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February 22. 2012 10:11AM

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.


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