Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Banner year for victims' advocates
Victim advocates, along with victims, law enforcement, elected officials from both parties and other advocacy groups will celebrate their accomplishments on Tuesday.
The bill is named for Joshua Savyon, the 9-year-old boy shot and killed by his father, Muni Savyon, at a Manchester visitation center a year ago. The father, under a protective order for threatening his family, then turned the gun on himself.
Grady Sexton noted that Tuesday will be important for Ranes, as it is the day after the one-year anniversary of her son's death.
The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, takes related assault charges and reorganizes them under the crime of "Domestic Violence."
The bill goes into effect Oct. 23.
Lawmakers also made it easier for a woman to terminate the parental rights of a rapist who impregnated her.
Unfortunately, rape is the most underreported violent crime in America, according Grady Sexton, and in New Hampshire, only 3 percent of rapes ever result in a conviction, she said.
The groups will also celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 348, which establishes a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in elementary and secondary schools, and House Bill 1410, which adds household and domesticated animals to the domestic violence protection statute.
Lawmakers return to Concord one last time for the 2014 session Sept. 17 to act on four bills that Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed.
The veto that has generated the most controversy is House Bill 591, which would prohibit the bullying of state employees.
The bill was a priority of the State Employees Association, which claims the practice is pervasive in state government, often citing the Corrections Department where some officers are "forced" to work up to 80 hours a week.
Hassan also vetoed a bill addressing a long-standing dispute between the executive and legislative branches of government.
The issue often surfaced with the Department of Revenue Administration claiming much of the information it collects from businesses is confidential and cannot be shared.
The bill also would make legal and proprietary information public, Hassan claimed, which would drive up the cost of state government and open the state to more litigation.
Law sued over the selection process, but was denied much of the material used to make the decision.
With the partisan breakdown of the Democratically-controlled House, Democrats do not need 90 percent of their members to sustain Hassan's vetoes but only about 55 percent.
Hassan claims lawmakers reversed course after initiating a policy to combine juvenile services and justice into a single division while cutting the budget for the John E. Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.
The prospects are not good for any of the four bills.
The State GOP spent last week challenging large labor contributions made to Hassan's re-election campaign and succeeded in making it return $33,000.
Let's be honest, governors from both parties have filmed ads in the office, and candidates from both parties have shot plenty of ads in the State House, but when you are on a roll keep going. Right?
Long-time observers were wondering how long Democrats would withhold fire as the GOP kept challenging contributions going back two years and questioning Hassan's ethics.
After the right-to-know request, the guns came out, and the barrage began as state Democratic Party chair Raymond Buckley first went after his GOP counterpart.
Then, via Twitter, came reminders about past federal fines the GOP had to pay for faulty financial filings and various other misdeeds.
Republicans shot back Buckley is cranky because it has been a rough week for Democrats, and then it became even more personal with quips about Buckley's weight and GOP executive director's Matt Mowers involvement in New Jersey's "bridgegate."
It should be no surprise that New Hampshire's Republican national committeeman and committeewoman will play prominent roles on the national party's debate committee.
Party officials will determine which debates will have its blessings based on the "timing, frequency and format, the media outlet and the best interests of the Republican Party."
Duprey will have fun walking the fine line between what the party wants and what the candidate wants and he hinted at that in a Facebook post after he was named chair.
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