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Facebook Free Or Die: Bill Aims to Empower Estates on Social Media

NH hearings this week include straight-ticket voting and an honor for the 101st Airborne.

Sign-off of our times: What happens to your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts when you die? One New Hampshire state representative wants to modernize state law to better answer the question.

State Rep. Peter Sullivan, D-Manchester, has sponsored House Bill 116, which would empower an executor or administrator to take control of social media accounts. The bill does not identify any one social media account. The language in short: "The executor or administrator of an estate shall have the power, where otherwise authorized, to take control of, conduct, continue, or terminate any accounts of a deceased person on any social networking website, any microblogging or short message service website, or any email service website."

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill for Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in Legislative Office Building Room 208.

Social media sites have certain policies on this matter. Facebook here has a FAQ on deactivating, deleting and memorializing accounts. Twitter has this Help Center. 

Straight-up: Will New Hampshire return to straight-ticket voting? The House Election Law Committee will hear the bill, House Bill 143, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in LOB Room 308. Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, is the prime sponsor of the bill. Other sponsors include Lenette Peterson, R-Merrimack, Donald LeBrun, R-Nashua, and Frederick Rice, R-Hampton.

Straight-ticket voting, as implied, allows a voter to check or mark a ballot to vote for all candidates for one political party. The bill also allows one to vote straight-ticket and for an individual under another party – but the straight-ticket vote for that particular office would be cancelled.

Fine With That. Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 14, which would repeal "the prospective repeal of the authority of the Department of Resources and Economic Development to adopt rules on assessing administrative fines." Other sponsors include Rep. Chris Muns, D-Hampton.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. It's in LOB Room 101.

Honoring the 101st Airborne Division. Senate Bill 15 would name a portion of Route 101, from Hampton Beach to Manchester, after the 101st Airborne Division Screaming Eagles. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in LOB Room 103. Sponsors include Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, D-Manchester, Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, and Reps. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, Frederick Rice, R-Hampton, Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, and Lawrence Kappler, R-Raymond.

Other events this week in Concord include:

  • Governor Hassan gives a keynote address at the Community College System of New Hampshire, NH Institute of Technology, at 9 a.m. on Jan. 14 in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium.
  • Governor Hassan and the Executive Council meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Statehouse.
Atlant January 14, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Government does have other responsibilities besides "creating jobs" (which Republican falsely allege government can't do) and creating new sources of revenue for the state.
Proud Conservative January 14, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The government cannot create an economically beneficial job. Take the military for example - yes the government pays the troops...and yes a lot of local employees rely on military related industries for their paycheck. However, all those jobs are funded by taxpayer dollars. Those taxpayer dollars were removed from peoples' disposable income, reducing their funds available for purchasing goods and services by an amount equal to the government outlay. That in turn results in reduced consumer demand, reduced production and reduced employment. You see, if I take a dollar from you and I spend it instead of you spending it, there is no increase in spending.
Steve From NH January 14, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Actually, it is. Called Tax Policy among other things. Been done in every civilized society for thousands of years.
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 08:17 PM
ell Steve , thats where some of us differ. You have a right to beleive its gvmts job , just as others have a right to beleive its not. Works out great for those on the receiving end, not so good for those on the opposite end.
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Ya that is. Something I would not have a problem with.

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