Democrat
Current Governor
Margaret "Maggie" Hassan

For U.S. Senate - 2016

Contest: 2016
Experience: Former NH Senate Majority Leader, State Senator 2004-2010, current Governor
Residence: Concord

Family: Married, Children: 2

Education:
JD, Northeastern University, MA.
Brown University, Providence, RI.
Website: Click Here

POSITION ON ISSUES*

Crime and Public Safety

How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should NH government switch from a pension system to a 401(k)-style retirement plan?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should LLCs be subject to the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH increase the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Should the government compel corporations to pay more in federal taxes, for example by closing “loopholes?”

Education

Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?

Energy and Environment

Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should the government do more to combat climate change, for example by restricting emissions, taxing carbon, or providing incentives to develop clean energy?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?

Health Care

Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government repeal the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” entirely and start again?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH continue to have the federal government run the online health insurance exchange?

Politics and Political Process

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

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH require seat belts?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Social Issues

Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should the federal government increase private sector involvement in veterans' health care?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?

VOTING RECORD

2015

Crime and Public Safety

HB 270 (2015) - Provides limited immunity for a person who seeks medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug overdose. - Signed
SB 106 (2015) - Prohibits the sale, use, or possession of synthetic drugs, such as "spice." - Signed
SB 116 (2015) - 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. - Vetoed

Health Care

HB 271 (2015) - Increases access to overdose-reversing drugs such as Narcan by allowing doctors to pescribe to friends, family members of addicts. - Signed

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 550 (2015) - Also called the "Planet Fitness Bill," modifies business taxes so that a company going public does not have to pay the 8.5% business profits tax on any increase in the company's value from the sale of shares. - Vetoed
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. - Signed
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. - Vetoed
HB 25 (2015) - Makes appropriations for capital improvements (e.g. roof replacements, state-owned railroad bridge repairs, etc.) for the next two fiscal years. - Signed

Education

HB 603 (2015) - Requires school districts to adopt a policy allowing a student to be exempted without penalty from any statewide assessment. - Vetoed
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. - Vetoed

Politics and Political Process

SB 30 (2015) - Extends the use of municipal economic development and revitalization districts to certain regional water districts. - Signed
SB 179 (2015) - Requires that a voter has lived in the state and county for at least 30 days. - Vetoed

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. - Vetoed
HB 219 (2015) - Prohibits the use of EBT cards at tattoo parlors, smoke shops, and marijuana dispensaries. - Signed
2014

Crime and Public Safety

SB 318 (2014) - Establishes the crime of domestic violence. - Signed

Recreation and Transportation

SB 367 (2014) - Increases the gas tax by four-cents per gallon and removes the toll at Exit 12 in Merrimack. - Signed

Social Issues

HB 1168 (2014) - Requires employers to keep documentation of each employee's eligibility to work in the United States. - Signed
SB 394 (2014) - Requires New Hampshire to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state, and makes various legal terms gender-neutral. - Signed

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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). - Signed
HB 1630 (2014) - Tightens the state's charitable gaming laws, for example requiring background checks for charitable gambling operators. - Signed

Energy and Environment

HB 1602 (2014) - Givies 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. - Signed

Health Care

SB 413 (2014) - Expands Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible. - Signed
SB 319 (2014) - Authorizes "buffer zones" for protestors around reproductive health clinics. - Signed
2013

Energy and Environment

HB 630 (2013) - Reallocates proceeds from RGGI to the low-income energy efficiency program. - Signed
SB 99 (2013) - Requires an evaluation of the Site Evaluation Committee, which is responsible for approving new energy projects like the wind farm in Antrim. - Signed
SB 163 (2013) - Establishes a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards. - Signed
HB 306 (2013) - Changes 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. - Signed

Economy, Budget and Taxes

SB 1 (2013) - Increases the Research and Development tax credit. - Signed

Health Care

HB 573 (2013) - Allows medicinal use of marijuana, without allowing home growing. - Signed
HB 595 (2013) - Revises 2011 voter ID law to delay requirement that poll workers photograph voters without ID; also allows student ID at polls. - Signed
2010

Social Issues

SB 489 (2010) - Authorizes three casinos in New Hampshire. - Voted in favor of casinos

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1128 (2010) - Makes 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 for
2009

Health Care

HB 648 (2009) - Allows medicinal use of marijuana, without allowing home growing. - Voted to override Governor's veto

Crime and Public Safety

HB 556 (2009) - Repeals the death penalty. - Voted to table this bill

Recreation and Transportation

HB 383 (2009) - Requires seat belt usage. - Voted to table this bill

Social Issues

HB 415 (2009) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. - Voted against Adding gender identity to anti-discrimination laws
HB 436 (2009) - Legalizes same-sex marriage. - Voted for allowing Same-sex marriage

CAMPAIGN FINANCES

Raised: $4,385,185

Individual Contributions: 83% ($3,653,267)
Party Contributions: 1% ($46,800)
PAC Contributions: 10% ($453,350)
Candidate self-financing: 0% ($0)
Other: 5% ($231,768)

Spent: $1,485,101

Reporting Date: March 31, 2016

COMMENTS

Mitchell Bond
- Kingston

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 5:46am

I don't think it is safe to bring Sirian refugees to NH. I think the President is gambling with american lives by wanting these people here. His,(and your), most important job is to keep the american people safe. Please do whats best for the people of NH and keep them safe.

Thank you!

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