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    ...that outdated, irrational New Hampshire statutes which violate individual rights should stay on the books. From The Concord Monitor... Capital Beat
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      ...that outdated, irrational New Hampshire statutes which violate individual
      rights should stay on the books. From The Concord Monitor...

      Capital Beat

      Shea-Porter, Hodes ready to debate war Also: legislation with rhythm and
      firepower
      By Sarah Liebowitz and Eric Moskowitz
      Monitor staff
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      February 11. 2007 10:00AM *Sunday morning fever*

      Rep. Chris Hamm is the main sponsor of the bill to permanently ban the
      burning of construction and demolition debris, which drew support from the
      governor and others at a hearing Wednesday.

      But when two TV crews approached the Hopkinton Democrat earlier that day,
      they wanted to talk about another bill - her proposal to repeal bans on
      Sunday dancing and transporting movies aboard passenger trains.

      Yes, it's actually against the law in New Hampshire to dance in public
      before 2 p.m. on Sunday. It's also unlawful to transport "moving picture
      films or other dangerous or highly inflammable articles" on passenger
      trains.

      Because neither law seems to be enforced much these days, Hamm agreed to
      sponsor a bill to repeal them at the request of a constituent: Chris
      Lawless, who moved to Hopkinton as part of the Free State Project to bring
      limited-government lovers to the state.

      At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Lawless testified about the history
      of the laws. A celluloid-induced fire apparently prompted the train statute.


      Hamm tried to stay in the background. She said afterward she was a bit
      hesitant to sponsor the bill because of the cost associated with reviewing
      and writing any legislation, but she ultimately agreed it made sense to
      strike the outdated statutes.

      The bill prompted a few snickers on the committee.

      "I can only presume that if you continue dancing after midnight (Saturday)
      you are up a creek," said Rep. Lucy Weber, a Walpole Democrat.

      Hamm looked chagrined when the TV crews approached afterward. "You know, I
      actually have bills of importance," she said.

      NECN's Greg Navarro, looking slightly taken aback, said: "We're just TV,
      though."

      Judiciary Committee member Rep. Bette Lasky shook her head.

      "Twelve billion dollars lost in Iraq, and they're worried about dancing,"
      she said.


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