2018 Legislative Hearing dates, as of February 3, 2018

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Committee Recommendations (House Record February 2, 2018)

HB 1231-FN-LOCAL, relative to dog licenses. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

Rep. Richard Gordon for Environment and Agriculture. This bill would have raised by $0.50 the dog license fee for seniors, those 65 years or older. The increase was requested solely by one town clerk who thought that the currently discounted dog license fee for seniors set in statute causes his or her office to receive $0.50 less of the normal $1 administrative fee for processing dog licenses. Since this is not true, the fee for seniors does not need to be raised.  Vote 13-0.

 

HB 1723-FN,  relative to the reckless beating of animals.  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

Rep. Anne Copp for Environment and Agriculture. This bill has unintended consequences with grave results by making it a felony for an individual to cause the death of an animal through negligence, even for a first offense, or to cause harm to an animal unknowingly. Other bills were introduced this session that may better address this important issue, in particular, one that is now working its way through the Senate.

Vote 13-0.

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Committee Recommendations (House Record February 2, 2018)

HB 1231-FN-LOCAL, relative to dog licenses. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.
Rep. Richard Gordon for Environment and Agriculture. This bill would have raised by $0.50 the dog license fee for seniors, those 65 years or older. The increase was requested solely by one town clerk who thought that the currently discounted dog license fee for seniors set in statute causes his or her office to receive $0.50 less of the normal $1 administrative fee for processing dog licenses. Since this is not true, the fee for seniors does not need to be raised.  Vote 13-0.
HB 1723-FN,  relative to the reckless beating of animals.  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

Rep. Anne Copp for Environment and Agriculture. This bill has unintended consequences with grave results by making it a felony for an individual to cause the death of an animal through negligence, even for a first offense, or to cause harm to an animal unknowingly. Other bills were introduced this session that may better address this important issue, in particular, one that is now working its way through the Senate.
Vote 13-0.
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2018 Legislative Hearing dates

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HB1342 An act relative to live trapping of wild rabbits and hares by sporting clubs

The purpose of HB 1342 is to facilitate the sport of training and
hunting with beagles in New Hampshire. Beagle owners use large (50 –
150 acre)  fenced areas to train and compete their hounds. The
enclosures consist of natural countryside; they provide home, food,
cover for rabbits and hares. Beagles hunt by scent; they are judged by
how well they follow the rabbit’s scent. Beagle clubs provide their
rabbits and hares with food, vet care, and protection from predators.

NH beagle clubs currently hold special permits to live trap native
rabbits and hares in northern NH, with a limit of 20 animals per club by
6 licensed trappers per club, per hunting season. (Their success rate is
about 10 rabbits/hares per season.) Most club members live in southern
NH which makes tending live traps difficult. HB 1342, if enacted, would
enable beagle clubs to trap live rabbits and hares statewide, still
limited to 20 per club, but in more accessible locations.

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