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NH Senate District 09

These objective, nonpartisan measures are used to show this legislator's activities at the Statehouse from the 2018 election through July 2020. The measures are not intended to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber. "Prime sponsored bills that became law" include bill texts that were incorporated into "omnibus" bills following the coronavirus emergency.

Session days attended
100% Present
Average 99%
Party unity score/partisanship
95% With Party
Average 97%
Participated in official roll call votes
100% Roll Call Votes
Average 99%
Bills sponsored (as prime sponsor)
14 Prime Sponsored Bills
Average 28
Prime sponsored bills that became law
2 Became Law
Average 11

Voting Record

HB 1 (2019)

2020-2021 state budget bill.

HB 105 (2019)

Generally repeals the voter registration changes passed in SB 3. For example, this bill removes the stricter requirements for voters who register within 30 days of an election. This bill also removes much of the new language on voter registration forms about domicile. This bill also removes the authority of the secretary of state to conduct post-election voter registration investigations, leaving that to the attorney general.

HB 109 (2019)

Requires commercial sales and transfers of firearms to take place through licensed dealers. Those dealers are required to perform background checks. Also requires private sales or transfers to go through a licensed firearm dealer, if it’s not absolutely clear that both the owner and the recipient are allowed to own guns.

HB 1166 (2020)

Establishes a committee to study the demographics of the uninsured population in New Hampshire, the barriers to obtaining healthcare coverage, and possible solutions to extend health insurance coverage. The Senate completely amended the bill to add various requirements and protections for employers and employees related to the coronavirus. For example, the amended bill allows employees to collect unemployment if they cannot go to work because they or a family member is sick with COVID-19 - even if Gov. Sununu ends the state of emergency.

HB 1247 (2020)

Requires landlords to provide at least 90 days notice before a rent increase over 5%. The House amended the bill to require 60 days notice for an increase over 5% and 90 days notice for an increase over 8%. The Senate amended the bill to instead remove the requirement of an eviction notice before public welfare departments provide rental assistance. The amended bill also "creates a duty of good faith and fair dealing for mortgage lenders." Lastly, the amended bill requires landlords to offer tenants a 6-month repayment plan for rent missed during the coronavirus emergency.

HB 1264 (2020)

Extends the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Investigation from 2020 to 2022. The Senate amended the legislation to incorporate several bills related to PFAS. In particular, the amended bill establishes maximum contaminant levels for perflourinated compounds (PFCs), as originally written in SB 287.

HB 1280 (2020)

Caps how much health insurers can charge consumers for insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply. The Senate amended the bill to instead cap the payment at $30 for a 30-day supply.

HB 1454 (2020)

Gives local school boards the power to determine whether to grant academic credit for alternative extended learning and work-based programs. At the time of this bill's submission, that power lies with the state board of education. The Senate amended the bill to still require the state board of education to vet and approve alternative extended learning and work-based programs, which local school boards "may" accept for credit (similar to a different bill, SB 514).

HB 1645 (2020)

Extends the waiting period to annul a misdemeanor domestic violence offense, from 3 to 10 years. The Senate amended the bill to incorporate several other pieces of legislation.

HB 1672 (2020)

Allows any voter to vote by absentee ballot, whether or not he or she will actually be absent on election day. The Senate amended the bill to become the "Coronavirus Election Protection Act of 2020." The amended bill allows any voter to vote by absentee ballot, allows town officials to start processing ballots before Election Day, and authorizes online voter registration.

HB 2 (2019)

2020-2021 state budget bill (part 2).

HB 364 (2019)

Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana at home.

HB 455 (2019)

Changes the penalty for any offense eligible for the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole.

HB 514 (2019)

Establishes a seven day waiting period for the delivery of a firearm. There are some exceptions for rifle or shotgun purchases by hunters, law enforcement officers, and members of the armed forces. The Senate amended the bill, shortening the waiting period to three days.

HB 564 (2019)

Makes it a misdemeanor to carry a firearm in a safe school zone. ˙There are some exceptions, for example if a person gets permission from the school board. The House amended the bill so that parents do not need to remove or unload firearms in their cars when picking up students. The amendment also specifically bans firearms on "school property" rather than in "school zones." School property includes buildings, grounds, school buses, and vans.

HB 685 (2019)

Prohibits balance billing for ambulance services. The bill also limits reimbursement for ambulance services to a "commercially reasonable value." The Senate amended the bill to instead require insurance plans which cover maternity benefits to provide coverage for emergency or elective abortion services (similar to SB 486).

HB 687 (2019)

Establishes "extreme risk protection orders," based on evidence that there is "a significant risk of causing bodily injury to himself or herself or others," which would require the subject of the order to surrender any firearms to law enforcement.

HB 712 (2019)

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. Employees could take up to twelve weeks of leave and receive 60% of their pay after paying into the program for at least six months. As introduced, this bill does not include an opt-out option.

HB 731 (2019)

Gradually raises the state minimum wage, starting at $12 per hour in 2020 and ending at $15 per hour in 2024. The bill also raises the tipped minimum wage, although in 2024 it would still be 45% of the regular minimum wage. The bill requires cost of living adjustments every year. This bill also allows cities and towns to set a higher minimum wage. Lastly, this bill establishes a "training wage," no lower than $8.50, for employees under age eighteen for the first three months of employment.

