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House panel recommends killing Concord-backed land-use review bill

A bill that would require local planning board approval for state and other governmental projects should be killed, the House Municipal and County Government Committee recommended yesterday.

The panel voted, 16-0, to recommend the full House kill the legislation at a future session.

The bill was sponsored by Concord Rep. Katherine Rogers and Boscawen Rep. Lorrie Carey, both Democrats, and was introduced at the request of Concord city officials. It would have required that building projects by the state or another government go through the same local review process as do projects by private developers.

The legislation was opposed by state officials, who said requiring projects to seek approval from local planning and zoning boards would cause delays and cost overruns.

BEN LEUBSDORF

Senate panel wants to kill annual oath bill

A Senate committee yesterday recommended killing a bill that would require city officials to take an oath each year to confirm property assessments.

An existing state law requires town officials to take an oath, but that doesn’t apply to New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, filed the bill to require a city oath; he owns commercial property in Concord, including The Draft sports bar on South Main Street, and complained after his tax bill rose last year.

The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted, 5-0, to recommend the full Senate reject the bill. The committee also voted unanimously to place the recommendation on the consent agenda for an upcoming Senate session.

During their brief debate, several committee members said they believe Sanborn’s bill is unnecessary.

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