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This week in Concord

May 04, 2015

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

The 2015 legislative session ends in June, leaving the New Hampshire House and Senate just a few more weeks to act on bills.  This week the House and Senate will vote on the following significant legislation:

• HB 271, which allows friends and family members of addicts to obtain the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.  Supporters argue that increasing access to Narcan will save lives.  Opponents argue that Narcan encourages opioid addiction by reducing the risk of death by overdose.

• SB 40, which includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes.  Supporters point to the tragic case of Ashlyn Rideout, who was seven months pregnant when a car collision killed her unborn child.  State law did not allow prosecutors to charge the driver at fault for manslaughter.  Bill opponents argue that changing the law would give fetuses legal "personhood," which contradicts U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

• SB 106, which bans synthetic drugs.  Supporters note the rise in synthetic drug overdoses last year.  Opponents argue the bill is too broad, and New Hampshire will have trouble enforcing it.

• HB 403, which repeals the protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics.  Repeal supporters point out that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Massachusetts.  Opponents of a repeal argue that even though the New Hampshire law is not currently enforced, it has encouraged less patient harassment.

• HB 476, which adds epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia to the list of medical conditions qualifying for medicinal marijuana.  Supporters argue that marijuana is proven to help patients suffering from these conditions.  Opponents argue that New Hampshire should wait and see how the medical marijuana law works in practice before changing it or adding more qualifying conditions.


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