Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Video Piracy

This morning, those of us on the Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony on legislation tightening existing laws against video piracy. The new law would allow police to arrest individuals who bring a recording device into a theater for the purpose of recording a movie, presumably to make copies for resale on DVD or via internet download.

If anyone has had any experience with this sort of activity, please let me know your thoughts. I'd especially welcome input from members of the arts community.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Slots strike out!

The state senate has killed a bill that would have brought slot machines to New Hampshire's race tracks, transforming them from tracks to casinos.

The senate is to be commended. This was a bad idea from the start.

The last thing NH needs is casino-style gambling. It's a nasty business. Communities that have legalized slot machines have seen dramatic increases in personal bankruptcies, divorces, business failures and crime. Any potential incease in state revenue is more than offset by the social costs.

And corruption? Let's just say that when the gambling industry moved into New Orleans a decade ago, the corruption was so rampant that it shocked even the usually unflappable New Orleanians. Enough said.

Friday, April 08, 2005

He's Baaack!

I had planned on posting an extensive recap of the legislative death march of the last week and a half, but the unfortunate after effects of some funky egg salad took my out of commission for a while.

Stay tuned for this weekend's posts on all of the fun that has transpired since we last left our intrepid heroes...