To The Daily Sun,
This is the ninth of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord.
This past week has not been very busy. In the Criminal Justice Committee, we only had a short hearing this past week on three Senate Bills that were passed on to the House. SB-23 on legalizing firecrackers, SB-20 that lets the labs use liquid chromatograph to determine level on intoxication and SB-68 on parole violation sentencing. None of these were of any serious controversy. But this next week will see the emotions raise.
Senate Bill 66 was passed to my committee for action. We will hold a hearing on Wednesday the 22nd. This bill defines a fetus as a victim if it is harmed during an attack on the mother. It sets the baby's gestation age as 21 weeks for the legal age for a crime. Let's be honest. It is a baby from conception and it should be defended. Thirty eight other states have varying definitions for harming a baby. New Hampshire does not. We will certainly hear from both pro-life and pro-death groups. We have a similar House bill that we are retaining that uses wight weeks as a decision point. My bet is that the 21 weeks will be accepted. The big point of contention is giving the unborn baby any personhood. The pro-death groups do not want this.
Senate Bill 10 is on the agenda for the House session on Thursday. This is a bill that passed the House committee on a vote of 18 to 0. It provides financial aid to New Hampshire dairy farmers who suffered harm from the drought of 2016. I come from a farming family and we saw the ups and downs of the weather. Most of us are out of the business now. I probably will support this bill but I have a difficult time giving government aid to farmers in general. We do this in a lot of ways, like making ethanol 10 percent of our gasoline. Why we use something we can eat to power our cars inefficiently is stupid but that's what happens when the government intervenes.
New Hampshire State Representative
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