Date: 
Jan 19, 2015

Rep. Daniel Itse (R-Fremont) is sponsoring HB 207, a 2015 bill that narrows the definition of "probable cause" for an arrest.

Probable cause is currently defined by previous court rulings.  Depending on the evidence and the severity of the offense, probable cause allows an officer to make an arrest without a warrant.

Date: 
Feb 21, 2015

This week the New Hampshire House of Representatives heard testimony on HB 636, a bill to limit civil forfeiture.

Under civil forfeiture laws, police are allowed to seize property that may be connected to a crime, whether or not the property owner is convicted of the crime.  Law enforcement gets a cut of any profits from the property.

Date: 
Mar 09, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) said she will veto a marijuana decriminalization bill making its way through the legislature.

Last week a House committee approved a bill that would decrease the penalty for possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana to a civil fine.  The full House is expected to vote on the bill this Wednesday.

Date: 
May 14, 2015

HB 287, now under consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee, allows New Hampshire citizens to record law enforcement traffic stops.

The bill is inspired by the 2010 case of Carla Gericke, who filmed her friend's traffic stop.  Gericke was charged with wiretapping, but the US Appeals Court ruled she had a First Amendment right to film the police.

Date: 
Jun 02, 2015

Studies have shown that almost three-quarters of wrongful convictions include false witness identifications.  The New Hampshire Attorney General has adopted new guidelines to prevent incorrect identification of suspected offenders.

Date: 
Jun 05, 2015

On Thursday the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that requires police to get a warrant before installing a GPS tracker or accessing a cell phone's location.

Date: 
Sep 21, 2015

On Tuesday, September 22 a group of New Hampshire House committees will meet to discuss prohibiting law enforcement use of drones to collect evidence.

Drones technology is getting smaller and cheaper, presenting law enforcement with a new tool for surveillance.

Date: 
Jan 08, 2016

On Thursday, January 7 the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to amend civil forfeiture laws in New Hampshire.

Date: 
Jan 22, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee, HB 1335, would require the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council to create a process for randomly testing police officers, corrections officers, and parole or probation officers for use of anabolic steroids or synthetic testosterone.

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