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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Hassan v. Ayotte in 2016?

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Some national Republican organizations seem convinced that Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) will challenge Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) for New Hampshire's U.S. Senate seat in 2016.

Crossroads GPS (a national conservative non-profit founded by Karl Rove) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee both launched ads this week criticizing Hassan. 

Two weeks ago the New Hampshire GOP said Hassan wanted a Chief Operating Officer "to do the governor's job" while she pursues a Senate campaign.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party countered that the Republican governors of Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska and Tennessee have also recruited Chief Operating Officers.

Hassan has not commented on whether or not she will run for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Two polls have tested Hassan versus Ayotte. In December a New England College poll gave Ayotte a five-point lead over Hassan; a NBC poll in February gave Hassan a four-point lead over Ayotte.

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The LFDA will update our reports on a weekly basis.

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Political Tracker

NH congressional delegation asks for more meetings on Kinder Morgan pipeline

Concord Monitor  — 3/03/2015

The New Hampshire Congressional delegation is requesting that energy-developer Kinder Morgan hold a second round of open house meetings to inform residents about 70 miles of natural gas pipeline the company plans to route through 17 communities in Southern New Hampshire.
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NY, DC speeches fuel more Hassan 2016 Senate talk

LFDA Virtual Town Hall — 3/03/2015

When Governor Maggie Hassan steps foot to speak out of New Hampshire, her enemies take notice.

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Jennifer Horn, Ray Buckley talk 2016
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Gun Laws  
Gun Laws 

The Senate passed in a 14-9 vote a bill that would allow state residents who legally own a firearm to conceal it while carrying it without having to obtain a separate permit. The so-called "constitutional carry" bill now moves to the House.
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Family Planning in NH  
Family Planning in NH 

The House voted 216-142 against House Bill 677, which would have prohibited state funding from going to organizations that perform or encourage abortions, including Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and similar health services groups.
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2016-2017 State Budget  
2016-2017 State Budget 

Gov. Hassan's proposed $11.5B budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year did not include casino money because, Hassan said, the support of lawmakers for a casino is not guaranteed. The budget does include new revenue from legalizing keno.
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