Larry Rappaport en Bill Would Require New Utility Lines Along State Rights-of-Way <p></p><p>A North Country legislator is proposing a law that would require new electric utility lines to be located along existing highways.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p></p><p>If Rep. Larry Rappaport’s bill become law, utility companies would be required – as much as possible - to put new electric transmission lines alongside state rights-of-way such as highways.</p><p>Rappaport, of Colebrook, contends that would have two benefits.</p><p><em>“The roads are already there."</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em>It would also help the state with its budget problems.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 17290 at Bill Would Require New Utility Lines Along State Rights-of-Way Proposed Law Would Require Northern Pass To Bury Lines <p>A North Country representative is proposing legislation that would require the Northern Pass Transmission lines to be buried.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook is introducing legislation he says could end the fight over the transmission towers proposed by Northern Pass.</p><p>Rappaport says his bill would require any utility company undertaking an “elective” project to bury the transmission lines.</p><p>“Elective” means the project isn’t needed to improve the overall reliability of the power grid.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:35:57 +0000 Chris Jensen 17003 at How North Country Reps Voted on Bill Seen As Against Gay Marriage Or For Religious Freedom <p>Three representatives from the North Country voted not to kill <a href="">House Bill 1264 </a>which would have allowed &ldquo;an individual to choose not to provide accommodations, goods, or services for a marriage if doing so would violate his or her conscience or religious faith.&rdquo;</p><p>It was proposed by <a href="">Rep. Jerry Bergevin</a>, a Republican from Hillsborough.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:51:37 +0000 Chris Jensen 2511 at