Republican
State Senator
District S3
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Issue Transparency

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Took LFDA Survey
18
of 18
2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Senator, NH Senate (2009 - present), Majority Leader, NH Senate; Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (2006, 2008); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2004 - 2006); Representative, NH House of Representatives (1990 - 2002); Former Owner, Evergrain Natural Foods

Family
Married; Children: 4
Education
BA, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
Home Address
630 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Work Address
Statehouse Room 302
107 North Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Legislator Activity Profile

The data below is based on the the 2015/2016 legislative session. The objective, nonpartisan measures below are used to show this elected official’s activities at the Statehouse. It is not to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber. Note: Elected official activity for the current 2017/2018 session will be posted soon.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 98%
100% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 88%
87% Attendance
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members?
Average 89%
93% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 99%
100% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor legislation?
Average 22
53 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 11
33 Became Law

POSITION ON ISSUES

The LFDA Survey is the primary source for issue positions on this website. Each election season the Live Free or Die Alliance sends a survey on NH issues to every candidate for state office. We make every effort to reach each candidate by snail-mail, e-mail, and phone. If an issue position is still not answered through our survey, we utilize other resources including voting records, candidate websites, campaign fliers, Project Vote Smart surveys, and more. Any questions or suggestions on issue positions? Contact us.

Crime and Public Safety

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should LLCs be subject to the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH increase the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Do employees in NH need more legal protections?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
State role in economic growth
Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH government switch from a pension system to a 401(k)-style retirement plan?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH revise the meals and rooms tax?

Education

Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?

Energy and Environment

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?
Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?

Health Care

Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?
Should NH abolish partisan primaries and adopt the "Top 2" primary system?
Should NH allow binding referendums?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?

Social Issues

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2016

Crime and Public Safety

SB 336 (2016) - Removes the phrase "suitable person" from the law governing concealed carry permits, and instead requires law enforcement to issue a permit so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal law. - Voted to require law enforcement to issue concealed carry permits

Economy, Budget and Taxes

SB 412 (2016) - Raises the minimum wage to $12 per hour. - Voted against raising the minimum wage
SB 551 (2016) - Creates a single casino with video lottery and table gaming, to be located at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH. A tax of 35% of gross slot machine revenue and 18% of gross table game revenue would go to the state with dedicated portions of the funds going to addiction prevention programs and to Salem and neighboring communities. - Voted against a casino
SB 551 (2016) - Creates a single casino with video lottery and table gaming, to be located at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH. A tax of 35% of gross slot machine revenue and 18% of gross table game revenue would go to the state with dedicated portions of the funds going to addiction prevention programs and to Salem and neighboring communities. - Voted against a casino

Energy and Environment

HB 1116 (2016) - Increases the cap on net metering, and requires the Public Utilities to Commission to develop a modified net metering system. - Voted to increase the cap on net metering
SB 492 (2016) - At the time of this bill's submission, electric utilities pass RGGI rebates through to customers in the form of a reduction to the customer’s monthly bill based on monthly usage. This bill eliminates rebates to residential customers. The Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services state most of this revenue would instead be redirected to programs for low income, municipal, school district and local government energy efficiency projects. - Voted to keep rebates

Health Care

HB 1696 (2016) - Continues expanded Medicaid eligibility, with some revisions. This bill adds work requirements to eligibility for expanded Medicaid. Additional funding is provided by the insurance premium tax, paid by insurance companies. - Voted to continue Medicaid expansion

Recreation and Transportation

HB 1616 (2016) - Allows a person obtaining a driver's license to choose whether the license complies with the federal Real ID Act of 2005. - Voted to allow drivers to select a Real ID-compliant license

Campaign Finances

This candidate has not filed a campaign finance report with the Secretary of State. Under state law, a candidate only needs to file a campaign finance report after fundraising or spending over $500.

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