Limited license after first-time DWI bill now goes to governor
House Bill 496 was one of about 60 bills that House and Senate negotiators agreed on last week that representatives and senators approved before going home.
To participate, a driver would have to pay for an enhanced ignition interlock device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the person has alcohol on his or her breath.
Like all other conference committee reports approved by lawmakers Wednesday, the bill goes to the governor.
The House and Senate approved the state’s $3 billion 10-year highway improvement plan containing three key projects for the state: the Interstate 93 expansion between Salem and Manchester, rebuilding the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth and expanding a section of Route 101 in Bedford.
The $15.6 million project to widen Route 101 for two miles from Route 114 and Boynton Street intersection has been a top priority for the area. but until this year has not been a priority in the 10-year plan.
Under the 10-year plan, half of the $32 million generated by the gas tax increase beginning July 1 would be used beginning in 2017 to repay $200 million in bonds to complete the I-93 expansion from Salem to Manchester.
The plan also addresses replacing the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, the state’s No. 1 red-listed bridge. The bridge needs to be replaced and the shipping lane widened to accommodate the next generation of freight tankers carrying oil, propane, salt and other products into Portsmouth Harbor.
Pets domestic violence
Lawmakers approved a bill that will allow judges to include household animals under domestic violence protection laws.
Domestic violence experts say family pets are sometimes abused or killed.
The bill allows a judge to include the animals and pets in both stalking and domestic violence orders.