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Taxes, Tolls and Free Wi-Fi

NH lawmakers hear numerous bills, including removing a toll on the Everett Turnpike.

The House of Representatives is in session Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 1:30 p.m. The Senate is in session Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m.

The legislative Fiscal Committee meets Friday, Feb. 1, starting at 10 a.m. in Rooms 210-211 in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). Also, Friday is the last day to introduce House bills, according to the House calendar.

Reminder: Governor Hassan delivers her budget address to a Joint Convention of the Legislature on Feb. 14. Despite the date, it may not be the rosiest.

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Join us for a Live Chat with Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11:30 a.m.  You can ask questions via any of the 12 Patch websites in New Hampshire, or submit your questions ahead of time by emailing them to marc.fortier@patch.com.

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Games of Chance law. Senate Ways and Means on Tuesday will have a public hearing on Senate Bill 75 at 9 a.m. Tuesday, in Room 103 of the Statehouse. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is also to give a presentation later

No harm less a foul? The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee hears House Bill 262 on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in LOB 204. This bill would provide that "an assault which does not result in harm to another shall be charged as a violation and not a misdemeaner." Sponsors are: Rep. Frank Sapareto, R-Derry, Rep. Keith Murphy, R-Bedford, and Rep. Kelleigh Murphy, R-Bedford.

Qu'est que c'est? A House committee will hear a bill Tuesday that proposes a committee study the teaching of a second language beginning in kindergarten.

What happens to your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts when you die? A committee is recommending the full House, when it meets Wednesday, to kill a bill relative to the powers of an executor or administrator to take control of a decedent's social networking websites. Writing for the majority on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Timothy Horrigan notes online service providers generally stipulate when happens when the user dies. He described the bill as "premature, as well as unenforceable."

Research and Development. The Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously recommends the full Senate on Thursday pass SB 1, which would increase the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax.

Pistol permit fees. House Criminal Justice and Public Safety will hear a bill Tuesday that would reduce the pistol permit fee for nonresidents from $100 to $20.

State Minimum Wage Rate. House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services on  Tuesday would hear this bill, which would establish a state minimum hourly rate ($8 /hour).

WI-FI and fried dough. A bill to move forward with providing free Wi-Fi access at Hampton Beach State Park is up for a hearing Tuesday in Room 305 LOB. The total cost to the state would be $129,740, according to the bill.

Toll talk. House Public Works and Highways will hear a bill Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. in Room 201 of the LOB, that proposes discontinuing the toll at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. Reps. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, and Lenette Peterson, R-Merrimack, are the bill sponsors.

Rescue Funds. A $10 surcharge would be applied to all fines issued for Fish and Game law violations, which would go into the search and rescue fund, under a bill co-sponsored by House Republican Leader Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett. The bill would also establish a minimum flat fee for individuals prompting a search and rescue – unless the person has a current hunting or fishing license, an OHRV, snowmobile or boat registration, or a voluntary hike safe card (said card being established through the bill). The House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee has a hearing on the bill at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in LOB 307. 

NH brews at state liquor stores. A bill before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee on Tuesday proposes the Liquor Commission establish a pilot program for the sale of certain state liquor stores of microbrewery and nano brewery beers that are brewed in New Hampshire. Sponsors include Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, and Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth.

Dennis Taylor January 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
If banks can get zero interest loans and the federal government can sell its trashy bonds to the federal reserve, why must any of us peasants actually pay taxes? A nation that can take on the burden of 30 million Mexicans is wealthy enough not to need a dime from NH. Yes, the 11 million will bring in their relatives and, in ten years, we will have to "solve the problem" again. The corrupt business owners will keep paying the Republicans and Democrats to not guard the border and my children will need to learn Spanish if they wish to work in Manchester.
Seamus Carty January 28, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Why is the govt considering spending $129k to give people at the beach free wifi?
One Man Wolf Pack January 28, 2013 at 09:22 PM
@Atlant here is another example of NH spending we do not need. I think "pot holes" and "bridges" are more important than this; why not cut this and put the money there, or god forbid lower taxes? WI-FI and fried dough. A bill to move forward with providing free Wi-Fi access at Hampton Beach State Park is up for a hearing Tuesday in Room 305 LOB. The total cost to the state would be $129,740, according to the bill.
MMK_townie January 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Let's add a few toll booths in Nashua and Manchester...set up bottomless loans on them...let them pay for them 3 times over...and then let them complain about them for 30 years.
Atlant January 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Oh, probably just to promote tourism. You know: attract people who will then spend much more than $129K in the surrounding community.
Atlant January 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Why? We already have *YOU* as our favorite *TROLL*!
Charles Hatch January 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM
It's true NF is our favorite troll .... Stay the course NF.
One Man Wolf Pack January 29, 2013 at 02:06 PM
So you think that tourists go to, or would go to, Hampton beach....for free internet? You think that those same toursits would then spend more money at the beach as opposed to shopping online? You do not see this as the state subsidizing a local towns internet access? I mean why buy it it is free from the state; if I lived there I would cancel my ISP and go with the state handout; yea this is great idea lets undercut private business for nothing more than a convienance. What is the ongoing cost here? We all know that there will be a residual charge for ongoing service, why isn't that mentioned? WASTEFUL SPENDING.
Atlant January 29, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Charlie: > So you think that tourists go to, or would go to, Hampton beach....for free internet? No, but if they can sit around accessing the Internet from their tablets and phones, they're more likely to, well, sit around and in the process, spend money. Why do you think that thousands of food joints now offer "free Internet"?
One Man Wolf Pack January 29, 2013 at 02:57 PM
So rather than have those toursits sit in a place of business to get free interenet, where they are that much closer to making a purchase, you think the tax payer should fund giving them internet all over the place so they do not sit in a place of business? Atlant your not making a lot of sense.........this seems to be a cool idea that I as many others would find convienant; while in reality it undercuts business in many ways, subsidizes a communities amenities and leaves the tax payer on the hook. Why do you always support spending money on things that are nice to have, then push for more taxes hiding behind the justification of things we actually need; like road repairs, and better education when in reality we frivilously spend money on things like free wifi at the expense of business?
Seamus Carty January 29, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I'd love to see the independent market research that shows that tourism at a beach increases when free wifi is available. I have never been to a beach or a park where free wifi is advertised....
Seamus Carty January 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Every time a liberal comes up with a bright idea, it costs someone else money or freedom...
Proud Conservative January 29, 2013 at 06:40 PM
"Liberals"......:bright ideas"........no such animal!
Atlant January 29, 2013 at 08:11 PM
*LIBERALS* brought you Social Security. *LIBERALS* brought you Medicare. *LIBERALS* brought equal rights to racial minorities and are bringing equal rights to women and gays. (And *UNIONS* brought you "the weekend"). Want to give any of those back, "CONSERVATIVE"?
One Man Wolf Pack January 29, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Liberals also brought us Generational theft in the form of more debt than mankind has ever seen.
Proud Conservative January 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Yep, tourists come here because we have no sales tax. When was the last time you decided not to go on vacation somewhere because they have a sales tax? And, yep, the tourists will flock to Hampton Beach because it has wi-fi. When was the last time you decided not to go somewhere because they didn't have wi-fi?
Seamus Carty January 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM
How does one even use wifi at a beach? Hide under a blanket with the computer so you can see the screen? If one wants to have internet access at the beach, go down to verizon and get the USB modem that gives you web access anywhere. Have fun. Don't expect everyone else to pay for it...

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