our public records as a result.
* Support the motion to reconsider then support YEA OTP.

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill awards attorney's fees when a petitioner is successful in a right-to-know lawsuit where it is ruled the lawsuit was necessary in order to enforce compliance with the provisions of the right-to-know law or to address a purposeful violation.

* The right-to-know law is supposed to increase transparency in our government. It should be accessible to all NH citizens and not just the few who have the means to fund legal battles in the event of a bureaucratic mistake.
* This is a small but important change to the current law. It will make government more accountable for abuses of RSA 91:A and may provide better training to the people who hold our public records as a result.

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill awards attorney's fees when a petitioner is successful in a right-to-know lawsuit where it is ruled the lawsuit was necessary in order to enforce compliance with the provisions of the right-to-know law or to address a purposeful violation.

* The right-to-know law is supposed to increase transparency in our government. It should be accessible to all NH citizens and not just the few who have the means to fund legal battles in the event of a bureaucratic mistake.
* This is a small but important change to the current law. It will make government more accountable for abuses of RSA 91:A and may provide better training to the people who hold our public records as a result.

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill awards attorney's fees when a petitioner is successful in a right-to-know lawsuit where it is ruled the lawsuit was necessary in order to enforce compliance with the provisions of the right-to-know law or to address a purposeful violation.

* This right-to-know law is supposed to increase transparency in our government. It should be accessible to all NH citizens and not just the few who have the means to fund legal battles in the event of a bureaucratic mistake.
* This is a small but important change to the current law. It will make government more accountable for abuses of RSA 91:A and may provide better training to the people who hold our public records as a result.

HB386 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill makes technical changes to the tax credit statutes including removing certain restrictions on carrying forward contributions, expanding the period for businesses to submit qualifying donations and tax-credit applications, and approving the use of scholarships for distance learning, tutors, and dual-enrollment classes.

* Though the impact of the technical changes is relatively small, the updates make it easier to utilize existing pro-liberty tax credits that give parents of all income levels more options to influence the education of their children.

HB395 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps to ensure that the state Board of Education will not adopt burdensome regulations on home school programs at some point in the future.

* Home education does not require additional regulation by the state board of education as existing law is extremely clear on notification, subjects to be instructed, and annual testing requirements.
* House rule 44(d) prohibits adoption of legislation with the type of broad rulemaking authority currently present in RSA 21-N:9. This bill repeals this non-compliant section.

HB415 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill reduces or repeals several taxes and establishes an income tax. In addition, it requires the state to pay 35% of political subdivisions retirement contributions for certain member employees.

* While it is laudable to reduce or eliminate certain taxes, doing this at the expense of creating a new income tax is unwise as each state that has sought to reduce taxes through the imposition of a new state income tax has used the new tax to grow the size and scope of state government.
* State funding of the retirement system for political subdivisions shifts costs from taxpayers that are receiving services from the specific political subdivision to state taxpayers at large. This forces people to pay for services that they are not receiving and may not want. In addition, this encourages political subdivisions to view funding as 'free money' and tends to loosen fiscal restraint.
*Centralizing funding for local expenditures is bad policy. Citizens need accurate and easy-to-understand financial information to make informed decisions.

HB432 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill removes law enforcement agency discretion for issuance of a $250 fine when a vehicle that does not display a special plate or placard is parked in a designated parking space for persons with a walking disability.

* Law enforcement agencies should not be forced to prosecute minor violations without discretion. For example, a person with an obvious disability utilizing a rental vehicle who is not in possession of their placard would be required to be fined even if the officer clearly identifies that they would meet the intent of the current law. While a person who forgets their placard would always run such a risk if ticketed without the officer witnessing their entrance/exit from the vehicle, an officer should not be forced to choose between violating the law and acting as a mindless automaton of the state.
* Smaller law enforcement agencies may not have adequent funds to prosecute all of the parking violations brought to them under this law, and should have the ability to decide which cases are worth pursuing.

HB436 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill exempts persons using virtual currency from being licensed as money transmitters.

* Virtual currency technology is relatively new and still evolving at a rapid pace. The application of legacy money transmitter license requirements to this marketplace carries significant risk of stifling innovation and puts New Hampshire at a disadvantage to other states.

HB441 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill exempts records of the initial screening process for employment in the public sector from the provisions of the Right-to-Know law.

* This bill exempts initial screening records of applications for public sector employment from 91-A requests.
* This could obscure the hiring of lesser-qualified applicants as records of better applicants would be unavailable for public inspection.
* Our constitution commands open and transparent government.

HB442 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history prior to an interview.

* The state should not be interfering in or dictating businesses' hiring practices.
* The state should work to reduce the number of victimless crimes in order to reduce the number of people who are negatively impacted by their prior involvement in the criminal justice system.

HB474 (Pro-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

May 18, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the use of cell site simulator devices for the purposes of tracking or intercepting communications without a warrant or judicially-recognized exception to the warrant requirement.

* Article 19 of the NH Bill of Rights states "Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions." This bill helps to protect that right by clearly indicating its applicability to electronic communication devices.
* Police departments across the country have been found to utilize such devices without first obtaining a warrant, demonstrating the need for a law such as this. https://goo.gl/Wo0td7

HB481 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill allows towns to require retailers to charge for plastic bags, or ban their use by retailers altogether.

* Requiring reusable bags hurts health; after San Francisco's plastic bag tax went into effect, hospital admissions for bacterial infections rose significantly.
* Reusable bags result in more carbon emissions over their lifecycle than do lightweight plastic bags, even when they are discarded (https://goo.gl/qTIF25).
* Prohibiting retailers from providing plastic bags to customers is a violation of the rights of both retailers and their customers.

HB494 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds additional requirements regarding who can initiate the process of creating a new charter school, which could hamper the development of new schools.

* This bill prevents a non-profit organization that has even a single out-of-state resident from submitting an application for a charter school.
* Restricting new applications to only NH residents could delay getting schools started.

HB516 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 27, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would allow a judge to indefinitely deny the right to petition for annulment of a criminal record.

* Under current law, a petitioner may refile a petition for annulment of a criminal record every 3 years. This bill removes that right by allowing the court to specify a time period after which the petitioner may file a new petition for annulment. This provides the court with unbounded discretion in limiting the rights of a petitioner.

HB522 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a committee to review occupational licensing to determine which licenses could be made optional for practitioners.

* By raising barriers to entry, overly expansive occupational licensing raises costs and decreases the quality of available services (https://www.ij.org/images/pdf_folder/economic_liberty/occupational_licensing/licensetowork.pdf). Occupational licensing of lower income trades in particular discourages entrepreneurship and unjustly eliminates opportunites to those who are most vulnerable, and who do not have paid lobbyists speaking up for their rights and interests (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/magazine/so-you-think-you-can-be-a-hair-braider.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&pagewanted=all).
* There are clear opportunities to improve NH licensing laws in order to allow more freedom of opportunity and choice, and without impacting public safety. For example, NH is one of only five states to license shampooers. It takes 1500 hours of training to become a cosmetologist in NH — far more than to become an EMT. Studying how these restrictions impact NH residents, and which of them could most benefit from reform, would provide valuable perspective to the legislature.
* The legislature should not refrain from studying this important issue out of fear of trade lobbyists, who are often looking to use the government to block competition. Instead, the legislature should concern itself with the interests of the public as a whole, which benefits from free choice, competition, and economic opportunity, and with defending the liberties of the people from regulatory capture and overreach (https://goldwater-media.s3.amazonaws.com/cms_page_media/2015/4/15/OccLicensingKauffman.pdf).

HB524 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies the definition of "emergency" for purposes of a quorum under the Right-to-Know law.

* Currently the word "emergency" is undefined, and as such is subjective and can be used to justify operating without a quorum for any reason.
* This bill clarifies the definition of "emergency" to include only instances of immediate peril to the public health or safety.
* There is a demonstrated need for this bill. The committee minority report indicates "The minority felt that immediate action should be taken whenever it is needed regardless of whether or not there is a disaster going on at the time". This interpretation of "emergency" shows that certain individuals are willing to corrupt the meaning of the word dramatically differently from its commonly-held usage, presumably so as not to restrain their actions. This interpretation severely undermines the intent of the law.

HB547 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a program to recycle and dispose of electronic waste funded by new fees on manufacturers, importers, and other entities.

* This bill will result in higher prices for electronics and will put NH consumers and manufacturers at a disadvantage.
* Local transfer stations already do a good job at collecting E-waste on a regular basis and have managed to keep costs low.

HB548 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes the normal retirement age for non-vested and newly-hired employees of retirement system employers to be the normal retirement age under the federal Social Security Act.

* As recently as 2014, NH was found to have the 6th most underfunded pension fund in the nation. (http://www.nhbr.com/July-10-2015/NH-edging-out-of-its-pension-fund-hole/).
* Taking action to align future benefits to non-vested and newly-hired employees with retirement ages that better match with current life expectancy will help preserve benefits that were promised to existing vested employees while reducing future costs.
* Private sector pensions have become increasingly rare, and it is unfair to demand that citizens continue to fund pensions for state workers when they themselves are not eligible for defined benefit plans.

HB553 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes the vehicle inspection requirement for motorcycles from annual to biennial.

* Per the minority report, the average rider puts 2,500 miles per year on a motorcycle, and it is unlikely that a component will wear out in 5,000 miles driven in a two-year span, except tires and brakes, if the rider abuses those components.
* 33 states require no periodic safety inspection of motorcycles. This includes states with longer driving seasons. A reduction to a biennial inspection system is a modest improvement without any evidence of a loss of safety for either riders or the public.
* Citizens and motorcycle enthusiasts who wish more frequent inspections can pay for more frequent inspections if they desire.

HB576 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the fee for vehicle inspection stickers, and allocates the increase to the motor vehicle air pollution abatement fund.

* NH drivers continue to get overtaxed, while infrastructure falls into disrepair. Further taxing drivers who need transportation to support themselves and their families adds insult to injury.
* The state's largest polluters are not car drivers. Forcing them to pay more while giving subsidies to coal-burning power plants sends the wrong message.

HB581 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a credit against business profits taxes for media production expenditures made in New Hampshire.

* This crony-capitalist bill would subsidize media production at the expense of all other businesses.
* Government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.

HB589 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals a violation of the First Amendment.

* Whereas the NHLA has a policy of not taking positions on the issue of abortion in general, this bill's restoration of freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment merits our taking a position in support of this bill.
* This bill repeals the "buffer zone" created by SB 319 (2014) restoring the right of people to peacefully assemble, as provided by the protections of the First Amendment.
* The provisions of SB 319 have not yet been instituted, which calls into question the necessity of the statute.
* SB 319 pushes protesters away from the source and into neighboring properties. Buffer zones are reminicent of the abhorrent "free speech zones" at Presidential events.
* Many of the complaints SB 319 looked to resolve are already covered by existing statutes.

HB591 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 29, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill bans small scale suction dredging in the surface waters of the state.

* RSA 482-A:3 XI compliant suction dredging is a small scale hobby in NH with little to no environmental impact. Further restricting this hobby is unnecessary due to the lack of impact.
* The existing RSA already limits suction dredging to a 5 hp motor and a 4 inch tube. This has worked well in the past at keeping the environmental disturbance to a minimum.
* Spring runoff already results in turbidity that far exceeds the small scale impact that the suction dredging used in the state has.

HB599 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes the office of ombudsman in the Department of State.

* This bill creates a non-partisan office within the Secretary of State's office to investigate criminal complaints against public officials. Any complaints that have merit would be sent to the Attorney General for follow-up.
* The office would be staffed with "volunteers" paid a very small stipend and mileage to investigate these complaints.

HB603 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new state-level program to fund grants to students who choose STEM degrees and affirm that they will reside and work in the state of New Hampshire for a minimum of 4 years after graduation.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for students who attend the university system of NH is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.
* The requirement to work and reside in NH for a minimum of four years after graduation is practically unenforceable. Furthermore, the DoE estimates that up to three new full time employees would be needed to administer the program.

HB604 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a new state-level program to fund grants to students who choose to attend the Community College System of NH.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for students who attend state universities or community colleges is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.
* The DoE estimates that up to three new full time employees would be needed to administer the program. On a $500,000 program, this is a very high overhead.

HB605 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a state-administered social services scholarship program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the social services.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create a handout exclusively for ill-defined social services education is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options. Though the initial bill only creates the fund, defines its use, and allocates $1 of taxpayer money, the bill contains a provision to allow future taxpayer funding per the proposed RSA-21 N(V) text which states "The fund shall include any sums appropriated for such purpose".
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of creating new bureaucratic programs designed to supplant other private sector scholarship organizations.

HB606 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a health care professionals scholarship program.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create a handout exclusively for students choosing health care education is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options. Though the initial bill only creates the fund, defines its use, and allocates $1 of taxpayer money, the bill contains a provision to allow future taxpayer funding per the proposed RSA-21 N(V) text which states "The fund shall include any sums appropriated for such purpose".
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of creating new bureaucratic programs designed to supplant other private sector scholarship organizations.
* The fiscal note states that in FY 2019 and each year thereafter up to two full-time employees may be required to manage the "no cost" program.

HB612 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended updates the religious slaughter exemption, which in current law only covers Jewish ritual slaughter, and exempts non-commercial livestock transport by farmers from licensing requirements.

* The updated religious slaughter exemption is extended to any religion which follows federal humane slaughter guidelines.
* Exempting non-commercial livestock transport by farmers from licensing requirements removes one small burden the state places on farmers, reducing both direct costs and opportunity costs to the farmer.

HB617 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended removes the authority to charge each day of a continuing violation of planning and zoning laws as separate offenses.

* By allowing a separate violation for each day, municipalities can bypass the constitutional provision for jury trial where penalties exceed $1500.
* RSA 502-A:15 provides that in cases in which the damages claimed exceed $1,500, the defendant may file a written request for trial by jury, transfering the case from circuit court to superior court.
* The current statute allows municipalities to burden the circuit court with cases that would rise to the jurisdiction of superior court when multiple days of fines accumulate.
* Excessive fines and penalties should be open to judgment by a jury of one's peers.

HB625 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes the day of the biennial state primary election preceding a general election and the day of biennial state general election legal holidays of the state.

* This bill would cost the state $300,000 in overtime for fiscal year 2018 and 2020 as well as nearly $2 million in lost productivity per year at the University of New Hampshire and Community College System of New Hampshire. Polling locations across the state are open sufficient hours to allow most citizens to vote and RSA 657:4 allows for absentee ballots for employment obligation, including the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.

HB633 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows health insurance policies without mandates to be sold to New Hampshire residents and allows insurers licensed to provide policies in other states to provide coverage to New Hampshire residents.

* This bill allows consumers greater flexibility in selecting health insurance policies that meet their needs, thereby broadening access to health coverage.
* This bill allows interstate competition in health insurance.
* This bill encourges additional companies to compete in the NH marketplace by lowering the bar to entry.

HB638 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the New Hampshire health protection program.

* This bill repeals the New Hampshire health protection program which will sunset at the end of 2018 due to continued reduction in federal funding. This program provides able-bodied, childless adults in NH above the poverty line with free health care.
* In 2016, the NHLA indicated that the "severability clause" in the bill would allow Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to pick and choose which portions of the law would be enforced, such as the work requirement. In November 2016, as we predicted in multiple issues of the Gold Standard in the 2016 legislative season, CMS rejected the work requirement (http://goo.gl/j2nhaR).
* Federal money always comes with strings attached; it is not free. The national debt, which is approaching $20 trillion, is arguably the largest threat to national security.
* A free-market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters.
* Given the uncertainty in the federal law on which this program is based, support the motion to recommit if one is made, so that the bill may be amended if required in response to potential changes in the federal law upon which the existing RSA is based.

