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New Hampshire

June 30, 2013

N.H. Legislature passed lots of new laws

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It doubled the state’s research and development tax credit.

After House passage in March, Gov. Maggie Hassan thanked the Legislature and said she looked forward to signing the bill.

“The R&D tax credit has provided a boost to hundreds of businesses and doubling the credit will help more businesses as they develop new products,” Hassan said.

Business and Industry Association president Jim Roche hailed its passage.

“R&D jobs require highly educated people and pay top wages. These are jobs we want more of in New Hampshire,” he said.

Lawmakers address bedbugs, history, charity

Lawmakers also attempted to deal through HB 482 with the growing problem of bedbugs in New Hampshire, spelling out landlord, tenant and municipal responsibilities under state housing law.

“It’s an issue that hurts our tourism industry and our constituents when they get them,” Rep. Patrick Long, D-Manchester, told a Senate panel at a hearing in April. “Whether you have money or you don’t have money, you can get bedbugs,”

Sarah Mattson, an attorney with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, asked legislators to approve the law.

“During the past several years we have observed a marked increase in the number of calls we get from low-income tenants about problems with bedbugs,” Mattson testified. “At this point, we get at least a call every week about the problem.”

The Legislature took steps to preserve New Hampshire history.

Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, who represents Newton, sponsored Senate Bill 12, which becomes law in Jan. 1. It lets communities lay out a process to protect significant archeological deposits through local regulations.

“Some communities will choose to do it, others will not choose to do it,” Stiles testified at a Senate hearing last January. “The intent of this legislation is to give the opportunity to document our history in our communities and not to prohibit new construction.”

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