Lawmakers OK fuel pre-buy protection, Fish and Game enforcement, wind farm criteria measures
The bill limits to between May 1 and Oct. 31 when dealers can advertise and solicit customers for pre-buy contracts.
Heating fuel dealers will be able to use inventories to meet requirements that dealers have 75 percent of the pre-buy fuel covered through futures’ contracts, surety bond or letter of credit.
Like all other conference committee reports approved by lawmakers Wednesday, the bill goes to the governor.
Fish and Game conservation officers will soon be enforcing motor vehicle laws in the North Country and other rural areas where police protection is limited.
According to supporters, Senate Bill 389 would allow conservation officers to pursue off-road vehicles when going from trails to highways, and to stop impaired, reckless or speeding drivers. Most municipalities and the State Police support the bill.
Conservation officers will be able to enforce motor vehicle laws 60 days after it becomes law.
The House passed the bill 260-91, while the Senate passed it on a voice vote.
Lawmakers asked state utility regulators to determine if Public Service of New Hampshire should have to sell its fossil-fuel generating plants and to establish new criteria for approving wind turbine projects.
The bill also establishes new guidelines for siting wind energy systems, including setback requirements, noise, shadow flicker, ice throw, sound, impacts on plants and wildlife, fire protection and decommissioning costs.
The House passed the bill on a 227-88 vote, while the Senate approved it on a voice vote.
The House and Senate want to make it easier for a mother, whose child was conceived during a rape, to end the perpetrator’s parental rights. They quickly approved Senate Bill 253, which would allow the women to ask the court to remove the father from the child’s life and have no contact with the family.
The state will not bill hikers for the cost of their rescue if they purchase a “hike safe” card under a bill the Senate and House approved.
Supporters say the bill begins to address the issue of how to pay for hiker rescues, an issue that has plagued the state Fish and Game Department for years. Under House Bill 256, hikers would be able to purchase “Hike Safe” cards, which are expected to cost $25 per person or $35 for a family.
Charity gaming operators will face new regulations and requirements under House Bill 1630.
The bill would provide greater oversight over the industry, have the state regulate video gaming machines now regulated by local communities or “gray machines” and establish a commission to do an in-depth study of the industry and the state’s regulatory role.