HB640 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 11, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* The NH Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense", but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states. This bill would reduce the penalty for possession of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana by a person 21 years of age or older to a violation.
* More than 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of marijuana for use by adults and more than 72% support decriminalization (2016 WMUR polls conducted by the UNH Survey Center — https://goo.gl/DoX9TJ).
* Decriminalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.

March 8, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* The NH Constitution provides that "all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense", but our state penalties for marijuana possession are no longer supported by public opinion and are far more severe than those of most nearby states. This bill would reduce the penalty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana by a person 21 years of age or older to a violation.
* More than 60% of NH citizens support the legalization of recreational marijuana and more than 72% support decriminalization (2016 WMUR polls conducted by the UNH Survey Center — https://goo.gl/DoX9TJ)
* Decriminalization would not only prevent innocent people from having their lives significantly impacted by minor possession arrests, but would also reduce the expense of the criminal justice system, allowing police and prosecutors to focus on serious crimes where innocent people have been victimized.

HB644 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a new tax on capital gains.

* New sources of taxation invite incremental increases in tax rates which results in higher long term spending and growth of government.
* Capital gains taxes income upon the realization of the gain. Taxpayers may delay selling investments that have unrealized capital gains to avoid the tax. This creates artificial economic inefficiency as people hold assets too long and avoid diversification. In the long term this does economic harm to our citizens that may outweigh the direct confiscation of this new tax.

HB647 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes privately-funded Education Savings Accounts for children with disabilities.

* Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are funds that children receive to a designated account that are used for specified educational purposes. This particular ESA is limited to students with a disability: children with IEPs or 504 plans. While ESAs are new to New Hampshire, they are not new to other states. Currently, five states offer ESA programs and each is unique with respect to the approved uses, eligibility qualifications, administration, accountability mechanisms, and funding sources.
* ESAs have withstood constitutional challenges. The dollar amount would be 90% of the per-pupil state adequacy amount plus any differentiated aid the home district would receive for students in grades 1 and above; 50% for kindergarten students. With 5% going to administration by a non-profit scholarship organization, the state keeps 5%, which represents a savings. Enrollment is optional.
* The Cato Institute and EdChoice representatives testified that districts would have savings if the ESA amount is less than the variable cost of an education.

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes privately-funded Education Savings Accounts for children with disabilities.

* Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are funds that children receive to a designated account that are used for specified educational purposes. This particular ESA is limited to students with a disability—children with IEPs or 504 plans. While they are new to New Hampshire, they are not new to other states. Currently five states offer ESA programs and each is unique with respect to the approved uses, eligibility qualifications, administration, accountability mechanisms, and funding sources.
* ESAs have withstood constitutional challenges. The dollar amount would be 90% of the per pupil state adequacy amount plus any differentiated aid the home district would receive for students in grades 1 and above; 50% for kindergarten students. With 5% going to administration by a non-profit scholarship organization, the state keeps 5% which represents a savings. Enrollment is optional.
* The Cato Institute and EdChoice representatives testified that districts would have savings if the ESA amount is less than the variable cost of an education.

HB654 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 18, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill grants municipalities the ability to seek and execute search warrants on private property without evidence that a crime has been committed.

* This bill, as amended, allows municipalities to obtain a search warrant to inspect short-term/vacation rentals, upon probable cause that the property is unfit for human habitation.
* The short-term vacation rental market is already competitive, and utilizes active renter review systems.
* While the bill does contain some protections for short-term rental property owners, it erodes the rights of property owners and interferes in a marketplace that, while not perfect, self-regulates at least as well as other more highly-regulated market segments.

SB8 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides fiscally responsible alternatives for approximately 50 school districts, which must already tuition out a portion of their student population.

• This bill as amended empowers districts without full K-12 in-district to contract with public and nonsectarian private schools, consistent with current practices in many districts.
• The amendment addresses accountability in ways consistent with existing statutes as well as to parents.
• This bill will expand more school choice options for children in rural areas of the state with few alternatives for a better educational fit.
• This bill also provides fiscally responsible options for school boards facing declining student populations and rising education costs.
• Just as school tuition programs expand choice for families, they provide fiscally responsible options for school boards given statewide student population declines and rising education costs.

Feb. 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows small districts to make agreements with other public and private schools if the grade level is not offered in-district.

* This bill contains the language of HB 1637 (2016) that passed the House and Senate only to be vetoed by Gov. Hassan.
* It clarifies existing statutes: small towns across the state that do not provide full K-12 education in-district may enter into tuition agreements with other schools.
* It is consistent with RSA 194:22 Contracts with Schools and RSA 193:1 Compulsory Attendance.
* It is consistent with current practices by NH districts that have tuition agreements with private schools, including some located out-of-state.

SB10 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill uses $2 million of NH taxpayer money to bail out dairy producers.

* According to Dot Perkins of the UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Dairy farmers have a higher cost of production than producers in many other states (https://tinyurl.com/gvl8o9a). This is true even in years where there has been no drought. When combined with the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) program and the fact that milk is a cross-state commodity, it has been difficult for NH dairy farmers to remain competitive.
* There are many individuals and businesses that have experienced loss in the past year; a number of them, however, try to make the case that they are "special" and deserve protection.
* This bill sets a terrible precedent that when businesses have a bad year, they should look to the state for handouts. Given the overall higher production costs in the state and the market distorting federal programs, it is unlikely that this will be a "one-time" bailout.
* The government has created the issue by mandating pricing policies at the federal level. The solution is not greater government involvement, but letting the free market set the price structure for milk and dairy products.
* This bill is the worst kind of aid: it attempts to help a very small number of people, while hurting the majority of citizens who are paying for this relief.

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill uses $2 million of NH taxpayer money to bailout dairy producers

* According to Dot Perkins of the UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Dairy farmers have a higher cost of production than producers in many other states. (https://tinyurl.com/gvl8o9a). This is true even in years where there has been no drought. When combined with the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) program and the fact that milk is a cross-state commodity, it has been difficult for NH dairy farmers to remain competitive. However, there are many individuals and businesses that have experienced loss in the past year, and many can and do make the case that they are "special" and deserve protection.
* This bill sets a terrible precedent that when businesses have a bad year, they should look to the state for handouts. Given the overall higher production costs in the state and the market distorting federal programs, it is unlikely that this will be a 'one-time' bailout.

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill uses $2 million of NH taxpayer money to bail out dairy producers

* There's no reason to take $2 million from struggling taxpayers, then turn around and bail out dairy farmers. It is unethical to force NH residents to fund bailouts to favored businesses.
* There are many individuals and businesses that have experienced loss in the past year, and many can and do make the case that they are "special" and deserve protection. This bill does not help all struggling industries, or even all farmers, or even all of those impacted by drought specifically.
* This bill sets a terrible precedent that when businesses have a bad year, they should look to the state for handouts. The state should not be picking winners and losers.

SB11 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union and prohibits coercion and intimidation intended to compel an employee to join, affiliate with, or financially support a labor organization or to refrain from doing so.

* The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) contains several coercive mechanisms that infringe upon the rights of workers and business owners. Among these are section 9a which mandates exclusive representation by a single union and mandates that the union representative is given opportunity to be present at grievance adjustment between employers and employees even if the employee does not wish that the representative is present. In addition, it forces employers to recognize and bargain collectively with unions following a majority vote of their workforces.
* Right-to-work is the only way currently permitted under federal law to restore some of the freedom of dissenting workers and their employers to withhold support from unions with whom they disagree. While this bill interferes with freedom of contract, it does so in a way intended to remedy current, more egregious limitations of freedom of contract.
* Public sector collective bargaining is often more harmful than private sector collective bargaining because taxpayers are not directly represented in negotiations. “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt, who opposed public sector unions. Public sector right-to-work reduces union density in government and reduces government spending and taxes (Ichniowski & Zax 1991).

Feb. 15, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union and prohibits coercion and intimidation intended to compel an employee to join, affiliate with, or financially support a labor organization or to refrain from doing so.

* The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) contains several coercive mechanisms that infringe upon the rights of workers and business owners. Among these are section 9a which mandates exclusive representation by a single union and mandates that the union representative is given opportunity to be present at grievance adjustment between employers and employees even if the employee does not wish that the representative is present. In addition, it forces employers to recognize and bargain collectively with unions following a majority vote of their workforces.
* Right-to-work is the only way currently permitted under federal law to restore some of the freedom of dissenting workers and their employers to withhold support from unions with whom they disagree. While this bill interferes with freedom of contract, it does so in a way intended to remedy current, more egregious limitations of freedom of contract.
* Public sector collective bargaining is often more harmful than private sector collective bargaining because taxpayers are not directly represented in negotiations. “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt, who opposed public sector unions. Public sector right-to-work reduces union density in government and reduces government spending and taxes (Ichniowski & Zax 1991).

Jan. 19, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union and prohibits coercion and intimidation intended to compel an employee to join, affiliate with, or financially support a labor organization or to refrain from doing so.

* The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) contains several coercive mechanisms that infringe upon the rights of workers and business owners. Among these are section 9a which mandates exclusive representation by a single union and mandates that the union representative is given opportunity to be present at grievance adjustment between employers and employees even if the employee does not wish that the representative is present. In addition, it forces employers to recognize and bargain collectively with unions following a majority vote of their workforces.
* Right-to-work is the only way currently permitted under federal law to restore some of the freedom of dissenting workers and their employers to withhold support from unions with whom they disagree. While this bill interferes with freedom of contract, it does so in a way intended to remedy current, more egregious limitations of freedom of contract.
* Public sector collective bargaining is often more harmful than private sector collective bargaining because taxpayers are not directly represented in negotiations. “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt, who opposed public sector unions. Public sector right-to-work reduces union density in government and reduces government spending and taxes (Ichniowski & Zax 1991).

SB12 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

Makes NH pistol/revolver license optional; replaces vague term of "suitable" with "not prohibited by state or federal law"; extends license minimum period from 4 to 5 years

* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
* Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a license, rank among the safest places in the country.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalizes law-abiding citizens.
* This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person", which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of not prohibited by state or federal law.
* By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a vulnerability period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman with a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
*There is no evidence that the current NH pistol license provides a necessary benefit to public safety.

Jan. 19, 2017: Pro-Liberty

Makes NH pistol/revolver license optional; replaces vague term of "suitable" with "not prohibited by state or federal law"; extends license minimum period from 4 to 5 years

* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the state Constitution: "All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
* A requirement to have a license to carry a concealed firearm is an infringement on an individual's right to self-defense. This bill restores the right of law-abiding citizens to carry protection discreetly.
* Our neighbors Vermont and Maine, two states that allow concealed carry without a license, rank among the safest places in the country.
* This bill eliminates unnecessary and obscure definitions of "open" versus "concealed" carry, which are difficult to interpret, have led to several lawsuits, and unfairly criminalizes law-abiding citizens.
* This bill replaces the subjectivity of the phrase "suitable person", which has in the past been used by biased officials for ethnic, racial, and gender discrimination, with the objective and easily understood phrase of not prohibited by state or federal law.
* By making the license optional, this bill eliminates a vulnerability period that has prevented persons who may feel threatened (e.g. a woman with a stalker) from carrying discreet protection when needed. It also facilitates license reciprocity requirements between NH and other states.
* Other states that have enacted constitutional carry have seen either no statistically significant change in violent crime, or a slight downward trend.
*There is no evidence that the current NH pistol license provides a necessary benefit to public safety.

SB15 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

April 20, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows doctors to recommend cannabis for severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects.

* Numerous studies, including clinical trials, have shown medical cannabis to be a safe and effective treatment for pain.
* Doctors are already permitted to prescribe serious, habit forming drugs for pain management. By comparison, cannabis is extremely mild. It is not reasonable to allow the prescription of hard opioids to patients suffering from pain, but not to allow the recommendation of cannabis by doctors.
* Abuse of prescription opioids is a major contributing factor to the opioid epidemic in NH. Replacement of prescription opioids with cannabis will help prevent addiction and abuse in some patients, as well as potentially reducing the quantity of prescription opioids on the street.

Jan. 19, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows doctors to recommend cannabis for severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects.

* Numerous studies, including clinical trials, have shown medical cannabis to be a safe and effective treatment for pain.
* Doctors are already permitted to prescribe serious, habit forming drugs for pain management. By comparison, cannabis is extremely mild. It is not reasonable to allow the prescription of hard opioids to patients suffering from pain, but not allow recommendation of cannabis.
* Abuse of prescription opioids is a major contributing factor to the opioid epidemic in NH. Replacement of prescription opioids with cannabis will help prevent addiction and abuse in some patients, as well as potentially reducing the quantity of prescription opioids on the street.

SB17 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 20, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the requirement that a patient with hepatitis-C be "currently undergoing antiviral treatment" in order to qualify for the therapeutic cannabis program.

* According to a study published by the National Institutes for Health, there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in hepatitis-C treatment (e.g., nausea, depression). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16957507
* The legislature should not be inserting itself in the patient/doctor relationship and pretending to understand the medical challenges faced by patients.

Jan. 19, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the requirement that a patient with hepatitis-C be "currently undergoing antiviral treatment" in order to qualify for the therapeutic cannabis program

* According to a study published by the National Institutes for Health, there is substantial evidence that cannabis use may help address key challenges faced by drug users in hepatitis-C treatment (e.g., nausea, depression). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16957507
* The legislature should not be inserting itself in the patient/doctor relationship and pretending to understand the medical challenges faced by patients.

SB23 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill legalizes additional categories of fireworks.

* The choice of whether to purchase, possess, and use fireworks should be a personal one - fireworks bans are paternalistic.
* Removing the ban on firecrackers will increase economic activity in New Hampshire.

SB30 (Anti-Liberty / LAW WITHOUT SIGNATURE)

March 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill places additional restrictions on private property for the stated purpose of improving shoreland protection.

* This bill redefines the size/shape of segments that are used to score the impact of improvements landowners make to their property for the express purpose of protecting shorelines. Property owners already have financial incentives to maintain property and limit damage that may impact the future value of their property. Attempts to micromanage property improvements with a one-size-fits-all solution infringes on property owners' rights and is unlikely to significantly contribute to shoreland protection.
*The bill mainly serves to raise the value of existing shoreline property (landscaped under the older, less restrictive scheme) by adding restrictions to new shoreline construction, making it less desirable.
* The bill reduces the time that an applicant has to respond to information requests from 120 days to 60 days, at which time the application is denied, forcing applicants to refile and potentially incur a fee as high as $3,750 per 483-B:5-b. The reduction in time does not take into account that landowners are private individuals for whom 60 days may be an insufficient amount of time to obtain quotes, select an expert, schedule an investigation, and respond to the state's demand for additional information. Some required information may be weather-dependent or other circumstances could delay the applicant. There is no reason to place any deadline on an applicant, as their delay just affects when their permit would be received.
* The bill increases the time for the state's paid professional full-time staff to evaluate applications and make a determination from 20 days to 30 days.

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill places additional restrictions on private property for the stated purpose of improving shoreland protection.

* This bill redefines the size/shape of segments that are used to score the impact of improvements landowners make to their property for the express purpose of protecting shorelines. Property owners already have financial incentives to maintain property and limit damage that may impact the future value of their property. Attempts to micromanage property improvements with a one-size-fits-all solution infringes on property owners' rights and is unlikely to significantly contribute to shoreland protection.
*The bill mainly serves to raise the value of existing shoreline property (landscaped under the older, less restrictive scheme) by adding restrictions to new shoreline construction, making it less desirable.
* The bill reduces the time that an applicant has to respond to information requests from 120 days to 60 days, at which time the application is denied, forcing applicants to refile and potentially incur a fee as high as $3,750 per 483-B:5-b. The reduction in time does not take into account that landowners are private individuals for whom 60 days may be an insufficient amount of time to obtain quotes, select an expert, schedule an investigation, and respond to the state's demand for additional information. Some required information may be weather-dependent or other circumstances could delay the applicant. There is no reason to place any deadline on an applicant, as their delay just affects when their permit would be received.
* The bill increases the time for the state's paid professional full-time staff to evaluate applications and make a determination from 20 days to 30 days.

