Republican

Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2014, 2016 - 2018, resigned February 2018); Member, Zoning Board of Adjustment; Realtor

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
Business Management, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Home Address
PO Box 2415
Salem, NH 03079

POSITION ON ISSUES

These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

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?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Do employees in NH need more legal protections in the workplace?
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 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 NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH revise the meals and rooms tax?
Should LLCs be subject to the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?

Education

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?
Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?

Energy and Environment

Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?
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?

Health Care

Should NH expand its medical marijuana law?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
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?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?

Politics and Political Process

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

Recreation and Transportation

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?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?

Social Issues

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

VOTING RECORD

2018

Crime and Public Safety

SB 500 (2018) - Removes the prohibition of carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on a stationary motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, or aircraft. This bill also changes some legal references to firearms, and allows licensed bow hunters to carry firearms. Lastly, this bill removes the ability to deny or revoke a hunting license if a person "is not a suitable person to carry firearms." The Senate amended the bill to also allow carrying a loaded firearm on a moving vehicle if the person is protecting livestock or crops. The Senate amendment also allows hunting with an air rifle. - Did not vote
SB 593 (2018) - Changes the penalty for any offense eligible for the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole. - Did not vote
CACR 22 (2018) - Constitutional amendment establishing various rights for crime victims. - Did not vote
SB 500 (2018) - Removes the prohibition of carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on a stationary motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, or aircraft. This bill also changes some legal references to firearms, and allows licensed bow hunters to carry firearms. Lastly, this bill removes the ability to deny or revoke a hunting license if a person "is not a suitable person to carry firearms." The Senate amended the bill to also allow carrying a loaded firearm on a moving vehicle if the person is protecting livestock or crops. The Senate amendment also allows hunting with an air rifle. - Did not vote

Health Care

HB 1680 (2018) - Prohibits abortion after viability, unless the mother's life is in danger, "in cases of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or to remove a fetus with severe anomalies incompatible with life." - Did not vote
SB 313 (2018) - Continues New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program. This bill makes several significant changes to the program. First, it moves participants off private insurance and into managed care, similar to traditional Medicaid enrollees. Second, it adds a work requirement for participants. Third, it removes funding from voluntary contributions by health care providers, which the federal government said is illegal. Instead, bill sponsors say the program will use revenue from alcohol sales to fund the program.  SB 313 also establishes the Granite Workforce program, which will use some federal welfare funding to establish a program that will help place low income individuals in jobs in areas with workforce shortages.   - Did not vote
HB 1680 (2018) - Prohibits abortion after viability, unless the mother's life is in danger, "in cases of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or to remove a fetus with severe anomalies incompatible with life." - Did not vote

Politics and Political Process

HB 1264 (2018) - Redefines "resident" and "inhabitant" to remove the phrase "for the indefinite future." This bill would potentially require all voters domiciled in New Hampshire to follow residency laws, such as the requirement to register any car in New Hampshire. - Did not vote

Social Issues

HB 1319 (2018) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. - Did not vote
2017

Crime and Public Safety

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. - Did not vote
HB 656 (2017) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp. The House amended the bill to instead legalize possession and homegrowing of marijuana without allowing sales. - Excused/did not vote
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 for additional drug enforcement funding
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. - Did not vote
HB 640 (2017) - Decriminalizes possession of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana, with additional penalties for violators under age twenty-one. - Excused/Did not vote
HB 656 (2017) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp. The House amended the bill to instead legalize possession and homegrowing of marijuana without allowing sales. - Excused/did not vote
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. - Did not vote

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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 628 (2017) - Establishes a social insurance program that would be operated by New Hampshire Employment Security to provide for paid family and medical leave insurance. Employers would pay 0.5% of wages per employee as premium payments. The House amended the bill to increase the employee contribution to 0.67%, to allow employees to opt out, and to limit benefits to six weeks of paid leave. - Did not vote
HB 115 (2017) - Raises the minimum wage to $9.50 in 2018 and $12 in 2019, with annual cost of living adjustments starting in 2020. The bill also establishes a training wage that is one dollar less than the minimum wage for the first three months of employment for someone sixteen or seventeen years-old. - Excused/Did not vote
HB 593 (2017) - Grants group II retirement system status to certain positions in the Department of Corrections. - Excused/did not vote
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 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 for 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. - Excused/Did not vote
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 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

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
SB 193 (2017) - Establishes the "education freedom savings account program." This allows a parent to contract with a scholarship organization so that state education funding is transferred to the student's scholarship account rather than to the municipality in which the student resides.  The House amended the bill to limit the scholarships to certain students, particularly low income students, students in underperforming schools, and special education students.  The amended version also requires any student receiving a scholarship to complete an annual assessment to ensure academic progress. Lastly, if enough students leave a school district, the state will reimburse the school for some of the lost state education funding. - Did not vote
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

Health Care

HB 587 (2017) - Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. - Excused/did not vote
HB 157 (2017) - Adds chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. - Excused/Did not vote
HB 587 (2017) - Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. - Excused/did not vote

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

Social Issues

HB 478 (2017) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. - Excused/Did not vote

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