UPDATES

February 14, 2019

It was a long day at the State House as we covered a wide range of issues, from the governor’s budget proposal to wild turkey hunting. One important bill would provide much needed property tax relief.

HB 497-FN-A-LOCAL. The House voted for the state to pick up 15% of retirement contributions for teachers, police, and firefighters, lessening the cost to cities and towns. (At one time the state picked up 35% of the cost but completely eliminated its share in 2011, shifting the full cost to property owners.)

February 9, 2019

C6040AA4-2D52-469E-B426-03FA4D050DE8Visited a local area gun shop today, on a fact finding mission, and spoke with the owner about some pending gun safety legislation. Working to keep an open-mind and hearing from all points of view. 

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HB 124 would have repealed “buffer zones” at reproductive health centers.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

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

government shutdown press conference

January 16, 2019

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

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.)

c&fl committee

January 11, 2019

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.
milford's we the people

January 2, 2019

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.

people before lobbists

mandatory training

safe and friendly environment

December 31, 2018

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

seat 3-63

opening day

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.

secretary of state vote

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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