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill places additional restrictions on private property for the stated purpose of improving shoreland protection.

* This bill redefines the size/shape of segments that are used to score the impact of improvements landowners make to their property for the express purpose of protecting shorelines. Property owners already have financial incentives to maintain property and limit damage that may impact the future value of their property. Attempts to micromanage property improvements with a one-size-fits-all solution infringes on property owners' rights and is unlikely to significantly contribute to shoreland protection.
*The bill mainly serves to raise the value of existing shoreline property (landscaped under the older, less restrictive scheme) by adding restrictions to new shoreline construction, making it less desirable.
* The bill reduces the time that an applicant has to respond to information requests from 120 days to 60 days, at which time the application is denied, forcing applicants to refile and potentially incur a fee as high as $3,750 per 483-B:5-b. The reduction in time does not take into account that landowners are private individuals for whom 60 days may be an insufficient amount of time to obtain quotes, select an expert, schedule an investigation, and respond to the state's demand for additional information. Some required information may be weather-dependent or other circumstances could delay the applicant. There is no reason to place any deadline on an applicant, as their delay just affects when their permit would be received.
* The bill increases the time for the state's paid professional full-time staff to evaluate applications and make a determination from 20 days to 30 days.

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill places additional restrictions on private property for the stated purpose of improving shoreland protection.

* This bill redefines the size/shape of segments that are used to score the impact of improvements landowners make to their property for the expressed purpose of protecting shorelines. Property owners already have financial incentives to maintain property and limit damage that may impact the future value of their property. Attempts to micromanage property improvements with a one-size-fits-all solution infringes on property owners' rights and is unlikely to significantly contribute to shoreland protection.
*The bill mainly serves to raise the value of existing shoreline property (landscaped under the older, less restrictive scheme) by adding restrictions to new shoreline construction, making it less desirable.
* The bill reduces the time that an applicant has to respond to information requests from 120 days to 60 days, at which time the application is denied, forcing applicants to refile and potentially incur a fee as high as $3,750 per 483-B:5-b. The reduction in time does not take into account that landowners are private individuals for whom 60 days may be an insufficient amount of time to obtain quotes, select an expert, schedule an investigation, and respond to the state's demand for additional information. Some required information may be weather-dependant or other circumstances could delay the applicant. There is no reason to place any deadline on an applicant, as their delay just affects when their permit would be received.
* The bill increases the time for the state's paid professional full time staff to evaluate applications and make a determination from 20 days to 30 days.

Jan. 19, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill places additional restrictions on private property for the stated purpose of improving shoreland protection.

* This bill redefines size/shape of segments that are used to score the impact of improvements landowners make to their property for the expressed purpose of protecting shorelines. Property owners already have financial incentives to maintain property and limit damage that may impact the future value of their property. Attempts to micromanage property improvements with a one size fits all solution infringes on property owners rights and is unlikely to significantly contribute to shoreland protection.
* The bill mainly serves to raise the value of existing shoreline property (landscaped under the older, less restrictive scheme) by adding restrictions to new shoreline construction, making it less desirable.
* The bill reduces the time that an applicant has to respond to information requests from 120 days to 60 days at which time the application is denied forcing applicants to refile and potentially incur a fee as high as $3,750 per 483-B:5-b. The reduction in time does not take into account that landowners are private individuals for whom 60 days may be an insufficient amount of time to obtain quotes, select an expert, schedule an investigation and respond to the state's demand for additional information. Some required information may be weather-dependant or other circumstances could delay the applicant. There is no reason to place any deadline on an applicant, as their delay just affects when their permit would be received.
* The bill increases the time for the state's paid professional full time staff to evaluate applications and make a determination from 20 days to 30 days.

SB41 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a new handout to highly-paid workers, using $4 million in taxpayer funds to pay down student debt.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for technology students is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.

March 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a new hand-out to highly paid workers providing $4 million in taxpayer funds to pay down student debt.

* There are a variety of educational options available to graduating NH high school seniors, including universities, community colleges, trade schools, and internships. To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for technology students is unfair to other kinds of students, who may choose other educational options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.

SB42 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill eliminates the hearing requirement for late reinstatement of corporations.

* This reduces the burden on businesses that file for corporate reinstatement after the time period specified in 293-A:14.22.
* Streamlining of the reinstatement process will help ensure that the corporation is able to return to business more quickly, increasing economic activity.

SB43 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 22, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to make informed decisions about their children's participation in non-academic surveys.

* This bill contains the language of SB 320 (2016) that passed the House and Senate only to be vetoed by Gov. Hassan.
* Schools routinely ask students to complete non-academic surveys and questionnaires to assess their attitudes, values, decision-making, and behaviors.
* Parents should be fully informed on what is being asked of their children and give explicit authorization for them to participate.

Feb. 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows parents to make informed decisions about their children's participation in non-academic surveys.

* This bill contains the language of SB 320 (2016) that passed the House and Senate only to be vetoed by Gov. Hassan.
* Schools routinely ask students to complete non-academic surveys and questionnaires to assess their attitudes, values, decision-making, and behaviors.
* Parents should be fully informed on what is being asked of their children and give explicit authorization for them to participate.

SB44 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 22, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits the state from requiring districts to implement Common Core State Standards.

* The Common Core standards claim to provide “evidence-based rigorous content,” yet there is no empirical evidence indicating that Common Core has improved student learning.
* Districts have been pressured into adopting Common Core standards, developing curricula aligned to Common Core, and buying textbooks aligned to Common Core, all at great time and expense.
* Teachers, parents, and school boards have lost control over the instruction being provided in their own classrooms under Common Core.
* Common Core is a top-down, centralized approach to education. Every child is different, and ideally should have education individualized to their needs and personality. Common Core is essentially the opposite of that.

Feb. 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits the state from requiring districts to implement Common Core State Standards.

* The Common Core standards claim to provide “evidence-based rigorous content,” yet there is no empirical evidence indicating that Common Core has improved student learning.
* Districts have been pressured into adopting Common Core standards, developing curricula aligned to Common Core, and buying textbooks aligned to Common Core, all at great time and expense.
* Teachers, parents, and school boards have lost control over the instruction being provided in their own classrooms under Common Core.
* Common Core is a top-down, centralized approach to education. Every child is different, and ideally should have education individualized to their needs and personality. Common Core is essentially the opposite of that.

SB54 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the number of hours of alcohol and drug use education required for initial licensure as a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor or as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

* There is a shortage of alcohol and drug counselors in the state, and training requirements are already extensive, requiring years of full-time study. We should not be making it even more difficult for a person to become a licensed counselor.
* Suddenly raising requirements may force those who have already qualified as a counselor in NH to go back to school for additional training.

SB57 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would use state taxpayer money to fund selected municipal water projects.

Local water projects should be funded locally. It's inappropriate to take money from NH communities that do not have central water systems in order to subsidize communities that do.

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would use state taxpayer money to fund selected municipal water projects.

Local water projects should be funded locally. It's inappropriate to take money from NH communities which do not have central water systems in order to subsidize communities that do.

SB65 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 4, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds several common vaccines to the list of vaccines approved for administration to adults by pharmacists.

* This bill increases convenience and liberty for adults who choose to receive certain vaccines.
* Adults should not be required to wait for a potentially more expensive doctor's visit in order to receive these common vaccines.

March 29, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds several common vaccines to the list of vaccines approved for administration to adults by pharmacists.

* Reduces cost and increases convenience for adults who choose to receive certain vaccines.
* Adults should not be required to wait for a more expensive doctor's visit in order to receive these common vaccines.

SB77 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the state limit of $100,000 on expenses under the business profits tax, allowing taxpayers to use the current IRS limit of $500,000.

* Artificially low caps on capital expenses discourage investments in tangible property that is crucial to improving the productivity of NH businesses.
* Taxing businesses on profits that they are not realizing due to necessary capital expenditures is fundamentally unfair, and furthermore increases the costs of doing business, which will inevitably be passed on to customers.

SB79 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill enables municipalities to reduce the assessed value of qualifying historic residential structures based on an analysis completed by an architectural historian.

* This bill allows for tax breaks for a select few at the expense of many in a municipality.
* Reducing restrictions on historic homes would do more to help the owners of these properties than a five-year temporary tax break.

SB82 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 29, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates the relative font size and content of labels for maple syrup.

* The state should not be mandating labels and font sizes. Local stores already do a good job of highlighting local products with large endcap signs.
* The bill goes into effect 60 days after passage and contains no provisions for stores to exhaust current supplies. This will require small retailers to manually modify labels on existing stock in order to remain in compliance with the law.

SB83 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill infringes on the freedom of workers and employers.

* Workers and employers have a right to contract for whatever wage they wish. It is wrong for government to legally prohibit voluntary employment agreements.
* Minimum wage laws lower the number of entry-level jobs and make it harder for people of low skill to gain critical experience.
* Higher wages for everyone are better accomplished through job creation; more jobs means more competition to hire all workers.

SB90 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill doubles the minimum tax rate employers pay for unemployment insurance.

* The current unemployment insurance tax is designed to adapt to changing economic conditions and adjust the minimum tax rate depending on the size of the state unemployment compensation fund. Increasing the minimum tax rate in cases where the compensation fund has significant resources will only tempt future legislators or governors to raid the dedicated fund for another purpose. RSA 282-A:140 II already provides broad authority for unexpected use of these funds.
* A 100% increase in the minimum tax rate will hurt businesses.

SB94 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill as amended allocates $5 million to provide financing and state matching funds for state-sponsored housing projects.

* The projects as defined by RSA204-C:57 needlessly encourage the creation of high density low-income housing which crowds out other affordable housing options and raises artificial barriers that families must cross in order to distinguish themselves from those who do not strive for improved wages and living conditions.
* Concentrating poor or low-income people in a small area, whether in the projects or due to the fact that only certain housing providers are willing and able to accept payment through welfare programs, creates unintended negative side effects such as crime, lack of social cohesion, and poor examples for children, affecting their future income potential (https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa773.pdf pages 9 & 10)

SB97 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill uses tax dollars extracted from everyone for the benefit of select landholders.

* It is wrong to force all taxpayers to subsidize certain farmers and landholders.
* This bill spends $3 million in taxes per year, largely on paying farmers to keep farming.
* Conservation efforts are better done at the local level, directly closest to the people having their property and income affected.

SB100 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill makes a $4 million general fund appropriation for continuation of the project development phase of the New Hampshire capital rail corridor project (passenger rail along I-93 from Massachusetts to Concord).

* This bill allocates $4 million for the development of passenger rail from Massachusetts to Concord. This is a fraction of the full cost of such a project. Passenger rail is a waste of taxpayer money. It is particularly unsuited to a rural state such as New Hampshire. Only a tiny fraction of the population would use it, and at the expense of being heavily subsidized by other taxpayers.
* Bus service is far more cost-effective than passenger rail as it requires almost no capital outlays and has the flexibility to go where demand exists. For example, even in the heavily traveled Boston-New York market, the subsidized Amtrak fare is $100, while the unsubsidized private bus fares are under $25.
* Passenger rail is a 20th century solution in a 21st century world. According to a 2015 Gallup poll (https://tinyurl.com/gpnfo5p), 37% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted — more than 4 times higher than what was found in 1995.

SB102 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: NO ACTION)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would add yet another state mandate on our local school districts by requiring more temporary workers and substitute teachers to hold the place of part-time school district employees away on leave.

* The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires private businesses of more than 50 employees and all public employers to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.
* FMLA restricts this benefit to employees who have worked a minimum of 20 weeks and 1,250 hours during the preceding year.
* This bill expands the federal requirement by providing benefits to part-time school district employees who have only worked 900 hours during the preceding year.

SB107 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 29, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill creates a politically-connected redistricting commission to prepare a plan of apportionment of representative and senatorial districts following each decennial census.

* The makeup of the commission is designed to ensure that politically-connected individuals are appointed to this commission. While the stated purpose is to achieve a measure of independence, as designed the commission is little more than a shell game devised to shield legislators from accountability as the only options are to vote up or down the recommendation of the commission.
* According the the Secretary of State, the single largest group of registered voters in the state is "Undeclared": 279,044 (D), 305,368(R), 403,816(U). In allowing appointment by majority and minority leaders, this bill forms a commission that will have a bias to limit the emergence of alternate parties.

SB120 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill would grant the public utilities commission expanded regulatory control over telecommunications services.

* There is no demonstrated need for this bill. Deregulation of telecommunications has been highly successful, causing higher quality service and lower prices.
* Freedom of competition is the best form of accountability. Expanding regulatory control by the public utilities commission would primarily have the effect of reducing competition and freedom of choice.
* The standards in this bill, including "unreasonable" interruption or "reasonably" adequate are ill-defined, broad, subjective, and vague. Authorizing the public utilities commission to use the full authority of RSA 365 on local exchange carriers based on these subjective criteria is imprudent, having the effect of re-regulating the industry.

SB131 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

June 1, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill allocates funds to hire 5 state troopers to exclusively perform drug interdiction work.

* The War on Drugs has clearly failed; heroin was first federally regulated more than 100 years ago, yet is still beyond the control of governance even today. While it is tempting to look at the lists of arrests week after week in the paper and think we are just one more arrest from a solution, it is clear that the additional spending-and-enforcement approach is a failure.
* As with most government programs, once the new positions are created there will be significant pressure to retain the positions and their subsequent pension costs after the current "crisis" is over. This will likely result in more long-term spending than the fiscal note implies.
* "The available scientific evidence suggests… that drug-related violence and high homicide rates are likely a natural consequence of drug prohibition and that increasingly sophisticated and well-resourced methods of disrupting drug distribution networks may unintentionally increase violence. From an evidence-based public policy perspective, gun violence and the enrichment of organized crime networks appear to be natural consequences of drug prohibition..." International Centre for Science in Drug Policy at http://bit.ly/2sfOYdu

May 4, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill allocates funds to hire 5 state troopers to exclusively perform drug interdiction work.

* The War on Drugs has clearly failed; heroin was first federally regulated more than 100 years ago, yet is still beyond the control of governance even today. While it is tempting to look at the lists of arrests week after week in the paper and think we are just one more arrest from a solution, it is clear that the additional spending-and-enforcement approach is a failure.
* As with most government programs, once the new positions are created there will be significant pressure to retain the positions and their subsequent pension costs after the current "crisis" is over. This will likely result in more long-term spending than the fiscal note implies.

March 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill allocates funds to hire 5 state troopers to exclusively perform drug interdiction work.

* The War on Drugs has clearly failed; heroin was first federally regulated more than 100 years ago, yet is still beyond the control of governance even today. While it is tempting to look at the lists of arrests week after week in the paper and think we are just one more arrest from a solution, it is clear that the additional spending-and-enforcement approach is a failure.
* As with most government programs, once the new positions are created there will be significant pressure to retain the positions and their subsequent pension costs after the current "crisis" is over. This will likely result in more long-term spending than the fiscal note implies.

Feb. 9, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill allocates funds to hire 15 state troopers to exclusively perform drug interdiction work.

* The War on Drugs has clearly failed; heroin was first federally regulated more than 100 years ago, yet is still beyond the control of governance even today. While it is tempting to look at the lists of arrests week after week in the paper and think we are just one more arrest from a solution, it is clear that the additional spending and enforcement approach is a failure.
* As with most government programs, once the 15 new positions are created there will be significant pressure to retain the positions and the associated resulting pension costs. This will likely result in more long term spending than the fiscal note implies.

SB135 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates that all electrical installation shall be made by a person licensed by the electricians' board.

