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NH Center For Innovative Schools - Fate of NH charters to be decided this week 

June 14, 2015
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Over the next week the New Hampshire state legislature will quite literally decide the fate of New Hampshire's public charter school program. New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charters in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil. After six years of flat funding these schools are at risk and an update to the funding formula must occur this session. If action is not taken we risk damaging these high-quality public schools and tumbling toward a "race to the bottom" as families seek opportunity in other states.

Original Intent of HB563

According to HB563's prime sponsor Representative Ken Weyler, the original intent of HB563 was to link per pupil funding to 50% of the state average cost per pupil. This would provide a natural increase in per pupil funding as costs rise. HB563 was changed in committee however and as amended would provide a modest $36 dollar per pupil increase in year one (this is not a typo) and a $1,036 increase per pupil in year two. Per pupil funding would remain relatively static after year two. (Readers should note that HB563 received bipartisan in the House including almost all House republicans and over two dozen democrats).


The Senate initially voted to support HB563 (no senate democrats voted in favor of HB563) however the Senate then voted to table the bill and address charter funding in the budget. See section below, "House VS Senate Budget". 

House VS Senate Budget
Although the Senate budget appears to spend about $100 million more than the House, it cuts $3 million from the charter school line item. It does this by reducing the increase in per pupil aid passed in the House budget by 75% to $250.

To help illustrate the critical need to address funding this session I would point out that even State Board of Education member Bill Duncan testified in support of a $1,000 per pupil increase in February.

US Rep Guinta bipartisan auto bill receives hearing 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing to discuss H.R. 1737 – the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act – a bipartisan bill introduced with Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to rescind flawed guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which harms consumers by limiting their ability to obtain discounted auto financing.


“In 2013, the bureaucratic CFPB issued a guidance preventing families and individuals from obtaining auto financing discounts, without a public period for consumers, small businesses or stakeholders,” said Rep. Frank Guinta.  “This guidance not only affects the hundreds of hard-working auto dealers in the Granite State; but, it also affects families and individuals wishing to obtain auto ownership.


This month, Alan J. from Laconia emailed my office to share his struggle to obtain auto financing in order to purchase a car after his car broke down so that he could continue his job and continue providing for his children and his sick wife.  It is because of folks like Alan that we must address this widespread issue and pass H.R. 1737 to empower the people of the Granite State, and not of the federal government.”


H.R. 1737 would repeal a CFPB bulletin from 2013 that was designed to pressure lending institutions into eliminating the availability of auto financing discounts.  These discounts save consumers millions of dollars every year.


“It is refreshing to see Members of Congress working in a bipartisan manner for transparency, regulatory certainty for small businesses, and low credit prices for auto consumers,” said Peter Welch, President of the National Automobile Dealers Association. “We commend Representatives Guinta and Perlmutter for their leadership on H.R. 1737 to create a transparent and open process when issuing guidance on auto financing. H.R. 1737 now has 89 bipartisan cosponsors and the backing of the auto industry, and we urge Congress to pass this pro-consumer legislation.”


Congressman Guinta introduced H.R. 1737 with Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) on April 13, 2015.  The bill has 49 Republican cosponsors and 40 Democratic cosponsors.


H.R. 1737 is supported by NADA; the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; the American Financial Services Association; the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association; AIADA; the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association; the Recreational Vehicles Industry Association; the National Auto Auction Association; and the Motorcycle Industry Council.


For a copy of H.R. 1737, please click here.


For a video of Congressman Guinta discussing H.R. 1737, please click here.


NH House - Concurred bills 

The Senate has concurred on the following Senate bills amended by the House:

SB 264 relative to tipped employees.

SB 14 making technical corrections to the laws relative to the judicial council and repealing a limitation on compensation of counsel for indigent defendants.

SB 20 establishing a commission on historic burial grounds and cemeteries.

SB 70  relative to the processing of lobster tail

SB 80 relative to the state trails plan and establishing a committee on rail trails.

SB 98 relative to third party review required by the planning board.

SB 148 relative to the shellfish inspection program.


There will be a committee of conference on:

SB 97 authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate storm water to comply with federal permit requirements.


The House has concurred on the following House bills amended by the Senate:

HB 122 relative to advertising of liquor or beverages.

HB 126 establishing a commission to study issues related to students receiving special education services while attending a chartered public school.

HB 134 establishing a committee to study the use of motorized scooter chairs on roadways and sidewalks.

HB 140  relative to appointment of inspectors of election.

HB 196 requiring the removal of identifying features from vehicles formerly used as ambulances.

HB 279 establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire.

HB 382  establishing a committee to study facilitating private investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

HB 510  establishing a commission to study the regulation of pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers, and junk or scrap metal dealers.


American Cancer Society - ACS CAN Statement on Indoor Tanning "Yes" Vote 

ACS CAN Applauds “Yes” Vote on Legislation Protecting Minors from Indoor Tanning Devices


CONCORD – April 30, 2015 – The New Hampshire Senate today approved House Bill 136, which prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by minors under the age of 18. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supported the measure and worked with lawmakers to advocate for the bill’s passage.


“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is extremely pleased that the Senate has taken a major step in protecting New Hampshire youth from the deadly effects of skin cancer by voting in support of this indoor tanning bill,” said Mike Rollo, New Hampshire director of government relations for ACS CAN.


“We applaud members of the New Hampshire Senate for supporting this legislation and thank Representatives Azarian and Barnes for their leadership on this important issue. We encourage Governor Hassan to act with equal expediency and sign into law this lifesaving piece of legislation.”


Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more than 2 million cases being diagnosed annually. In New Hampshire this year, an estimated 280 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, rates that are higher than the national average. Avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer. This is especially true for kids.


Young people under the age of 18 are at a particularly high risk for the damages associated with UV radiation and exposure, since their skin is not fully developed and their skin cells are dividing and changing more rapidly than those of adults. In fact, indoor tanning use before the age of 35 increases melanoma risk by 59 percent.


“The research is clear – tanning devices cause cancer. By supporting this bill to protect our kids from the UV radiation emitted by these devices, New Hampshire lawmakers are working to prevent future skin cancer diagnoses and save lives,” said Rollo.


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


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US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan bill to help Granite State fisheries 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta introduced the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act, a bipartisan bill to redirect more than $100 million in existing funds to programs of crucial importance to sustainably managing our fisheries and the communities and fishermen who make a living from the ocean.  Joined by Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), this piece of legislation would provide grants to research, monitor and manage our state’s fisheries.   


“The bipartisan Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act is a crucial step in strengthening New Hampshire’s historical fishing industry during this difficult period in the industry,” said Rep. Frank Guinta, who represents the fishing communities of the Seacoast in New Hampshire. “Granite State fishermen deserve the resources necessary to assist with their jobs, cope with government mandates and increase their revenue.  This is one of many of my bipartisan solutions to help alleviate the challenges our state’s fishermen face.”


“I am proud to join Rep. Guinta in re-introducing this important piece of legislation,” said Rep. Bill Keating, who represents the fishing communities of Southeastern Massachusetts. “Our bill, as we have supported in previous Congresses, is a simple, common-sense step to ensure that our fishermen receive the full balance of funds available to them under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act grant program. This is a nonpartisan issue that requires bipartisan support, and we all agree that better science leads to better management. This bill will ensure that fishermen are directly involved in promoting the research and development that will impact their livelihoods.”


This bipartisan bill ensures key programs critical to managing ocean fish populations and the fishermen and communities which depend on them will receive increased and sustainable funding.


To read a copy of the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act, please click here.