SB 1 (2019)

Establishes a paid family and medical leave insurance program, which would be run by the state department of employment security. Employers would pay 0.5% of wages per employee as premium payments. Employees could take up to twelve weeks of leave and receive 60% of their pay after paying into the program for at least six months. The bill does not allow anyone to opt-out of the program.

SB 10 (2019)

Increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020, then to $11 in 2022, except starting that year, employers would have to pay at least $12 per hour if they do not offer at least 10 paid sick days to employees.  The House and Senate amended the bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020 and $12 per hour in 2022, regardless of sick time.

SB 290 (2019)

Modifies the work and community engagement requirements for the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, commonly known as expanded Medicaid. For example, this bill extends the work requirement exemption for parents so that parents of children under age 13 are eligible for the exemption. This bill also gives the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to waive the work requirement until July 2021 if there is an inability to communicate with program participants.

Position on Issues

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should New Hampshire government do more to increase the supply of affordable housing?

"New Hampshire government should do more to increase the supply of affordable housing."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?

"I support expanding commuter rail if the system can be finished before automated vehicles take over. Once we have automated vehicles, semis and most trucking will happen at night, reducing traffic. Vehicles will be able to travel at higher speeds because they will become virtual trains, 'locking', through software, with the car in front of them until it's time to exit. If we do build commuter rail, I would tax it in order to help pay for it and allocate some of that tax to expand broadband in the areas of the state not served by commuter rail, so that they had the benefit of additional infrastructure as well."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?

"NH just received $23 mil per yr for each of 2 years. I believe we should focus on making sure that money is spent in the most effective way, increasing beds, but also increasing mental health staff."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?

"I believe that the nation needs more legal immigrants. Our companies lack workers. Stopping immigration in order to raise wages has not worked. The way to raise wages is by increasing our companies competitiveness. With free trade, companies with exceptional products earn higher prices -- without tariffs -- and those prices derive from workers. Workers in such traded industries earn higher wages than average. This was true at MobileRobots Inc, where we paid assemblers well and with full benefits because we need our robots to work, out of the crate, when they arrived in Germany or China. Legal immigrants are part of America's secret sauce that makes our economy run. We should raise our quotas for legal immigrants instead of wasting money building useless walls."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?

"I support expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traidiontal Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?

"I oppose a ban on abortion after 20 weeks gestation, even with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Is police brutality an issue in NH?

"I do not have enough information yet to make an informed judgment on this issue."

Sen. Dietsch sent Citizens Count this update in June 2020: "Because of the leadership of our black member of the Senate, we are ahead of the curve on this issue and have just passed a ban on choke holds and a requirement that officers report misbehavior by colleagues. If re-elected, I will be one of those reviewing Use of Force laws and proposing changes. My very first bill will be to revoke the unconstitutional regulation allowing use of deadly force against persons fleeing custody."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should New Hampshire maintain the renewable portfolio standard, which requires public utilities in New Hampshire to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources (25% by 2025)?

"I support the renewable portfolio standard in New Hampshire."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

"I oppose allocating tax revenues for private and/or home schooling costs."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

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

"I believe that statewide testing of students at two points in their school career is appropriate. Excessive testing harmed our school systems and hamstrung our teachers. I believe that schools are headed in the right direction with more hands-on learning and less teaching to the test."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Sen. Dietsch sent Citizens Count this updated position in June 2020: "No. Without our longest serving members, we would lose invaluable experience and institutional memory. I have been so impressed with the dedication and generosity of our senior members in guiding this state through difficult times."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should NH impose strict residency requirements on registering to vote?

"'Strict residency requirements' is not the issue. The issue with the legislation that was passed was that it is designed to intimidate voters, threatening to send police to their door. I would revoke these laws."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"We need to systematically review what we are doing with unconstitutionally unfair property taxing of property-poor towns and decide how we’re going to fix it. We need to consider whether taxing people at the same rate when they are unemployed as when they have a good-paying job and decide whether that is really the best system. This needs to be done as a whole, transparently, with various models showing the impact of different systems of taxation. Then the people should decide which model benefits the most. I will work to help the public come to a consensus about how to proceed."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"We need to systematically review what we are doing with unconstitutionally unfair property taxing of property-poor towns and decide how we’re going to fix it. We need to consider whether taxing people at the same rate when they are unemployed as when they have a good-paying job and decide whether that is really the best system. This needs to be done as a whole, transparently, with various models showing the impact of different systems of taxation. Then the people should decide which model benefits the most. I will work to help the public come to a consensus about how to proceed."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

"New Hampshire has terrific loan programs for business support through the Business Finance Authority; it has numerous tax credits available. What would help the state most is to move up from 50th out of 50 in attracting research grants. By providing the matching funds I have supported this year and last, we would increase the innovation that builds company growth and high-paying jobs."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

"We should allocate revenues so that every child has the opportunity for an adequate publicly funded education, regardless of zip code. Whether the child takes advantage of that opportunity or chooses another source of education is up to the parent. Non-public school parents whose children pass competency tests should receive some compensation, such as the small marginal per-student cost for that course if it had been taken in public school."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

"I believe that cannabis should be a controlled substance, sold in liquor stores, like alcohol."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"I voted for comprehensive background checks, no guns on playgrounds and ERPO."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?

"For"

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