* Under both the current law and this bill, homeowners are allowed to perform electrical installations in their single family residence. However, under current law, the homeowner may seek the consult of a knowledgeable friend or relative to help ensure the safety of the work. Under this bill, even a qualified electrical engineer familiar with the code would be breaking the law by helping a friend perform electrical installations. As a result this bill may discourage individuals from offering help.
* This is practically unenforceable — homeowners safely change light switches and electrical outlets all the time under the guidance of an experienced friend or relative without issue.
* The bill further complicates our out-of-date law, which even restricts relatively simple IEEE 802.3af-2003 power-over-ethernet wiring applications. Homeowners often rely on knowledgeable friends and relatives to provide assistance in running network cables; however, under this bill the friend would be guilty of a misdemeanor for offering this assistance.

SB137 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 9, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires the board of nursing to grant licenses to applicants for license by endorsement for persons holding a comparable license issued by Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, or Connecticut.

* This bill offers a minor improvement in the barriers created by state licensing of nurses by reducing the barriers to entry for qualified nurses or nursing assistants to obtain employment in New Hampshire after moving to the state.

SB144 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: NONCONCURRED REQUEST CONFERENCE)

Feb. 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies the definition of "qualifying medical condition" and deletes the requirement that a medical provider document how the injury affects activities of daily living in order for a patient to qualify for therapeutic use of cannabis.

* The clarified language of this bill removes an artificial barrier to therapeutic cannabis use which is not applied to other potentially harmful treatments. This reduces state interference in the doctor/patient relationship.

SB149 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies.

* This bill provides for a small improvement in the choices provided to consumers by allowing the purchase of health insurance from out-of-state carriers that are approved by the state in which the carrier does business.
* The bill contains several restraints on trade including mandating that the the state in which the carrier is approved be a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and other requirements that would take effect if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 is materially changed. However, the net effect on liberty is still moderately positive as it may result in an increase in choice to consumers while lowering the barriers to entry for businesses wishing to enter the NH market.

SB159 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 29, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to the list of qualifying conditions for therapeutic cannabis.

* Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of disorders that affect the connective tissues in skin, bones, blood vessels, and other tissues. Pain is a common manifestation of EDS. It can range from mild to severe, and can become chronic.
* Medical providers should be free to certify their patients for the use of therapeutic cannabis if they believe it may be helpful. There is no good reason for the state to continue to stand between medical providers and patients who may benefit from this treatment option.

SB173 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill provides that accessory dwelling units may not be used as short-term rentals.

* An "Accessory Dwelling Unit'' is a second dwelling unit, attached or detached, located on the same lot as the permitted principal dwelling unit. Under the existing RSA 674:72 a municipality may require owner-occupancy of one of the dwelling units.
* This bill unconditionally bans short-term rental of accessory dwelling units, which places an arbitrary and unfair restriction on the use of private property.
* Depriving families of a potential source of supplementary income may mean the difference between a family being able to thrive in their home and failing to make ends meet and ultimately losing their home.
* The emerging sharing economy has been a benefit to NH residents and should be encouraged, not stifled by the state.

SB182 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the burden on businesses by requiring recordkeeping to show the town or city in which taxes were collected.

* While the incremental costs and complexity of this bill are small, the number of hours wasted each year in the collection, reporting, correction, and maintenance of the additional records is significant when applied to the more than 3,000 establishments for whom this would apply.
* While it is unlikely that the incremental costs of this bill would make or break the profitability of any business, the accumulated costs of ever increasing state-driven mandates are significant.

SB191 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 4, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill expands state responsibility for funding of kindergarten.

* Full-day kindergarten is expensive and developmentally inappropriate and should not be funded by taxpayers.
* Research indicates that half-day kindergarten is beneficial, but concludes all-day kindergarten is too long, robs children of valuable free play, and is counterproductive. https://goo.gl/IlGr75
* Full-day kindergarten will compete with hundreds of small private businesses that are already providing these services without cost to the taxpayer.
* Studies have shown that accelerating education in young boys has potential long-term disadvantages, especially in the ability to focus at later ages. Delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73% for an average child at age 11, and it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an abnormal or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure. https://goo.gl/VD9svV
* Support floor amendment 2017-1594h which defers program until July 1, 2018. This may reduce the harm of the bill by allowing more time for parents and small businesses to adapt to the change, and by aligning with SB193's timeline for EFSA now that it has been retained by the house committee.
* Oppose the bill whether 2017-1594h passes or fails.

SB192 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: NO ACTION)

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill specifies the amount of school building aid grants to be distributed in each fiscal year of the biennium ending June 30, 2019, and provides that there shall be no moratorium on school building aid for the biennium ending June 30, 2019.

* With state building aid, local districts may fund more extravagant schools than they would if they had to pay the full cost themselves.
* The bill requires the commissioner of the Department of Education to distribute school building grants in the amount of $50 million. This mandated level of spending increases the risk of wasteful spending by establishing a sense of urgency to hit a specific spending target.

SB208 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill transfers wealth from some working families and taxpayers to other working families.

* While reducing the impact of state spending on citizens is generally positive, it should be accomplished through broad-based tax rate reductions enabled by reduced spending, not by forced transfer of wealth from one class of taxpayers to another.

SB227 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill more than doubles the administrative contribution rate (tax) paid by certain employers, and then attempts to manage the state's economy from Concord by providing employee training for skills that the state deems as in demand.

* Businesses in the free market are already solving the issue by creating their own training programs in an effort to attract and retain employees. As a result, NH already has the lowest unemployment rate in the country (2.7% as of Jan 2017 www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm).
* Adding additional government bureaucracy regarding unemployment and training when the state is already experiencing low unemployment rates is a poor use of tax revenue, and could potentially have unintended consequences.

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill diverts money from the unemployment compensation fund and uses it for expanded administration and marketing of other government programs.

* This bill would divert money from the unemployment compensation trust fund and use it to further expand administration and training, more than quadrupling the contributions to those funds. In the future, if the unemployment rate is higher, this will inevitably result in increased unemployment insurance rates.
* The original and stated purpose of unemployment insurance is to provide coverage to employees who find themselves out of work. If the unemployment compensation trust is well-funded, the state would be better served by reducing unemployment insurance fees, rather than by irresponsibly using a temporary surplus of unemployment insurance fees as a backdoor tax to create or expand programs, under the dishonest guise of an "administrative contribution".
* There are a variety of training options available to NH residents. To tax everyone in order to subsidize certain government-run training programs is inappropriate and unfair to other workers.

SB228 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership, which provides financial handouts to college graduates who are hired by participating employers.

* To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for students who attend college is unfair to other young adults who may choose other career options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and young working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.
* The bill will result in the need for additional recordkeeping by businesses and the state.

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership which provides financial handouts to college graduates who are hired by participating employers.

* To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for students who attend college is unfair to other young adults who may choose other career options.
* The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less attractive option for businesses and young working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.
* The bill will result in the need for additional recordkeeping by businesses and the state.

SB229 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps to protect property rights from eminent domain abuse.

* This bill partially mitigates the harm done to residential landowners whose property is acquired via eminent domain. Owners of residential properties being taken may require the taking of the entire property, if they desire, so they will not be forced to live with the project being developed.
* It allows the owner of the property to select their own appraiser and to have the costs of the appraisal paid for by the pipeline company.
* It allows a resident owner to be awarded reasonable relocation, temporary housing, and legal expenses not to exceed 10 percent of the compensation ordered for the taking.

SB233 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill respects self-ownership, and reduces the harm of the drug war.

* Adults have a fundamental right to make their own choices, including what substances they consume.
* There is no evidence that reducing or eliminating marijuana penalties has led to negative outcomes in the states where it has been tried. In fact, harm reduction will be achieved by allowing adults to grow and share a much less harmful alternative to opioids and alcohol. When allowed as a substitute, 68% of prescribed medicine users chose the less harmful option, cannabis.
* This bill would take millions of dollars, not to mention many customers, out of the hands of illicit street dealers.

SB234 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

March 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill reduces the harm of the War on Drugs by exempting residual amounts of controlled substances in syringes from the provisions of the Controlled Drug Act and by authorizing entities to create self-funded syringe service programs to reduce the risk of spreading transmissible diseases.

* People are more likely to safely dispose of needles if they aren't in danger of arrest.
* Allowing easier access to clean needles will help prevent the spread of dangerous and costly diseases, including hepatitis and HIV.
* Needle exchange programs have a proven track record of reducing the harm of drug addiction (Steffanie A. Strathdee and David Vlahov, AIDScience Vol. 1, No. 16, December 2001, also: https://goo.gl/Q1wQYp, more: http://goo.gl/hWuJoa).

SB236 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, extends the medicaid expansion law from 2018 to 2020.

* This program provides able-bodied, childless adults in NH above the poverty line with taxpayer funded health care.
* In 2016, the NHLA indicated that the "severability clause" in the bill would allow Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to pick and choose which portions of the law would be enforced, such as the work requirement. In November 2016, as we predicted in multiple issues of the Gold Standard in the 2016 legislative session, CMS rejected the work requirement (http://goo.gl/j2nhaR).
* Federal money always comes with strings attached; it is not free. The national debt, which is approaching $20 trillion, is arguably the largest threat to national security. Under existing law, federal matching funds drop each year until 2020 making NH taxpayers directly fund the gap. Uncertainty over the path forward in Washington regarding updates to the federal program further complicates evaluation of whether the state will be able to maintain this program without resorting to new sources of revenue such as an income tax.
* A free-market approach to health care should be the main priority of the legislature. This is the only way to sustainably lower costs and increase access for the majority of Granite Staters.

SB242 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

May 4, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates the New Hampshire Constitution by creating state-enforced quasi-private monopolies for the purpose of expanding the size and scope of state government.

* The NHLA is not opposed to liberalizing gambling laws per se. The freedom to gamble is a liberty issue. However, this particular bill is anti-liberty for the following reasons:
* This bill creates two casino monopolies — one in each of two different categories. This is unconstitutional under Part II, Article 83 of the New Hampshire Constitution: "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it".
* The state should not be in the business of choosing winners or losers; all businesses should be allowed to compete in a free market.
* The legislature should be looking at creative ways to reduce the size, scope, and cost of state government, or expanding the tax base by opening new markets to free and fair competition, not creating large new revenue sources through state-sanctioned monopolies.

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill violates the New Hampshire Constitution by creating state-enforced quasi-private monopolies for the purpose of expanding the size and scope of state government.

* The NHLA is not opposed to liberalizing gambling laws per se. The freedom to gamble is a liberty issue. However, this particular bill is anti-liberty for the following reasons:
* This bill creates two casino monopolies — one in each of two different categories. This is unconstitutional under Part II, Article 83 of the New Hampshire Constitution: "Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it".
* The state should not be in the business of choosing winners or losers; all businesses should be allowed to compete in a free market.
* The legislature should be looking at creative ways to reduce the size, scope, and cost of state government, or expanding the tax base by opening new markets to free and fair competition, not creating large new revenue sources through state-sanctioned monopolies.

SB243 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 16, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires the Department of Transportation to assist municipalities in implementing complete streets projects, update the state's minimum geometric guidelines for local roads, and establish a pilot program for facilitating matching grants to municipalities for complete streets projects.

* "Complete Streets" can already be built without new legislation.
* State funding for local projects of this type will tend to funnel money from rural towns to more densely populated cities.

Feb. 23, 2017: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires the Department of Transportation to assist municipalities in implementing complete streets projects, update the state's minimum geometric guidelines for local roads, and establish a pilot program for facilitating matching grants to municipalities for complete streets projects.

* "Complete Streets" can already be built without new legislation.
* State funding for local projects of this type will tend to funnel money from rural towns to more densely populated cities.

SB244 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: DIED ON THE TABLE)

March 29, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases the tax exemption for interest and dividends from $2,400 to $10,000.

* The existing threshold was last changed more than 20 years ago in HB56 (1995). Due to inflation, the net result has been the potential for a greater number of taxpayers to be subject to the tax and is an effective year-over-year tax increase as inflation erodes the spending power of the legacy exemption.

March 23, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases the tax exemption for interest and dividends from $2,400 to $10,000.

* The existing threshold was last changed more than 20 years ago in HB56 (1995). Due to inflation, the net result has been the potential for a greater number of taxpayers to be subject to the tax and is an effective year-over-year tax increase as inflation erodes the spending power of the legacy exemption.

March 16, 2017: Pro-Liberty

This bill increases the amount of income under the tax on interest and dividends that is exempted from taxation.

* This bill, as amended, increases the threshold at which interest and dividends are taxed from $2,400 to $10,000.
* The existing threshold was last changed more than 20 years ago in HB56 (1995). Due to inflation, the net result has been the potential for a greater number of taxpayers to be subject to the tax and is an effective year-over-year tax increase as inflation erodes the spending power of the legacy exemption.

2018

CACR15 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This constitutional amendment will provide standing to taxpayers to access the superior court.

* Under current law a taxpayer must show personal harm in order to have standing to bring suit. Under this constitutional amendment, taxpayers will have broader access to the courts and greater ability to ensure governmental accountability.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This constitutional amendment will provide standing to taxpayers to access the superior court.

* Under current law a taxpayer must show personal harm in order to have standing to bring suit. Under this amendment, taxpayers will have broader access to the courts and greater ability to ensure governmental accountability.

CACR16 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This constitutional amendment states that persons have a right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information.

* Under Part First, Article 19 of the NH Constitution we protect our privacy in our "person, houses, papers and effects" but this omits the modern ability to collect/analyze personal information, things like health data, information from our DNA, etc. This resolution will provide the same protection to our personal data that we have for our physical things.

CACR19 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This constitutional amendment provides carte blanche for local governments to infringe upon the rights of citizens.

* We believe that government is most accountable and accessible when it is most local. Local control is generally preferable to state or national mandates. We do believe that there is a higher principle, however: the principle of individual liberty. Indeed, the most "local" governance of all is the governance of an individual over his or her own life and property. This constitutional amendment violates this principle and is a backdoor whose express purpose is to enable prohibitions on liberty.
* Although it might appear that allowing local control would be liberty-enhancing, it would in fact create the opposite situation. In nearly all cases, passing additional laws restricts individuals' liberties, not enhances them. This constitutional amendment would allow local municipalities to pass nearly any law they wanted, further infringing on individuals' liberties. As it stands, local municipalities in NH are only allowed to make laws about things that the state explicitly authorizes. In this sense, the state actually serves to protect individuals from encroachment by local municipalities.
* As one example, NH currently has no restrictions on individuals' ownership of particular knives. Municipalities may not pass additional restrictions. Under this constitutional amendment, municipalities would be able to restrict individuals' freedoms by passing local knife laws.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This constitutional amendment provides carte blanche for local governments to infringe upon the rights of citizens.

* We believe that government is most accountable and accessible when it is most local. Local control is generally preferable to state or national mandates. We do believe that there is a higher principle, however: the principle of individual liberty. Indeed, the most "local" governance of all is the governance of an individual over his or her own life and property. This constitutional amendment violates this principle and is a backdoor whose express purpose is to enable prohibitions on liberty.
* Although it might appear that allowing local control would be liberty-enhancing, it would in fact create the opposite situation. In nearly all cases, passing additional laws restricts individuals' liberties, not enhances them. This constitutional amendment would allow local municipalities to pass nearly any law they wanted, further infringing on individuals' liberties. As it stands, local municipalities in NH are only allowed to make laws about things that the state explicitly authorizes. In this sense, the state actually serves to protect individuals from encroachment by local municipalities.
* As one example, NH currently has no restrictions on individuals' ownership of particular knives. Municipalities may not pass additional restrictions. Under this constitutional amendment, municipalities would be able to restrict individuals' freedoms by passing local knife laws.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This constitutional amendment provides carte blanche for local governments to infringe upon the rights of citizens.

