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One Legislative Victory Down, Many More To Go...

January 31, 2012 J

First, THANK YOU to everyone who contacted their State Senators on HB 648.

This bill relating to eminent domain petitions by public utilities passed the Senate last week by a vote of 23-1. This is a huge victory for private property owners in our state and is a real demonstration of our citizen legislature at work – an overwhelming number of you contacted your elected officials with your concerns and they voted to best represent the people that elected them.

Thank you again to all of you for your efforts.

Second, there are a couple pieces of legislation receiving hearings this week that we want to bring to your attention.

This Thursday, there will be a hearing in the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee at 9AM in SH 100 on SB 227 which would alter the status of the members of the board of tax and land appeals so that members ARE NOT full-time employees but would receive per diem and mileage reimbursement for attending to board duties. AFP-NH supports this legislation that would shrink the size of government. I encourage you to attend this hearing if your schedule permits!

Also on Thursday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee will vote on SB 293, which requires the department of revenue administration to give notice of an overpayment or underpayment of tax within 30 days, and notice of a final determination after a hearing within 60 days. AFP-NH supports this attempt to make the DRA more accountable to NH taxpayers!

I encourage you to contact the Senators below and urge them to push for passage of this bill –

Senator Jim Luther – 271-4151 – jim.luther@leg.state.nh.us
Senator Bob Odell – 271-4063 – bob.odell@leg.state.nh.us
Senator Jim Rausch – 271-3091 – jim.rausch@leg.state.nh.us

Finally, I was pleased to recently provide testimony on two important pieces of legislation.

I appeared before the House Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification Committee to discuss the merits of returning more authority and money for healthcare to the states as the committee considered proposed Health Care Compact legislation, HB 1560.

I testified before the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee in support of a HB 1487 which would require legislative approval for state participation in any low-carbon fuel standard program. As has been noted, a Low Carbon Fuel Standards program equates to a Liquid RGGI. AFP-NH believes that RGGI has failed in every metric and sees no need for the state to undertake a similar program with regard to fuel.

As is clear from the victory on HB 648, your efforts are making a difference at the Statehouse! Please continue to stay informed on the issues of importance to you and we will continue to provide you with up-to-date information and action items as needed.

Sincerely,

Corey R. Lewandowski
State Director
Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire

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