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Current State Representative
Janet G Wall

For State Representative - 2014 (winner)

Contest: 2014
District: Strafford H6
Experience: Representative NH House of Representatives 1986-present, Commissioner/Chair Madbury Water Board 1980-1987, Commissioner Strafford Regional Planning Commission 1984, President New Hampshire Order of Women Legislators 1999-2001, Member/Legislative Program Chairman American Association of University Women, Owner Consulting Company 1979-1981, Teacher Middle School 1972-1978
Residence: Madbury

Family: Unknown, Children: 2

Education:
Graduate Studies AND BS, University of NH, Durham, NH.
Website: Click Here

POSITION ON ISSUES*

Crime and Public Safety

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should NH reform sentencing and/or parole laws to decrease the prison population?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH pass Right to Work legislation?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?

Energy and Environment

Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?

Health Care

Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?

Recreation and Transportation

Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Social Issues

Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH limit access to abortion?

VOTING RECORD

2015

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 684 (2015) - Raises the minimum wage to $9.10 in 2016, $11.40 in 2017, and $14.25 in 2018. Starting in 2019, the minimum wage is adjusted according to cost of living. - Voted to consider a minimum wage increase
HB 658 (2015) - Right-to-Work bill, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union - Voted against Right-to-Work
HB 136 (2015) - Prohibits tanning facilities from tanning anyone under age 18. Current law allows tanning under age 18 with a parent or guardian's consent. - Voted to ban tanning for minors
HB 1 (2015) - 2016-2017 state budget bill (part 1).  The budget cuts business taxes, restores the Rainy Day Fund, and increases funding for some social services.  The budget does not reauthorize Medicaid expansion or include a pay raise negotiated with state employees. - Voted against version of 2016-2017 state budget opposed by Gov. Hassan
SB 113 (2015) - Authorizes two casinos in New Hampshire. One destination casino would pay a $80 million license fee; a smaller casino would pay $40 million to the state. SB 113 also earmarks $25 million in casino profits for distribution to all New Hampshire municipalities. - Voted against casinos

Crime and Public Safety

SB 40 (2015) - Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes.  The original Senate version of the bill applied to "viable fetuses," meaning the fetus is old enough to survive outside the womb.  The House revised the bill to apply to all fetuses eight weeks and older.  The House and Senate did not agree on a final version of the bill. - Voted against fetal homicide law for fetuses eight weeks and older
SB 116 (2015) - Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a concealed firearm is valid; repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm; and requires the State Police to negotiate with other states to recognize concealed carry permits from New Hampshire - Voted to keep the license for concealed carry
SB 106 (2015) - Prohibits the sale, use, or possession of synthetic drugs, such as "spice" - Voted to ban synthetic drugs
HB 618 (2015) - Reduces the penalty for possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana to a violation - Voted to decriminalize marijuana

Social Issues

SB 169 (2015) - Forbids the use of EBT cards or cash from EBT cards for alcohol, tobacco, gambling, lottery tickets, tattoos, firearms, or adult entertainment - Voted against restricting EBT purchases

Politics and Political Process

SB 30 (2015) - Extends the use of municipal economic development and revitalization districts to certain regional water districts - Voted to allow Balsams loan
SB 179 (2015) - Requires that a voter has lived in the state and county for at least 30 days - Voted against requiring a voter to live in the state and county for at least 30 days before voting

Health Care

HB 593 (2015) - Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana at home - Voted against home-growing of medicinal marijuana
HB 403 (2015) - Repeals the law establishing a protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics - Voted to keep the protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics

Education

SB 101 (2015) - Prohibits the Department of Education and the state Board of Education from implementing the Common Core standards in any school or school district in this state - Voted to continue allowing Common Core
HB 563 (2015) - Provides that funding for chartered public school pupils shall be based on 50% of the most recently available statewide average cost per pupil for public school pupils. Based on the current average cost per pupil, this would roughly double funding for charter school students. - Voted against increasing charter school funding
2014

Recreation and Transportation

SB 3 (2014) - Removing all tolls in Merrimack - Voted to keep tolls
HB 1360 (2014) - Forbidding cell phone use while driving, unless hands-free - Voted to ban cell phone use
SB 367 (2014) - Increasing the gas tax by four-cents per gallon, and removing the toll at Exit 12 in Merrimack - Voted to increase the gas tax