* We believe that government is most accountable and accessible when it is most local. Local control is generally preferable to state or national mandates. We do believe that there is a higher principle, however: the principle of individual liberty. Indeed, the most "local" governance of all is the governance of an individual over his or her own life and property. This constitutional amendment violates this principle and is a backdoor whose express purpose is to enable prohibitions on liberty.
* Although it might appear that allowing local control would be liberty-enhancing, it would in fact create the opposite situation. In nearly all cases, passing additional laws restricts individuals' liberties, not enhances them. This constitutional amendment would allow local municipalities to pass nearly any law they wanted, further infringing on individuals' liberties. As it stands, local municipalities in NH are only allowed to make laws about things that the state explicitly authorizes. In this sense, the state actually serves to protect individuals from encroachment by local municipalities.
* As one example, NH currently has no restrictions on individuals' ownership of particular knives. Municipalities may not pass additional restrictions. Under this constitutional amendment, municipalities would be able to restrict individuals' freedoms by passing local knife laws.

CACR22 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED)

April 26, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill seeks to amend the Constitution to address failures of the state to follow existing victim's rights laws.

* Existing NH RSA 21-M:8-k already provides for rights for victims and alleged victims of crimes. If the state is failing to abide by this law then the law should be amended to add penalties for state employees who are failing to follow the law.
* This constitutional amendment would grant rights to alleged victims at the expense of defendants and erodes the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings. Specifically, this constitutional amendment includes the right for alleged victims "to refuse an interview or deposition request made by the accused" which would conflict with the existing language in Part First, Article 15 of the NH Constitution which states "Every subject shall have a right to produce all proofs that may be favorable to himself; to meet the witnesses against him face to face, and to be fully heard in his defense, by himself, and counsel." and which would deny the accused access to potentially exculpatory evidence.
* As proposed, this bill would make the taxpayers financially responsible for unpaid restitution and impose numerous additional costs on state, county, and local governments without an identified funding source. While the minority amendment partially addresses some of these problems, it has had even less scrutiny by the public, enhancing the concern over unintended consequences that could only be addressed by passing an additional constitutional amendment.

March 22, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill seeks to amend the Constitution to address failures of the state to follow existing victim's rights laws.

* Existing NH RSA 21-M:8-k already provides for rights for victims and alleged victims of crimes. If the state is failing to abide by this law then the law should be amended to add penalties for state employeers who are failing to follow the law.
* This amendment would grant rights to alleged victims at the expense of defendants and erodes the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings. Specifically, this constitutional amendment includes the right for alleged victims "to refuse an interview or deposition request made by the accused" which would conflict with the existing language in Part First, Article 15 of the NH Constitution which states "Every subject shall have a right to produce all proofs that may be favorable to himself; to meet the witnesses against him face to face, and to be fully heard in his defense, by himself, and counsel." which would deny the accused access to potentially exculpatory evidence.

HB92 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 9, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill adopts updated building codes (international code 2015 v.s. 2009) and expands the building code to incorporate swimming pool and spa code; adds hundreds of pages of new regulations.

* This bill increases the costs for building a new home in New Hampshire in order to comply with updated building code.
• Adopting these standards would implement an extensive list of burdensome new regulations, predominantly related to energy efficiency.
• As of July 2017, only 16 states have adopted the 2015 building code, and only 5 states have adopted the 2015 swimming pool and spa code.
• This legislation would add significant cost to taxpayers related to public infrastructure and in construction of private buildings.

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill adopts updated building codes (international code 2015 v.s. 2009) and expands the building code to incorporate swimming pool and spa code; adds hundreds of pages of new regulations.

* This bill increases the costs for building a new home in New Hampshire in order to comply with updated building code.

HB121 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the maximum optional transportation improvements fee that may be charged by municipalities when collecting motor vehicle registration fees.

* The proposed increase (100%) is nearly double the compounded rate of inflation since the initial fee was established.
* NH drivers are already over-taxed. Further taxing NH drivers will not solve the problem. Responsible budgeting is the best approach to funding transportation improvements.

HB124 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 10, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill partially addresses New Hampshire's non-competitive aircraft registration and operating fees.

* New Hampshire aircraft registration fees are currently significantly higher than surrounding states, which disincentivizes corporations from locating headquarters and certain operations in the state.
* Registration fees are an inappropriate way to impose a fee for state aviation costs as they disproportionately impact New Hampshire aircraft owners while the state aviation services are provided to both in-state and out-of-state aircraft owners who use state infrastructure.

April 26, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill partially addresses New Hampshire's non-competitive aircraft registration fees.

* New Hampshire aircraft registration fees are currently significantly higher than surrounding states, which disincentivizes corporations from locating headquarters and certain operations in the state. While this bill does not fully address this imbalance, it is a positive step that reduces the risk of companies leaving the state for lower-cost states.
* Registration fees are an inappropriate way to impose a fee for state aviation costs as they disproportionately impact New Hampshire aircraft owners while the state aviation services are provided to both in-state and out-of-state aircraft owners who use state infrastructure.

HB249 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Jan. 3, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibition on "ballot selfies".

* There is no evidence to show that there is a problem in New Hampshire of citizens being coerced into showing their ballot. If someone attempts such a crime other statutes would be sufficient to prosecute.
* The statutory language in question has already been struck down in federal court. In that opinion, the court held that "Of course, many others may opt not to use this method to share how they voted for personal, professional, or normative reasons, but the First Amendment mandates that the editorial decision about whether and how to speak rests with the speaker, not the state".
* Vote NAY IS. YEA OTP.

HB287 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 14, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a committee to study issues related to changing prostitution laws in New Hampshire.

* This bill establishes a committee that will study the potential costs and benefits of partial or full decriminalization of prostitution.
* As is generally the case, prohibition drives these activities underground, where dangers are higher for participants. Sex workers who report crimes to law enforcement face arrest, violence, and assault. While this bill will not change these facts directly, it may contribute to legislation that reduces the harm of our current laws.
* Many recent studies have concluded that decriminalization is necessary to reduce the harms associated with sex work. Major organizations, including the World Health Organization, The Lancet medical journal, Amnesty International, the UN Commission on on HIV and the Law, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, now support decriminalization (http://goo.gl/7yPoH0, https://goo.gl/4sMQTN, https://goo.gl/DNVry2, https://goo.gl/2FHw8V, https://goo.gl/DEZzB1, https://goo.gl/Qq2Wmv).

Jan. 9, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a committee to study issues related to changing prostitution laws in New Hampshire.

* This bill establishes a committee that will study the potential costs and benefits of partial or full decriminalization of prostitution.
* As is generally the case, prohibition drives these activities underground, where dangers are higher for participants. Sex workers who report crimes to law enforcement face arrest, violence, and assault. While this bill will not change these facts directly, it may contribute to legislation that reduces the harm of our current laws.
* Many recent studies have concluded that decriminalization is necessary to reduce the harms associated with sex work. Major organizations, including the World Health Organization, The Lancet medical journal, Amnesty International, the UN Commissionon on HIV and the Law, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, now support decriminalization. (http://goo.gl/7yPoH0, https://goo.gl/4sMQTN, https://goo.gl/DNVry2, https://goo.gl/2FHw8V, https://goo.gl/DEZzB1, https://goo.gl/Qq2Wmv)

HB317 (Pro-Liberty / PASSED)

May 23, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires legislative approval for further increases to the system benefits charge.

* NH residents should not be subject to further increases to the system benefits charge without approval of elected representatives.

May 10, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires legislative approval for further increases to the system benefits charge.

* NH residents should not be subject to further increases to the system benefits charge without approval of elected representatives.

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires legislative approval for further increases to the system benefits charge.

* NH residents should not be subject to further increases to the systems benefits charge without approval of elected representatives.

April 26, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill requires legislative approval for further increases to the system benefits charge.

* NH residents should not be subject to further increases to the systems benefits charge without approval of elected representatives.

Jan. 9, 2018: Pro-Liberty

Requires legislative approval for further increases to the system benefits charge.

* NH residents should not be subject to further increases to the systems benefits charge without approval of elected representatives.

HB366 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases pensions for people working overtime or getting raises shortly before retiring; increases costs to everyone else.

* Current law appropriately limits incentive by government employees to "pad" or "spike" overtime in order to maximise pension payouts. Removing this important limitation would further incentivize government employees to seek additional overtime immediately prior to retirement in order to maximize payouts, ultimately harming taxpayers.

* The fiscal note, even as significant as it is, may underestimate the impact of this bill, as it would almost certainly affect the future behavior of government employees nearing retirement.

HB399 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill effectively bans many uses of pesticides even in areas where no children play.

* This bill bans the use of lawn care, garden, and ornamental pesticide at schools, child day care agencies (including private homes), community playgrounds, and community athletic fields unless approved as a public health emergency by the county, city, or town board of health. As written, this ban would apply even to private residences that provide child care even in cases where the children are never allowed to play outside.
* Private property owners should be free to make choices about the appropriate means of controlling pests without having to request permission from the board of health.

HB413 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 8, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires the state to pay 15 percent of the normal and accrued liability contributions of political subdivision retirement system employers for group I (teachers) and group II (police and fire) members.

• This bill will increase state spending by over $40 million every year.
• Political subdivisions such as towns, counties, and school districts should be responsible for their own employees.
• Residents of prudent and fiscally responsible towns/cities would now be forced, through state taxation, to pay for the liabilities of irresponsible local governments.
• Centralizing funding for local expenditures is bad policy. Citizens need accurate and easy-to-understand financial information to make informed decisions.

Jan. 9, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases state spending by more than $40 million each year.

* This bill requires state taxpayers to fund a portion of the retirement system for city/town teachers, police, and fire department members. These costs are currently paid locally. While net government spending by the state and its political subdivisions under a static evaluation of the bill is neutral, funding is best managed locally to avoid increases in spending that naturally result when politicians are spending "other people's money".

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases state spending by more than $40 million each year.

* This bill requires state taxpayers to fund a portion of the retirement system for city/town teachers, police, and fire department members. These costs are currently paid locally. While net government spending by the state and its political subdivisions under a static evaluation of the bill is neutral, funding is best managed locally to avoid increases in spending that naturally result when politicians are spending "other people's money".

HB427 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would remove state restrictions on hobby distillation of liquors leaving only federal law to infringe upon the rights of those who would seek to enjoy this hobby.

* While the majority is correct that this change would not affect federal law, there is no compelling reason for New Hampshire law to help uphold unwise federal laws.
* Home distilling has only federal restrictions in at least 8 US states including Massachusetts and Maine (https://www.hobbydistillersassociation.org/index.php/legalization/state-laws-by-state).

Feb. 8, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would remove state restrictions on hobby distillation of liquors leaving only federal law to infringe upon the rights of those who would seek to enjoy this hobby.

* While the majority is correct that this change would not affect federal law, there is no compelling reason for New Hampshire law to help uphold unwise federal laws.
* Home distilling has only federal restrictions in at least 8 US states including Massachusetts and Maine (https://www.hobbydistillersassociation.org/index.php/legalization/state-laws-by-state).

HB472 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 3, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use.

* Qualified patients and caregivers in all three neighboring states are protected from arrest if they cultivate a limited supply of cannabis. In Massachusetts, Maine, and five other states, all adults 21 years of age and older may now legally cultivate more cannabis plants than would be allowed under this bill. Currently, patients in New Hampshire are limited to purchasing cannabis at one of four dispensaries, and personal cultivation of cannabis is a felony offense.
* The House has voted five times since 2009 to grant patients this freedom, and there is no reason the House should change its position now.
* Vote NAY Interim Study - YEA OTP.

HB549 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 1, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended eliminates beverage vendor license fees.

* This bill eliminates beverage manufacturer vendor fees, which are a special class of fees applied to this industry but not others.

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases maximum annual fees for beverage manufacturers by more than 7x.

* Currently, the maximum annual fee for a beverage vendor is $1,920 per year. This bill increases the maximum annual fee to $15,000. While this is offset slightly with lower fees for small manufacturers, the step increases in this bill are significant and represent a barrier to growth for manufacturers.

HB559 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 9, 2018: Anti-Liberty

By eliminating the existing rebate to residential ratepayers, this bill increases a stealthy tax on NH electricity consumers.

* This bill removes longstanding rebates to residential customers, while preserving rebates to commercial/industrial customers, raising rates on residential customers and effectively forcing them to subsidize commercial/industrial customers.
* Electric rates are already high in NH. Efficiency projects that are truly fiscally responsible can and will be funded by electricity consumers themselves. It is unfair to force all ratepayers to fund projects for specific consumers, whether private or governmental.
* Money raised through RGGI, originally slated to support energy efficiency programs, was instead misappropriated into the general fund in 2010. Rather than putting more money into the hands of government in order to pick winners and losers, the money should remain with the ratepayers where it belongs.

HB592 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Jan. 9, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill as amended increases the rebate to electricity ratepayers from 80% to 100%, while preserving RGGI emissions limitations.

* The costs of RGGI, which is effectively a carbon tax, are ultimately borne by ratepayers. It therefore makes sense for ratepayers to be rebated the proceeds from sales of carbon allowances.
* By increasing the rebate from 80% to 100%, this bill provides relief to NH residents and businesses, who are already paying very high electricity rates.
* Reducing the effective electricity rate, as this bill does, will reduce overhead to NH businesses and help attract new business.

HB596 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 3, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects the rights of those involuntarily committed who lack the means to pay for a private psychiatric evaluation.

* Under current law, a person who is involuntarily committed may pay for an independent/private psychiatric evaluation; if the psychiatrist agrees they should be released, they are granted a hearing. This bill would allow for a person who has been involuntarily committed to petition for a hearing if at least two years have elapsed since the last hearing.
* While this bill may result in more frequent hearings with an accompanying cost to the state, such costs are appropriate to reduce the risk that someone is involuntarily held longer than required.

HB609 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill begins the process of mandating that NH taxpayers fund college education costs for others.

* This type of program can be accomplished by private charities, either in coordination with each other or individually. It is inappropriate to use taxation and the state bureaucracy to establish such a program.
* No restrictions are specified by the bill on the use of these funds. Will funds be available only for tuition? For any purpose at all? Can funds be withdrawn and spent by parents?
* Per the amended bill, in 195-J-9 I, student accounts are established in the "responsible individual's" name (generally the parent or guardian). This allows children with two parents to potentially double dip and create two accounts,

HB628 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

April 26, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a tax on income with dubious opt-out provisions.

* Employees can opt-in anytime, but can only opt-out when starting employment and the opt-out requires the onerous use of a notary.
* Employees and employers should be free to negotiate benefit programs such as paid family and medical leave insurance without the state crowding out market solutions.
* Employees that do not opt-out are prohibited from opting out in the future unless they quit their job and work elsewhere.
* This bill adds more than 40 state employees, increasing the size of state government, and spends nearly $10 million over 4 years on salaries alone, before providing any benefits to citizens.
* High-earning workers would have every reason to opt-out since the program would not be financially beneficial to them, contributing to the likelihood of fund insolvency. There is no provision for fund insolvency; the state and all taxpayers would be on the hook for the mandates that the bill prescribes if the program fails.
* The state of Washington passed similar legislation in 2007, which they still have not been able to implement to this day.
* While the appropriate position is ITL, IS is acceptable.
* This bill will be weighted very heavily on the NHLA annual scorecard.

March 22, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, creates a new mandate on employers and institutes a market distorting/state-mandated price fixing scheme for family medical leave insurance.

* As amended, this bill interferes in the private insurance marketplace by setting a government-selected withholding rate for an insurance product.
* It places a new mandate on private employers to provide family and medical leave insurance from a state-approved list of insurers unless self-insured.
* There are multiple proposed similar federal programs under consideration. Passing any form of state-mandated program now is likely to incur costs for both private employers and state taxpayers that may well be wasted/duplicate efforts.
* Support the majority amendment 2018-1111h but regardless of whether amendment fails or passes, oppose HB 628.
* If the amendment 2018-1111h fails, the bill reverts to its prior form of a government-run program where employees can opt-in anytime, but can only opt-out when starting employment and the opt-out requires an onerous use of a notary. In addition the bill would add more than 40 state employees, increasing the size of state government, and spends nearly $10 million over 4 years on salaries alone.
* In the prior form of the bill, high-earning workers would have every reason to opt-out since the program would not be financially beneficial to them, contributing to the likelihood of fund insolvency. There was also no provision for fund insolvency; the state and all taxpayers would be on the hook for the mandates that the bill prescribes if the program fails.
* The state of Washington passed similar legislation in 2007, which they still have not been able to implement to this day.
* This bill will be weighted very heavily on the NHLA annual scorecard.

