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- Ryan
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Allow landlords to double security deposits?
The article stated that one month rent for security deposit isn't enough to cover potential damage to properties so landlord charge higher rent to cover damage. Using this argument what would… read more
- Mark
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Should the NH House have banned 12 and 13-year-olds from operating ATVs, snowmobiles, and other OHRVs on public roads?
It has gone too far. Parents should make the call. By the time my son or my grandkids reached 12 years old they had been taught the rules and responsibility. They could operate a machine better than… read more
- Vernon
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Right of doctors to refuse abortion, contraception?
Pharmaceutical distribution and medical procedures should not be forbidden due to a doctor's religion. A doctor shouldn't be compelled to go against their conscience, but the burden of… read more
- Kevin
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Right of doctors to refuse abortion, contraception?
Is this law necessary? I don't believe that any doctor is currently required to conduct an abortion or sterilization procedure against his or her will. Patients wanting such procedures find a… read more
- Jackie
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Should the town of Hampton get a bigger share of state funds to help pay for emergency services and sidewalk maintenance at Hampton Beach?
The town should be allowed to tax the State Park. Doing so would help Hampton pay for services that are crucial to the safe enjoyment of the beach. If not, more rooms and meals tax money should be… read more
- Mike
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Constitutional amendment for privacy?
I'm sorry, but I think a constitutional amendment deserves to come with a lot more clarity.
- Chuck
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Homeless and Panhandling Laws
Begging is a job. Panhandlers are street performers just the same as a musician. Where there is an issue with an individual we already have laws that require "business licenses and registration… read more
- Daniel
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Drinking Age
How strange is it that at 18yo I was old enough to be conscripted and be told to kill people, but I was still to young to drink? Beer and Wine are foods and can be respected. We can focus more on the… read more
- Daniel
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Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine
Criminals don't follow laws. Honest people have the right to protect themselves and others and deserve the support of their neighbors and state. I have faith in the legal system to sort out the… read more
- Daniel
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Motorcycle Helmet Law
Wearing a helmet is irrelevant to the safety of other people.
- Daniel
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Seat Belt Law
We have a law banning cell phones and there is zero effort even trying to enforce that. Cell-phone use while driving results in distracted drivers injuring and killing many many other people. Wearing… read more
- Daniel
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Marijuana Decriminalization
My body is my temple. If I want to eat "Tide pods" that is my prerogative. If my neighbor has a "Tide pod" problem, I will (and have) personally extended myself to helping them… read more
- Daniel
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Distracted Driving Laws
Unfortunately I see cops driving while on their cell phones almost everyday.
- Daniel
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Drinking Age
It is not realistic to think a young person will fully abstain until age 21 and then magically understand how to drink responsibly on the day they turn 21. It should not be a crime to allow a young… read more
- Ellen
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Do you support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing rights to NH crime victims – like the right to know when the person who harmed them is out on bail or the right to be heard in parole hearings?
Of course a victim of a crime should be allowed to be notified that the criminal is up for Release or is released from prison ! I would hope that anyone and everyone would agree that it would in the… read more
- Frank
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Do you support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing rights to NH crime victims – like the right to know when the person who harmed them is out on bail or the right to be heard in parole hearings?
Yes, I support a constitutional amendment to guarantee rights to crime victims. It's the least we can do to protect them considering the millions of guns that remain on the streets and… read more
- Chuck
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Should foster parents have a "bill of rights" codified in state law?
I worked diligently to ensure that NO birth parent rights are infringed upon. This bill is a compilation of DCYF rules and current law that simply do not happen. The intent is to ensure that the… read more
- Sean
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Should foster parents have a "bill of rights" codified in state law?
This is absolutely needed....Foster Parents are often the most reliable source of information on how the child is doing with visitations and what is truly in the best interest of the child yet if… read more
- Terese
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Do you support offshore drilling for oil and gas along the New Hampshire coast?
NH's key business is tourism. With only 17 miles of coastline, erecting oil drilling platforms would certainly destroy the views from our coastal roads, parks, and homes. Of course we also… read more
- Arthur
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Should NH change the definition of “residence” and “domicile” so that a voter must be a resident – not just domiciled – in NH?
Let's just call this bill what it is: an attempt to suppress the student vote in New Hampshire. Supporters argue that students from other states can simply request an absentee ballot from their… read more
- Jackie
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Should NH prohibit foreign nationals from spending any money to influence voters?
I would think that allowing non-US persons to influence our elections would be illegal already. Like Russia. I don't think even out of staters should be allowed to contribute. If this is… read more
- Maureen
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Mandatory seat belts?
The matter isn't really whether or not people should wear seatbelts when riding in a car. They should, obviously. Instead, it is whether the state government should require them to do so. Though… read more
- Mike
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Should pharmacists be able to dispense birth control pills to women in NH who do not have a doctor’s prescription?
I was shocked to discover that it was leading Democrats in the House who opposed this bill in committee. Rep. Messmer has apparently stated that she is against the bill because it raises concerns… read more
- Jackie
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Northern Pass denied
Are we going to see rates drop now that Eversource received a massive corporate tax cut? I read about this happening for Mass. Where is NH's cut?
