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New Hampshire

June 30, 2013

N.H. Legislature passed lots of new laws


Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, isn’t the first to worry about how much money is raised for charity and how much actually gets spent on charitable causes. But Kurk got the Legislature to do something about it.

His HB 558 calls for the state to disclose on its website a list of charities, their vendors and the percentage of dollars that goes to each.

“We may see a change in practices which will result in more money going to the charity and less money going to the solicitors,” Kurk told a Senate committee in April.

The law takes effect Aug. 3, but Kurk told the Senate panel he didn’t expect the state to get the information posted immediately, but within six months.

Wine, B&B’s get attention, too

Lawmakers moved to protect home vintners.

HB 237, which takes effect Jan. 1, expands the state’s home brewer law to cover people who make wine.

“The purpose of it really is to align our state law with federal law and make sure that our many home wine brewers in the state are not violating the law by including wine along with our home brew beer production restrictions,” Rep. Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter, testifed before a Senate panel.

The law says people can make between 100 and 200 gallons of wine per year at home, depending on household size.

“I think a lot of people are making wine at home without realizing there are actually some federal laws around the quantity they can produce,” she testified.

The Legislature eased liquor license restrictions on operators of bed and breakfast establishments.

“I think it makes it much more accessible and possible to open a profit center for these businesses, some of them that desperately need it,” Rep. Edward Butler, D-Hart’s Location, testified at a Senate hearing.

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