Committees: No wage hike, yes RTW

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On Tuesday New Hampshire House and Senate committees considered several bills related to employees.

First the House Labor Committee voted against a minimum wage increase. Later in the day the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on SB 261, a Senate bill to increase in the minimum wage. 

Republicans in both chambers generally oppose a minimum wage increase.

"When wages go up, unemployment goes up, workers’ compensation goes up," said Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster).

Democrats point to other states that have increased the minimum wage without any apparent negative effects on the economy.

Later on Tuesday the House Labor Committee voted in favor of a Right-to-Work bill.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on its own Right-to-Work bill this Thursday.

Right-to-Work supporters argue that employees should never be compelled to pay union dues.  Right-to-Work, according to supporters, ends union intimidation and encourages new business.

Right-to-Work opponents argue that the legislation is an attempt to dismantle unions, which protect employees.  Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has vowed to veto Right-to-Work legislation.

Committee votes are not binding; all of these bills will go before the House or Senate for a vote.  However, given the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the committee recommendations will likely stand.

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Local fee for hotels and motels?

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The New Hampshire Senate is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to add a fee, up to $1 per night, for hotel and motel rooms.

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) was asked by Portsmouth city officials to sponsor the bill.  They argue the fee will help off-set the costs of police, fire and public works related to hotels and tourists.

Fuller Clark's bill is an alternative to proposals that would redistribute more meals and rooms tax revenues to cities with lots of tourist activity.  Right now meals and rooms tax revenues are shared between all municipalities based on population.

However, Fuller Clark's bill has the opposition of some hotel owners who see the fee as a backdoor way to increase the already high meals and rooms tax.

"Essentially we're trying to stick it to the tourists," said Dan Innis, co- owner of Hotel Portsmouth.

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Reasons to lift sex offender restrictions?

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Rep. Tim Robertson (D-Keene) is sponsoring HB 263, a bill prohibiting local residency restrictions for sex offenders.

The New Hampshire state police support the bill, arguing that residency restrictions make offenders harder to track by forcing them underground.

"If you're forbidden from living where you have an opportunity to live ... you go back to living under a bridge," Robertson said at a hearing.

Last year the Senate rejected a bill prohibiting residency restrictions; Sen. Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester) expects a similar outcome this year.

"We're talking about two significant situations — sex offenders and sex offenders against children — that touch the core of society," D'Allesandro said.

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Vacation over for NH legislature

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This week the New Hampshire House and Senate return from vacation; both chambers have a full docket.

On Wednesday, March 4 the House will vote on several notable bills, including HB 476 (allowing medicinal marijuana for epilepsy, Parkinson's, and dementia associated with Alzheimer’s), CACR 1 (requiring a 3/5 majority in the legislature to approve any tax or fee increase), and HB 227 (letting towns hold a non-binding vote before lands are taken by eminent domain).

On Thursday, March 5 the House will hold the first public hearing on state budget bills HB 1 and HB 2.  There will be several other budget hearings held around the state in March.

On Thursday the Senate will also vote on several notable bills: SB 107 (Right-to-Work), and SB 1 and SB 2 (lowering the business profits and business enterprise taxes).

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