March 21, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, creates a new mandate on employers and institutes a market distorting/state-mandated price fixing scheme for family medical leave insurance.

* As amended, this bill interferes in the private insurance marketplace by setting a government-selected withholding rate for an insurance product.
* It places a new mandate on private employers to provide family and medical leave insurance from a state-approved list of insurers unless self-insured.
* There are multiple proposed similar federal programs under consideration. Passing any form of state-mandated program now is likely to incur costs for both private employers and state taxpayers that may well be wasted/duplicate efforts.
* Support the majority amendment 2018-1111h but regardless of whether amendment fails or passes, oppose HB 628.
* If the amendment 2018-1111h fails, the bill reverts to its prior form of a government-run program where employees can opt-in anytime, but can only opt-out when starting employment and the opt-out requires an onerous use of a notary. In addition the bill would add more than 40 state employees, increasing the size of state government, and spends nearly $10 million over 4 years on salaries alone.
* In the prior form of the bill, high-earning workers would have every reason to opt-out since the program would not be financially beneficial to them, contributing to the likelihood of fund insolvency. There was also no provision for fund insolvency; the state and all taxpayers would be on the hook for the mandates that the bill prescribes if the program fails.
* The state of Washington passed similar legislation in 2007, which they still have not been able to implement to this day.
* This bill will be weighted very heavily on the NHLA annual scorecard.

Feb. 8, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a tax on income with dubious opt-out provisions.

* Employees can opt-in anytime, but can only opt-out when starting employment and the opt-out requires an onerous use of a notary.
* The minority amendment increases the tax rate by 33% before the program has even been adopted.
* Employees and employers should be free to negotiate benefit programs such as paid family and medical leave insurance without the state crowding out market solutions.
* Employees that do not opt-out are prohibited from opting out in the future unless they quit their job and work elsewhere.
* This bill adds more than 40 state employees, increasing the size of state government, and spends nearly $10 million over 4 years on salaries alone, before providing any benefits to citizens.
* This bill will be weighted very heavily on the NHLA annual scorecard.

Jan. 9, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill forces all employees to contribute to paid family and medical leave, whether they want the program or not.

* Employees and employers should be free to negotiate benefit programs such as paid family and medical leave insurance without the state forcing all to participate.

Jan. 3, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill forces all employees to contribute to paid family and medical leave, whether they want the program or not.

* Employees and employers should be free to negotiate benefit programs such as paid family and medical leave insurance without the state forcing all to participate.

HB636 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 8, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill establishes a department of military and veterans services to coordinate and oversee the veterans benefits and services offered by organizations within the state of New Hampshire.

* There are multiple public and private organizations already available that provide assistance to veterans. There is not a demonstrated need for this department.
* The fiscal note estimates potential salary and benefit costs of between $107,000 and $118,000 annually for a new Commissioner of Veteran's Affairs. As is the case with most state departments, it is reasonable to assume that once the department is established, it will begin to lobby for additional resources.
* While the appropriate vote is ITL, IS is acceptable.

HB656 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill ends marijuana prohibition for adults 21 and older in New Hampshire.

* This bill, which allows limited personal possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and older, already passed the House in a 207-139 vote on January 9.
* The bill would legalize cultivation of six plants, three of which could be mature. It would not regulate or tax the market. Adults in Massachusetts, Maine, five other states, and Washington, D.C. already enjoy the freedom to grow their own limited supply of cannabis without fear of state or local prosecution. 68% of Granite Staters support legalization.
* Vote NAY IS and then YEA OTP.

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill ends marijuana prohibition for adults 21 and older in New Hampshire.

* This bill, which allows limited personal possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and older, already passed the House in a 207-139 vote on January 9.
* The bill would legalize cultivation of six plants, three of which could be mature. It would not regulate or tax the market. Adults in Massachusetts, Maine, five other states, and Washington, D.C. already enjoy the freedom to grow their own limited supply of cannabis without fear of state or local prosecution. 68% of Granite Staters support legalization.
* Vote NAY IS and then YEA OTP.

Jan. 9, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill ends marijuana prohibition for adults 21 and older in New Hampshire.

* This bill allows limited personal possession and cultivation of marijuana and establishes a regulated market for marijuana production and sale.
• The minority committee report is in support of an amendment (#2017-2478h) that would only legalize cultivation and possession without regulating or taxing the market. Adults in Massachusetts, Maine, and five other states already enjoy the freedom to grow their own limited supply of cannabis without fear of state or local prosecution. 68% of Granite Staters support legalization.
• The House should overturn the ITL, adopt the amendment, and pass HB 656.

Jan. 3, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill ends marijuana prohibition for adults 21 and older in New Hampshire.

* This bill allows limited personal possession and cultivation of marijuana and establishes a regulated market for marijuana production and sale.
* The minority committee report is in support of an amendment (#2017-2478h) that would only legalize cultivation and possession without regulating or taxing the market. Adults in Massachusetts, Maine, and five other states already enjoy the freedom to grow their own limited supply of cannabis without fear of state or local prosecution. 68% of Granite Staters support legalization.
* The House should overturn the ITL, adopt the amendment, and pass HB 656.

HB1104 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 10, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the time for agencies to act on permits and enforces these limits by presuming non-action is approval.

* This bill establishes time limits in several areas in an effort to streamline the process for certain state agency actions. This helps to hold state agencies accountable to action within reasonable time frames.
* This bill also requires the Secretary of State to allow online business and corporate filings by January 1, 2020. While a small improvement, this helps to reduce the burden of interaction with the state.

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the time for agencies to act on permits and enforces these limits by presuming non-action is approval.

* This bill establishes time limits in several areas in an effort to streamline the process for certain state agency actions. This helps to hold state agencies accountable to action within reasonable time frames.
* This bill also requires the Secretary of State to allow online business and corporate filings by January 1, 2020. While a small improvement, this helps to reduce the burden of interaction with the state.

April 19, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the time for agencies to act on permits and enforces these limits by presuming non-action is approval.

* This bill establishes time limits in several areas in an effort to streamline the process for certain state agency actions. This helps to hold state agencies accountable to action within reasonable time frames.
* This bill also requires the Secretary of State to allow online business and corporate filings by January 1, 2020. While a small improvement, this helps to reduce the burden of interaction with the state.

March 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the time for agencies to act on permits and enforces these limits by presuming non-action is approval.

* This bill, as amended, establishes time limits in several areas in an effort to streamline the process for certain state agency actions. This helps to hold state agencies accountable to action within reasonable time frames.
* This bill also requires the Secretary of State to allow online business and corporate filings by January 1, 2020. While a small improvement, this helps to reduce the burden of interaction with the state.

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the time for agencies to act on permits and enforces these limits by presuming non-action is approval.

* This bill, as amended, establishes time limits in several areas in an effort to streamline the process for certain state agency actions. This helps to hold state agencies accountable to action within reasonable time frames.
* This bill also requires the Secretary of State to allow online business and corporate filings by January 1, 2020. While a small improvement, this helps to reduce the burden of interaction with the state.

HB1201 (Anti-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 26, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires employers to pay terminated employees for vacation time and personal time.

* This bill imposes the will of the state on private employment contracts.

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires an employer to pay its employees for unused vacation time.

* Vacation policy is a private agreement between employer and employee and should not be mandated by the state.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires an employer to pay its employees for unused vacation time.

* Vacation policy is a private agreement between employer and employee and should not be mandated by the state.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires an employer to pay its employees for unused vacation time.

* Vacation policy is a private agreement between employer and employee and should not be mandated by the state.

HB1214 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 22, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill bans the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture for residential purposes that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals while still allowing their use in public facilities including schools.

* This bill enacts a broad ban against treatment of furniture with all current and future chemicals that offer flame retardant properties. This is a legislative overreaction to incomplete science on a specific subset of chemicals by preemptively banning all future uses of treatments with flame retardant properties.
* Proponents of the legislation express concern over limited science which suggests potential health impacts of certain legacy flame retardants to firefighters and children while still allowing children to be exposed to the treatments while in schools.
* The public already has an increasing number of options available for purchasing flammable furniture, including options at NH retailers such as Ethan Allen (https://www.ethanallen.com/en_US/faqs.html).
* While ITL is the appropriate vote, IS is acceptable.

March 21, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill bans the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture for residential purposes that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals while still allowing their use in public facilities including schools.

* This bill enacts a broad ban against treatment of furniture with all current and future chemicals that offer flame retardant properties. This is a legislative overreaction to incomplete science on a specific subset of chemicals by preemptively banning all future uses of treatments with flame retardant properties.
* Proponents of the legislation express concern over limited science which suggests potential health impacts of certain legacy flame retardants to firefighters and children while still allowing children to be exposed to the treatments while in schools.
* The public already has an increasing number of options available for purchasing flammable furniture, including options at NH retailers such as Ethan Allen (https://www.ethanallen.com/en_US/faqs.html).
* While ITL is the appropriate vote, IS is acceptable.

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill bans the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture for residential purposes that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals while still allowing their use in public facilities including schools.

* This bill enacts a broad ban against treatment of furniture with all current and future chemicals that offer flame retardant properties. This is a legislative overreaction to incomplete science on a specific subset of chemicals by preemptively banning all future uses of treatments with flame retardant properties.
* Proponents of the legislation express concern over limited science which suggests potential health impacts of certain legacy flame retardants to firefighters and children while still allowing children to be exposed to the treatments while in schools.
* The public already has an increasing number of options available for purchasing flammable furniture, including options at NH retailers such as Ethan Allen (https://www.ethanallen.com/en_US/faqs.html).
* While ITL is the appropriate vote, IS is acceptable.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill bans the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture for residential purposes that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals while still allowing their use in public facilities including schools.

* This bill enacts a broad ban against treatment of furniture with all current and future chemicals that offer flame retardant properties. This is a legislative overreaction to incomplete science on a specific subset of chemicals by preemptively banning all future uses of treatments with flame retardant properties.
* Proponents of the legislation express concern over limited science which suggests potential health impacts of certain legacy flame retardants to firefighters and children while still allowing children to be exposed to the treatments while in schools.
* The public already has an increasing number of options available for purchasing flammable furniture, including options at NH retailers such as Ethan Allen (https://www.ethanallen.com/en_US/faqs.html).
* While ITL is the appropriate vote, IS is acceptable.

HB1217 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 12, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill expands who may qualify for a job as a school nurse, provided they are a registered nurse.

* In 2016 the legislature added a requirement for all school nurses to be certified by the State Board of Education, which created issues in hiring school nurses.
* This bill removes the changes from HB 1193 that created this issue.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill expands who may qualify for a job as a school nurse, provided they are a registered nurse.

* In 2016 the legislature added a requirement for all school nurses to be certified by the State Board of Education, which created issues in hiring school nurses.
* This bill removes the changes from HB 1193 that created this issue.

HB1222 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill limits free speech of individuals by placing an explicit restriction on their ability to ask certain questions during the candidate screening and interview process.

* This bill prevents employers from asking prospective candidates for their current salary prior to making an offer of employment. This can result in wasting the time and resources of the business and the candidate by allowing a lengthy interview process to proceed when the candidate's salary requirements are significantly disconnected from potential salary.
* The explicit limitation in speech infringes upon the Bill of Rights in the NH Constitution: "[Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved."

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill limits free speech of individuals by placing an explicit restriction on their ability to ask certain questions during the candidate screening and interview process.

* This bill prevents employers from asking prospective candidates for their current salary prior to making an offer of employment. This can result in wasting the time and resources of the business and the candidate by allowing a lengthy interview process to proceed when the candidate's salary requirements are significantly disconnected from potential salary.
* The explicit limitation in speech infringes upon the Bill of Rights in the NH Constitution: "[Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved."

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill limits free speech of individuals by placing an explicit restriction on their ability to ask certain questions during the candidate screening and interview process.

* This bill prevents employers from asking prospective candidates for their current salary prior to making an offer of employment. This can result in wasting the time and resources of the business and the candidate by allowing a lengthy interview process to proceed when the candidate's salary requirements are significantly disconnected from potential salary.
* The explicit limitation in speech infringes upon the Bill of Rights in the NH Constitution: "[Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved."

HB1227 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 5, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the existing restriction on idling an unattended vehicle so that it does not apply when the vehicle is on the owner's property.

* Existing law bans idling of unattended vehicles unless they are started via a remote car starter. This bill removes that restriction when the vehicle is on the property of the vehicle operator.
* Property owners should be able to determine how they would like to utilize their property.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill limits the existing restriction on idling an unattended vehicle so that it does not apply when the vehicle is on the owner's property.

* Existing law bans idling of unattended vehicles unless they are started via a remote car starter. This bill removes that restriction when the vehicle is on the property of the vehicle operator.
* Property owners should be able to determine how they would like to utilize their property.

HB1233 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects property rights.

* This bill prevents cities and towns from infringing upon the property rights of farmers and inhabitants with regard to distribution, growing, cultivation, and harvesting of plants, and prevents local regulation on the type of fertilizer used for agricultural purposes.
* It should be the right of the grower to decide what crops and fertilizer make the most sense for them to use in order to sustain their business and their property.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill protects property rights.

* This bill prevents cities and towns from infringing upon the property rights of farmers and inhabitants with regard to distribution, growing, cultivation, and harvesting of plants, and prevents local regulation on the type of fertilizer used for agricultural purposes.
* It should be the right of the grower to decide what crops and fertilizer make the most sense for them to use in order to sustain their business and their property.

HB1239 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows qualified voters to sign more than one petition nominating political organizations.

* Voters should be free to support any and all political parties of their choosing.
* We could find no compelling arguments against making this simple change to the law.
* The underlying law quite obviously exists only to protect entrenched political power.

HB1246 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.

* Employees should be able to work for any agreeable pay, not be constrained by laws.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.

* Employees should be able to work for any agreeable pay, not be constrained by laws.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees.

* Employees should be able to work for any agreeable pay, not be constrained by laws.

HB1258 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 5, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill promotes spending of taxpayer money and creates a new avenue for public funds to be diverted to politically-friendly businesses.

* This bill creates new solicitation and spending of taxpayer money that has no expiration. While no state funds are allocated this year, it is regularly the case that funds like this are established in one year and funded in a following year to obfuscate growth in state spending.
* This bill creates a new pathway for corrupt bureaucrats to direct taxpayer money to politically-favored businesses.
* The state should not be attempting to determine the training that businesses will require.

HB1259 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates the use of seatbelts.

* This bill is paternalistic in that it forces adults to wear seatbelts when traveling in motor vehicles.
* Since this bill allows for the violation as a primary enforcement, it increases the potential for contact between law enforcement and citizens, increasing the risk of adverse interactions that otherwise would be avoided.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates the use of seatbelts.

* This bill is paternalistic in that it forces adults to wear seatbelts when traveling in motor vehicles.
* Since this bill allows for the violation as a primary enforcement, it increases the potential for contact between law enforcement and citizens, increasing the risk of adverse interactions that otherwise would be avoided.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates the use of seatbelts.

* This bill is paternalistic in that it forces adults to wear seatbelts when traveling in motor vehicles.
* Since this bill allows for the violation as a primary enforcement, it increases the potential for contact between law enforcement and citizens, increasing the risk of adverse interactions that otherwise would be avoided.

HB1270 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows the use of mobile electronic devices only while fully stopped at a traffic signal.

