5 local lawmakers get 'A' grades from N.H. Business & Industry Association

CONCORD — Both state senators from the Lakes Region — Republican Jeanie Forrester of Meredith and Democrat Andrew Hosmer of Laconia — were named "Champions of Business" by the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association (BIA) for their voting record in the 2013 legislative session. But, only three of the 18 state representatives from Belknap County earned the title.

Forrester and Hosmer posted identical scores of 89 percent while differing on just two of the nine "pro business" votes tracked by the BIA. Hosmer voted against and Forrester voted for a bill to convene a committee to study privatizing the prison system, which the BIA favored, while Forrester voted for and Hosmer voted against a bill to establish a moratorium on new generation and transmission facilities pending the outcome of a study, which the BIA opposed.

Among the 13 Republican representatives in the county delegation, Frank Tilton of Laconia posted a perfect score of 100 percent and was joined by Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, with 88 percent, and Don Flanders of Laconia, with 86 percent, as a "Champion of Business."

Five other Republicans — Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith and Mike Sylvia of Belmont scored 75 percent. They were followed by Stephen Holmes and Jane Cormier of Alton, both with 71 percent. Bob Luther of Laconia and Guy Comtois scored 67 percent while Chuck Fink of Belmont, scored 57 percent, the lowest score among the Republican members.

Three of the five Democrats in the county delegation — Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, David Huot of Laconia and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — scored 63 percent while Ruth Gulick of New Hampton scored 50 percent and Beth Arsenault of Laconia 40 percent.