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2018 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Senator, NH Senate (2012 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2008 - 2012); Former Chair, Strafford County Democratic Committee; Professor, University of New Hampshire (1978 - present)

Family
Married; Children: 1
Education
PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI.
BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Home Address
19 Maple Street
Dover, NH 03820
Work Address
State House Room 302
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

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 98%
94% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 85%
77% Attendance
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members (applies to Democrats and Republicans only)?
Average 92%
90% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 98%
95% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor bills?
Average 22
35 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 11
18 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

Is police brutality an issue in NH?
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?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
State role in economic growth
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?
Should New Hampshire government do more to increase the supply of affordable housing?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

Education

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

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 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)?

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?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
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?
Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?

Politics and Political Process

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

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?

Social Issues

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

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 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 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

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
HB 364 (2019) - Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana at home. - Voted to allow home-grown medical marijuana

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

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COMMENTS

Christine Entrekin
- Somersworth

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 3:10pm

I am a 30 year resident of Somerwsworth NH and a registered nurse. I am asking that you do not vote for any budget that includes tax payer dollars for abortions. I would much prefer to see these dollars go to adoption agencies.

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