* This bill allows people the release valve of being able to use their cell phones (such as for navigation) while fully stopped at a traffic signal, where they are not endangering anyone. Without this option, people are more likely to attempt to use them at more dangerous times, such as while they're driving.
* Most of the testimony against this bill incorrectly focused on why use of cell phones is dangerous while driving. This bill, however, would only allow their use while at a traffic stop.
* Whether we like it or not, people currently are using phones while driving. This gives them the safe option to do so while they're still behind the wheel, but fully stopped.

HB1273 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE)

April 5, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill suspends New Hampshire state licensure laws for physicians and physician assistants employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs who possess a current medical license in good standing in their respective state or country of licensure allowing them to practice at other local facilities or hospitals.

* Occupational licensing increases costs and denies consumers choices in the marketplace. This bill effectively enables medical license reciprocity for physicians who offer services to patients who are veterans and limits the reciprocity to doctors employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
* While not covered by this bill, New Hampshire should look to extend this courtesy to doctors treating private patients to help mitigate the shortage of doctors across the state.

HB1275 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 21, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates treatment and/or forced placement of a minor at the Sununu Youth services center in cases where there is an assertion that a youth was revived with Narcan administered by a first responder.

* While it is admirable to want to provide assistance to those who are ready for it, mandated placement of minors into a secure treatment facility with others who may have significant substance abuse issues may be counterproductive both to the youth who is being placed as well as to those already receiving treatments.
* A review of available data performed by Yale Review of Law and Social Action titled Involuntary Treatment of Drug Addiction found: "Whatever the terminology used and whatever the means by which coercion is applied, compulsory treatment of addicts is void of benefits and counterproductive of the goals which form the rationale for depriving people of their liberty." (https://goo.gl/mWfLFz).

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates treatment and/or forced placement of a minor at the Sununu Youth services center in cases where there is an assertion that a youth was revived with Narcan administered by a first responder.

* While it is admirable to want to provide assistance to those who are ready for it, mandated placement of minors into a secure treatment facility with others who may have significant substance abuse issues may be counterproductive both to the youth who is being placed as well as to those already receiving treatments.
* A review of available data performed by Yale Review of Law and Social Action titled Involuntary Treatment of Drug Addiction found: "Whatever the terminology used and whatever the means by which coercion is applied, compulsory treatment of addicts is void of benefits and counterproductive of the goals which form the rationale for depriving people of their liberty." (https://goo.gl/mWfLFz).

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill mandates treatment and/or forced placement of a minor at the Sununu Youth services center in cases where there is an assertion that a youth was revived with Narcan administered by a first responder.

* While it is admirable to want to provide assistance to those who are ready for it, mandated placement of minors into a secure treatment facility with others who may have significant substance abuse issues may be counterproductive both to the youth who is being placed as well as to those already receiving treatments.
* A review of available data performed by Yale Review of Law and Social Action titled Involuntary Treatment of Drug Addiction found: "Whatever the terminology used and whatever the means by which coercion is applied, compulsory treatment of addicts is void of benefits and counterproductive of the goals which form the rationale for depriving people of their liberty." (https://goo.gl/mWfLFz).

HB1276 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 10, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the requirement for obtaining a permit and obtaining uniquely printed tickets for certain raffles run by charitable organizations.

* Currently, 287-A requires that charitable organizations wishing to hold raffles obtain a permit (287-A:7) and have tickets printed with the name of the organization, date, and location of the raffle. For smaller raffles this represents an undue hardship that undermines the fundraising ability of the organization.
* This bill changes the law to exempt raffles held in conjunction with an event lasting 12 hours or less and aligns current law with common practice across the state at school sporting events and other small civic events.

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the requirement for obtaining a permit and obtaining uniquely printed tickets for certain raffles run by charitable organizations.

* Currently, 287-A requires that charitable organizations wishing to hold raffles obtain a permit (287-A:7) and have tickets printed with the name of the organization, date, and location of the raffle. For smaller raffles this represents an undue hardship that undermines the fundraising ability of the organization.
* This bill changes the law to exempt raffles held in conjunction with an event lasting 12 hours or less and aligns current law with common practice across the state at school sporting events and other small civic events.

April 26, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the requirement for obtaining a permit and obtaining uniquely printed tickets for certain raffles run by charitable organizations.

* Currently, 287-A requires that charitable organizations wishing to hold raffles obtain a permit (287-A:7) and have tickets printed with the name of the organization, date, and location of the raffle. For smaller raffles this represents an undue hardship that undermines the fundraising ability of the organization.
* This bill changes the law to exempt raffles held in conjunction with an event lasting 12 hours or less and aligns current law with common practice across the state at school sporting events and other small civic events.

HB1279 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for additional charges, such as late fees and utility costs, to be included in the demand notice.

* Tenants who fall behind in their rent may have a contractual obligation to pay late fees. Under current law the notice of demand may only ask for the late rent.
* Tenants with financial difficulties may have utility service disconnected, or change over to the landlord's account, possibly causing damages.
* If a landlord includes any charge other than the rent in the demand, it will be rejected by the court, requiring further and duplicate actions.
* A notice of demand for rent is not a notice of eviction.

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for additional charges, such as late fees and utility costs, to be included in the demand notice.

* Tenants who fall behind in their rent may have a contractual obligation to pay late fees. Under current law the notice of demand may only ask for the late rent.
* Tenants with financial difficulties may have utility service disconnected, or change over to the landlord's account, possibly causing damages.
* If a landlord includes any charge other than the rent in the demand, it will be rejected by the court, requiring further and duplicate actions.
* A notice of demand for rent is not a notice of eviction.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows for additional charges, such as late fees and utility costs, to be included in the demand notice.

* Tenants who fall behind in their rent may have a contractual obligation to pay late fees. Under current law the notice of demand may only ask for the late rent.
* Tenants with financial difficulties may have utility service disconnected, or change over to the landlord's account, possibly causing damages.
* If a landlord includes any charge other than the rent in the demand, it will be rejected by the court, requiring further and duplicate actions.
* A notice of demand for rent is not a notice of eviction.

HB1283 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

April 19, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits a law enforcement agency from setting up roadblocks that stop drivers without probable cause.

* These roadblocks stop all drivers without probable cause under the pretext of encouraging sober driving, but they infringe upon the liberty of law-abiding drivers. There is no evidence that roadblocks are more effective than policing that focuses on erratic driving to establish probable cause for a stop.
* Sobriety checkpoints are conspicuous enough that even impaired drivers can identify the flashing lights far enough in advance to make a legal U-turn and avoid police interaction.
* Arrests for DWI generally make up less than half the arrests at these stops.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill prohibits a law enforcement agency from setting up roadblocks that stop drivers without probable cause.

* These roadblocks stop all drivers without probable cause under the pretext of encouraging sober driving, but they infringe upon the liberty of law-abiding drivers. There is no evidence that roadblocks are more effective than policing that focuses on erratic driving to establish probable cause for a stop.
* Sobriety checkpoints are conspicuous enough that even impaired drivers can identify the flashing lights far enough in advance to make a legal U-turn and avoid police interaction.
* Arrests for DWI generally make up less than half the arrests at these stops.

HB1285 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows entertainers in establishments that are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages to drink alcohol while performing.

* Decisions about whether entertainers in establishments that serve alcohol should be allowed to drink while performing should be left to the business and not mandated by the state.

April 19, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows entertainers in establishments that are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages to drink alcohol while performing.

* Decisions about whether entertainers in establishments that serve alcohol should be allowed to drink while performing should be left to the business and not mandated by the state.

HB1288 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides individuals with the ability to seek annulment of a criminal record more frequently than current law allows.

* Under current law, a person who petitioned for annulment of a criminal record, but was denied, must wait 3 years before trying again. During this time, they may have increased difficulty in getting a job, volunteering, or pursuing certain courses of study.
* This bill as amended reduces the time a person must wait to refile a petition to 1 year in cases where they were found not guilty or the charges were dismissed or not prosecuted.

HB1295 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill prevents a person from having to sell their principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

* Incarceration for civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt that they do not have the ability to pay is debtors' prison — an archaic and counter-productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person who is being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.

April 26, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill prevents a person from having to sell their principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

* Incarceration for civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt that they do not have the ability to pay is debtors' prison — an archaic and counter-productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person who is being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, prevents a person from having to sell their principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

* Incarceration for civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt that they do not have the ability to pay is debtors' prison — an archaic and counter-productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person who is being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, prevents a person from having to sell their principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

* Incarceration for civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt that they do not have the ability to pay is debtors' prison — an archaic and counter-productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person who is being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, prevents a person from having to sell their principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

* Incarceration for civil contempt presumes that the debtor has the ability pay the debt. Imprisoning an individual for a debt which they do not have the ability to pay is debtors' prison — an archaic and counter-productive practice.
* Failure to ensure that the person who is being imprisoned for civil contempt has the ability to pay amounts to a failure of due process and maladministration of justice.

HB1301 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: LAID ON TABLE)

Feb. 22, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill would make the legislature less able to be responsive to the will of the people.

* The legislative branch is a political body and the leadership of both chambers and all three political parties must have the option of having the people around them that support representing the positions of the voters who elected them.

HB1313 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

March 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibitions on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV or a snowmobile.

* This bill is largely a housekeeping bill to align remaining sections of NH law with the constitutional carry provisions enacted in 2017.
* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the NH Constitution: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* Under current law, OHRV or snowmobile drivers may be forced to leave firearms unattended in their vehicles or unload them under less-than-ideal conditions prior to engaging in recreation.

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibitions on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV or a snowmobile.

* This bill is largely a housekeeping bill to align remaining sections of NH law with the constitutional carry provisions enacted in 2017.
* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the NH Constitution: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* Under current law, OHRV or snowmobile drivers may be forced to leave firearms unattended in their vehicles or unload them under less-than-ideal conditions prior to engaging in recreation.

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibitions on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV or a snowmobile.

* This bill is largely a housekeeping bill to align remaining sections of NH law with the constitutional carry provisions enacted in 2017.
* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the NH Constitution: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* Under current law, OHRV or snowmobile drivers may be forced to leave weapons unattended in their vehicles or unload them under less-than-ideal conditions prior to engaging in recreation.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill repeals the prohibitions on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV or a snowmobile.

* This bill is largely a housekeeping bill to align remaining sections of NH law with the constitutional carry provisions enacted in 2017.
* New Hampshire voters affirmed our inherent right to self-defense in 1982 with the adoption of Article 2-a. of the NH Constitution: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
* Under current law, OHRV or snowmobile drivers may be forced to leave weapons unattended in their vehicles or unload them under less-than-ideal conditions prior to engaging in recreation.

HB1323 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds transparency to employment of top-level employees who report directly to elected officials.

* Current law allows discussions related to public employees to occur in non-public sessions, concealing employment decisions from the public.
* Whereas these chief executive officers only answer to elected officials, lack of transparency gives the public no information on which to judge the performance of the elected officials.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill adds transparency to employment of top-level employees who report directly to elected officials.

* Current law allows discussions related to public employees to occur in non-public sessions, concealing employment decisions from the public.
* Whereas these chief executive officers only answer to elected officials, lack of transparency gives the public no information on which to judge the performance of the elected officials.

HB1328 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the burden on NH citizens by making motor vehicle inspections biennial.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another 6 states require only biennial inspections.
* According to the Department of Transportation, only 1.2% of accidents are caused by a problem with the vehicle itself, leading to loss of control. The same study found that in only 6.8% of accidents was vehicle condition a factor at all, of which almost all were cases of tire/wheel damage (e.g. vehicle runs over a nail). Most accidents are caused by driver error or negligence.
* Yearly inspections are a special hardship on those with older vehicles and lower incomes, who often need the vehicle in order to get to work. Vehicles often fail for causes that have no material impact on safety.
* A comprehensive study by Brigham Young University concluded "This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of residual government oversight." (https://goo.gl/D9rxE7)

Feb. 8, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would reduce the burden on NH citizens by making motor vehicle inspections biennial.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another 6 states require only biennial inspections.
* According to the Department of Transportation, only 1.2% of accidents are caused by a problem with the vehicle itself, leading to loss of control. The same study found that in only 6.8% of accidents was vehicle condition a factor at all, of which almost all were cases of tire/wheel damage (e.g. vehicle runs over a nail). Most accidents are caused by driver error or negligence.
* Yearly inspections are a special hardship on those with older vehicles and lower incomes, who often need the vehicle in order to get to work. Vehicles often fail for causes that have no material impact on safety.
* A comprehensive study by Brigham Young University concluded "This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of residual government oversight." (https://goo.gl/D9rxE7)

HB1333 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases state licensing requirements for charter school teachers.

* Charter schools are permitted to consider qualified non-traditional candidates who may bring a valuable and diverse perspective to the teaching profession. This is exactly the kind of flexibility that has made charter schools more successful than school districts.
* By increasing protectionism and artificial barriers to entry, this bill would raise education costs.
* It is often difficult to find certified STEM field teachers. This can be mitigated by the large pool of industry STEM experts without certification who are available and could potentially do a better job than candidates with an arbitrary certificate. This bill would make it more difficult to exercise this option.
* Teacher hiring requirements are a critical part of innovation and flexibility unique to chartered public schools. Teacher credentials alone are not correlated with student performance.

HB1344 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill moves negotiations with respect to collective bargaining from non-public to public meeting under the Right-to-Know Law.

* While strategy meetings need to be kept private for the sake of fruitful negotiations, the negotiations themselves should allow for full transparency.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill moves negotiations with respect to collective bargaining from non-public to public meeting under the Right-to-Know Law.

* While strategy meetings need to be kept private for the sake of fruitful negotiations, the negotiations themselves should allow for full transparency.

HB1347 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 10, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies details needed in meeting minutes.

* Setting out the minimum requirements for meeting minutes will assist clerks in consistently keeping the minutes.
* Good minutes can save taxpayers dollars in unnecessary legal costs resulting from disputes that are caused by the lack of essential details in minutes.

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies details needed in meeting minutes.

* Setting out the minimum requirements for meeting minutes will assist clerks in consistently keeping the minutes.
* Good minutes can save taxpayers dollars in unnecessary legal costs resulting from disputes that are caused by the lack of essential details in minutes.

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies details needed in meeting minutes.

* Setting out the minimum requirements for meeting minutes will assist clerks in consistently keeping the minutes.
* Good minutes can save taxpayers dollars in unnecessary legal costs resulting from disputes that are caused by the lack of essential details in minutes.

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies details needed in meeting minutes.

* Setting out the minimum requirements for meeting minutes will assist clerks in consistently keeping the minutes.
* Good minutes can save taxpayers dollars in unnecessary legal costs resulting from disputes that are caused by the lack of essential details in minutes.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill clarifies details needed in meeting minutes.

* Setting out the minimum requirements for meeting minutes will assist clerks in consistently keeping the minutes.
* Good minutes can save taxpayers dollars in unnecessary legal costs resulting from disputes that are caused by the lack of essential details in minutes.

HB1350 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill would require headlight use if a driver is using their wipers.

* While this practice may be good for driver safety in some cases, it is better to encourage safe driving practices through education rather than through the police and court systems.
* This bill would allow police to pull over a vehicle that has its wipers on (resulting in clearer vision for them), but would not allow a car in the neighboring lane who had not turned on wipers to be pulled over. This creates an uneven and confusing situation for drivers and the police.
* Drivers have enough to be concerned about with staying safely in their lane, without having to worry about whether they're abiding by any number of arbitrary rules, which can actually cause them to be less safe. The state should not be in the business of trying to overmanage drivers.

HB1360 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 22, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill increases the regulatory burden on business.

* This bill would prevent insurance companies from utilizing data that may accurately represent claims risk when setting premiums.
* This bill significantly increases price controls in personal auto insurance. Auto insurers should be free to underwrite insurance policies according to the estimated risk posed by the insured. Politically manipulating insurance companies' prices will likely result in more people having to go to the residual market and/or higher premiums for everyone.
* This bill prohibits the usage of education level and occupation information when determining rates for casualty insurance. This may cause broad-based increases in insurance costs.

