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Motor Vehicles Director Richard Bailey reveals New Hampshire businessmen and visitors already face some restrictions by our lacking compliance with the Real ID law.

Sep 25, 2015 7:18 PM

Landrigan: NH Political Report. Real ID law is already more than a threat to NH


CONCORD - The dirty little secret about Real ID is this isn’t a threat hanging over New Hampshire.

Business owners, some visitors, even first responders have already faced the penalty of the federal government coming down on the Granite State for not yet adopting the national identification card standard.

The Office of Homeland Security is expected at the end of September to announce a date for when New Hampshire and three other states will no longer have their in-state driver licenses recognized for air travel throughout the United States.

The New Hampshire Political Report obtained a memo from the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD where emergency personnel from across the country go to train.

Starting Oct. 15, New Hampshire residents ``will not be able to access the campus’’ without a passport or a federal ID card.

Director of Motor Vehicles Richard Bailey confirmed to us that at nuclear power plants visitors with only a New Hampshire license have already had to produce other paperwork.

"We have gotten reports that meetings at certain federal offices down in Washington have barred admittance to New Hampshire residents who only had a license," Bailey said.


The Real ID fix is much easier than people assume.

Here’s why.

New Hampshire’s Motor Vehicle Division has had legal authority to upgrade its license to include security features over the years. And they have.

"We’ve taken full advance of our authority to keep our license current from a security standpoint," Bailey explained.

Indeed as of January the newest version of our license will have so many built-in security holograms and other tricks that it will be Real ID compliant.

So what else has to happen with legislation in 2016.

Well, there are three things:

  • The law has to permit New Hampshire to join the program
  • For those who want a Real ID it will be the same driver’s license but without the state law feature that now allows anyone to have their picture or their Social Security number removed from a statewide database.
  • It has to be fully implemented within five years to coincide how license renewal is staggered for our near one million motorists so they don’t flood the motor vehicle substations all in a single calendar year.


He’d better get this one right.

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, is still standing despite a campaign finance scandal that might have driven others out of office by now.

Sure, he’ll face a tough re-election both in the GOP primary from Daniel Innis and perhaps other Republicans and from ex-Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, or her primary foe, Shawn O’Connor.

But Guinta has a bigger imperative first.

Pick right among the Republicans who will now scramble to replace shocking retiring Speaker John Boehner.

Guinta has been with Boehner in every race and it hasn’t hurt. Indeed if he wasn’t so loyal, is there any doubt Boehner by now would have said publicly that Guinta’s got to answer to the FEC campaign charges and should resign his seat.

At any rate, Guinta can’t misfire if he expects to get the full support of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee in 2016, a year you know the Democratic counterpart will be all in assuming big money can topple a vulnerable incumbent.

So why won’t Guinta just go with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, who Boehner endorsed on Friday.

Hold on for a second, McCarthy has his detractors like radio talk show host Mark Levin who says he’s not a principled conservative and says he’s like ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor "except with 10 fewer IQ points."

Think carefully about this one, congressman, then move with decisiveness because the correct response could really pay off.


Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, know that these days when it comes to whether a gift is reportable or not, ask for advice.

So they requested an opinion of the Legislative Ethics Committee when the pair were guests of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee for a two-day seminar in Boston this summer.

Legislative Committee Chairman and ex-House Speaker Donna Sytek informed both that this counted as a clear exemption to the state’s gift ban and they could accept lodging and meals provided for free to the Senate leaders.

Not so by the way for legislators who recently took part on a focus group.

The unidentified legislator asked if he or she had to report a $100 donation that was made to the charity of that person’s choice for accepting the assignment.

The ethics panel said indeed that even though the lawmaker did not personally profit, the honor of the donation made it an honorarium that could be accepted but must be publicly disclosed.\


Clearly, Gov. Maggie Hassan needed some time once she resolved the state budget feud to publicly say what she’ll do in 2016.

Republican advocates insist Hassan was the one who blinked with legislative leaders and needs the time and space to spin her about-face and decision to embrace a compromise and to allow the Legislature to override her budget veto.

Here’s another important reason for the delay.

Saying nothing about a US Senate race until after next Wednesday means she got through the latest reporting period under the Federal Election Commission.

This means if she declares her intent to run for the Senate against Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte - looking more and more likely of late - there’s no question she will not have to report any of her campaign fundraising until the end of January 2016.

Ayotte and all other candidates have a report coming up Oct. 15 which includes all spending and receipts through September.

You get the idea.


They are not back but their ideas are.

We won’t be seeing the Legislature return into regular sessions until January.

