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REP. MCWILLIAMS NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF 3/1-7

When I drive my 2 year old kids to daycare, they like to point out the Gold Dome, where Momma sometimes works. This week, I'll be a hardworking public servant (volunteer) at the State House for four days.


Upcoming hearings and work sessions 

CONCERNS REGARDING DHHS STAFFING
NH has an ongoing foster care crisis. I posted a statement on Facebook in support of Senator John Morgan and Executive Councilor Andy Volinsky's formal information requests of the Department and the Governor regarding significant allocated but unspent funds for case managers. 

CURRENT CHILDCARE WORK
There will be a work session at the House Executive Departments and Administration committee on HB1713 regarding continuing education requirements for child day care workers, on 3/3 at 11am at Legislative Office Building room 306. There has been some discussion of adding CPR and First Aid training to count towards annual continuing education hours. I also highly recommend that this bill be split into two tiers of continuing education requirements: one for managers and one for staff.

HB1711 to study the appeals process for childcare business and DHHS disputes and HB1713 are both scheduled to be voted on at an Executive Session on 3/3 or 3/4. Audience attendance is not required, this is purely a committee recommendation vote. 

House Bill 1710, relative to the disclosure of the results of child day care monitoring visits, and HB1712 regarding the process for child day care dispute resolution between businesses and DHHS, passed the House on 2/19 and will be heading to a second House committee, Executive Departments and Education. I will keep you posted on the ED&A committee hearings for these bills.

ENERGY WORK
On Monday 3/2 at 10am in LOB 304, the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee is having a work session on my California Air Emissions Bill, HB1444. The last time this standard was proposed was 15 years ago. I have been working collaboratively with NH Department of Environmental Services Air Resources Division and NH Automotive Dealers Association to reach a compromise for the nuances of the bill. The ST&E committee will be voting in an executive session on 3/3 or 3/4 (overflow day) to pass this and 16 other bills to the full House.

Last week the House passed this session's big net metering bill, HB1218, which I am proud to co-sponsor. This bill increases the net metering limit for consumer generators and represents a huge compromise with the governor's office to integrate three bi-partisan bills into one net metering solution. It moves on a second committee hearing at Municipal and County Government in LOB 301 on 3/4 at 2pm. Expect a packed room and at least two hours of testimony.

House Executive Departments and Administration voted Inexpedient to Legislate on HB1445, with the recommendation that it be proposed directly to the Building Code Review Board as an amendment, rather than taken up through legislation. This will be a summer project for me after Session ends.

House Commerce and Consumer Affairs would like me to work with their Condo Law subcommittee on refining the language in HB1215 reducing condo and Homeowner Association votes required to approve a solar installation - so it is unlikely to move past the committee this session. The concept got some press from NHPR, which I'll take as a good starting point. But we are racing against the clock to incentivize solar in these large existing developments, as residential solar installation Federal tax credits are due to expire (unless renewed) in 2022. 

LEGAL WORK
I am a proud co-sponsor of HB1648, for home cultivation of 6 total plants and personal possession of 3/4oz or less of cannabis. It does not address commercial sales and does not allow public consumption. 70% of NH residents support adult use of cannabis. The bill passed the House by a veto-proof margin last week. Whether the Senate will also provide enough support to be veto-proof is really the question. The Governor has indicated that he will veto this bill. For me this is personal, as my husband is a NH medical marijuana patient and we would both like to see NH catch up to the states surrounding us regarding decriminalization and home-grow laws (this one is based on VT).

The House Judiciary Committee voted Inexpedient to Legislate on HB1212, relative to the effect of homicide on distribution at death, the proposed NH "Slayer Statute." Anecdotally, I have been told that if I can bring it up again next year with some Probate law experts to educate the committee, they will entertain passing it. None of the committee members seemed comfortable passing such a complex bill without further expert testimony in support. Good news, I'm planning to run for re-election in November!

HOUSE SESSION
The House of Representatives will meet in Session on Thursday 3/6 at 1pm.

Thanks for your support,

~Rebecca

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