Jun 1, 2015 6:06 PM

Landrigan: The second biggest week of 2015 session is now


CONCORD - The state budget continues to dominate the 2015 legislative session.

But also this week there’s critical action on some remaining, big issues lawmakers have to tackle.

This is the second most important week of the year.

The first is when the state budget deal gets done presumably later this month.

The house and senate has to finish work on eachother’s bills this Thursday.

On tap are bills in two headings, first controversies in the news.

Pot Decriminalization. NH the only New England state where you can go to jail for possession of pot.

The Seth Mazzaglia murder conviction spawned this to require a defendant be present when a victim gives a witness statement in court.

"I think it's very important for every victim of crime to speak their truth in court and to be heard by the person responsible for the pain,’’ said State Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, who sponsored the bill.

Letting the video tape police at traffic stops and setting a 30-day residency requirement to vote.

Then there are sweeping changes in policy.

First who pays any leftover cost when Public Service Company, now Eversource, sells off its power plants.

A late compromise on reforming worker’s compensation, a top priority for many business groups.

There’s the court change to try and move all felony cases from lower to Superior Courts.

"I think what this plan will do is make for more accurate charging decisions,’’ said Tina Nadeau, chief justice of the state’s Superior Courts.

And the controversial tax break Planet Fitness wants to avoid paying higher taxes when they go public.

Plenty of hot topics and only after this week can the real horse trading can begin.


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