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1411 (2014) - Sending some of last year's budget surplus to the Department of Health and Human Services - Voted in favor of sending some surplus to DHHS
HB 1403 (2014) - Raising the minimum wage, starting at $9 per hour. - Voted for minimum wage increase
SB 207 (2014) - “Pay Equity Law,” a bill to combat pay discrimination based on gender, forbidding employers from restricting employees from discussing wages, and allowing a three year deadline to report pay discrimination to the state (current deadline is one year) - Voted in favor of "Pay Equity Law"

Education

HB 1508 (2014) - Terminating New Hampshire’s participation in the Common Core educational standards - Voted against terminating Common Core

Crime and Public Safety

HB 1170 (2014) - Repealing the death penalty - Voted for repeal
HB 1486 (2014) - Decreasing the fine for underage drinking from $300 to $100 on first offense and from $600 to $300 on a subsequent offense - Voted against reducing the fine for underage possession
HB 1625 (2014) - Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana - Voted for decriminalization of marijuana
SB 318 (2014) - Establishing the crime of domestic violence - Voted for establishing crime of domestic violence

Social Issues

SB 203 (2014) - Restricting the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for alcohol, tobacco, lottery, firearms, and adult entertainment purchases; EBT cards are used to distribute welfare cash benefits - Voted to send this bill to "interim study," which usually kills a bill in election years
HB 1633 (2014) - Authorizing one casino in New Hampshire, regulated by the Gaming Commission - Voted against a casino
HB 1325 (2014) - Allowing physician-assisted suicide - Voted against allowing assisted suicide

Energy and Environment

HB 1602 (2014) - Giving the Public Utilities Commission the power to force PSNH to sell its power plants. This bill also requires the state Site Evaluation Committee to address scenic impacts, sound impacts, fire protection plans, and more when evaluating wind farm proposals. - Voted for

Health Care

SB 319 (2014) - Authorizing "buffer zones" for protestors around reproductive health clinics - Voted in favor of buffer zone around abortion clinics
HB 1294 (2014) - Requiring Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to allow any health provider into their network for the purpose of participating in the online health insurance exchange - Voted against requiring network expansion
HB 1503 (2014) - “Fetal Homicide Law,” a bill to include fetuses in murder statutes, but only if the mother is a victim of manslaughter or homicide - Voted in favor of including fetuses in murder statutes
SB 413 (2014) - Expanding Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible - Voted for Medicaid expansion
2013

Health Care

HB 271 (2013) - Forbidding NH from expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act - Voted for Medicaid expansion
HB 573 (2013) - Allowing medicinal use of marijuana without home growing - Voted for medicinal marijuana

Crime and Public Safety

HB 135 (2013) - Limiting the use of deadly force, repealing "Stand Your Ground" in favor of the "Castle Doctrine." Under this bill victims could use deadly force within their homes without retreating, but anywhere else they would have to attempt retreat before resorting to deadly force - Voted to limit deadly force
HB 451 (2013) - Repealing the license to carry a concealed firearm - Voted against repeal
HB 443 (2013) - Banning prison privatization - Voted to ban private prisons

Education

HB 370 (2013) - Repealing the education tax credit program, in which businesses receive tax breaks for contributing to a scholarship fund for low income students that wish to attend private school - Voted to repeal

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 501 (2013) - Setting the state minimum wage at $7.25, in place of federal minimum wage - Voted for minimum wage increase
HB 2 (2013) - Various appropriations related to the budget bill, including establishing commissions to study Medicaid expansion and casino regulations - Voted for
HB 323 (2013) - "Right to Work," prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union - Voted against "Right to Work"
SB 1 (2013) - Increasing the Research and Development tax credit - Voted for
SB 153 (2013) - Giving the legislature power to review collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state - Voted against legislative review of contracts
HB 1 (2013) - Final bill for 2014-2015 state budget, including increased funding for higher education, increased funding for services for individuals with mental illness and/or other disabilities, no Medicaid expansion, and no gas tax increase - Voted for budget
HB 659 (2013) - Increasing the tobacco tax - Voted to increase the tobacco tax

