State of the State House: Your guide to the NH legislature’s marathon session

With the crossover deadline just weeks away, this week was a marathon for New Hampshire legislators, who had just a few days of scheduled sessions to hear hundreds of bills.  State Senators and Representatives were stuck in the State House until late into the night several days, including St. Patrick’s Day.  The legislature, particularly the House, voted on some many high-profile and controversial pieces of legislation it was hard to keep track, so below is NH Journal’s handy guide to this week’s key votes as they currently stand:

Number Bill Description Status Vote Date
HB 337 Freezes school aid at current (2010) levels. PASSED 3/17/2011
HB 540 Changes the motor vehicle inspection requirement from annual to biannual. PASSED 3/17/2011
HB 156 Reduces the state tax on cigarettes by $0.10 per pack and lowers taxes on other tobacco products. PASSED 3/17/2011
HB 218 Repeals the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority PASSED 3/17/2011
HB 442 Expands the legal usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes PASSED 3/16/2011
SB 3 Reforms NH public employee retirement system, including increasing public workers’ contribution to their pension fund and raising the retirement age for certain public employees PASSED 3/16/2011
Amends the state constitution to make all school funding decisions the direct prerogative of the legislature PASSED 3/16/2011
HB 329 Requires parental notification of abortions performed on unemancipated minors PASSED 3/16/2011
HB 330 Allows the concealed carrying of firearms without a permit PASSED 3/16/2011
HB 429 Lowers the high school dropout age from 18 to 16 with parental consent required for those under 18 PASSED 3/15/2011
HB 524 Rolls back provisions in last session’s SB 500 that allowed for the automatic early release of violent criminals and sex offenders PASSED 3/15/2011
HB 147 Expands the list of crimes punishable by the death penalty to include murders committed during premeditated home invasions PASSED
HB 89 Requires New Hampshire to join the lawsuit against the new federal health care reform law PASSED
HB 370 Overturns the provision in the recently-passed bullying legislation that requires teachers and school officials to address off-campus bullying, but adds a requirement that all known bullying instances be reported to parents PASSED
HB 416 Allows children to decline vaccinations due to consciences objections not directly health-related or religious in nature FAILED 3/15/2011
HB 176 Prohibits out of state students attending college in New Hampshire from voting FAILED 3/15/2011
HB 513 Legalizes doctor assisted suicide FAILED 3/15/2011

As stated above, hundreds of bills were up for votes this week, and this is not a comprehensive list. If we missed something important, please help us out by highlighting it below in the comments section, or sending a tip to We need all the help we can get from our faithful readers to keep tabs on the flurry of activity this week in Concord!

Author: Staff Reporter

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  • Anonymous

    After seeing this report on our NH legislature..I am speachless,