In making NH laws, not everything is a hot-button issue
Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, said one of her LSRs, which would establish a Canine Veterans Day, is designed to honor dogs and their handlers who served in the military and police services. The date set aside would be March 13. Rogers said her proposal would not be intended to compete with Veterans Day or Memorial Day.
She acknowledged she is a dog lover.
"Oh, of course. But my dog is far from a military dog. He's a pug," she said.
Weed said he hopes the specter of being embarrassed by losing to "None of the Above" might make some legislators "deal with real issues."
If "None of the Above" won a plurality, Weed's proposal would call for a new election to be held, he said. The same candidates could run again if they chose, but Weed said that if he ever lost an election to nobody, he might consider not putting his name on the ballot again.
The LSR to include domestic animals in the domestic violence protection statute was submitted by Rep. Leigh Webb, D-Franklin.
The proposal calls for animals to be included in statutes that apply to such things as protective court orders that would require an accused abuser to stay away from the animal.
--- A proposal to repeal sugar packet requirements, by Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield. The law in question, RSA 143:6-a, requires establishments to serve sugar in individually wrapped packets or in a covered container that pours sugar through a hole no larger than three-eighths inch in diameter.
It was a time, Lambert says, when politicians were passing a slew of laws, some of them downright "absurd," to use his description. How did Lambert come across this one, amid 12,000 pages of legislation? He was browsing the RSAs for a talk about "absurd" laws when he saw this particular statute.
--- An LSR that would authorize friends of animals license plates, by Rep. Linda Massimilla, D-Littleton. The idea would allow vanity plates, to be designed later, at a cost of $30 that would fund grants for animal welfare organizations.
-- O'Flaherty has also submitted an LSR that would categorize poker as a game of skill rather than a game of chance. The move could cost the state nearly $1 million in gambling revenue, according to the state Legislative Services Office, because it may remove poker from the purview of the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission, which has jurisdiction over games of chance.
-- An LSR to make June 10 National Freedom Day, by Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth.
The Legislative Services Office estimates that the program would cost the state more than $500,000 to implement, including the purchase of cameras, and an additional $260,000 to $270,000 in later years for maintenance and additional technical and support employees.
-- An LSR to establish a specific penalty for simple assault of a sports official at a sports event. Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen, D-Concord, is the prime sponsor of a bipartisan group behind this bill.
Others are dropped without much explanation. The state's LSR list online shows 700 requests for 2014. As of Dec. 26, the number of LSRs withdrawn totaled 96.
Union Leader staff reporters Garry Rayno and Dan Tuohy contributed to this report.
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