New Hampshire Laws that Start New Year’s Day

New Hampshire Laws that Start New Year’s Day

A host of new laws will take effect in New Hampshire on New Year’s Day, including a measure that will allow you to drink later.
A host of new laws will take effect in New Hampshire on New Year’s Day, including a measure that will allow you to drink later.

Starting January 1, bars and pubs can stay open until 2 a.m., unless a local ordinance says otherwise. Supporters said the law change would bring the Granite State in line with its neighbors.

Also, lawmakers raised the speed limit on a portion of I-93 to 70 miles per hour. It goes from mile maker 45 between Exits 17 and 18 in Canterbury to the Vermont border. You can’t, however, go 70 through Franconia Notch.

Other laws that take effect Wednesday:

HB 242: This bill increases the height exception to the child restraint system requirement for motor vehicle operation and adds 6-year-old children to the requirement.

HB 306: This bill modifies New Hampshire’s regional greenhouse gas initiative.

HB 630: This bill requires the public utilities commission to allocate certain proceeds from the energy efficiency fund to the low-income core energy efficiency program.

HB 342: Requires retirement system employers to report to the retirement system all compensation paid to retired members of the retirement system. The requirement is repealed after a 5-year period.

HB 146: This bill increases the speed limit on a portion of I-93 to 70 miles per hour.

HB 575: This bill allows on-premises liquor licensees to sell beverages or liquor until 2 a.m., if authorized by local ordinance.

In addition, you can find all of the bills enacted this year here.

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