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HB267 text
RETAINED BILL New Title: Establishing the NH Transportation Council. (This bill repeals the NH Rail Transit Authority, and establishes the NH Transportation Council.) Neal KurkInfrastructure & HousingSThe House Transportation Committee report in Oct 2017 was that the bill, which had been retained in the committee in Feb., Ought to Pass with Amendment #2017-2404h (NT) for the 01/03 House session. The vote was 15-0. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 2404h on 1/3 on a Voice vote. See House Journal 1, P. 42. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/6. The Committee Report: is that the bll Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1615s, for the 4/26 Senate Session; see SC 18. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1615s on a Voice vote at the 4/26 Senate Session. The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1615s on a Voice Vote on 5/10. audioThe bill's purpose: "The general court acknowledges the need to address the growing demands on the state's transportation services, and believes there exists a substantial market for alternative transportation in NH. Recognizing that alternative transportation needs exist, an evaluation is necessary of whether a feasible alternate transportation system could be developed in NH."
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1HB1715 -FN textrelative to arbitrary and unreasonable rent increases in manufactured housing parks.Sponsors: (Prime) Mel Myler , David Luneau, Dan Feltes, Mary Jane Wallner, Kermit WilliamsInfrastructure & HousingSThe Committee report was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment at the 3/6 House session. The vote was 16-1. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 0704h on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 4/26 Senate Session; see SC 18. The Senate Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 13-11 Roll Call vote on 4/26.audio
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1HB1485 textrelative to security deposits. This bill increases the maximum allowable amount for a security deposit paid to a landlord to 2 months' rent.(Prime) Keith Ammon , Andy Sanborn, Richard Hinch, Carol McGuire, Michael Sylvia, Mark McLean, Steven Beaudoinroll callInfrastructure & HousingOITL The Majority Committee report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate - for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 10-8. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 3/21. AFSC; also is NH Legal Assistance priorityAFSC: "this bill would worsen the affordable housing crisis and put housing beyond the reach of some workers. .. it would allow landlords to require a security deposit equal to two months rent, in addition to the first month of rent, all paid in advance. According to a NH Housing study released last June, the median price of a 2-bedroom rental in New Hampshire is $1263 (including utilities), an amount which rose 4% from the previous year."
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HB2018 text
This bill adopts the 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan for 2019-2028.Mark McConkeyroll callInfrastructure & HousingSThe Committee report was that the bill Ought to Pass with amendment #2018-0806h - for the House session on 3/6. The vote was 21-2. (This amendment includes the following provision: The project named Nashua-Manchester-Concord,project number 40818, which consists of a project development study for a rail corridor, shall be modified to consist of a project to design and develop a financial plan for bus service expansion from Concord to Nashua, or other eligible Boston UZA bus services, including parking facilities at existing and new bus terminals. The House PASSED Amendment #2018-0806h on a Voice vote on 3/15. Floor Amendment #2018-0888h (which revised provision #3 in amendment #2018-0806h so that it added back the Nashua-Manchester-Concord rail corridor project) then PASSED on a 166-160 roll call vote. The House went on to PASS the bill with the amendments on a Voice vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/10. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1807s (removing funding for the Capital Corridor project, as well as removing funding for planning for bus service expansion) at the 5/2 Senate session; SC 19. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1807s, as well as with Amendments 2018-1824s, and 2018-1932s on 5/3; see SJ 16. On 5/10, the House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 1807s;1824s;and 1932s and to Request a Committee of Conference. The Committee of Conference met on 5/14 and 5/16. The Conference Committee Report #2018-2049c was filed on 5/17. audio The draft 2019-2028 Ten-Year Transportation Plan had proposed to utilize $4 Million of Federal Transit Administration funding to fund the Project Development Phase of the Capitol Corridor project, which would provide a detailed analysis of engineering, environmental, geotechnical and a firm financial plan for expanding passenger rail from Boston to Manchester. https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/documents/20180116-10-year-transportation-recommendations.pdf. The House removed the Capitol Corridor project from HB2018, but a floor amendment brought it back and the House then PASSED the 10-yr Plan bill. When the bill crossed over to the Senate, the Capitol Corridor project was removed again. See the 3 amendments to the right, to see how the wording in HB2018 concerning the rail project changed.amendment #2018-0806hamendment #2018-0888hamendment #2018-1807s - Removing funding for Capital Corridor Projecthttps://manchesterinklink.com/deadlocked-nh-senate-kills-commuter-rail-study/
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SB517 text
establishing an electric vehicle charging stations infrastructure commission.Sponsors: (Prime) David Wattersroll callInfrastructure & HousingSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0618s, at 02/22 House session. See SC 8. The Senate PASSED the bill with amendments 2018-0618s and 2018-0746s, on a Voice vote on 2/22. See Senate Journal 5. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass for the 4/12 House session. The vote was 9-4; see HC 14 P. 9. The House PASSED the bill on a 180-155 Roll call vote on 4/12. audioA significant bill this session for encouraging vehicle charging station infrastructure, since it establishes a commission to oversee such activities. The NH Sustainable Energy Assoc. and the Clean Technology Council supported this bill at its hearing in the Senate Transportation Committe, and report that all those who tesified supported the bill.
