House kills proposal to study diverting funds to general fund
The House vote was 246-54, backing a Ways and Means Committee 17-1 recommendation.
"How do our constituents feel that funds established for one purpose are being raided for the general fund?" asked Rep. Peter Bixby, D-Dover, in an unsuccessful argument in favor of the bill.
"Charging a fee to do one thing and then using it to do something else is simply not honest," said Bixby. "In commerce this practice is called bait and switch and it is illegal."
But House Ways and Means Committee Chair Susan Almy, D-Lebanon, said establishing a committee to study a constitutional amendment proposal is "redundant."
"They should put in a CACR (constitutional amendment concurrent resolution) and we'll take a look at it," she said.
Rep. Russell T. Ober, R-Hudson, said "the total banning" of allowing dedicated funds to be diverted to the general fund "would have major side effects," because it could leave the general fund without adequate funds.
Human intervention hobbling ice fishermen
The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama