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Highlights of this week

Dear Bedford:

We had a robust 2 day session of the NH House this week and, as is always the case, there were highs and lows.

First, some bad news:

* All of the Science bills regarding clean energy, establishing a climate advisory commission and funding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative were Tabled, effectively killing them for this year. * Attempts to control the source of funding and spending limits of school vouchers were defeated. * There will be no partnerships between school lunch programs and local farmers. * Extending postpartum care for women on Medicaid beyond the current limit of 60 days was Tabled, and * Free and Reduced lunch students will no longer be guaranteed breakfast when the federal program expires.

Now, some good news:

* A fund will be established at the Department of Education to assist schools in developing Unified Co-Curricular activites that allow disabled students to participate jointly with their non-disabled peers. * The state will be required to pay 7.5% of their original 35% obligation to the NH Retirement System, reducing the contribution from local taxes. * Exceptions for rape, incest, and fetal anomalies incompatible with life were added to the Fetal Life Protection Act. * Unanimous approval was given to accept and display a portrait of Wentworth Cheswell of Newmarket in the State House. Your assignment for this weekend is to Google this legendary son of NH to read about his tremendous contributions and accomplishments, and finally * After a long and valiant bipartisan effort, goat milk ice cream will be a legal treat in NH soon!

I am attaching a link to an article that offers an in depth summary of the two days for your review. Keep in mind that the Senate and Governor must both agree with House decisions before anything becomes law; stay tuned for information from them about what actually moves forward. https://newhampshirebulletin.com/.../energy-efficiency.../

Many thanks to all of you who reached out before, during and after the session to offer your opinions and encouragement. We had a medical emergency on Thursday involving a member of my committee that has thankfully turned out fine. I will never forget the kindness of those of you who were quick to check in to see if I was okay. While the ol' brown mare ain't what she used to be, she's stll standing!

A quick reminder that Town Elections are Tuesday, March 8 from 7-7 at BHS. Need I say that elections have consequences? Please, please make every effort to vote.

In closing, I hope this finds you all in good health and enjoying the glimpses of Spring warmth that we got this week. February can be cruel but the hope is real!

Best wishes to all...sm

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