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2HB1763 textThis bill establishes a road usage fee for motor vehicles registered to travel on NH roads based on the equivalent miles per gallon of the vehicle. The fee is collected at the time of annual registration of the vehicle and deposited in a separate restricted road usage account within the highway fund. The bill also makes an appropriation to the department of safety to implement the road usage fee.Sponsors: (Prime) Norman Major , Susan Almy, Paul Henle, Bill Ohmroll callInfrastructure & HousingOAt the House session on 2/8, a motion to Table the bill Failed on a roll call vote. The House then PASSED the bill on a roll call vote. It was referred to the House Finance Committee, and there was a Div. II work session on 2/28. There was another work session on 3/13. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0896h for the 3/21 House session. The vote was 21-5; see HC 11 P. 20. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 0896h on a 168-152 roll call vote on 3/21. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/10. Committee Report is to Refer the bill to Interim Study at the 4/26 Senate Session; the vote was 5-0; see SC 18. The Senate Voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 4/26.NHSEA opposed the billaudioFrom the NHSEA: This bill sets a fee for high-mileage or no gasoline vehicles with the intent to have vehichles who don't pay for gasoline make a"fair share" contribution to the highway fund.
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2SB301 textThis bill reduces the rate of the tax on the transfer of real property for first time home buyers for a 2-year period and requires the department of revenue administration to report on the usage of the reduced rate. Sponsors: (Prime) Jeb Bradleyroll callInfrastructure & HousingThe Committee report said the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate. But on 2/22, the Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a 22-0 roll call vote. The bill was then referred to the Finance Committee. See Senate Journal 5. The Finance Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass for the 3/8 Senate Session; see Senate Calendar 10A . The House PASSED the bill on a 19-4 roll call vote on 3/8. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/20. There was a work session on 3/27. The Committee Report was that the bill should be Referred for Interim Study at the 4/12 House session. The vote was 22-1; see HC 14 P. 6 The House Referred the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 4/12. From AFSC: "The bill was amended in committee to limit the amount of the tax credit and tighten up the language. Even with the amendment, the committee was unable to agree to an OTP/A vote. ... The committee thought that this idea for attracting young people to NH should be incorporated into the work of a commission looking at broader issues of attracting young workers to NH. audio
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SB557 text
This bill establishes a board with concurrent, appellate jurisdiction with the superior court regarding municipal decisions on housing and housing developments.Bob Giuda; Jeff Woodburn; Richard Hinch; Sharon Carson; David Watters; Dan Feltes; Jeb Bradley Edward Butler roll callInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0967s, for the 03/08 Senate session. The vote was 5-0; see SC 10A. The bill PASSED with Amendments 2018-0721s, and 2018-0884s on a roll call vote on 3/8 and was referred to the Finance Committee. See Senate Journal 6. The Finance Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass; see Senate Calendar 12A. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/15. See Senate Journal 8. The bill crossed over to the House. The Public Hearing scheduled for 4/3 was cancelled and the bill was referred to the Finance Committee on 4/5. There was a Public Hearing and a Division I Work Session on the bill on 4/17, and there was an Executive Session on 4/18. The Committee Report is to Refer the bill for Interim Study at the 4/26; see Vote 16-10; see HC 16 P. 12. At the House session on 4/26, a motion to TABLE the bill Failed on a 40-274 Division vote. The House then Voted to Refer the bill for interim Study on a 223-91 Division vote. audioThe board would be modeled closely on the Board of Tax and Land Appeals. The NHMA says "...this board would have concurrent jurisdiction with the superior court to hear and decide appeals from local land use boards on 'questions of housing and housing development'" https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/LegislativeBulletin/150
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HB1211 text
relative to presite built housing.This bill requires municipalities to afford reasonable opportunities for the siting of presite built housingSponsors: (Prime) Francis Gauthier , John Cloutier, Frank McCarthy, John O'ConnorInfrastructure & HousingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 14-0. See House Calendar 9, page 27. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.NHMA: At the recent hearing, the NHMA said this bill "represents another in a growing list of zoning mandates. Given that municipalities already must allow affordable housing and manufactured housing, it seems unnecessary to add a new requirement. We do believe municipalities should, on their own, continue to pursue various options for affordable housing, including the increasingly popular “tiny homes”—but a new mandate from the state is unwarranted."
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3HB1777 textrelative to energy infrastructure corridor revenue.This bill provides that revenues generated from the use of the energy infrastructure corridor within a turnpike shall be deposited in the turnpike fund. This bill is a request of the department of transportation.(Prime) Suzanne Smith , Howard Moffett, Martha Fuller Clark, Gene Chandler, Michael VoseInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 21-0; see HC 9 P. 30. The House PASSED the bill on 2/8 on a Voice vote and referred it to the Public Works and Highways Committee The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/19 Senate session; the vote was 5-0; see SC 17 . The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19. See SJ 13.
audio This bill requires all revenue generated from the use of state-owned land or assets within energy infrastructure corridors within a turnpike to be deposited in the Turnpike Fund, rather than the Highway Fund. There are concerns that this is about how to use the proceeds from the Granite Bridge project, a 16 inch pipeline running along Route 101 from the seacoast to Manchester.
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3SB519 textThis bill permits the commissioner of transportation to purchase land if a commission determines that there is occasion for the laying out of a highway.
Sponsors: (Prime) David WattersInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0625s for the 02/22 Senate session. The vote was 5-0; see SC 8. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 2/22; see Senate Journal 5. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 3/28. There was a Full Committee Work session on 4/10. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/19 House session. The vote was 18-0; see HC 15 P. 9. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19.audio
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3SB560 textThis bill requires the department of transportation to update the state trails plan and makes an appropriation.Sponsors: (Prime) Dan FeltesInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0623s, 02/22/2018; SC 8. The Senate PASSSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote on 2/22, and it was referred to the Finance Committee. See Senate Journal 5. Finance Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1071s. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1071s on a Voice vote on 3/15. See Senate Journal 8. The bill crossed over to the House. Public Hearing: 03/27. The Committee Report was to Refer the bill for Interim Study. The vote was 15-2; see HC 13 P. 6. The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice Vote on 4/5.audio
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3SB575 textThis bill establishes requirements for and restrictions on electric vehicle charging stations.
Sponsors: (Prime) David Wattersroll callInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0620s, 0for the 2/22 Senate session. See SC 8. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a roll call vote on 2/22. See Senate Journal 5. The bill crossed over to the House. The public hearing was held on 3/27. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1294h for the 4/12 House session. The vote was 10-3. See HC 14 P. 9 . The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 1294h and 1375h on a Voice voted on 4/12. The bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. There was a Div II Work Session on 4/17 and 4/24. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 5/2 House Session. The vote was 26-0; see HC 17 P. 7. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/2. The Senate Voted to Concur with the House Amendments on a Voice Vote on 5/10. audio
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3HB1682 textThis bill requires that mortgage foreclosures be commenced by civil actions brought in superior court. This bill also modifies the period of redemption for a mortgage.Kermit Williams; Richard Abel; Kate Murray; Valerie Fraser; David LuneauInfrastructure & HousingMajority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment 0770h- for the 3/6 House session. See HC 9 P. 66. At the House session on 3/15, floor amendment #2018-0913h Failed on a 135-163 Division vote. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 0770h on a Voice vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 04/17; see SC 16. The Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 5/2 Senate session; see SC 19. The Senate Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice Vote on 5/2; see SJ 15 audio
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HB1616 text
This bill requires legislative approval for regional planning commissions to accept money from governmental sources other than the state of New Hampshire or its political subdivisions.Keith Ammon; Andrew Renzullo; Joseph PitreInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 13-0; see HC 7 P. 12. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 2/22.Committee report in HC 7: This bill would require the approval of the general court for all federal grants awarded to the state regional planning commissions. Each grant would become the subject of a bill, which would have to go through the legislative process. The committee unanimously concluded that this bill would unnecessarily jeopardize the receipt of grants, which benefit most municipalities in the state.
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HB1211 text
relative to presite built housing.This bill requires municipalities to afford reasonable opportunities for the siting of presite built housingSponsors: (Prime) Francis Gauthier , John Cloutier, Frank McCarthy, John O'ConnorInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/06/2018 (Vote 14-0; CC) HC 9 P. 27. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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3ITLHB1541 textCreates registration and road toll fees for hybrid and electric vehicles.Sponsors: (Prime) John Graham , Karen Ebel, Dale Sprague, David Watters, Gene Chandler, Mark McConkeyroll callInfrastructure & HousingITLThe Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0483h for the 3/6 House session, on a 19-2 vote. At the House session on 3/21, the vote on Ought to Pass FAILED on a roll call vote. The House then Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote.The NHSEA opposes this bill The NH Sustainable Energy Associaton says this bill is a disincentive to hybrids and EVs and does not solve the underlying problem of inadequate revenues to maintain NH roads.There are about 8000 hybrids and EVs in NH; a $200/year fee won't make a difference in maintaining our roads and bridges, and will discourage energy efficiency. The Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment. The amendment sets a $75 extra registration fee for hybrids and an extra $125 registration fee for pure EVs.
