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Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2004 - present); Freelance Writer

Family
Married; Children: 3
Education
BA, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
MS, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Home Address
3 Heritage Circle
Hudson, NH 03051

Legislator Activity Profile

These objective, nonpartisan measures are used to show this elected official's activities at the Statehouse. They are not intended to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber in 2019.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 92%
95% Present
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members (applies to Democrats and Republicans only)?
Average 95%
96% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 89%
82% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor bills?
Average 2
2 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
0 Became Law

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 increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Is police brutality an issue in NH?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should New Hampshire government do more to increase the supply of affordable housing?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

Education

Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?
Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?

Energy and Environment

Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?
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)?
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?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?

Health Care

Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?
Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?
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 broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?
Should NH impose strict residency requirements on registering to vote?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Social Issues

Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
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?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

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. - Voted against expanding firearm background checks
HB 455 (2019) - Changes the penalty for any offense eligible for the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole. - Voted to keep death penalty
HB 481 (2019) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. A Cannabis Control Commission, similar to the Liquor Commission, would be responsible for licensing and enforcement. The bill also allows limited home-growing of marijuana for personal use. - Voted to legalize marijuana
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. - Voted against a three-day waiting period and a seven-day waiting period
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. A conference committee of representatives and senators amended the bill so that the school board may only give permission for a person to carry a firearm after holding a public hearing. - Voted against banning firearms on school property
HB 481 (2019) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. A Cannabis Control Commission, similar to the Liquor Commission, would be responsible for licensing and enforcement. The bill also allows limited home-growing of marijuana for personal use. - Voted to legalize marijuana
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. A conference committee of representatives and senators amended the bill so that the school board may only give permission for a person to carry a firearm after holding a public hearing. - Voted against banning firearms on school property

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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. - Voted against raising the minimum wage
HB 1 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill. - Voted against House version of state budget bill, but did not vote on final version of budget
HB 2 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill (part 2). - Voted against House version of state budget bill (part 2), but did not vote on final version of budget
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. - Voted against mandatory paid family and medical leave program
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. - Voted against mandatory paid family and medical leave program
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. - Voted against mandatory paid family and medical leave program

Energy and Environment

HB 558 (2019) - Prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested. - Voted against plastic straw restrictions
HB 365 (2019) - Increases the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering, generally from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts. - Voted against increasing max size of net metering projects

Health Care

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. - Voted against easing work requirements for expanded Medicaid

Politics and Political Process

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. - Voted to keep stricter voter registration requirements
HB 706 (2019) - Establishes a fifteen member independent redistricting commission, appointed by the secretary of state after a public application process that includes input from legislative leaders. The Senate amended the bill, generally giving the Secretary of State less say in the process. - Voted against independent redistricting commission

Social Issues

HB 446 (2019) - Allows an individual to obtain a new birth certificate based on a change of gender identity, as certified by a licensed health care provider. At the time of this bill's submission, a court order is required to change a birth certificate. This bill also allows a gender identity of nonbinary on a birth certificate. The Senate amended the bill, for example to require the permission of a parent or guardian if a minor seeks a birth certificate change. - Voted against making it easier to change gender identity on birth certificates

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COMMENTS

Deborah Gibbons
- Pelham

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:35pm

Dear Representative Ober,

I urge you to support and reopen SB 0089 because it will benefit small tobacco business owners(like myself) to be in compliance with the NHLC. We are  being forced to sell cigars and made to put the hookah tobacco sales with the products we are paying meals tax for.  There are 2 breakdowns in the old bill 60% cigars and 40% other.  It is not fair we should have to sell 60% cigars and cigar accessories, if we opened our business as a "hookah lounge".  All that has to be changed is have the words "Hookah Tobacco" added towards the 60% gross revenue, instead of the 40% other.  SB 0089 suggests use the word "Shisha", I suggest using "Hookah Tobacco".  The word shisha sometimes gets confused with hashish and the instrument suddenly becomes a bong and the whole idea and culture gets misconstrued.

Sincerely,

Deborah Gibbons

Pelham, NH 03076

(603) 566-9001

 178:20-a On-Premises Cigar, Beverage, and Liquor Licenses. – 
    I. The commission may issue a license to a person who operates a cigar bar as defined in this section and who holds a tobacco retailers license under RSA 178:19-a in any town which has voted to accept the provisions of RSA 663:5, I(b), (c), and (d). The license shall entitle the licensee to serve beverages containing at least 1/2 percent and not more than 6 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit by the glass or other suitable container and by the bottle with the cork or cap removed; specialty beer in any suitable container; liquor containing more than 6 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, by the glass or other suitable container; and wines, by the glass, by the bottle with the cork or cap removed; or other suitable container, under rules adopted by the commission. 
    II. In this section, "cigar bar'' means a business that: 
       (a) Generates 60 percent or more of its quarterly gross revenue from the sale of cigar-related products, which is limited to cigars, humidors, cigar cutters, cigar cases, lighters, and ashtrays. Mail order and Internet sales, as well as revenue generated from other tobacco sales in store, including cigarettes and loose tobacco sales, shall not be used to determine whether an establishment satisfies the definition of a cigar bar. 
       (b) Has a humidor on the premises. 
       (c) Does not allow any person under the age of 18 on the premises unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult spouse. 
       (d) Does not allow cigarette smoking or service of food on the premises. 
    III. No beverage or liquor shall be consumed on the premises except that which is sold by the licensee. 
    IV. All applicants for employment at a cigar bar shall be presented with a written notice that states that working in a cigar bar has serious and permanent negative health effects, including, but not limited to, an increased risk of cancer and heart disease, and that no level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe.

Source. 2009, 313:1. 2010, 310:4, eff. Sept. 11, 2010.

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