To The Daily Sun,
This is the sixth of my reports to the voters on what is happening in Concord. I am on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee so we get some interesting bills. HB-201 would have made it illegal to carry a firearm in a polling place and the other, HB-350 would have prevented transferring a weapon to another person without a background check. Both were defeated in our committee and in the full House. I think sometimes that the opposition would like to disarm all of us. We need the 2nd Amendment to protect the 1st Amendment. The governor has not signed the "Constitutional Carry" bill giving you the right to carry concealed without a permit if you have the right to own a firearm. This is just common sense. A call to the governor's office might not hurt.
This week the most notable event was the defeat of the Right To Work bill. While it was almost 100 percent opposed by the Democrats, it was a large group of Republicans who caused it to go down. Although the private employee unions were a factor, the real opposition was from the public unions. A lot of Republican legislators are current or former firemen, teachers, and police and they were vehemently opposed. While you can argue public workers shouldn't impact a private company's decision to move to New Hampshire, the companies see it as the state taking a position on business friendliness. Also, our generous public pensions and health care are a problem we have to tackle and with strong, mandatory union membership it will be difficult.
Another bill, HB-133, passed. This bill says jurors can decide case on what is right not what was proven. This was famously used to protect people who helped slaves escape. I support this as common sense.
N.H. State Representative, Franklin & Hill