CONCORD — Just three members of the 18 member Belknap County Delegation voted with the majority yesterday when the House scuttled a constitutional amendment (CACR 1) to require a supermajority of three-fifths to levy any new tax or fee or to raise any existing tax or fee.
The delegation consists of the county's 18 representatives in the state House. All are Republicans.
The House rejected the proposal by a vote of 226 to 128. Of the 14 members of the county delegation who voted, only Reps. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, George Hurt of Gilford and Frank Tilton of Laconia voted with the majority in favor of the motion "inexpedient to legislate."
The House Ways and Means Committee reported the bill "inexpedient to legislate" by a vote of 18 to 1.
Reps. Glen Aldrich and Russell Dumais of Gilford, Valerie Fraser of New Hampton, Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, Ray Howard, and Peter Varney of Alton, Shari LaBreche and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Bob Luther and Peter Spanos of Laconia, and Herb Vadney of Meredith voted with the minority against the motion.
Representatives Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Robert Fisher and Don Flanders of Laconia and Dave Russell of Gilmanton were excused and did not vote.
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