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  [NH] Legislature to take up model boats, pumpkins and Internet hunting
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jan 09, 2006 04:43pm
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News DateMonday, January 9, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA lakefront resident in Milton had a close call with a high-speed remote-controlled model boat that dented her boat, punctured a water trampoline and jumped onto land, almost hitting her dogs.

"What if a child, God forbid, was in the water," said state Rep. Nancy Johnson, who has submit a bill that would require model boats to observe the same speed limits as full-size boats.

"I think there's a safety issue here," said Johnson, who lives in Milton.

Offbeat bills before the Legislature this year range from model boat speeds to Internet hunting and slavery. And while some seem silly at first, they are anything but to their sponsors.

Rep. Peter Allen, of Harrisville, is helping his town's fourth-graders learn about government by sponsoring their bill to make the pumpkin the state fruit.

Rep. Jordan Ulery of Hudson is sponsoring a bill to make slavery a state crime. He is concerned about human trafficking and illegal immigrants being forced to work under duress.
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