Republican
State Representative
Strafford District H3

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2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - present, 2000 - 2004); various engineering and management positions at Seabrook Nuclear Plant (1983 - 2003); Senior Regional Policy Advisor and Commissioner, PUC (2004 - 2012)

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
BS Engineering, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA.
Home Address
82 Garland Road
Strafford, NH 03884

Legislator Activity Profile

As a recently elected state official this individual does not have an Activity Profile for the previous legislative session. Elected official activity for the current 2017/2018 session will be posted soon.

POSITION ON ISSUES

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Crime and Public Safety

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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 add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Do employees in NH need more legal protections in the workplace?

Education

Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should NH continue the business tax credit for scholarships to private, parochial, and home schools?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?
Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?

Energy and Environment

Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
Should NH require labels on some or all genetically modified foods?
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 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?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
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?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?

Social Issues

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
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?

VOTING RECORD

2017

Crime and Public Safety

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. - Voted to repeal the license to carry a concealed firearm
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 against 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 for fetal homicide law
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 for fetal homicide law

Economy, Budget and Taxes

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 for 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 to consider Right to Work
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. - Voted against casinos
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 against 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 for 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. - Voted against casinos

Education

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 to allow 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 against 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 for parental notification
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 for 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 for stricter voter registration laws

Social Issues

HB 478 (2017) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. - Voted against passing gender identity discrimination protections

Campaign Finances

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COMMENTS

Christine Comstock-Burke
- Strafford

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 8:23am

when this changes (if it does) and becomes a program for parenthood planning maybe some funding but as it stands NO funding. I support RIGHT TO LIFE, barring extenuating circumstances for particular individual situations, abortion has become, for many, the easy answer to irresponsible behavior. I support more education in making responsible life choices, and taking personal responsibility for those choices

Christine Comstock-Burke
- Strafford

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 8:15am

NO NEW TAXES, fewer/reduced taxes and more business credits and fewer/reduced business restrictions to stimulate business growth, as businesses grow the economy will improve, the job market will improve it all works hand in hand,

Christine Comstock-Burke
- Strafford

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 8:11am

yes there must be strict consequences for any & all Heroin related offenses, mandatory drug treatment center participation ( are you familiar with Teen Challange wonderful program), and serious jail time for dealers

Christine Comstock-Burke
- Strafford

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 8:06am

1)no fund Public schools help them be the best they can be, if parents choose to send their young folks to a Charter school they pay, it is their choice, 2) there should be a limited/reasonable National std

Christine Comstock-Burke
- Strafford

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 7:59am

1)agree we didnt need another law, we need the laws on the books ENFORCED, very disappointed to see drivers on their cell phones or obviously otherwise distracted drive past a parked cruiser that does nothing, 2) not just drug testing, must test drug free, must supply ID to use EBT card and controls on EBT purchases for appropriateness, also ALL welfare recipients must attend/participate in educational programs to complete High School, Parental/Childcare education(if they have children) and trade education, get these folks back to work, how about business tax credits for businesses who higher them in apprentice programs or on the job training,
welfare MUST be a helping hand up NOT a hand out,

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