Saturday, January 9, 2010

Another Orwellian Bill introduced in the New Hampshire House

The below Bill shows how intrusive our government has become and how far off public schools have come from being institutions of learning. In Europe children are being taken away from their parents because they are overweight how far off are we from having that happening here. We can not even get our children to read, write and perform math at grade appropriate levels let alone understand science and history. It is time to do away with garbage like this and focus on learning not social engineering.

The House and the Senate in New Hampshire need to be cleaned out over the next few years. I want the legislators in the coming years to get rid of any intrusive and Orwellian laws over the next few years, cut spending, reduce government programs and move all government pensions to defined contributions plans not defined benefits plans. As the number of those living off taxpayers dollars increasing the worse our State budget will become. If we don't do something about it soon we will be headed down the same path as California, Illinois, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, etc.

Quote of the Day - "[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots." - Robert Lindner (1914-1956)

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AN ACT requiring that body mass index be assessed in all pupils in grades one, 4, 7, and 10.

SPONSORS: Rep. Schulze, Hills 26; Rep. Stiles, Rock 15; Rep. French, Merr 5; Rep. Hogan, Hills 25; Rep. Pilliod, Belk 5; Sen. Hassan, Dist 23
COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
This bill requires body mass index be assessed in all pupils in grades one, 4, 7, and 10 who have not opted out for religious reasons.
This bill is a request of the commission on the prevention of childhood obesity established by 2008, 219.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

AN ACT requiring that body mass index be assessed in all pupils in grades one, 4, 7, and 10.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; School Health Services; Body Mass Index Assessment. Amend RSA 200 by inserting after section 32 the following new section:

200:32-a Body Mass Index Assessment.

I. In addition to the requirements of RSA 200:32, the school nurse of every school shall conduct a body mass index assessment for all pupils in grades one, 4, 7, and 10 who have not opted out pursuant to paragraph II. The assessment shall not include the pupil’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, or any other personally identifiable information about the pupil. The results of the assessment shall be provided to the school board, the school administrative unit superintendent, and to the department of education. The school shall retain the assessment results as part of the pupil’s school health record. The school shall furnish a copy of the assessment results to the parents or legal guardians of the pupil.

II. No body mass index assessment shall be required of a child whose parent or guardian objects thereto in writing on the grounds that such assessment is contrary to the child's religious tenets and teachings. The school shall develop a form allowing a parent or legal guardian to opt out of the body mass index assessment for religious reasons.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.



Revised 10/30/09


AN ACT requiring that body mass index be assessed in all pupils in grades one, 4, 7, and 10.


The Department of Education states this bill may increase local expenditures by $86,261 in FY 2010, $90,574 in FY 2011, $95,103 in FY 2012, $99,858 in FY 2013, and $104,851 in FY 2014. There will be no fiscal impact on state, county, and local revenue or state and county expenditures.


The Department of Education states this bill requires school nurses to annually assess the body mass index of every student in grades one, four, seven, and ten who have not opted out for religious reasons. The Department states a survey of school nurses in 2009 indicates approximately 50% of school nurses annually record height and weight for certain grades, and 21% of those recorded are converted to body mass index. The Department assumes 50% of students in the grades identified will be impacted by this bill. There are currently 60,534 students in the grades identified; therefore, an estimated 30,267 will be impacted. The Department assumes 5 minutes per student will be required to record height and weight, calculate body mass index, and communicate with parents. The Department states the average school nurse salary is $47,000, or $0.57 per minute. The Department estimates the cost to local school districts to implement the requirements contained in this bill will be $86,261 in FY 2010 (30,267 students X 5 minutes per student X $0.57 per minute). The Department estimates the annual cost to local school districts will increase by 5% in subsequent school years, for estimated costs of $90,574 in FY 2011, $95,103 in FY 2012, $99,858 in FY 2013, and $104,851 in FY 2014.


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