- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - How much economic activity is generated by the arts and culture in New Hampshire? Should towns and cities be allowed to purchase military style equipment, such as Bearcats? Are public schools appropriately taking care of the needs of dyslexic students?

All of these topics are the subject of legislative commissions scheduled to meet this week in Concord.

Lawmakers often create study commissions when they need more time to evaluate a topic before passing legislation. And the months between June and January, when lawmakers aren’t in weekly sessions, serve as a prime time for that research and debate to take place. Nearly 15 commissions or committees will meet this week.

Several committees focus on hot-button political issues. A bipartisan group of House members put together a committee to look at the private investments in energy efficiency programs. As New Hampshire seeks to expand its access to energy, people are increasingly looking at renewable but potentially expensive sources such as wind or solar.

Another committee, created by Democrats, is looking into the state’s financial reporting system for political campaigns. Its members are tasked with evaluating voters’ online access to polling place information as well as reports from political candidates and campaigns.

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