Senate expands gun rights, limits state of emergency powers

Senate expands gun rights, limits state of emergency powers

The Senate met Wednesday in Representatives Hall. (Photo by Paula Tracy) The Senate met Wednesday in Representatives Hall. (Photo by Paula Tracy) CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senate began its first session of the new year by overriding Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill allowing alternative treatment centers to have a for-profit or non-profit model, but sustained his veto of a firearms registry bill. Senators went on to pass measures that prohibit local government entities from passing ordinances banning firearms and limiting a governor’s ability to suspend civil liberties during states of emergency. The sometimes-contentious Jan. 5 session, livestreamed from Representatives Hall at the State House, took up several bills carrying committee recommendations for passage. State Sen. Bill Gannon, R-Sandown, argued that no one has died in the last five years from non-pasteurized dairy products, and Sen. Harold French, R-Franklin and Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, successfully offered an amendment to require warning labels on the packages. The bill passed as amended, which means it will have to go back to the House. A number of Senate bills were either sent to interim study of killed. The Senate sent to interim study a bill on CBD products from hemp, with Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, warning that producers are minimally regulated and the products may contain heavy metals, pesticides, and mold. As written, he said, it would force the Department of Health and Human Services to set up and staff the infrastructure to regulate CBD sales. The most contentious discussion […]

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