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.

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.

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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.

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.

Premiums rose 90%?

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This week debate erupted over a report that showed New Hampshire health insurance premiums rose 90% from 2013 to 2014.  Scott Brown and other Republicans blamed "Obamacare," while Democrats challenged the validity of the report.

The controversial report came from the investment firm Morgan-Stanley, which surveyed 148 insurance brokers across the United States.  On average those 148 brokers reported premium increases of 11-12%. 

However, only one of the surveyed brokers works in New Hampshire.  That single broker reported a 90% increase.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department subsequently released a statement asserting that premiums have not increased 90%.

"the (Morgan Stanley) survey is very inconsistent with our findings, which reflect single-digit increases per year over the past few years," Danielle Kronk Barrick, director of communications for the New Hampshire Department of Insurance, told the Union Leader. "We don’t have data on 2014 yet, but all recent trends suggest that the increase would be similar to recent prior years."

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to learn more about the debate over health care in New Hampshire.

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to read coverage from NHPR.

More drug courts in NH?

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Provided that federal funding comes through, New Hampshire could see two new drug courts in the Fall of 2014.

Drug courts allow non-violent drug offenders to go through treatment programs instead of jail.  Rockingham, Grafton and Strafford counties have drug courts; Hillsborough county does not.  A $700,000 federal grant would allow drug courts to open in Manchester and Nashua and operate for three years.

Drug court supporters argue that nonviolent drug offenders do not belong in already crowded jails. Drug offenders are also less likely to relapse after treatment.

Those against drug courts point out that many drug offenders fail program requirements and end up in jail anyway; drug courts therefore increase costs without a different outcome. 

Do you support drug courts in New Hampshire?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the fight against prescription drug abuse in New Hampshire.

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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.

House panel OKs "Benefit Corporations"

Do you know these terms?

NH gets C+ for financial transparency

Premiums rose 90%?

More drug courts in NH?

Voice your opinion on Northern Pass

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Robert Skovholt
Of course. Who wouldn't ? Do we need more people in jail convicted of crimes where only they are harmed ?
Donnie Sawin
Adding additional courts would be ridiculous... Penalties for illegal drug use and distribution should be stiffer and better enforced. No one is an addict until they first start to use the drugs, so if the penalties are enforced and someone KNOWINGLY starts to use drugs then becomes addicted... Jail it is!
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