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Scoring for Our Annual Legislative Score Card Has Begun

February 22, 2012 J

As our legislators in Concord continue their work on several pieces of legislation impacting the state of our economy, I urge you to stay informed and hope these emails help you to do so.

Many of these bills will appear in our second annual legislative score card which our foundation will release later this year.

• The Senate passed CACR 6 with an amendment sponsored by Senator Peter Bragdon.

The House version of CACR 6 would have given the people of our state the opportunity to vote this November on the measure requiring a 3/5 majority for any future increase in taxes or fees. Unfortunately, the Senate voted to alter the bill.

You can CLICK HERE to read more.

• The Senate also voted on SB 227, which would have increased accountability in the Board of Tax and Lands Appeals, by allowing members to receive per diem and mileage reimbursement for attending board duties rather than being full-time employees. Unfortunately, the Senate voted the bill Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL).

• The Senate Finance Committee voted SB 150 out of committee as Ought to Pass. This bill will allow small business owners to purchase the same health insurance policy as larger companies at the same rate.

• The House has deemed HB 1305 Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL). This bill would have reestablished an exemption from property taxes for telephone poles.

• The House voted to approve HB 1560 which will establish a Health Care Compact. I am sure many of you agree that better decisions can be made regarding health care at the state or local level than by the federal government. HB1560 returns money and authority to the states to determine health care policy. The bill is now before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Second, in the coming weeks, I will be speaking to the North Grafton GOP Committee and the Southern NH 9.12 Project on March 1 and March 6, as well as the Derry Rotary on March 8. Please remember to reach out to Joy King if you would like me to speak to your group. I would be happy to do so.

Finally, I had the privilege of taping an interview with Hudson GOP Committee Chairman, Bryan Donovan, recently that is airing on Hudson Access TV channel 20. We had a great discussion about the legislative score card that AFPF-NH produced last session, and many of the bills currently before the legislature that we will likely score.

Please CLICK HERE to watch the program.

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