In response, Rep. Max Abramson (R) said that taxpayers are already losing money supporting a criminal justice system that penalizes marijuana consumers. “Why should those who refrain from marijuana pay for the cost of its use?” he asked. “Let the users pay their own way.”
New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It To The Senate
Sununu, whose father is a former governor and lives in Hampton Falls, said he has known some of the kids who pushed the bill since they were in kindergarten. He said he was giving a speech last week at the Winnacunnet High School graduation when he realized he might have missed the chance to hold a signing ceremony for the LAS students.
“I panicked a little bit,” said Sununu, who added he called his staff about preparing the bill for signing and said, “School is almost over. Go get it.” He said the fact that students and families were willing to gather Friday despite school having ended spoke to the community’s dedication.
“The legacy you’re leaving behind here is just awesome,” Sununu said. “This is a story that will be told for years.”
The Innocence Project and the Oklahoma Innocence Project praised Governor J. Kevin Stitt for signing bipartisan legislation to protect against the leading causes of wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 798 requires the use of evidence-based practices that prevent eyewitness misidentification, and Senate Bill 636 requires law enforcement to record suspect interrogations for murder and rape cases, a key protection against false confessions.
In Oklahoma, 11 wrongful convictions involved eyewitness misidentification and five involved false confessions since 1989, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. These cases cost taxpayers nearly $42 million in state compensation and civil payments.
Representatives Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack), Max Abramson (R-Seabrook), Walter Stapleton (R-Claremont), and Kurt Wuelper (R-Strafford) spoke in favor of repeal. Rep. Abramson warned his colleagues about the constitutional defects of the law in light of the McCullen decision. Rep. Notter echoed that concern, saying, “The day the buffer zone is actually posted, I guarantee that litigation will ensue, costing us millions.”
424 State representatives and senators have introduced a total of 889 different bills ranging from business issues to proposed tax credits and even far flung proposals to further erode your Constitutional rights. As usually, we'll be diligently working to protect those rights while preserving the New Hampshire Advantage. The Democrats now have majorities in the State House and State Senate, but we can still fight against their usual array of top-down controls, educational experiments, tax increases, unfunded mandates, and the litany of red tape, litigation, and overpriced boondoggles.
All four Republican candidates for State House for Seabrook and Hampton Falls, including former Representatives Max Abramson, Jason Janvrin, and Aboul Khan all placed well in the uncontested September primary. Strong support from primary voters is also a strong indication of intended support for the November 6th General Election.
For four years, there's been a business friendly Republican majority in both Congress and the New Hampshire state legislature. Over those four years, businesses have been able to expand and create record numbers of new jobs, increasing wages and bringing down the overall tax bill.
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