Energy and Environment

HB 630 (2013) - Reallocating proceeds from RGGI to the low-income energy efficiency program - Voted for reallocating RGGI proceeds
SB 163 (2013) - Establishing a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards - Voted in favor
HB 306 (2013) - Changing RGGI to dedicate some of the proceeds to ratepayer rebates, and lowering the cap on carbon emissions, which will raise the cost of carbon credits to utilities and utility bills to consumers - Voted for changing RGGI
HB 595 (2013) - Revising 2011 voter ID law to delay requirement that poll workers photograph voters without ID; also allows student ID at polls - Voted to revise voter ID laws

Social Issues

SB 152 (2013) - Authorizing a casino - Voted against a casino
2012

Crime and Public Safety

SB 286 (2012) - Establishing a prescription drug monitoring program funded entirely through "grants, gifts, or user contributions" - Excused/did not vote
HB 1526 (2012) - Decriminalizing possession of less than one ounce of marijuana - Voted against decriminalization of marijuana
HB 1654 (2012) - Authorizing earned time credits for inmates participating in rehabilitative programming - Voted against earned time credits for rehabilitation
HB 1650 (2012) - Exempting foodstuffs grown or produced and then sold in New Hampshire from federal regulation - Voted against exempting foodstuffs from federal regulation
HB 1705 (2012) - Legalizing and taxing the sale of marijuana - Voted against legalizing marijuana
HB 1667 (2012) - Raising the threshold between juvenile and adult offenders from seveteen to eighteen years-old - Voted to consider raising the age for juvenile offenders
HB 1511 (2012) - Removing the prohibition on convicted felons possession certain weapons for self-defense - Voted in favor of keeping the prohibition on weapon possession for felons

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1482 (2012) - Limiting the exemption from property taxation granted to charitable nonprofit hospitals only to the main campus of the hospital - Voted against limiting property tax exemptions
HB 1666 (2012) - Requiring legislative approval of any collective bargaining agreement entered into by the state - Voted against overriding Governor's veto
HB 1677 (2012) - "Right to Work," prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union - Voted against "Right to Work"
SB 295 (2012) - Increasing the Research and Development tax credit - Excused/did not vote

Social Issues

HB 1492 (2012) - Requiring employers to verify an employee's eligibility to work in the United States - Voted against requiring verification
HB 1405 (2012) - Allowing local governments to establish moratoriums on refugee resettlement - Voted against moratoriums
HB 1264 (2012) - Establishing a religious exemption for individuals who do not wish to provide accommodations, goods, or services for same-sex marriages - Voted against allowing businesses to deny same-sex couples
HB 1658 (2012) - Limiting financial assistance for mothers who have additional children while receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Voted against limiting assistance
HB 1383 (2012) - Stating that only U.S. citizens may receive in-state tuition at the University of New Hampshire - Voted against limiting in-state tuition to U.S. citizens

Energy and Environment

HB 648 (2012) - Forbidding the use of eminent domain for regional electricity projects when costs and benefits cannot be shared across the ISO - New England network - Voted in favor of limiting eminent domain
HB 1487 (2012) - Requiring legislative approval for the expenditure of funds involving New Hampshire in any low carbon fuel standards program, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - Voted against requiring legislative approval

Health Care

HB 1659 (2012) - "Women's Right to Know Act," mandating that women considering an abortion receive "complete and accurate information on abortion and its alternatives" - Voted against
SB 409 (2012) - Authorizing medicinal marijuana - Voted for medicinal marijuana
HB 1679 (2012) - Prohibiting partial birth abortions and abortions in the third trimester - Voted against overriding Governor's veto
HB 1560 (2012) - Establishing the interstate Health Care Compact, which provides that each member state shall have the authority to enact state laws that trump all federal laws regarding health care within its state - Voted against Health Care Compact
HB 1660 (2012) - Prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks - Voted against limiting abortion
SB 289 (2012) - Requiring voters to present identification at polling places - Voted against overriding Governor's veto
HCR 42 (2012) - Expressing support for preserving the Electoral College - Voted against the Electoral College
HB 1676 (2012) - Establishing a pilot program to provide public financing for eligible candidates for state senator - Voted to consider public financing
HB 1595 (2012) - Limiting primary elections to voters who have registered as party members - Voted against limiting primary elections to party members

Education

HB 1413 (2012) - Directing New Hampshire to withdraw from the No Child Left Behind federal education program - Voted against tabling this bill
SB 372 (2012) - Establishing a tax credit for businesses that contribute to a scholarship fund for students who wish to attend private, parochial, or home schools - Voted against overriding Governor's veto

