What New Hampshire Laws Changed in 2015
The year brought some changes to medical marijuana, wine, fishing licenses and labels on alcoholic beverages.
It is hard to keep up with all of the changes that polticians bring to us every year. Luckily you have people like me who combed through it all for you.
Out of the 905 bills proposed in the State of New Hampshire in 2015, only 267 were passed into law (you can read the full list here.) A portion of these went into effect that same year and brought changes to things like alcohol labels, drugs and tanning businesses.
Here is what changed in the State of New Hampshire during 2015 with changes to the state's laws. Click on each title to see the full details:
This bill banned the sale, use, or possession of synthetic drugs in this state. The bill also requires the governor’s commission on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery to make recommendations for public awareness and education on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
This bill makes it unlawful for a person under the age of 18 to use a tanning device at a registered tanning facility in this state.
This bill provides that the license required for the sale of freshwater fishing bait includes aquatic invertebrates.
This bill allows certain privately owned wines at cocktail lounges.
This bill modifies the size limitations of off highway recreational vehicles including all terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles which are classified as off highway recreational vehicles.
This bill includes employees of certain ballrooms as tipped employees for purposes of the minimum hourly rate.
This bill exempts from the provisions of the controlled drug act a health care professional or other person who prescribes, dispenses, distributes, or stores an opioid antagonist, or who administers it to an individual suffering from an apparent opioid-related overdose.
This bill grants civil immunity to licensed engineers and architects rendering assistance in an emergency in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct.
This bill allows the fish and game department to offer discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for residents who have not yet reached their first birthday.
This bill allows the executive director of fish and game to adopt rules for taking black bear by crossbow and for taking game animals and game birds during the regular firearms season for the species.
This bill authorizes any institution of higher education to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.
This bill adds several medical conditions to the definition of “qualifying medical condition” for the purpose of the law governing the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
This bill designates the bobcat as the New Hampshire state wildcat.
This bill permits a witness or victim of a drug overdose to request medical assistance in order to save the life of an overdose victim by protecting the witness or victim from arrest, prosecution, and conviction. The bill also provides immunity from arrest, prosecution, or conviction for a person who, in good faith and in a timely manner, requests medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug overdose or for themselves if they are experiencing a drug overdose.
This bill modifies the prohibition on advertisements of alcoholic beverages referencing minors.
This bill defines table stakes poker.
This bill exempts from the observer requirement boats towing water skiers under the circumstances specified in the bill.
This bill authorizes the use of blue lights on vehicles operated by local and federal emergency response employees and volunteers and employees of an ambulance service contracted with a city, town, or village district.
This bill modifies the definition of antique motor vehicle or motorcycle.
Specifies permissible conduct by an educational institution regarding access to a student’s social media account. Essentially limits their ability to snoop on students or prospective students.
This bill removes the word “grape” from the definition of wine-fortified.
This bill prohibits the use of EBT cards in businesses that primarily engage in body piercing, branding, or tattooing; cigar stores and smoke shops; and marijuana dispensaries. The bill also requires the department of health and human services to establish an education program relative to the use of EBT cards and requires the department to report on the effectiveness of electronic blocking of EBT cards at prohibited locations.
This bill authorizes sales of samples of alcoholic beverages by manufacturers. Samples sold by beverage manufacturers would be for on-premises consumption.