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House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, supports placing additional restrictions for those getting government benefits with EBT cards.

Jun 8, 2015 5:49 PM

Landrigan: Crunch time approaches for NH lawmakers


CONCORD - It’s said laws are like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made.

Well, we’ve reached that time at the State House when the real sausage-making begins in earnest.

On Thursday, conference committees get created to hammer out a compromise between different, House and Senate versions of the same bill.

Ground rules are simple; four from the House, three from the Senate and all must sign off for there to be a deal.

The budget dominates 2015 but other important issues will happen or wither on the vine this way in the next two and a half weeks.

Will Planet Fitness get the tax break they want or else they may move their headquarters outside the state?

"You are turning things around,’’ said Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, who agreed to bring forward the tax break request after meeting with company officials. "They came in to talk about how do we save these jobs in New Hampshire.’’

Will there be more limits on what can be bought with EBT cards?

"Body piercing, and cigarettes and cigars and marijuana dispensaries other than therapeutic, those are all not necessities of life,’’ said House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline.

Can residents get medical marijuana at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home and will a marriage license cost more in order to support domestic violence programs?

Time is a wasting. Once all the committees are formed this Thursday, they have just one week to sign off on a compromise.

The House and Senate both have to finish voting on all these issues including the massive state budget by a June 25 deadline

The current, two-year fiscal cycle for state government ends on June 30.


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