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NH house kills bill to prohibit 'bullying' in the State House

CONCORD &#-; The House voted 224-78 to kill a bill that would have prohibited bullying in the State House and Legislative Office Building.

House Bill 1533 was sponsored by Rep. Susan Emerson, R-Rindge, who had a well-documented confrontation with House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, over amendments she proposed to the budget bill last year.

Deputy Majority Leader Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, told House members &#';If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.&#';

He said the leadership of both parties needs to be able to control what goes on in the House, noting it is a place where politics is the name of the game.

&#';If you're upset because you were told you may not have the committee you want or you don't get an aisle seat,&#'; Jasper said. &#';Then maybe you don't belong here. I'll say it again. If you can't stand a heat get out of the kitchen.&#';

The Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification voted 31-2 to recommend killing the bill.