2017 Session: Week 14 recap


New Hampshire Libertas is celebrating a few victories from the House & Senate Sessions on April 20. Our biggest victory came with the passage of HB436 (Exempting persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters) which was introduced in response to the Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation which decided to undo part of what was passed by HB666 (2015). President Darryl W. Perry’s testimony to the Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation was the first official action as a registered lobbyist, however the groundwork for what became HB436 began in 2015 with the introduction of HB356. HB356, which had a similar intent to model legislation crafted by our President in 2014, sought to exempt persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. HB356 was ultimately amended to create the aforementioned Commission to Study Cryptocurrency Regulation. Despite having already cleared both chambers of the NH General Court, HB436 still has one more hurdle: Governor Chris Sununu. In hopes of clearing this final hurdle to make NH the most-friendly destination for virtual currency businesses, we have organized a event encouraging people to contact the Governor asking him to sign HB436.

Other victories in the Senate on April 20, include the adoption of the committee recommendations via voice vote to pass HB82 (Relative to hair braiding), HB152 (Relative to wholesale distributors of alcoholic beverages), HB178 (Establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints), and HB453 (Relative to vacancies in the office of supervisor of the checklist); and adoption of the committee recommendations via voice vote to defeat HB218 (Relative to activities at polling places). The Senate also voted to pass HB98 (Relative to brewpub licenses) & HB580 (Regulating online fantasy sports contests), however both bills were Referred to Finance Committee in accordance to Senate Rule 4-5. Two additional bills — HB140 (Relative to sales and samples provided by wine manufacturers) and HB194 (Permitting employers to pay wages to employees weekly or biweekly) — were adopted on Roll Call Votes of 14-9 and 13-10, respectively. It was not all wins, however, with HB390 (Relative to parties on certain election forms and ballots and Relative to the voter registration form used on the day of the general election) being retained in committee; which is not an automatic loss, as the bill will still be able to be heard next year.

The NH House voted 229-117 to pass SB23 (Relative to legalizing firecrackers) and The General Court also voted to expand the definitions of “qualifying medical conditions” under therapeutic use of cannabis, passing SB144 via voice vote (Relative to qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis and relative to registry identification cards), and approving bills adding chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder as “qualifying medical conditions.”

In Week 15, we will be testifying in favor of Jury Rights, industrial hemp, and more. And as the Session begins to slow down, we are continuing to lay the groundwork for legislation that will be introduced in the 2018 Session.

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In Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
President, New Hampshire Libertas

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