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WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« on: June 04, 2009, 11:14:05 pm »

As of 12:01 this morning, the bill to make New Hampshire the 50th state to adopt a mandatory seat belt law is dead.  Passing this law would've provided the state with about $3 million dollars of federal money in a year the state is hurting for funds.  Following the New Hampshire tradition, as they did when defying the feds on Real ID, the legislature refused to give in to a federal bribe.

The federal money expires June 30, 2009 so that temptation will be gone next year.  In addition, I expect the legislature to be much more friendly in 2010 (the bill cannot be re-introduced until the next biennium; after the next election).  This was the pro-seat belt people's best chance to pass seat belts in a generation and they failed.  But it was close.  The House passed the bill and the senate voted 13-11 to table the bill.  When a bill is tabled, it is put aside without debate, but may be brought up at any time for a vote.  Since the bill was tabled (in April?), the possibility of the Senate bringing the bill back for a vote after a bit of arm twisting was still present, though unlikely.  But no more. 

Senate Rule 48(h) declares "Thursday, June 04, 2009 - Last Day to ACT on all remaining House bills."  June 4th is passed and House Bill 383 is dead.  Senate Rule 35 states that "No standing rule of the Senate shall be suspended unless two-thirds of the members present and voting vote in favor thereof" so the chances of the rule being bypassed are nil. 

We won!

 

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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 11:23:30 pm »

 8)
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 11:30:31 pm »

I luv you guys and gals... ;D Rock on!
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 11:35:15 pm »

so you guys don't wear seatbelts?? or do you guys just not like having the option to wear them??
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 11:54:41 pm »

I always wear my seatbelt.  Moreso than the average person probably.  Even just backing out of the driveway to switch cars.  I'm a habit forming person.  I lock the door whenever i come in the house, to the hatred of my family.

But yeah... it's your life.  Why should the government force you to do something.
It's certainly not on the big list of my concerns, but I guess a small victory is still a victory.
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009, 12:29:52 am »

As a Mich fool who just moved here, I don't where belts at all. I love my new freedom, not like I wore them there. I just hate to have my shirt wrinkled before I get where I'm going. People rarely give me cause to wear them, though defensive driving will solve most of your problems up here. Scamper, are you afraid of your own shadow? Just kidding, had to give ya a hard time.

I would say this is a major victory for NH, and a major selling point for those that relish the concept of choosing for themselves.
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009, 12:31:37 am »

It's certainly not on the big list of my concerns, but I guess a small victory is still a victory.

It's one of the things NH is known for.  It's known for a whole bunch of things including: No seat belt laws for adults, the White Mountains, the Old Man in the Mountain, granite, no income tax or sales tax, live free or die, cheap alcohol...

I wanna keep as many of those things as possible.
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2009, 12:44:10 am »

Who wants to write the eulogy for the bill?
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2009, 12:54:09 am »

Have at it.
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009, 01:26:59 am »

Who wants to write the eulogy for the bill?
I'll speak it if you write it...
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2009, 07:18:22 am »

I can print new bookmarks without editing them!
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009, 08:17:12 am »

so you guys don't wear seatbelts?? or do you guys just not like having the option to wear them??

There are 9300+ of "us guys" so we all do different things.  I always wear my seat belt as does anyone who rides in my car.  However, that is my decision; it's a purely personal decision. It effects no one but me and New Hampshire is the only state that recognizes it has no business in it.
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2009, 10:09:45 am »

Who wants to write the eulogy for the bill?
I'll speak it if you write it...

I'll give it some thought this weekend :)
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009, 02:11:49 pm »

That's great news!   8)  And thanks to everyone wbo helped push it back!
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Re: WE WON! Seat Belt Bill Dies in New Hampshire Senate
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 06:26:06 pm »

I think I'm gonna go brag about this over at the Ron Paul forums...
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