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US Rep Guinta introduces bipartisan autolending bill to save consumers millions per year 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Guinta joined Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) yesterday in introducing H.R. 1737 – the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act of 2015 - 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 CFPB implemented guidance without providing a public comment period for consumers, small businesses or stakeholders to prevent families and individuals from obtaining auto financing discounts.  From the single, working mother in Manchester to the small business owner on the Seacoast to the hunters of the north country – this bipartisan bill will provide as many opportunities as possible for Granite Staters to receive the best financing required to achieve car ownership.”


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.


Joining Congressman Guinta and Congressman Perlmutter, this strong bipartisan bill has 7 original co-sponsors, including Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), David Scott (D-GA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Daniel Kildee (D-MI) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH.)


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

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Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched an online petition in support of efforts led by Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) to reform longstanding issues with New Hampshire election law. Senate Bill 179 clarifies the definition of domicile to include a thirty day residency requirement before individuals can vote in New Hampshire.


"People who vote in New Hampshire should live in New Hampshire," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This petition is an effort to educate the public on the importance of election law and to gather support for the passage of this critical legislation. Governor Hassan and her Democratic colleagues should rise above political partisanship and support this commonsense legislation to ensure the integrity of our elections."


Recently, Secretary of State Bill Gardner stated that New Hampshire has "drive-by voting" and that he has witnessed fraud personally. Senator Carson worked with Secretary of State Gardner on the bill's language to ensure that it does not infringe on any individual's right to vote. SB 179 passed the Senate and is currently being debated in the House.


The online petition urging passage of SB 179 can be found here or by visiting




MPP - Fmr. Drug Cop to Support Marijuana Bill at N.H. Senate Hearing (4/7)

Former Narcotics Officer to Testify in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill TOMORROW (Tue.) at New Hampshire Senate Committee Hearing


At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin will join Rep. Adam Schroadter and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference to express support for HB 618, which would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of small amounts of marijuana


CONCORD — A former narcotics officer will testify at a New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday in support of a bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.


At 9 a.m. ET, immediately prior to the hearing, Maj. Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will join Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9: 40 a.m. ET in Room 100 of the State House.


HB 618, sponsored by Rep. Schroadter and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors, would make possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and up to $500 for third and subsequent offenses. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time. 


The House of Representatives approved the measure 297-67 on March 11.

“New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still doles out criminal records and jail time for simple marijuana possession,” said Simon, a Goffstown resident and New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “People’s lives should not be turned upside down just for possessing a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.


 “We hope the Senate and Gov. Hassan will join the overwhelming majority of the House — and the overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters — in supporting this modest proposal.”


WHAT: News conference and New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding HB 618, which would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana


WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, news conference at 9 a.m. ET, hearing at 9:40 a.m. ET


WHERE: News conference in lobby of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; hearing in Room 100 of the State House, 107 North Main St., Concord


WHO: Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), primary sponsor of HB 618

Maj. Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Matt Simon, New England political director, Marijuana Policy Project

Others TBA


NH House Speaker Shawn N. Jasper statement following passage of both HB-1A and HB 2-FN-A-L by the NH House

“I was confident from the first day that I became speaker that Republicans would coalesce and come together on the important issues and today is a good example of that.  When it came to issues that matter  the most to Republicans and their constituents we were able to work together and successfully come up with a budget that we can now send over to the Senate.  In the 11 budgets that I have voted on during my time in the legislature I have never seen one that is perfect and today’s budget is no different.  We look forward to what the Senate now does with this budget and will be ready to work with them during the committees of conference.”


NH Charter School News and Updates 

In this issue

Dear charter school parents and supporters,


This is an important week for the future of charter schools in New Hampshire. Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters from the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & parents are fighting to keep their public school open by converting it to a public charter school. Learn more


On Wednesday March 11th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on the charter school funding bill, HB563. HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding at a time when the schools desperately need it. Learn more


There are so many amazing things happening in our public schools that we couldn't possibly include them all in one newsletter but we have included some highlights below. If you have any questions about NH public charters or want to learn more, we would encourage you to contact us or a charter school in your area.

Matt Southerton

Director, NH Center for Innovative Schools 

Office: 603-224-0366

Cell: 603-303-8070  

For up to the minute news on everything charter, please visit us on Facebook and Twitter



Charter school supporters celebrated a small but important victory this week as the charter school funding bill (HB563 as amended) was voted out of committee with a recommendation of "ought to pass". HB563 will go up for a vote before the full House of Representatives on March 11th. If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that. hb563 


New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. When SB539 overhauled the education funding formula in 2009-10, charter schools were included. The legislative intent of SB539 was to provide NH public charter schools with permanent sustainable funding. NH charter schools were woven into the fabric of public education funding receiving $3,450 in adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars. Since that time, charter school funding has remained flat.


Tomorrow morning March 10th, voters of the Monadnock Regional School District will decide the fate of the Gilsum STEAM Academy (GSA). Teachers & administrators are urging voters to keep their public school open by voting, NO on article 9 .... YES on article 10. The group hopes to then convert GSA into a public charter school which would save taxpayer money.gilsum 


As a STEAM school, GSA's mission focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 


For voter information please visit:


To learn more about the movement to save GSA please visit: PTA Facebook page



This week a team from the Academy for Science and Design Charter School (ASD) won the 2015 Northern New England Science Bowl Regional Championship. The team will be competing at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC in April.


Our hats are off to the teachers and students of this public charter that continues to excel to new heights!



About ASD

ASD is a public charter school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Its mission is to graduate well-rounded students with the capacity for high achievement and leadership in their colleges, careers, and society. To learn more about ASD please visit: 


The NH Public Charter School Association recently held its annual "chili cook-off" in Concord. Schools from around the state battled it out for the crown but in the end it was a tie! The Birches Academy Charter School from Salem and the North Country Academy Charter School from Littleton shared the title. The event gave New Hampshire state legislators an opportunity to learn more about these public schools and cast their vote for the best chili. More photos from the event are available at: 


(Senator Jeanie Forrester & Senator John Reagan visit with students from GBECS)





The first charter school opened in New Hampshire about nine years ago. It hasn't been an easy journey for anyone but nothing worth fighting for ever is. The reflections below are from parents who have been kind enough to share their thoughts. While this is certainly not a scientific study, it does help one to understand why some parents have chosen a charter school and the benefits that it has made in their child's life.


We share this feedback with you not to diminish our traditional public schools but to celebrate the power of increased education options for all families.


Jennifer wrote: "The charter school has ignited our son's desire to learn. Alternatively our daughter loves her district school. More choice!"


Amanda wrote: "We chose the Charter School because of our daughters love of the Arts & this suited her perfectly. We could not be more happy"


Ruth wrote: "I have never seen him so excited about going to school...The school is always looking to achieve higher standards."


Kathy wrote: "As a parent of a special needs student attending a charter school I have been amazed... My son is in his second year at a charter school and is finally excelling. He is treated with respect and value."


If you would like to share some aspect of your journey in a public charter school we would like to hear from you. Please use our Parent Feedback form and specify whether or not we may share your thoughts.


Thank you!