Democrat
State Representative
Strafford District H6

Issue Transparency

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18
of 18
2016 Declared Issue Positions

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

The data below is based on the the 2015/2016 legislative session. The objective, nonpartisan measures below are used to show this elected official’s activities at the Statehouse. It is not to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber. Note: Elected official activity for the current 2017/2018 session will be posted soon.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 90%
87% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 71%
43% Attendance
How often does the elected official vote in committee executive session?
Average 88%
47% Voted
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members?
Average 87%
95% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 85%
83% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor legislation?
Average 3
0 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
0 Became Law

POSITION ON ISSUES

The LFDA Survey is the primary source for issue positions on this website. Each election season the Live Free or Die Alliance sends a survey on NH issues to every candidate for state office. We make every effort to reach each candidate by snail-mail, e-mail, and phone. If an issue position is still not answered through our survey, we utilize other resources including voting records, candidate websites, campaign fliers, Project Vote Smart surveys, and more. Any questions or suggestions on issue positions? Contact us.

Crime and Public Safety

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH legalize the recreational use 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 NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Do employees in NH need more legal protections in the workplace?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
State role in economic growth
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
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 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 the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
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?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
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 allow binding referendums?
Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
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?

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 NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should businesses that provide insurance be required to cover contraception?
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 legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2017

Crime and Public Safety

SB 66 (2017) - Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses. - Voted against fetal homicide law
HB 640 (2017) - Decriminalizes possession of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana, with additional penalties for violators under age twenty-one. - Voted to decriminalize marijuana
SB 12 (2017) - Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a concealed firearm is valid, and repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. - Excused/Did not vote
SB 131 (2017) - Appropriates $1,155,000 to hire five state troopers assigned to drug enforcement on the state border. This bill also appropriates $3,340,000 for state and local law enforcement and the state lab for overtime related to drug enforcement. - Voted for additional drug enforcement funding
SB 66 (2017) - Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses. - Voted against fetal homicide law

Economy, Budget and Taxes

SB 242 (2017) - Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling. - Excused/Did not vote
HB 115 (2017) - Raises the minimum wage to $9.50 in 2018 and $12 in 2019, with annual cost of living adjustments starting in 2020. The bill also establishes a training wage that is one dollar less than the minimum wage for the first three months of employment for someone sixteen or seventeen years-old. - Voted to consider a minimum wage increase
HB 144 (2017) - Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 1, the Senate is amended this bill into a new budget bill. - Voted against 2018-2019 budget bill
SB 10 (2017) - Creates a program to repay licensed milk producers from losses during the 2016 drought. The bill appropriates $2 million to the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund. - Voted against dairy farmer assistance
SB 11 (2017) - Right-to-Work bill that prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union. - Voted against Right to Work
HB 144 (2017) - Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 1, the Senate is amended this bill into a new budget bill. - Voted against 2018-2019 budget bill
SB 242 (2017) - Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling. - Excused/Did not vote

Education

HB 103 (2017) - Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education. - Voted against parental notification
SB 8 (2017) - Allows a school district to assign a child to a non-sectarian private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district. The bill was amended to also require the non-sectarian private school to administer an annual assessment. - Voted against allowing assignment to a private school
SB 191 (2017) - Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs, with adjustments based on the number of English language learners and free and reduced lunch students in each district. The House amended the bill to simply provide full funding for full-day kindergarten programs, and half funding for half-day kindergarten programs. The House also added keno legalization to the bill to create the revenue for kindergarten funding. - Voted for full day kindergarten funding with keno
HB 103 (2017) - Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education. - Voted against parental notification

Health Care

HB 157 (2017) - Adds chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. - Voted to allow marijuana for chronic pain

Politics and Political Process

SB 3 (2017) - Changes the definition of domicile for voting purposes to make it more restrictive. This bill explicitly excludes anyone who comes to the state "for temporary purposes," such as volunteering or working on political campaigns. Out-of-state college students are still allowed to claim a domicile in New Hampshire. However, if someone moves to a new New Hampshire address within 30 days of voting, he or she must present proof of intent to stay in New Hampshire. This proof could include a lease, driver's license, a child's enrollment at a public school, etc. The voter has until 10 days after the election to provide this proof to the town clerk. If the voter does not present this proof, he or she may be investigated, including a home visit by election officials. - Voted against stricter voter registration laws

Social Issues

HB 478 (2017) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. - Voted to consider gender identity discrimination protections

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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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