CORRECTION: Mr. GHS pageant will be held on March 15

An article that appeared in Thursday's Daily Sun listed an incorrect date for the Mr. GHS pageant. The humorous and entertaining event, which raises funds to provide flag boxes for residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home, will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gilford High School. Tickets cost $5 for students and $7 for the general public.

Laconia Rep. Huot in majority on late-term abortion vote

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — As the lone Democrat in the Belknap County delegation, Rep. David Huot of Laconia most often finds himself in a minority of one. But, this week when the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected a bill to prohibit aborting a fetus after a physician has determined it would survive outside the womb by a vote of 189 to 170, Huot was joined in majority by Rep. Barbar Comtois of Barnstead.

The remaining 11 members of the delegation, all Republicans, present and voting supported the bill: Marc Abear and Herb Vadney of Meredith, Glen Aldrich and Norm Silber of Gilford, Dennis Fields and Tim Lang of Sanbornton, Ray Howard and Peter Varney of Alton, Michael Maloney of Gilmanton, Peter Spanos of Laconia and Michael Sylvia of Belmont.

Republicans Robert Fisher and Don Flanders of Laconia, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton and Jon Plumer of Belmont were excused and did not vote.

County Republicans spurn minimum wage raise

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — Withe sole exception of Rep. David Huot (D-Laconia), the remaining members of the Belknap County delegation, all Republicans, this week voted with the majority when the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected legislation to introduce a minimum wage of $9 per hour which would rise to $12 per hour in 2019 by a vote of 193 to 169.

Those voting against the bill were Reps. Marc Abear and Herb Vadney of Meredith, Glen Aldrich and Norm Silber of Gilford, Barbara Comtois of Barnstead, Dennis Fields and Tim Lang of Sanbornton, Ray Howard and Peter Varney of Alton, Michael Maloney of Gilmanton, Peter Spanos of Laconia, and Michael Sylvia of Belmont. Republican Reps. Robert Fisher and Don Flanders of Laconia, Jon Plumer of Belmont and Valerie Fraser of New Hampton were excused and did not vote.

New Hampshire has no state minimum wage, but instead applies the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, ensuring itself of the lowest minimum wage among the six New England states. The minimum wage is $9 in Maine, $10 in Vermont, $11 in Massachusetts, $10.10 in Connecticut and $9.60 in Rhode Island.

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