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April 11, 2019 –  “Promises Made; Promises Kept.”

Today the House passed its version of the budget with Democrats keeping the promise to increase funding for education along with property tax relief. Here are some highlights.

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April 7, 2017 – School Gun Safety Bill

This compromise bill allows parents to transport loaded guns in their vehicles on to school property BUT not allowed to carry onto school property. Police, military, and those authorized by the local school board (such as the principal) may carry loaded weapons onto school property.

 

April 4, 2019 – Standing with the Ladies

Rep. Martin and I welcome Milford High School students, Kayla and Brennan, House pages for the day.

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March 27, 2019 – Milford 4th Graders visit the State House

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March 19, 2019 

My former student, Robert DeFelice, from Merrimack High School, served as a House page today. It was nice to see him and happy to enjoy lunch together.5760B97A-A942-43D5-A5AE-7EF93F018920

March 14, 2019 –  Minimum Wage Increased!

The House voted to gradually increase the minimum wage from the federal minimum of $7.25 to $12.00 by 2022. There were those who wanted more and sooner , but fear of a veto by the governor prompted a compromise.

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March 8, 2019

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March 7, 2019 – House Votes to Abolish Death Penalty

Historic vote in the NH House to abolish the death penalty – veto-proof!

February 9, 2019 – Gun Safety Fact Finding Mission

Visited a local gun shop this morning, on a fact finding mission, and spoke with the owner about some pending gun safety legislation. Working to keep an open-mind and hearing all points of view.

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January 31, 2019

Some important bills in today’s House session. Voted with the majority.

HB 124 would have repealed “buffer zones” at reproductive health centers. Defeated 228-141.

HB 163 would have added sexual reassignment to the definition of child abuse. Defeated 309-59

HB 399-FN would annul criminal convictions for possession of 3/4 ounce of marijuana. Passed on voice vote.

January 25, 2019 – Standing with furloughed federal workers

Proud to stand with furloughed federal workers and Democratic leadership this morning calling for much needed assistance during the federal government shutdown.

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January 16, 2019 – Calling to End Big Money in Politics

Representative Kat McGhee and I, co-sponsors of HCR 5, testified before the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee on our proposed resolution. If adopted, New Hampshire would be counted among a growing number of states calling for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. F.E.C. ruling. Currently, New Hampshire is the only New England state that has adopted such a resolution. It’s time to get big money out of politics. hcr5

January 15, 2019 – Serving Children and Families in Need

The House Children and Family Law Committee heard testimony from Joseph Ribsam, Director of DCYF. WMUR-Ch.9 was on hand to report on his presentation. Mr. Ribsam informed the committee of the need to hire more front-line workers to handle the growing number of cases.

The Committee also heard testimony on HB111, establishing a committee to study the effects the opioid crisis and domestic violence has on New Hampshire’s children. (This bill may be amended to include both drug and alcohol addiction.) ;

HB163, to add sexual reassignment to the definition of child abuse. (I will be voting against this.)

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January 11, 2019 – Supporting Milford Students!

Supporting Milford High School students at the State House. These kids are awesome! Congratulations on another “We the People” State Championship.  I was happy to serve as a judge at the high school practice sessions.
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January 2, 2019 – Putting the People First!

Proud to cast my first votes on some very important House Rules.

  • Putting the people before lobbyists when testifying before committees.
  • Mandatory anti-harassment training for all state representatives.
  • Prohibiting dangerous weapons in the House chamber, gallery, and anterooms.

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December 31, 2018

I’ll be sitting in Division 3, Seat 63.

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December 5, 2018

Seen on WMUR-Ch.9 observing the vote tally for Secretary of State.  Longtime Secretary of State William Gardner held off a strong challenge from Colin Van Ostern by a vote of 209 to 205.

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Pictured with Milford Representatives (District 23) Joelle Martin and Paul Dargie;  Hollis Representative Michelle St. John and Milford (District 40) Representative Kat McGhee.img_3290-1