But the ramped-up dates required all House members to put in their roughed-out requests for legislation.

Now, the first year of the two-year biennial session is like eating your peas [-] dominated by the state budget it’s full of important content and political nutrition but often something you feel you have to ingest.

The second or election year is another thing entirely as the sexy topics aimed at pushing the buttons of both political parties.

Credit Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, with coining this appropriate phase: ``God, guns and gays.’’

Here’s the New Hampshire Political Report’s exclusive first look at some of our early favorites:

  • Income tax along with repealing statewide property tax and further business tax cuts: Rep. Paul Henle, D-Concord;
  • Banning sale of fetal body parts: Rep. Kathleen Souza, R-Manchester:
  • Taxing marijuana revenues: Rep. Michael Brewster, R-Barnstead;
  • A registry for anyone convicted of selling heroin: House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline;
  • Allowing a military student to wear his/her uniform at graduation: Rep. Frank Edelblut, R-Wilton;
  • Requiring probable cause to pull someone over for cell phone violation while driving: Rep. Dan Tamburello, R-Londonderry;
  • Extending New Hampshire Health Protection Program: Rep. Thomas Sherman, R-Rye and,
  • Independent redistricting commission: Rep. David Cote, D-Nashua.


The retirement of Donald Shumway at the end of the year will truly be the end of an era. Sorry it is a cliché, but it fits this 13-year head of the Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield who has lived several careers in human services.

There was his stint as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, the state’s largest agency, who presided over its growth and dominance.

But even more significant were the three terms he spent as the director of mental health and developmental services. Shumway was one of those most responsible for maintaining and growing even more robust the community of services that allowed the mentally ill to leave the warehouse that was the Laconia State School and be placed much closer to their home.

He also co-directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Office for “Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” which was the startup of a national social movement for client-centered care.

That’s quite a legacy.


The stage is set for the first of six town halls between the two finalists for mayor of Manchester this Thursday at the McDonough Elementary School in Ward 4.

Mayor Ted Gatsas, a Republican, had wanted a dozen events with Alderwoman Joyce Craig, a Democrat.

Why? Insiders confirm the incumbent considers Craig a weaker speaker than he and feels the more face-to-face encounters, the better he comes off.

Whether that’s true or not, each of these will start at 6:30 and last 45 minutes.

Gatsas reacted by announcing he will hold 12 forums with voters, one in each ward.

The key question for November: Where will supporters of third-place finisher Patrick Arnold go?

The assumption is the troops for Arnold, a fellow Democrat, will just move over to Craig.

May be true for some but those close to Arnold are well aware that he approached Craig before this race began about letting him have a clean shot at Gatsas.

Arnold had done surprisingly well two years ago and reportedly asked Craig for one more chance and to have Craig run in two years if Gatsas won again.

Sources confirm Craig won.

Will at least some closely connected to Arnold not vote for Gatsas but either not vote at all or write in Arnold’s name.

We’ll see soon enough.


The sharp elbows are still flying over some of the state budget details.

How about changes to the retiree health insurance program meant to deal with up to a $10 million deficit.

The Republican-led Legislative Fiscal Committee put on hold changes from the Department of Administrative Services.

"Many retirees over 65 live within tight budgets and any increase in healthcare costs could put them in an unfair, unexpected, and unstable financial situation when they were originally promised a certain level of health benefit coverage by the state before making the decision to retire," said Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford.

"The Fiscal Committee will continue to study these issues and the concerns of retirees and help develop a long-term plan that does not place burden of additional healthcare related costs on the over 65 retiree population."

William Hinkle, Gov. Hassan’s communications director, says it’s a little late for GOP senators to be grandstanding when they should have been offering other ideas during the 2015 session.

"Since the proposal to make changes to the state’s Retiree Health Benefit Plan was presented during the budget process this spring, the Legislature has had ample opportunity to study the issue and propose alternatives.

"If the Legislature is willing to appropriate additional funds, we would happily revise the plan to reduce costs for retirees.’’


Capitalizing on more than 4,000 coming to their party convention, the Senate Democratic Caucus holds a fund-raiser Oct. 14 at O’s Steak & Seafood in Concord Oct. 14.

"After passing a budget compromise under Governor Hassan's leadership, we are getting ready for the next session and the 2016 election, which is barely more than a year away," Senate Democratic leaders wrote in the invite.


Quote of the Week:

"We’re here today because we want Congress to take a bold strong step in how we deal with juvenile offenders.’’ - Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard demands Congress finally renew a juvenile delinquency prevention law that has sat dormant and not been updated for more than a decade.


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