Politics and Political Process

HB 592 (2012) - Setting House of Representatives districts - Voted not to override Governor's veto
2011

Politics and Political Process

HB 176 (2011) - Changing the definition of "domicile" for voting purposes so that out-of-state students can not claim domicile in New Hampshire - Voted against changing elibigility to vote

Crime and Public Safety

HB 330 (2011) - Allowing residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license - Voted against concealed carry without a license
HB 109 (2011) - Prohibiting local planning boards from requiring sprinklers as a condition for a local permit - Voted against overriding Governor's veto
SB 88 (2011) - Expanding the use of deadly force, adding "Stand Your Ground" to the "Castle Doctrine." Under this bill victims could use deadly force without retreating, anywhere the victim has the right to be. - Voted not to override Governor's veto
HB 370 (2011) - Reversing the expanded definition of bullying in the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act - Voted against a narrower definition of bullying
SB 52 (2011) - Repealing early release programs for inmates convicted of violent crimes - Voted against repealing early release programs

Economy, Budget and Taxes

SB 3 (2011) - Making various changes to the state retirement system, such as raising retirement ages and increasing member contributions - Voted against revising the retirement system
HB 113 (2011) - Prohibiting the use of state funds for New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) - Voted against
SB 1 (2011) - Eliminating "evergreen clauses" in public contracts - Voted against eliminating "evergreen clauses"
HB 133 (2011) - Tying the New Hampshire minimum wage to the federal minimum wage - Voted against overriding Governor's veto
HB 474 (2011) - "Right to Work," prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union - Voted not to override Governor's veto
SB 57 (2011) - Making various revisions to title loan regulations - Voted not to override Governor's veto

Recreation and Transportation

HB 218 (2011) - Repealing the New Hampshire Rail Transit Auhority (NHRTA) - Voted not to override Governor's veto
SB 27 (2011) - Raising the speed limit in some areas of Lake Winnipesaukee - Voted against raising the speed limit

Social Issues

HB 569 (2011) - Establishing "domestic unions" as an alternative to marriage - Voted against "domestic unions"
HB 329 (2011) - Requiring parental notification prior to a minor's abortion - Voted not to override Governor's veto

Education

HB 631 (2011) - Repealing the requirement that school districts offer public kindergarten - Voted to uphold public kindergarten
HB 340 (2011) - Exempting parents from the education property tax if their children are not enrolled in public school - Voted against an exemption from the education property tax

Energy and Environment

HB 519 (2011) - Repealing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New Hampshire's cap-and-trade program - Voted against repealing RGGI
HR 9 (2011) - Supporting earmarks for law enforcement - Voted to consider earmarks for public safety
HCR 23 (2011) - Urging congressional earmarks for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - Voted in favor of earmarks for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
2010

Social Issues

CACR 28 (2010) - Constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman - Voted against Constitutional Amendment
HB 1590 (2010) - Repealing same-sex marriage - Voted against repealing same-sex marriage
SB 489 (2010) - Authorizing three casinos in New Hampshire - Voted against casinos

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1128 (2010) - Making various regulatory changes, such as allowing towns to adopt a local meals and rooms tax in addition to the state meals and rooms tax and authorizing expanded gambling - Voted against
SB 450 (2010) - Making various budget cuts - Voted for
SS HB 1 (2010) - Repealing the LLC tax - Voted for

Crime and Public Safety

HB 1653 (2010) - Decriminalizing marijuana - Voted against decriminalization of marijuana

Health Care

HB 1644 (2010) - Expanding homicide statutes to include unborn children/fetuses - Voted against including fetuses in murder statutes

Recreation and Transportation

SB 464 (2010) - Establishing speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee - Voted in favor of boat speed limits
2009

Health Care

HB 648 (2009) - Legalizing medicinal marijuana - Voted to override Governor's veto

Crime and Public Safety

HB 556 (2009) - Abolishing the death penalty - Voted for repeal

Recreation and Transportation

HB 383 (2009) - Requiring seat belt usage - Voted for requiring seat belts

Social Issues

HB 436 (2009) - Legalizing same-sex marriage - Voted for allowing same-sex marriage
HB 415 (2009) - Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity - Voted against adding gender identity to anti-discrimination laws
HB 531 (2009) - Requiring parental notification prior to a minor's abortion - Voted against requiring parental notification

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