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Mar 11, 2016 5:00 PM

Landrigan: NH1 News' scorecard as NH Legislature approaches halftime for 2016 session


CONCORD - If the 2016 legislative session was a Patriots game, we’d be right after the two minute warning before the first half.

The Senate meets next week and the House the week after as they must pass or kill all their own bills by March 24.

Here's the scorecard.

The reality? This week was the heavy lifting the house done with 500 bills and the senate with nearly 200.

So let’s review what’s passed one or the other body.

- Decriminalizing pot making half an ounce a violation not a crime moves ahead even though House GOP leaders were determined to kill it this time.

- There’s also a 10-day residency requirement to vote that’s likely to get a veto from Gov. Maggie Hassan if it ever gets that far.

- Then we have the mandate for state police to wear a camera while on the job and whose sponsor, Nottingham Republican Rep. Kyle Tasker just resigned from the House.

- Finally we have the measure to get rid of a buffer zone around an abortion clinic.

How about some of the notable bills to have already died.

- There’s expanding the death penalty to cover terrorists, raising the minimum wage, banning women from showing a nipple in public unless they are breastfeeding and ending prostitution as a crime.

- Then we have several bills that are in limbo not passed or dead in either body yet.

- The perennial campaign to legalizing gambling at a casino, the spending bills to fight the heroin epidemic, whether $4 million for the next phase of the commuter rail project and lifting the cap on education grants.

So many bills relatively speaking so little time.


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