- Chuck
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Northern Pass denied
Ooooh the drama... to the citizens of this State, the "chilling message" is your giant monstrosity of a company will not take no for an answer.... that is the "chilling" message… read more
- Snaggle
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Mandatory seat belts?
This legislation suggestion is not a matter of interfering with individual liberties or maintaining a nanny state. I've worked in emergency health care since 1974. I see the results several… read more
- Mark
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Should NH allow a parent/guardian to provide driver education instead of requiring a driver education course?
Society needs more structured driver education and training, not less. Heck, I think adults should be required to take a test every 5-10 years.
- Chuck
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Should sobriety checkpoints be banned in NH?
Sobriety Check points violates the fourth amendment, the right to travel unmolested. This is not Nazi Germany, you can not force people to stop and follow orders. A law has to be broken.
- Kenneth
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Do you support legislation that requires more oversight of dog breeders, and requires individuals charged with animal cruelty to pay for the costs of caring for confiscated animals?
There is a difference between being accused and being guilty. Making it easy for shelters to get 'free' animals to sell from people simply by accusing them is not good law. This has… read more
- Nancy
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Should NH raise its smoking age from 18 to 21?
No, it won't make any difference. Just up the tax.
- Maureen
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Do you support licensing two casinos, one larger and one smaller, in NH?
Yes, but the location is critical. A border town would be best.
- Maureen
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Do you support licensing two casinos, one larger and one smaller, in NH?
If a study was done on the number of buses that head south out of NH to the casinos in Ct. I think they would be surprised. The people on the buses are adults and chose to go for fun and excitement.… read more
- judy
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Do you support legislation that would protect NH students’ right to wear or otherwise display the American flag at school, provided it is not done in a disrespectful manner?
I support students' right to display the flag but this legislation seems excessive. Again, do we have to police every controversial matter with a law?
- Chuck
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Should NH make it a criminal offense—subject to a fine, but not jail time—to display or consume any quantity of marijuana in public?
This is a historic time for cannabis reform. We should NOT be increasing penalties for public consumption of cannabis. Why would we treat this with stricter rules than cigarettes? These are both… read more
- Stephen
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Do you support licensing two casinos, one larger and one smaller, in NH?
Conn. has been home to 2 casinos for about 25-30 years. Is there any research/evidence that supports a surge in gambling addiction in that area?
- Chuck
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Should NH direct more revenue from carbon cap-and-trade to making schools and low-income homes energy efficient, instead of rebating it equally to all residential customers?
- As a landlord, I fear that slum lords will consume a large portion of the money meant for (weatherizing low-income homes and providing energy-efficient appliance rebates to low-income families).… read more
- Daniel
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Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant
I would like to add my strong support to approval of the renewal process. Although I am a strong advocate of renewable energy, we will still need reliable sources of baseload (24/7) power through… read more
- Frank
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Do you support offshore drilling for oil and gas along the New Hampshire coast?
No. The US exported oil and gas at record levels last year. There's no need to expand off shore drilling.
- Chuck
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Do you support offshore drilling for oil and gas along the New Hampshire coast?
With only 17 miles of coastline offshore drilling would have a large impact on tourism. I would vote no.
- Arthur
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Do you support offshore drilling for oil and gas along the New Hampshire coast?
We should not be opening up our coastlines or Artic and Antartic zones to any kind of drilling. The damages to the eco systems and quality of life for all animals, fish and humans will be degraded… read more
- Andrea
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Do you support a proposal to limit the unrestricted hunting of coyotes?
John Harrigan, a lifelong hunter, sheep farmer and outdoor writer for NH Sunday news for 37 years told me that he never lost a sheep to the coyotes that live around his farm, and tells the hunters… read more
- Helen
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Do you support a proposal to limit the unrestricted hunting of coyotes?
I have no problem with unlimited Coyote hunting under the current laws. Not only do they do they cull the sick or injured Deer but in heavy snow times they will pen up Deer and kill far more than… read more
- Dennis
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Do you support a proposal to limit the unrestricted hunting of coyotes?
wait until one attacks your kid or your dog or cat they should be hunted all year I had 5 come at me when I lived in Hill NH but they couldn't get behind me so they left
- Alan
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Do you support a proposal to limit the unrestricted hunting of coyotes?
Restrict the killing. Maybe they will reduce the deer population.
- Maureen
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Do you support legislation that requires more oversight of dog breeders, and requires individuals charged with animal cruelty to pay for the costs of caring for confiscated animals?
There should be stiffer laws and penalties for anybody who is found to be cruel to animals..... the typical argument from opposition will say it "will disproportionately impact lower-income… read more
- Snaggle
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Do you support the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to let girls join?
Boys will be left with nothing. The BSA will fold in no time.
- Snaggle
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Do you support the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to let girls join?
Girls and boys are different. I predict girls will do better in the boyscouts than boys. There is no physicality in the merit badges. The mobility is based on learning things like the oath, motto,… read more
- Vincent
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