Death penalty repeal fails

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On Thursday the New Hampshire Senate voted 12-12 on a bill to repeal the state's death penalty.  The tie vote means the bill failed to pass.

New Hampshire has not come this close to a repeal since 2000, when Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) vetoed a repeal that passed the House and Senate.

This year a repeal had the support of some law enforcement, former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), and several legislators that used to oppose repeal. 

However, the repeal lost support when some legislators suggested the bill could change the sentence of Michael Addison, New Hampshire's only inmate on death row.

What do you think of this year's death penalty repeal vote?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the debate over the death penalty in New Hampshire.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHPR.

Do you know these terms?

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Do you understand the terms in this picture? At this point in our legislative session, the 2014 NH legislature has voted on roughly 900 bills! As a service to our members, the Live Free or Die Alliance has not only divided these bills into 41 easy to browse categories, but also created a cheat-sheet on how to read a Bill Status on the NH General Court website.

CLICK HERE
to see the 41 categories, our easy to use Gen-Court lingo cheat-sheet, and more.  If you are not yet a FREE member, you will be prompted to register.

Sup. Ct. considers tax credit scholarships

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On Wednesday the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state's tax credit scholarship program.

The program gives businesses a tax credit if they contribute to a scholarship fund for low-income students who wish to attend private schools.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit January 9, 2013 charging that the program violates the New Hampshire Constitution, which forbids the use of tax money for private religious schools.

On Wednesday state attorneys argued that the program involves private money and private decision-makers, and therefore does not violate the constitutional ban on state money for religious schools.

In June 2013 a lower court found that because of the tax credit, the scholarship funds amount to public money.

Do you think the scholarship tax credit program violates the New Hampshire Constitution?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

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to read coverage from Seacoast Online.

House panel OKs "Benefit Corporations"

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On Tuesday the House Commerce Committee voted in favor of SB 215, a bill to allow Benefit Corporations, also known as "B Corps," to form in New Hampshire.  The full House will vote on the bill later this spring.

When making decisions, B Corps are allowed to consider public benefit in addition to profit for shareholders.  Regular corporations are vulnerable to lawsuits if they make decisions that do not maximize profits. 

However, Rep. Emily Sandblade (R-Manchester) argued that the simultaneous goals of profit and public benefit would make corporations even more vulnerable to lawsuits.

"We are creating a whole new form of business," said Sandblade. "We are unleashing this, and people who are going the B Corp route are going to get their pants sued off."

Rep. John Hunt (R-Rindge) countered, "We are being way too nanny about this bill. Don’t worry your silly little heads about it. Some people want a touchy-feely corporation. What’s the harm?"

Do you think New Hampshire should allow B Corps?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHBR.

NH gets C+ for financial transparency

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Last week the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released a study that gave New Hampshire a C+ grade for online financial transparency.  32 states scored higher than New Hampshire.

According to the study, New Hampshire could provide more information about spending by quasi-public agencies, subsidies, and public benefit programs.  New Hampshire received full credit for the searchability of its information.

A spokesman for Gov. Hassan said the governor is looking to the Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency and Transparency for recommendations on how to increase financial transparency.

Greg Moore, the state director of Americans for Prosperity in New Hampshire, suggested that Hassan was "sitting on our laurels" rather than working to make New Hampshire more transparent.

However, financial transparency technologies may require an investment that exceeds New Hampshire's budget limitations.

Do you think New Hampshire should do more towards financial transparency?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Eagle Tribune, or CLICK HERE to read the report from PIRG.

Voice your opinion on Northern Pass

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The state legislature is currently considering two bills that would require the Site Evaluation Committee to give preference to plans that bury electrical lines and place them along public rights of way: HB 569 and SB 245.  Both bills would impact the proposed Northern Pass transmission line project.

The LFDA knows this issue is important to our members, and we are working to make your voice heard.  First, we have summarized our fans' Facebook comments on the Northern Pass into a report for lawmakers:  CLICK HERE to read the report.

Here are some more ways to make your voice heard:

1. Contact your representatives and share your opinion
CLICK HERE to find your representatives' profile, including contact information.  Write an e-mail, snail-mail a letter, or make a phone call to let them know where you stand.

2. Sign a petition
Do you want New Hampshire to bury the Northern Pass transmission lines?  CLICK HERE to sign a petition in favor of burying or blocking the Northern Pass.  Do you want to express support for the Northern Pass?  CLICK HERE to sign a petition on the Northern Pass website.

3. Comment online
CLICK HERE to comment on a LFDA Facebook post about the Northern Pass, or CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.  CLICK HERE to see a discussion started by one of our members.

4. Learn more
The LFDA makes it easy to form an educated opinion on the issues.  CLICK HERE to see the LFDA issue page on the Northern Pass.

Death penalty repeal fails

Do you know these terms?

Sup. Ct. considers tax credit scholarships

House panel OKs "Benefit Corporations"

NH gets C+ for financial transparency

Voice your opinion on Northern Pass

Political Tracker
  
Presidential primary poll shows leader in 1 party, crowd in other

 WMUR — 4/19/2014

An early look at the 2016 presidential primary shows a clear favorite in one party and a crowded pack in the other.
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Death penalty debate humbles NH lawmakers

Seacoast Online — 4/19/2014

The opposing votes cast by Manchester's two Democratic senators reflect the deep divide of lawmakers and residents on the topic of repealing the state's centuries-old death penalty.

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Death Penalty  
Death Penalty 

The Senate voted 12-12 on a bill to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty on Thursday, preventing HB 1170 from passing. The House voted in favor of the repeal in a 225-104 vote in March and Gov. Hassan indicated her support for the measure as well.
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Gambling  
Gambling 

The latest NH casino bill, which would legalize two casinos with a total of 5,000 video slots and 240 table games, now includes a $25 million allotment to aid state communities and property tax payers. A one-casino bill was killed by the House last month.
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard  
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 

U.S. Navy officials held a forum with nearly 30 developers and businesspeople last week to discuss redeveloping the 106-year-old, 265,000-square-foot former naval prison at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The prison has been closed since 1974.
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