Concord Monitor writers apparently think...
- ...that outdated, irrational New Hampshire statutes which violate individual
rights should stay on the books. From The Concord Monitor...
Shea-Porter, Hodes ready to debate war Also: legislation with rhythm and
By Sarah Liebowitz and Eric Moskowitz
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
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strike the outdated statutes.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,
Judiciary Committee member Rep. Bette Lasky shook her head.
"Twelve billion dollars lost in Iraq, and they're worried about dancing,"
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