Source: The Union Leader (Manchester, NH) April 3, 1997 SECTION A Pg. 6 HOUSE SAYS MONEY NEEDED, RETAINS 3 TEMPORARY TAXES. NEEDLE EXCHANGE BILL HEADED TO SENATE by DONN TIBBETTS State House Bureau Chief Copyright (c) 1997, Union Leader Corp. Needle Exchange Bill Headed to Senate CONCORD Intravenous drug users would be able to exchange used hypodermic needles and syringes for new ones in one pilot community program under a bill passed without debate yesterday by the House to the Senate. The key vote of 224121 was not individually recorded. The state's Health and Human Services commissioner would monitor a twoyear pilot program that proponents contend could help prevent the spread of AIDS. The commissioner, with the help of an advisory committee, would choose a volunteer city to host the trial. The commissioner would also decide what counseling and rehabilitation services would be offered to participating drug addicts. The cost of the program will be paid by federal grants and private sector donations. Eightyyearold Rep. Cecelia Kane, DPortsmouth, fought for passage of the bill. Her fight was prompted by the death of her son, Tommy, 34, from AIDS eight years ago. Although her efforts failed twice former Gov. Steve Merrill vetoed the bill in 1993 this time Kane, a former nurse, has the endorsement of Health and Human Services Commissioner Terry Morton. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is expected to sign the bill into law if it passes in the Senate. As a Senator, Shaheen voted for similar legislation.