House Rejects Effort To Let Lawmakers Receive Free Ski Passes

Feb 20, 2013

New Hampshire lawmakers will no longer be hitting the slopes of state-owned Cannon Mountain for free.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday killed legislation that would have exempted the free ski passes lawmakers received in the past from the definition of a gift.

House Minority Leader Gene Chandler says the intent of the long-held practice was for lawmakers to experience first-hand a park they oversee in the budget.

“But now I think it’s gone past having an explanation about how it might be a good idea and it’s just flat out gonna look bad if we do it.”

The issue was raised last year when a state lawmaker asked the legislative ethics committee whether he could accept the ski passes. It was found the ski passes exceeded the 25 dollar cap on gifts lawmakers can accept.