- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Although the House isn’t in session, legislative committees have been hard at work this summer and fall on more than 100 bills from this year’s session that lawmakers felt needed more work. The bills touch everything from breastfeeding policies to drone usage, and the committees must finish their work this week.

Every bill will come up for a new vote in January when the session begins. If passed, some of the bills would create major changes in criminal justice, public safety or other key areas of state government.

On criminal justice, for example, one bill aims to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for certain criminal offenses and another would require state police to wear body cameras. One of several bills relating to drones would prohibit law enforcement officers from using the devices to collect evidence, prompted in part by privacy concerns.

An abortion-related bill is likely to draw considerable debate. It would require the state to gather statistics on abortions performed. The bill says the data would be non-identifiable and confidential, but abortion rights supporters abortions are likely to raise privacy concerns.

If a breastfeeding-related bill passes, businesses with more than 50 employees will be required to provide a place that is not a bathroom for breastfeeding women.

Other bills deal with reinstating school building aid to help districts pay for improvements and legalizing the gambling game Keno as a means of raising more state revenue.

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