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On Thursday the Senate will hear testimony on SB 116, a bill that would allow a resident to carry a concealed firearm without a license.

Right now New Hampshire requires a license for a concealed firearm, but any resident can openly carry a visible firearm without a license.

"People have a Second Amendment right," said Sen Jeb. Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), the sponsor of the bill.  "We’re an open carry state already; I just don’t see why the distinction."

Bill opponents argue that the license to carry a concealed firearm is not an undue burden on Second Amendment rights, so there is no compelling reason to change the system.

Some law enforcement officers oppose the bill because it makes it harder to know who may be armed.

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Think tank: policies should age

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On Monday Steve Norton, executive director of the N.H. Center for Public Policy Studies, told House budget writers that most New Hampshire policy is based on an outdated picture of the state.

Norton pointed to New Hampshire's aging population as the biggest change.  Two decades ago young families were moving to New Hampshire; now young people are leaving the state.  By 2040, roughly one-fifth of the population is projected to be older than 75.

"2012 is fundamentally different than 1990, and you’re going to have to fundamentally change public policy if you want economic growth," said Norton.

Norton encouraged policymakers to consider the impact of fewer elementary and high school students, more residents in nursing homes, and growth in social services and the health care industry.

Norton was invited to testify as part of the House budget writing process.  The House has to send its proposed budget to the Senate by April 2.

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NH considers EBT restrictions

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This year the state legislature is considering two bills that would limit the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.  EBT cards are used to distribute welfare benefits.

HB 219, a House bill, would prohibit the use of EBT cards at tattoo parlors, smoke shops, and marijuana dispensaries.  Existing regulation already prohibits the use of EBT cards at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs.

SB 169, a Senate bill, would prohibit the use of EBT cards for alcohol, tobacco, gambling, lottery tickets, tattoos, firearms, or adult entertainment.  SB 169 would also limit the use of cash withdrawn from EBT cards at ATMs, although that cash is very difficult to track.  SB 169 also carries harsher penalties than the House bill.

MaryLou Beaver, New England director for the nonprofit Every Child Matters, worked with a committee of legislators last summer to study EBT restrictions.  She supports the House bill, but opposes the Senate bill because of the harsh penalties.

"In [the Senate] bill, you are penalized the first time by losing two pay periods, the second time by losing four and the third time by losing six. At that point, you have just created homelessness for an entire family," said Beaver.

Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), the sponsor of SB 169, sees the Senate bill as a way to ensure children are getting their family's benefits.

"If there are people not using the money the way it's supposed to be used, the family is not getting the nutritional food they need, and the limited resources we have as a state are not going to people who are really in need," said Forrester.

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When can citizens sue the state?

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Last year the New Hampshire Supreme Court refused to rule on the constitutionality of the business tax credit scholarship program, stating that the person bringing the lawsuit had to show evidence of personal harm.

Now the New Hampshire Senate is considering a constitutional amendment that would give taxpayers the right to ask the state Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of any tax.

"In a state as small as ours, you ought to have the opportunity to hold government accountable through the court system," said Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), a sponsor of the amendment. "We probably have bipartisan agreement that people should have the ability to challenge laws as unjust or unconstitutional."

Howard Zibel, a lawyer for the Supreme Court, testified against Bradley's bill.  Zibel said the bill would give the courts too much power over the legislative and executive branches.  Zibel also warned that the amendment might open the state to a flood of lawsuits.

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Andrew Wood
Are we really questioning whether or not to abandon a program that helps reduce climate change-causing emissions?

The financial impact is effectively irrelevant. We must divest from fossil fuels, or there will be no world left to finance.
Cody MacGregor
Leave, it will drop our electrical bills. Especially with limited facts as to whether this helps reduce "climate change" at all. Save us money, and stop the propaganda machine on climate change.
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