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3ITLHB1459 textprohibiting autonomous vehicles on New Hampshire highways.Sponsors: (Prime) Joseph GuthrieInfrastructure & HousingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 14-0. See House Calendar 9, page 33. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate: on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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3ITLSB587 textThis bill lowers the population requirement from 50,000 to 40,000 for a city or town to collect an additional motor vehicle registration permit fee for the construction, operation, and maintenance of parking facilitiesSponsors: (Prime) Dan Feltes, Stephen Shurtleff, Bette Lasky, Lou D'Allesandroroll callInfrastructure & HousingITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate, for the 03/08 Senate session; See Senate Calendar 9. The Senate voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 14-10 roll call vote. See Senate Journal 6. audio
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prohibiting the combination of certain regulated utilities.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushing , Robert Backus, Ellen Read, Mindi Messmer, Timothy Horrigan, Mark King, Sherry Frostroll callInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 18-1; see HC 7 P. 12. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 204-109 roll call vote on 02/22.This bill has to do with Eversource wanting to buy a water utility. From HC 7: The committee said "this bill sought to prevent the merger of an electric utility with a water utility in the same jurisdiction. Testimony revealed that at least one NH utility currently owns gas, electricity, and water utilities with no known ill effects...such combinations save on customer costs by using shared billing systems and shared marketing and management functions. The Public Utilities Commission explored such combinations in a recent docket and found no adverse effects. Finally, the committee was reluctant to alter current law to deal with a single situation. The committee vote was 18-1 that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate.
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4HB1595 textprohibiting the use of the far left lanes on all highways for anything other than passing or preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.Sponsors: (Prime) Reed Panasiti , Matthew SpencerInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0579h for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 15-0; seeH C 9 P. 33 . The House PASSED the bill with amendment 0579h on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/17; see SC 17. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass at the 5/2 Senate Session; see SC 19. At the Senate Session on 5/2, Floor Amendment #2018-1714s Passed on a Voice Vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1714s on a Voice Vote on 5/2; see SJ 15. The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1714s on a Voice Vote on 5/10.Amendment #2018-1714s
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4SB580 textcreating class lines within the department of transportation.Sponsors: (Prime) Regina BirdsellInfrastructure & HousingCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0506s, for the 02/15 Senate session. See SC 7. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote, on 2/15. See Senate Journal 4. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/27. There was another public hearing on Amendment #2018-1252h on 04/03. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1327h for the 4/12 House session. The vote was 20-0; see HC 14 P. 6 The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/12. the bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. There was a
Subcommittee Work Session on 4/18 and 4/24. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1725h at the 5/2 House Session. The vote was 26-0; see HC 17 P. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 1725h on a Voice Vote on 5/3. On 5/10, the Senate Voted to Nonconcur with House Amendment 1725h and Requested a Committee of Conference, on a Voice Vote. The Committee of Conference meeting was held on 5/17. Conference Committee Report #2018-2075c was filed 5/17.
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4ITLHB1490 textrelative to limits on money judgments in landlord-tenant cases.Sponsors: (Prime) Timothy Twombly , Donald LeBrun, Mariellen MacKay, Kevin Avard, Carl Seidel, Bill Ohm, Alfred Baldasaro, Richard Hinch, J. Tracy EmerickInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 session. The vote was 15-0; see HC 9 P. 26. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4ITLHB1279This bill permits the landlord to include additional charges owed under the terms of the lease agreement in a demand for rent.Sponsors: John Grahamroll callInfrastructure & HousingITLThe Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 12-6; see House Calendar 9 P. 70. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 3/21.
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4ITLHB1634 textregulating disorderly houses.Sponsors: (Prime) Edward Butler , Martha Fuller ClarkInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 0the 3/06 House session. The vote was 14-0; see HC 9 P. 29. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4ITLHB1644 textprohibiting the combination of certain regulated utilities.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushing , Robert Backus, Ellen Read, Mindi Messmer, Timothy Horrigan, Mark King, Sherry Frostroll callInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 18-1; see HC 7 P. 12. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 2/22.
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4ITLHB1693 textrelative to appropriations for bridge construction or reconstruction.Sponsors: (Prime) John ValeraInfrastructure & HousingITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 19-0; see HC 5 P. 15. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate, on a Voice vote on 2/8.
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