New Hampshire Legislators To Vote On Free Ski Tickets For Themselves

New Hampshire Legislators To Vote On Free Ski Tickets For Themselves

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New Hampshire Legislators To Vote On Free Ski Tickets For Themselves

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Cannon Mountain’s Tram 

New Hampshire House members are expected to consider a bill that would give them free ski passes to Cannon Mountain

The bill, HB 514, would authorize the use of free passes by members of the House of Representatives and Senate at the state-operated ski slope located in Franconia Notch.

Here is more on the story from unionleader.com

Legislative ethics rules bar lawmakers from receiving gifts worth more than $25. Cannon Mountain charges $47 for a half-day lift ticket and $70 for a full day. HB 514 would get around this obstacle by some rather obvious sleight of hand. The bill “exempts the receipt of ski passes for Cannon Mountain ski area by members of the general court from the definition of a gift.”

If a ski resort owner gave legislators on key regulatory committees, such as Senate Commerce or House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services, free lift tickets, it would be an obvious violation of the ethics rules. Under HB 514, the state parks and recreation director could give members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees free ski passes, and that would be OK – even though those committee members play powerful roles in deciding how much state money Cannon Mountain receives from the taxpayers.

Keep reading here – Cannon fodder: No free ski passes

The bill is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday.

 

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