Republican
State Senator
District S17
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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 (2012 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006 - 2012); Selectman, Town of Deerfield; Former Firefighter

Family
Widowed; Children: 2
Education
Albany Business College, Albany, NY.
College for Financial Planning, Boulder, CO.
Home Address
53 Mt. Delight Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
Work Address
Statehouse Room 107
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%
93% Attendance
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members?
Average 89%
90% 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
13 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 11
9 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 require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
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?
Should NH require seat belts?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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 government switch from a pension system to a 401(k)-style retirement plan?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH revise the meals and rooms tax?
Should LLCs be subject to the interest and dividends tax?
Do employees in NH need more legal protections in the workplace?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?

Education

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?
Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?

Energy and Environment

Should NH restrict further wind power development?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?

Health Care

Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
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?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH allow binding referendums?
Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Should NH require seat belts?

Social Issues

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

VOTING RECORD

2017

Crime and Public Safety

SB 131 (2017) - Appropriates $1,155,000 to hire five state troopers assigned to drug enforcement on the state border. This bill also appropriates $3,340,000 for state and local law enforcement and the state lab for overtime related to drug enforcement. - Voted against additional drug enforcement funding
SB 233 (2017) - Allows a person twenty-one years of age or older to possess up to 1 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate no more than 6 marijuana plants without penalty. This bill also establishes a committee to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. - Voted to consider personal marijuana growing and studying marijuana legalization
HB 640 (2017) - Decriminalizes possession of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana, with additional penalties for violators under age twenty-one. - Voted to decriminalize marijuana
SB 12 (2017) - Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a concealed firearm is valid, and repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. - Voted to repeal the license to carry a concealed firearm
SB 66 (2017) - Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses. - Voted for fetal homicide law
SB 66 (2017) - Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses. - Voted for fetal homicide law

Economy, Budget and Taxes

SB 2 (2017) - Reduces the Business Profits Tax (BPT) from 8.2% to 7.5% and the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) from 0.72% to 0.5% in 2020. - Voted for business tax cuts
HB 144 (2017) - Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 1, the Senate is amended this bill into a new budget bill. - Voted for 2018-2019 budget bill
SB 10 (2017) - Creates a program to repay licensed milk producers from losses during the 2016 drought. The bill appropriates $2 million to the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund. - Voted against dairy farmer assistance
SB 11 (2017) - Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union. - Voted for Right to Work
SB 83 (2017) - Raises the minimum wage to $8.50 On September 1, 2017, $10 on March 1, 2018, and $12 on September 1, 2018. - Voted against a minimum wage increase
SB 242 (2017) - Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling. - Voted against casinos
HB 144 (2017) - Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 1, the Senate is amended this bill into a new budget bill. - Voted for 2018-2019 budget bill
SB 242 (2017) - Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling. - Voted against casinos

Education

SB 8 (2017) - Allows a school district to assign a child to a non-sectarian private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district. The bill was amended to also require the non-sectarian private school to administer an annual assessment. - Voted to allow assignment to a private school
SB 191 (2017) - Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs, with adjustments based on the number of English language learners and free and reduced lunch students in each district. The House amended the bill to simply provide full funding for full-day kindergarten programs, and half funding for half-day kindergarten programs. The House also added keno legalization to the bill to create the revenue for kindergarten funding. - Voted for full day kindergarten funding with keno
HB 103 (2017) - Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education. - Voted for parental notification
HB 103 (2017) - Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education. - Voted for parental notification

Health Care

HB 157 (2017) - Adds chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. - Voted to allow marijuana for chronic pain

Politics and Political Process

SB 3 (2017) - Changes the definition of domicile for voting purposes to make it more restrictive. This bill explicitly excludes anyone who comes to the state "for temporary purposes," such as volunteering or working on political campaigns. Out-of-state college students are still allowed to claim a domicile in New Hampshire. However, if someone moves to a new New Hampshire address within 30 days of voting, he or she must present proof of intent to stay in New Hampshire. This proof could include a lease, driver's license, a child's enrollment at a public school, etc. The voter has until 10 days after the election to provide this proof to the town clerk. If the voter does not present this proof, he or she may be investigated, including a home visit by election officials. - Voted for stricter voter registration laws

Campaign Finances

Raised: $42,674
Spent: $26,341

Reporting Date: November 16, 2016

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