Legislative Roundup: House votes down changes to headlight off-on times
The House failed to pass House Bill 1601 on a 182-151 vote after an hour of debate.
“The whole thing about visibility is safety,” said Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Nashua. “If you can be seen hopefully people can avoid you.”
But opponents said vehicle manufacturers are already adding daytime running lights to all vehicles making the bill unnecessary.
Changing that requirement would be confusing for drivers from other states, they said.
But Rep. Steven Beaudoin, R-Rochester, said his vehicles have automatic settings to turn headlights on when needed.
“If we pass this bill that is not going to work,” Beaudoin said. “I have four cars I leave in automatic position all the time.”
“Police say many times after accidents, (the person) says ‘I just didn’t see them coming,’” Manley said. “This will help make the roads safer.”
The House decided Wednesday New Hampshire does not need to be protected from hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
The House voted 248-66 to kill House Bill 1608, which would have prohibited fracking in the state as well as the importation of waste water from fracking operations.
They said the nearest fracking activity is in Pennsylvania and there is little likelihood the waste water from fracking would be transported to New Hampshire for treatment because the cost would be prohibitive.
“This proposal provides New Hampshire with the protection we will not be able to get in any other way,” said Rep. Lisa Whittemore, D-Londonderry. “Our committee and others are convinced in the words of Frank Zappa that ‘It can’t happen here.’”
Several states have banned fracking.
The House endorsed again a new method of cremation supporters claim is cheaper and more environmentally sound.
The House voted 209-116 to approve House Bill 1577, which allows the process of alkaline hydrolysis to be used by funeral homes to reduce bodies to bone fragments and a water-potassium hydroxide solution. The House passed a nearly identical bill last year, but the Senate killed it.
“This is the third time this inhumane legislation has come before us,” said Rep. Lawrence Kappler R-Raymond, “and it needs to go where it has gone the last three times, down the tube.”
Bill supporters said the process would provide families a choice they do not have now, although families in others states such as Maine do.