In the News
June 26, 2019
Gun Free Schools Bill Sent to Governor
This bill that will help police keep guns off schools grounds it on its way to the Governor. It is a sensible bill that does not impinge on anyone's right to own or carry a gun. Making this a state-wide policy, rather than a local decision, means there will be no confusion over where guns are allowed or not allowed.
Here's the text of the bill:
I. No person shall knowingly carry a firearm on public school property, including buildings, grounds, school buses, and vans. Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
II. This section shall not apply to:
(a) Any person picking up or dropping off a student, provided the firearm remains in a motor vehicle.
(b) Any person authorized by name and in writing by the school board or duly authorized designee to possess a firearm. Such authorization shall not be subject to RSA 91-A [public access to records] and shall specify the weapon or weapons that have been authorized, the purpose and scope of the authorization, and the time period for which the authorization applies. Prior to adopting such authorization, the school board shall hold at least one public hearing, noticed in the usual manner, which shall also include written notice designed to reach the general student population for the purpose of soliciting their input and participation.
(c) Any law enforcement officer, when on duty or service as a school resource officer, or member of the armed services of the United States or National Guard when on duty.
Tell the Governor you support HB 564. Call 271-2121.
June 26, 2019 Bill to restart biomass plants.
HB 183 includes a provision that should restart the biomass plants. It has passed the House and Senate and will likely reach the Governor's desk mid-to-late July.
Thanks to all who helped make my primary and general election campaigns successful.
June 26, 2019
Millions for School Aid and Property Tax Relief. But will the Governor veto the budget?
To keep the state running smoothly, the House, Senate and Governor must agree on a budget before July first. Negotiations require communication, cooperation and compromise.
Last week the House and Senate finance committees took the first step and compromised on a legislative budget proposal. With a Democratic majority in both chambers, this budget reflects the party’s campaign promise to lower property taxes and increase aid to school districts. Towns with the highest property tax rates, such as Berlin and Claremont, will benefit most.
In an effort to compromise and avoid a veto by the Governor, the Senate dropped the paid family and medical leave plan for this biennium. The House gave up a capital gains tax that would have generated even more money for Adequacy Aid to school districts.
Their budget increases school aid by $35 million next year and $103 million the following year. It also includes a new municipal aid program that will distribute a total of $20 million each year to every city and town using a formula based 20% on the student population and 80% on low-income student counts. Municipal aid can be used to reduce property taxes or add spending to next year’s budget. School and municipal aid combined increases aid to cities and towns by 16%.
The legislative budget also increases funding for the University System by 7.4%.
Ask the Governor sign the budget. Call 271-2121.
House & Senate Budget Estimate of School Adequacy Aid and Municipal Aid BY TOWN.
September 7, 2018
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SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the NH State Employees Association
Rights and Democracy – NH
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