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Levell For NH House - Gas Tax Increase Hurts Taxpayers 

On Tuesday, July 1st, the gas tax will increase 23%, or an additional $0.04 per gallon. It will raise the price of everything -- from milk and groceries, to basic household items. Now the cost of commuting to work will go up. The cost of shuffling the kids off to their various activities will be higher. It will hurt all New Hampshire citizens and businesses, but fall disproportionately on our seniors and low-income families.
Not all of the funds will go towards repairing or developing the state's infrastructure. More than 25% is siphoned off for pet projects in other departments. If citizens must face a tax increase, they deserve no less than a full guarantee that all the proceeds from that tax will go to their intended use. Instead, this gas tax increase is irresponsible fiscal management. It is irresponsible to add more burdens on our businesses and families.
New Hampshire needs legislators that will be more fiscally prudent and transparent about how the money is spent.
Michelle Levell
Candidate for State Representative of Windham (Rockingham 7)

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Chandler Announces Run for NH House Speaker 

Bartlett- House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement following his official filing for re-election: 

“Today I am announcing that if I am fortunate enough to be reelected in my House district, I will be a candidate for Speaker of the NH House of Representatives.” 

“I believe that my history of leadership positions in the House during my many years serving under and with a number of different speakers uniquely qualifies me for the position of speaker.” 

“The next legislature will be facing a myriad of problems and New Hampshire needs a proven leader to guide the House through the next two years.” 

‘I am very thankful for all of the support I have enjoyed in the past and am grateful for those supporters who have urged me to run for the Speakership, and I look forward to doing my part in making New Hampshire a proud and prosperous state.”


Hounsell seeks spot on ballot as Independent 

Published Date: Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:02

By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Former New Hampshire state senator Mark Hounsell, who is running as in Independent for state representative in District 2, officially announced his candidacy for office at the Gibson Center in North Conway Monday morning.
District 2 covers Chatham, Conway, Eaton and Hales Location, and elects three representatives.
Hounsell collected paperwork at the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office in Concord on Wednesday, something all Independent candidates must do, and in declaring his candidacy had until Aug. 8 to obtain 150 signatures from registered voters in the district to get on the November ballot. Monday he had a host of seniors take the time to support Hounsell in his bid to get on the ballot.
"I will be seeking a spot on the general election ballot in November by means of nomination papers as I will be running as an Independent, not beholden to either the Republican or Democratic parties," he said. "I realize this is a difficult path to victory, but after much reflection, consultation and prayer, I also realize this is my attempt to enter this particular political arena in good conscience. As an Independent, I will not be beholden to any ideology, special interest or political boss. When elected I will be 100 percent free of such crippling influences and therefore able to represent the people. My campaign motto is 'People Above Politics.'
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NH House Republican Alliance: Comments on stifling of speech in NH House 

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement on the stifling of speech on the New Hampshire house floor today by the Democratic majority.  A motion was brought forth by the majority leader to limit debate, on one bill, to 30 minutes per side on SB319, a bill that limits free speech around abortion clinics.  There were 13 speakers signed to speak against the bill.


"Twice the minority tried to amend the motion to limit debate to longer periods of time.  However, the oppressive majority moved to give just over two minutes per representative in opposition SB319, who had already signed up well in advance, to speak, while giving their position nearly eight minutes per speaker.  The majority leader clearly stated in his parliamentary inquiry that this was a game of  paybacks for a previous speaker's limiting of debate for all bills on days when there were many bills that  needed to be debated.  There were only four bills to vote on after SB319, thus, there was no need to limit debate," stated Rep. Dan Itse,- Fremont. "In the final vote to limit debate, the motion failed (150 to 143), with even members of the majority understanding the dangers of limiting the rights and voice  of the people as instructed in Part 1, Article 30 of the Constitution of our State."



MPP - Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes NH House

New Hampshire House Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Measure with bipartisan support would replace criminal penalties and potential jail time with a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana


CONCORD — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill 215-92 on Wednesday that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The strong bipartisan support for the bill indicates the measure could withstand a veto from Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has expressed disapproval for such legislation despite broad public support. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will be scheduled for a public hearing.

"This is a big step toward reducing the harms caused by marijuana prohibition," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting the bill. "New Hampshire residents are sick and tired of seeing their tax dollars used to criminalize people for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. The Senate and Gov. Hassan should join the House and the majority of state voters in supporting this sensible reform."

HB 1625, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors including Sen. Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton), would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. It would also make cultivation of up to six plants a Class A misdemeanor instead of a felony. 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. 

New Hampshire spends more than $6.5 million enforcing marijuana possession laws every year, according to a report released by the ACLU last year. Marijuana arrests account for more than half of all drug offenses in the Granite State.

"Every other state in New England has ended the needless and antiquated practice of criminalizing people for marijuana possession," Simon said. "It's time for New Hampshire to join them and adopt a more sensible marijuana policy."

According to a survey conducted in January 2013 by Public Policy Polling, 62% of New Hampshire voters support replacing the state's current criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a fine of up to $100 and no jail time. Only 27% said they were opposed. The full results of the poll are available at

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail for possession of marijuana, including Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is now legal for adults 21 and older. Twelve other states are currently considering legislation to reduce marijuana penalties to only a fine.

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit