Representative Steven Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) presented a “blurb” to be published regarding HB1522 a bill regarding tax caps. A blurb is a recap of positions and debate in committee. Apparently, in committee the majority party stated that people were “too emotional” to know how to vote. Representative Vaillancourt used those words in his minority blurb.
The blurb was censored. The calendar of the House is incomplete. Your elected Representatives were barred by the Speaker from reading in the official record a recitation of what took place in committee. Your representation was denied.
It is not up to an elite to determine what should be public record. The Speaker has a difficult job “herding cats.” Nonetheless, she must not be allowed to silence any one of us. This is not the first time blurbs have been censored by this Speaker. Frankly, this pattern of behavior brings discredit to the office, in my opinion.
Many have written poorly worded “blurbs” in the past and many will in the future. There was nothing personally offensive; neither racial or sexual comments, nor even poor grammar appeared in the blurb. There was nothing written in violation of the rules by the Representative from Manchester.
To the Speaker: Let us make up our own minds, don’t censor us or attempt to dictate to us what we can or can not say or do.
Jordan G. Ulery
Member 161st New Hampshire General Court - House
Republican - Hillsborough 27
"Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." Edmund Burke. Bristol 1774
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero - 55 BC