Work in Concord
I have been proud to serve the past term on the Municipal and County Government Committee. This means I have been dealing with all bills related to towns, counties, and school districts and what they can and cannot do. It has been very interesting and engaging for me to serve on this vital committee. This committee is a good example of leaving partisanship at the door and working together with all representatives to pass good legislation in order to help the people of New Hampshire. I look forward to hopefully serving on it again in the future.
My voting record
Here is a link to my voting record from the past two years in Concord. I am more than happy to discuss the details of my votes -- please drop me a line!
Bills I've Sponsored
As a first-term representative, I learned the ropes on getting legislation passed and through the process. I was proud to be the prime sponsor on a number of bills, including:
HB 1474, an act designating the New Hampshire Red as the official State Poultry. This bill was brought forward by the students of Ian Henry's 4th Grade class at Canaan Elementary School when they learned that there was a breed of chicken called the New Hampshire Red but it was not recognized by the state. They researched the breed and I filed the bill. The students testified before House and Senate committees and we are proud to say that the bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Sununu this June! I found this bill to be important for the students as they learned the process of how a bill becomes law and became incredibly engaged with their civic institutions.
HB 1475, an act that would expand protective orders. It turns out there is a loophole in the process of being able to get a protective order for a child -- there is no adequate way for someone to have a protective order against someone who is abusing a child. We worked with the Child and Family Law committee, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and New Hampshire Legal Aid to protect children from abusers. It was sent to Interim Study this past year because of the complex specific details needed to ensure that it would be done the right way, and we plan on bringing it back again in January. Read the Valley News article about what prompted the case and another article about why we're fighting to close this loophole.
Further bills I've sponsored/co-sponsored in 2018 can be found here.