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Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (1996 - 2010, 2012 - present); Member, Durham Community Development Task Force; Member, Health Policy and Practice Institute Advisory Committee; Chair, Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights; Board of Governors, New Hampshire Forum on Higher Education; Chair, New Hampshire Humanities Council Advisory Committee; Board Member, Democratic Alliance for Women in New Hampshire; Board, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) New Hampshire Foundation

Family
Widowed; Children: 2
Education
BA, Beaver College, Glenside, PA.
MPA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
Home Address
100 Piscataqua Road
Durham, NH 03824

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. The data below is based on legislative activity during 2017 and 2018, with the exception of the committee measures, which reflect data through October 1, 2018, due to delays in the release of certain committee records.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 88%
92% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 75%
73% Attendance
How often does the elected official vote in committee executive session?
Average 81%
89% Voted
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members (applies to Democrats and Republicans only)?
Average 76%
90% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 85%
93% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor bills?
Average 3
2 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
1 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

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
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?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should LLCs be subject to the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH increase the interest and dividends tax?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should New Hampshire government do more to increase the supply of affordable housing?
Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
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 add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
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?

Education

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

Energy and Environment

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

Health Care

Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
Should NH allow physician assisted suicide?
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?
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?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?

Politics and Political Process

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

Recreation and Transportation

Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH use taxpayer money to build a memorial to the Old Man?
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 increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH repeal same-sex marriage?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
Should NH allow physician assisted suicide?
Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

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 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 and a seven-day waiting period
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

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
HB 1 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill. - Excused/Did not vote
HB 2 (2019) - 2020-2021 state budget bill (part 2). - Excused/Did not vote
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 558 (2019) - Prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested. - Voted to restrict plastic straws
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

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

Ananta Gopalan
- Hampton

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 8:44pm

In an Op-Ed entitled, "Another View-Marjorie Smith, Show me the money" in the Union Leader, state Democratic Rep. from Durham expressed concern and dismay about a legislative committee hiring a private , for profit and out-of state (representing three strikes in the minds of a progressive) casino consulting outfit to write legislation on casino gambling.  I think the state should write the legislation itself and then we will have a system like the New Hampshire Retirement System, $4B in the hole.  I wonder which for-profit and private consultant they hired to get into that mess.  I bet the state through the legislative politicians like Rep. Smith managed that all by themselves.

NH state run by the politicians, ignoring the constitution to the most part, have racked up the state expenditures at a compounded rate of 14% since FY 2000 and have held its citizens in a financial bind but still griping about lack of revenue.  With that kind of financial recklessness of not-for-profit state, I would prefer a for-profit operation to inject some financial integrity.  I wonder whether Rep. Smith realizes that state revenues come from private individuals and for-profit operations that hire and pay their employees while making a profit for their troubles.  Let us stop with the progressive ideology of demonizing private and for-profit operations.  They are the engines of the high standard of living enjoyed in this country 

Rep. Marjorie Smith makes very good argument about the government releasing its iron grip on the telephone and electric power distribution monopolies lately and subjecting them to market forces. However, Rep. Smith then finds fault with the casino operator not hiring the union workers, another monopoly sanctioned by the government.  I am sure Rep. Smith did not favor the so-called right-to-work legislation that would do away with the labor monopoly.  The Democratic Party by supporting the unions are assured of their financial contribution to hold them in power.  As the old saying goes, follow the money.

Rep. Smith states in her article that the state may not do adequate job with the money set aside for treating addictive nature (to some) of gambling citing the poor handling of the tobacco cessation funds.  Why hasn't Rep. Smith broken away from her party loyalty and filed legislation to end the practice of collecting taxes under one pretext but then spending it on some thing else as the political wind demands it?

State of New Hampshire is already in gambling business.  It is called the state lottery.  We were told that the money raised through that would be earmarked for education.  Yeah, right!  One should visit a packaged goods store to see how much money people plunk down week after week on odds that is worse than any gambling casinos run by private, for profit operations.

Finally, to answer the question raised by Rep. Smith about the money flowing through casino gambling, the Union Leader reported that Maine officials had totaled $677 Million spent by the gamblers there last year with the casinos paying out $619 Million (91.4% payout ratio- compare that to state lottery)and clearing a profit of about $30 million after taxes, representing a 4.4% profit margin- hardly a killing!  That is what our state Rep. Smith is envious about.

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