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  Eight hundred years later, an inspiration: New bills would cite Magna Carta
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Jan 24, 2012 03:48pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorKaren Langley and Matthew Spolar
MediaNewspaper - Concord Monitor
News DateSaturday, December 24, 2011 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAs in other lines of work, lunchtime discussions among lawmakers at the State House often spur ideas. Sometimes those ideas become bills. And sometimes those bills seemed less strange over lunch.

House Bill 1580 is the product of such a brainstorming session this summer between three freshman House Republicans: Bob Kingsbury of Laconia, Tim Twombly of Nashua and Lucien Vita of Middleton. The eyebrow-raiser, set to be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes next month, requires legislation to find its origin in an English document crafted in 1215.

"All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived," is the bill's one sentence.
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