HB1362 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill opens the door to more competition and more choice in health care.

• While there may be no companies currently interested in this model, we shouldn't ignore the possibility of a health care startup revolutionizing the industry and looking to do business in NH.
• Technology has transformed many industries, both local and global. This has allowed for more job opportunities, better customer service, and lower prices. The health care industry will follow this path and NH customers should be allowed the opportunity to buy healthcare from any insurer willing to sell it to them.

HB1367 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes a state mandate for a vaccine against a non-communicable disease.

* Parents and doctors are in the best position to determine appropriate care for their children. Tetanus is a non-communicable disease.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes a state mandate for a vaccine against a non-communicable disease.

* Parents and doctors are in the best position to determine appropriate care for their children. Tetanus is a non-communicable disease.

HB1373 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, recognizes that people have a privacy right in their DNA and genetic information.

* Personal "biometric" data (e.g. DNA, retina/iris scans, etc) should not be involuntarily captured or used.
* At least half of US states have some form of DNA privacy law (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/genetic-privacy-laws.aspx).

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, recognizes that people have a privacy right in their DNA and genetic information.

* Personal "biometric" data (e.g. DNA, retina/iris scans, etc) should not be involuntarily captured or used.
* At least half of US states have some form of DNA privacy law (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/genetic-privacy-laws.aspx).

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill, as amended, recognizes that people have a privacy right in their DNA and genetic information.

* Personal "biometric" data (e.g. DNA, retina/iris scans, etc) should not be involuntarily captured or used.
* At least half of US states have some form of DNA privacy law (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/genetic-privacy-laws.aspx).

HB1382 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill removes the state mandate for separate bathrooms for businesses with 25 patrons or more.

* Restaurants should be able to decide how to make their guests most comfortable as they will suffer the consequences if their guests are unhappy.
* This bill could lower construction costs for restaurants and allow more seating in the dining area, giving restaurants a better chance to succeed.

HB1393 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 21, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires employers to pay terminated employees for vacation time and personal time.

* This bill imposes the will of the state on private employment contracts.

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires employers to pay terminated employees for vacation time and personal time.

* This bill imposes the will of the state on private employment contracts.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill requires employers to pay terminated employees for vacation time and personal time.

* This bill imposes the will of the state on private employment contracts.

HB1415 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 23, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, contains $10 million in new spending for the biennium ending June 30, 2019.

* This bill has been amended to contain $10 million in spending that was not part of the original house bill. Spending (which is likely to have a component that repeats year over year) at this level should be subject to public debate in both the house and senate and not rushed into law.

May 10, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, contains $10 million in new spending for the biennium ending June 30, 2019.

* This bill has been amended to contain $10 million in spending that was not part of the original house bill. Spending (which is likely to have a component that repeats year over year) at this level should be subject to public debate in both the house and senate and not rushed into law.

HB1416 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 26, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the statute that prohibits the sale of bottle rockets.

* The choice of whether to purchase, possess, and use bottle rockets should be a personal one — fireworks bans are paternalistic.
* Removing the ban will increase economic activity in New Hampshire.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill would repeal the statute that prohibits the sale of bottle rockets

* The choice of whether to purchase, possess, and use bottle rockets should be a personal one — fireworks bans are paternalistic.
* Removing the ban will increase economic activity in New Hampshire.

HB1419 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill changes the vehicle inspection requirement for motorcycles from annual to biennial.

* The average rider puts 2,500 miles per year on a motorcycle; it is unlikely that a component will wear out in 5,000 miles driven in a two-year span (except tires and brakes if the rider abuses those components).
* 33 states require no periodic safety inspection of motorcycles. This includes states with longer driving seasons. A reduction to a biennial inspection system is a modest improvement without any evidence of a loss of safety for either riders or the public.
* Motorcycle enthusiasts who wish more frequent inspections can pay for more frequent inspections if they desire.

HB1420 (Pro-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill permits habitual offenders under motor vehicle laws to be charged either as a felony or misdemeanor &mdash; restoring the option for a misdemeanor charge that was inadvertently repealed in 2016.

* Under current law, the option for a misdemeanor charge was dropped, which then only allowed for a felony charge under RSA 262:23.
* A felony conviction can have significant long-term impacts on a person's life and is not an appropriate charge in cases where there is no victim.

HB1422 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 21, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill sets an automatic trigger for cancelling existing planned tax reductions.

* Our ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede New Hampshire's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be reinvested to hire more staff, used to create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill sets an automatic trigger for cancelling existing planned tax reductions.

* Our ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede New Hampshire's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, used to create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill sets an automatic trigger for cancelling existing planned tax reductions.

* Our ability to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses is vital to the health of our economy. Low unemployment benefits everyone.
* High business tax rates impede New Hampshire's ability to attract and retain businesses.
* When profits are not heavily taxed they can be re-invested to hire more staff, used to create more robust R&D, or invested in capital equipment.

HB1425 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill states that absent any harm or injury, a person who purposely or knowingly causes unprivileged physical contact is subject to a violation instead of a misdemeanor charge.

* Under current law, a person may be charged with misdemeanor assault simply because they laid their hand on someone's shoulder. This bill would require that such physical contact cause bodily injury to result in a misdemeanor — absent this, the contact would be considered a violation.
* This bill does not affect the domestic violence statute.

HB1432 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes new mandates on private schools.

* This bill seeks to impose redundant requirements on private schools that they must already satisfy via federal laws regarding nondiscrimination and background checks.
* The proposed requirements also go beyond those applied to public schools; as an example, district schools do not perform background checks on all volunteers.
* Further, the bill seeks to apply these requirements to schools that accept students using tax-credit programs; however, these programs do not use public funds and are sourced via private donations from individuals and businesses. This is an intrusion in the operation of private organizations and businesses which is a dangerous precedent.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill imposes new mandates on private schools.

* This bill seeks to impose redundant requirements on private schools that they must already satisfy via federal laws regarding nondiscrimination and background checks.
* The proposed requirements also go beyond those applied to public schools; as an example, district schools do not perform background checks on all volunteers.
* Further, the bill seeks to apply these requirements to schools that accept students using tax-credit programs; however, these programs do not use public funds and are sourced via private donations from individuals and businesses. This is an intrusion in the operation of private organizations and businesses which is a dangerous precedent.

HB1442 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes an optional waiver of the driver education requirement if a parent provides equivalent classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training.

* Parents and guardians are capable of providing driving instruction and determining when a teen is ready to take the driver's test and drive.
* This bill does not remove the existing requirement for teen drivers to complete a minimum of 40 hours of practice driving under the supervision of a licensed adult.
* At least 5 states do not require formal driver education.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill authorizes an optional waiver of the driver education requirement if a parent provides equivalent classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training.

* Parents and guardians are capable of providing driving instruction and determining when a teen is ready to take the driver's test and drive.
* This bill does not remove the existing requirement for teen drivers to complete a minimum of 40 hours of practice driving under the supervision of a licensed adult.
* At least 5 states do not require formal driver education.

HB1443 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries — it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding right to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries — it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding right to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries — it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding right to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill directs courts to inform juries about their right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

* This bill does not create any new power for juries — it simply provides mechanisms for the court to inform them of their longstanding right to judge both fact and law in cases before them.
* While existing law already allows jurors to be informed, this bill provides clear language that will help to ensure that jurors receive consistent and clear instructions.

HB1448 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides more options for a political organization to gain party status.

* Political groups should not be shut out by unreasonable requirements that are set by other political groups.
* The majority makes a confusing argument when they state that "This bill would create arbitrary benchmarks...", but then go on to recite the current law, which is made up of arbitrary benchmarks.
* The bill doesn't make radical changes; the additional benchmarks follow the same pattern as those that already exist.
* This bill provides a more level playing field for minority groups and opinions.

HB1462 (Anti-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 15, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new mandates on New Hampshire businesses.

* Health insurance is a benefit provided at the discretion of the employer. This bill would mandate that if an employer provides health and dental insurance, that the insurance be extended throughout a period of up to 24 months while an employee is out on workers' compensation.

March 7, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new mandates on New Hampshire businesses.

* Health insurance is a benefit provided at the discretion of the employer. This bill would mandate that if an employer provides health and dental insurance, that the insurance be extended throughout a period of up to 24 months while an employee is out on workers' compensation.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill adds new mandates on New Hampshire businesses.

* Health insurance is a benefit provided at the discretion of the employer. This bill would mandate that if an employer provides health and dental insurance, that the insurance be extended throughout a period of up to 24 months while an employee is out on workers' compensation.

HB1463 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill helps to ensure equal treatment of residents by preventing subjective noise ordinances.

* This bill requires that noise ordinances specify a specific decibel level (which may vary by time of day) and a complaint to have been made in order for noise ordinances to be enforceable.
* This reduces the risk of bias (conscious or otherwise) playing a role in the enforcement of an ordinance.

HB1467 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows a judge flexibility with respect to sentencing for a victimless crime.

* Under current law, driving with a suspended license requires imprisonment for 7 consecutive 24-hour days and to have their license suspended for a year. As amended, this bill retains all penalties but allows the judge the option of having the time be served via non-consecutive days allowing for the option of serving time on weekends and potentially helping a person retain their job.

HB1468 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

May 10, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, strengthens the existing anti-competitive licensing rules that prevent the market from reducing costs in nursing homes, intermediate care facilities and rehabilitation facilities.

* The average cost of nursing homes in New Hampshire is $316 per day. This is higher than the national average, which is $228 per day. The state should not be taking steps to decrease competition that are likely to result in higher overall costs to consumers.

May 2, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, strengthens the existing anti-competitive licensing rules that prevent the market from reducing nursing home costs.

* The average cost of nursing homes in New Hampshire is $316 per day. This is higher than the national average, which is $228 per day. The state should not be taking steps to decrease competition that are likely to result in higher overall costs to consumers.

HB1476 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: INTERIM STUDY)

May 2, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows qualifying medical cannabis patients and designated caregivers to cultivate a limited number of plants for therapeutic use.

* This bill decreases medical costs for patients by allowing them to grow their own medicine.
* People should not have to choose between fearing criminal prosecution and not having access to medicine.
* This bill gives patients better access to their medicine. Many patients do not live near the few dispensaries in the state, and will benefit from this bill.

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill allows qualifying medical cannabis patients and designated caregivers to cultivate a limited number of plants for therapeutic use.

* This bill decreases medical costs for patients by allowing them to grow their own medicine.
* People should not have to choose between fearing criminal prosecution and not having access to medicine.
* This bill gives patients better access to their medicine. Many patients do not live near the few dispensaries in the state, and will benefit from this bill.

HB1477 (Pro-Liberty / SENATE: LAID ON TABLE)

April 19, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a procedure for annulment of arrests or convictions for activities which are no longer a crime in New Hampshire.

* This bill provides a process for those with criminal records for arrests or convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce or less of marijuana to have those convictions and arrests annulled. HB 640 signed in July 2017 reduced this offense to a violation punishable only by a fine.

Feb. 22, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill establishes a procedure for annulment of arrests or convictions for activities which are no longer a crime in New Hampshire.

* This bill provides a process for those with criminal records for arrests or convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce or less of marijuana to have those convictions and arrests annulled. HB 640 signed in July 2017 reduced this offense to a violation punishable only by a fine.

HB1483 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 26, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill opens wireless devices such as Alexa and Smart TVs to warrantless wiretapping by the state.

* This bill adds wireless technology that uses a wireless entry or access point to transmit or receive any form of information to the definition of a "Communications common carrier". This addition provides no additional protection for NH citizens. Even without this change, existing RSA 570-A:2 already protects against willful interception of any telecommunication or oral communication.
* The expansion of the definition of "Communications Common Carrier" does explicitly allow service providers such as Amazon or Smart TV manufacturers to provide "information, facilities, or technical assistance to an investigative or law enforcement officers" who are seeking to gain access to this information. Under existing 570-A:2 II (d) and (e) authorization for seizing these private communications is granted by the attorney general, the deputy attorney general, or an assistant attorney general or county attorney. Thus, existing law allows for law enforcement to obtain communications from Communication Common Carriers without court order. Since the primary effect of this bill is to expand the definition of a Communication Common Carrier, then as a result, this bill, which is sold as a privacy protection bill, actually has the primary consequence of reducing protection for New Hampshire citizens.

HB1484 (Anti-Liberty / SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

April 19, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill prohibits manufactured housing parks from charging a late fee for payments made within 7 days of the due date.

* The government should not be meddling in private contracts, especially when those contracts are providing a place to live for individuals with very few resources.
* Cities and towns begin applying interest/late fees immediately upon a tax payment being late — this bill holds private individuals to a different standard than the government.

March 6, 2018: Anti-Liberty

This bill, as amended, prohibits manufactured housing parks from charging a late fee for payments made within 7 days of the due date.

* The government should not be meddling in private contracts, especially when those contracts are providing a place to live for individuals with very few resources.
* Cities and towns begin applying interest/late fees immediately upon a tax payment being late — this bill holds private individuals to a different standard than the government.

HB1485 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

* This bill reduces the impact of state-level interference in private contracts by allowing up to two months' rent to be collected for a security deposit.

* Allowing two months' security deposit may enable a person who otherwise would not be qualified to rent an apartment due to poor credit to negotiate with the landlord to offer additional security deposit to offset the risk of prior defaults and failure to pay.
* Over-regulation of rentals reduces the number of investors willing to enter the rental business, and raises rental rates.
* Testimony in committee offered: "only nine states in the US restrict security deposits to just one month's rent".

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

* This bill reduces the impact of state-level interference in private contracts by allowing up to two months' rent to be collected for a security deposit.

* Allowing two months' security deposit may enable a person who otherwise would not be qualified to rent an apartment due to poor credit to negotiate with the landlord to offer additional security deposit to offset the risk of prior defaults and failure to pay.
* Over-regulation of rentals reduces the number of investors willing to enter the rental business, and raises rental rates.
* Testimony in committee offered: "only 9 states in the US restrict security deposits to just one month's rent".

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

* This bill reduces the impact of state-level interference in private contracts by allowing up to two months rent to be collected for a security deposit.

* Allowing two months security deposit may enable a person who otherwise would not be qualified to rent an apartment due to poor credit to negotiate with the landlord to offer additional security deposit to offset the risk of prior defaults and failure to pay.
* Over-regulation of rentals reduces the number of investors willing to enter the rental business, and raises rental rates.
* Testimony in committee offered: "only 9 states in the US restrict security deposits to just one month's rent".

HB1507 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 21, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides that new motor vehicles need not be inspected during the three years following the manufacturer's model year.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another 6 states require only biennial inspections. This common sense change to eliminate inspections on new vehicles would save residents time and money without any measurable added risk.
* A comprehensive study by Brigham Young University concluded "This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of residual government oversight." (https://goo.gl/D9rxE7)

March 15, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides that new motor vehicles need not be inspected during the three years following the manufacturer's model year.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another 6 states require only biennial inspections. This common sense change to eliminate inspections on new vehicles would save residents time and money without any measurable added risk.
* A comprehensive study by Brigham Young University concluded "This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of residual government oversight." (https://goo.gl/D9rxE7)

March 7, 2018: Pro-Liberty

This bill provides that new motor vehicles need not be inspected during the three years following the manufacturer's model year.

* 33 states, including states with much harsher winters than NH (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota), do not require any periodic safety inspections. Another 6 states require only biennial inspections. This common sense change to eliminate inspections on new vehicles would save residents time and money without any measurable added risk.
* A comprehensive study by Brigham Young University concluded "This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of residual government oversight." (https://goo.gl/D9rxE7)

HB1514 (Pro-Liberty / HOUSE: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE)

March 6, 2018: Pro-Liberty

The bill prohibits detaining someone for merely attempting to leave an area, unless there is cause.

* The Sup