NHPTV and Rooms & Meals Go to Vote | Front Door Politics

In what is shaping up to be the busiest period yet for lawmakers this session, the House will meet twice next week to vote on dozens of bills — on Tuesday after Gov. John Lynch’s budget address to the Legislature and on Wednesday for its regularly scheduled session.Two bills that we have reported on this session in Front Door Politics — one to cut state funding for public television and the other to cut the state’s rooms and meals tax rate – will have full House votes next week.

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Back to Basics: Repealing Public Kindergarten | Front Door Politics

More than three years after the Legislature mandated public kindergarten in New Hampshire, the debate has returned with a House proposal that would repeal the law.

via Back to Basics: Repealing Public Kindergarten | Front Door Politics.

Testing Tax Cuts | Front Door Politics

Republican leadership at the State House has made tax cutting and budget balancing top priorities and today, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold public hearings and may have executive session votes on nine tax-related bills.

They include three measures we are watching that could lead to tens of millions in tax cuts on tobacco sales, rooms and meals and gambling winnings — but possibly make budget balancing even more difficult.

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Who Pays for Planned Parenthood | Front Door Politics

For the third time since 2007, legislation has been filed to cut off all state funding for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which runs six health centers in New Hampshire.

Planned Parenthood logoThe House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold the first public hearing on House Bill 228 Tuesday. While no state or federal funds can be used for abortions — except in the case of rape, incest, or danger to mother’s health — the bill’s primary sponsor claims the state’s taxpayers are paying for them, all the same.

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Constitutional debate over federal health care action | Front Door Politics

A Constitutional showdown could be on the docket if New Hampshire lawmakers pass a bill set for a full House vote. The session has been cancelled tomorrow [February 2, 2011] due to snow, so the House will likely take up the bill next Wednesday.

(Photo: N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney refutes the Legislature’s authority to demand that he take action against “Obamacare.”)

Republican-sponsored House Bill 89, which passed out of committee on a party line vote, would require the Attorney General to join some 26 other states in a lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform act passed last year. Attorney General Michael Delaney testified last month that the proposal itself was unconstitutional because the legislative branch can make laws but not tell the executive branch how to enforce them. He promised to challenge the law in court if it passes.

Read more via the Daily Dispatch from Front Door Politics

Postponing Changes to Education Funding | Front Door Politics

A year after a similar measure failed, a House committee will likely vote Tuesday on a proposal to postpone scheduled changes to education funding for New Hampshire cities and towns. The funding formula was settled on by the Legislature in 2008. It is due to change beginning July 1.

Sponsored by Rep. Kenneth Gould R-Derry, House Bill 34 would maintain current levels of education grant funding to municipalities for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The House Education Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday in executive session and could make a recommendation to the full House about the bill at that time.

via Postponing Changes to Education Funding | Front Door Politics.

Cold Case Unit Could Become Permanent | Front Door Politics

More than 120 unsolved murders in New Hampshire stretch back over four decades. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to make the state’s temporary investigative Cold Case Unit a permanent entity.

via Cold Case Unit Could Become Permanent | Front Door Politics.