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One would allow patients in the state's medical marijuana program to grow their own plants. The other would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana or 5 grams or less of hashish a violation punishable by a fine of not more than $100 for those older than 18.
The Senate is also going to have to deal with House Bill 1360, which would prohibit people from using hand-held electronic devices while driving.
Another area of contention between the Senate and the House is what to do with the almost $16 million surplus from the 2012-13 biennium.
The House passed House Bill 1411 to use $7 million of the surplus to reduce across-the-board cuts in the Health and Human Services Department budget.
The Senate is not likely to welcome House Bill 1403, which would raise the New Hampshire minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, effective Jan. 1.
There are several Senate-passed bills likely to sail through the House. One would make domestic violence a crime, and another would end the parental rights of a parent of a child conceived during a rape.
"That will fill a lot of pot holes," said Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, chairman of the House Public Works and Highways Committee.
Divestiture: An issue that's been under the radar this session - forcing Public Service of New Hampshire to sell its fossil-fuel generating plants - will have new life in the Senate.
Last week, House Bill 1602, which would direct the Public Utilities Commission to determine whether selling the plants would benefit Public Service ratepayers economically, passed the lower chamber.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, sits on the restructuring committee and had some heated exchanges with Public Service officials over the high cost of electricity and who is to blame.
Do not be surprised if the contents of SB 200 show up in the House bill before this session is over.
Similar bills have been killed in the Senate, but this year may be different.
Some longtime opponents of repeal spoke out this year in favor of repeal, and supporters have quietly built a grass-roots network to push for repeal.
The governor has said she will sign the bill as long as it does not commute the death sentence of Michael Addison, who sits on death row for the murder of Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs.
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