Gov. Hassan signs bill dealing with child restraints into law
Under House Bill 242, children must be in car seats until they are 7 years old and have reached 57 inches in height. Even at age 8, if they fall short of the height requirement, they must be in a car seat until they reach 57 inches. But at 9 years old, children would no longer be required to be in a car seat, regardless of height.
Federal guidelines suggest children remain in car seats until they are age 8 or 57 inches.
State law requires all young people to be in seat belts until they reach age 18.
A new council will develop a state energy policy under a bill Gov. Maggie Hassan signed Tuesday.
Senate Bill 191 establishes a state energy council to develop a 10-year energy strategy for New Hampshire. The council will review areas such as supply and demand, access to natural gas, the state’s role in the regional electric market and energy-efficiency issues.
Hassan also signed Senate Bill 123 which allocates $2 million annually from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program auctions of emission allowances to municipal and other local government energy-efficiency programs.
Only four bills remain on Hassan’s desk from the 2013 legislative session including House Bill 595, which changes the state’s photo ID law for voting.
The bill also allows election officials to verify the identity of any prospective voter who does not present a valid ID. A voter whose identity is challenged must fill out an affidavit swearing to his or her identity.
• House Bill 183, which deals with the processing absentee ballots;
• House Bill 224, which allows the superintendent of a county jail to release a prisoner with a judge’s OK;
Hassan has until today to act on the four bills, or they become law without her signature.
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