NH House Ponders Bill That Would Institute $2,500 Bullying Fine

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House is considering whether to kill a bill that would subject people to fines of up to $2,500 for bullying a state lawmaker.

The House Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification Committee recommends the House reject the bill when it meets Wednesday. Rep. Susan Emerson, a Rindge Republican, filed the bill after a discussion with Republican House Speaker William O’Brien over her proposed state budget amendments. She said O’Brien bullied her — something he denies.

Her bill called for the attorney general’s office to investigate complaints.

In the committee’s report, Rep. John Cebrowski, a Bedford Republican, said that the chamber controls its proceedings and should not give a say to another branch of government. He said members who feel wronged have other outlets to make their case,

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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