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This week New Hampshire lawmakers heard testimony on HB 269, a bill that would allow landlords to collect a security deposit in addition to first and last months' rent.

Current law allows landlords to collect one month's rent and a security deposit.

Bill supporters pointed out that other states - including Massachusetts - already have this law on the books.  Some landlords also testified that the law would help their financial security, which in turn would help them accept more renters.

Bill opponents argued the bill would make renting prohibitively expensive, increasing homelessness and the migration of young people out of New Hampshire.  Average monthly rent in New Hampshire is already much higher than in other states.

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Is hydropower 'renewable' for NH?

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The New Hampshire legislature is considering HB 143, a bill that would make large hydropower plants eligible for renewable energy subsidies.

Right now the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of electricity from renewable sources, but large hydropower is not counted as renewable.  That is partly because hydropower generally does not need subsidies to succeed, and partly because large hydropower plants can disrupt the environment.

Rep. David Murotake (R-Nashua), the primary sponsor of HB 143, says his bill will lower electricity rates because hydropower is readily available and relatively cheap.

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) opposes the bill.  She says that hydropower would take subsidies away from other renewable energy sources that need help to grow - and the state needs those renewable sources to diversify its energy supply.

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Bill looks to loosen gun laws

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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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Ethan Swasey
It would pretty nice if they did make the inspection requirement every other year. What probably started out as a well intentioned idea has just turned into a revenue generation tool for the state and towns in the form of tickets for expired inspections and equipment issues and a sure fired way to drum up work for garages. We'll never get rid of the inspection requirement for these reasons.
Mark Hathaway
I'm a licensed NH DOT Safety Inspector. 35+ years and I do not own the station I work at. I cannot believe the state wants to lengthen the inspection to every 2 years. I've saved lives by being honest with customers about the repairs their vehicles are in need of. A lot can go wrong in 12 months, in my opinion inspections should remain an annual requirement.
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