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2018 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - present); Retired Teacher

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
MALS, Dartmouth College Hanover, Hanover, NH.
BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA.
Home Address
64 School Street
Hillsborough, NH 03244

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%
100% Present
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members (applies to Democrats and Republicans only)?
Average 95%
98% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 89%
95% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor bills?
Average 2
8 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
3 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 keep the death penalty?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Is police brutality an issue in NH?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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

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?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?

Energy and Environment

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

Health Care

What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?
Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH allow physician assisted suicide?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH impose strict residency requirements on registering to vote?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?
Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?

Recreation and Transportation

Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?

Social Issues

Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
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 limit access to abortion?
Should NH allow physician assisted suicide?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

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 for a three-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 to ban firearms on school property
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 to expand firearm background checks
HB 455 (2019) - Changes the penalty for any offense eligible for the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole. - Voted to repeal 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 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 to ban firearms on school property

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill. - Voted for state budget bill
HB 2 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill (part 2). - Voted for state budget bill (part 2)
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 for mandatory paid family and medical leave 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. - Voted to raise the minimum wage
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 for 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 for mandatory paid family and medical leave program

Energy and Environment

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 to increase max size of net metering projects
HB 558 (2019) - Prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested. - Voted to restrict plastic straws

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 to ease 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 repeal 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 for 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 to make it easier to change gender identity on birth certificates

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COMMENTS

Robert Dukette
- Hillsborough

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 1:20pm

Hi Marjorie, I don't reach out to my Reps often enough, and what I'm about to ask pales in comparison to all of the other issues that are first and foremost in people's minds these days, but thought I'd reach out anyway. It's my understanding that NH doesn't allow dogs (other than service dogs) into restaurants. As a fairly new dog owner, my wife (Susan) and I sometimes visit Maine, and find that many restaurants there are open to allowing dogs in their restaurants. I'm curious as to your thoughts on this and if you think this is something that your constituents might be interested in seeing.
Susan became ill with a serious kidney issue about a year and a half ago, and we added a new four-legged member to our family to lend some companionship and support to her during her treatments. His name is Takoda, and we take him with us whenever we can. I would imagine that there are many other dogs owners that might be in this or a similar situation, and would love to have an option to bring our furry friends with us when we dine out.
We understand that many restaurant owners wouldn't extend the welcome mat to dogs, but I've spoken to several restaurant owners that would definitely support allowing pets.
Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and see if this is something that might have some support behind it.
Best regards
Bob Dukette

PS—keep up the great work that you do for NH!

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