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N.H. Odd Couples: A right-winter, some middle grounders and some strong liberals

I’m a very right-wing conservative/libertarian as are a couple of co-sponsors of a bill I’m working on for next session, Sen. Andy Sanborn and Rep. Robert Rowe, but we also have some more middle-ground sponsors in Rep. Kelleigh Murphy and Sen. Nancy Stiles, and some strong liberals in Sen. David Pierce and Rep. David Huot.

Clearly our bill is non-partisan. It would make New Hampshire a community property state by adopting a law called the “Uniform Marital Property Act.” We would treat marriage as not just a social unit but as an economic one as well. Under community property both spouses share the property acquired during marriage, even if only one spouse is a wage earner. Property owned prior to marriage or acquired by inheritance can be separate. This system has significant advantages when dealing with divorce, federal income tax and estate planning.

It remains to be seen whether we will get the bill through, but I deliberately tried to get co-sponsors from all over the political spectrum to alleviate any suspicion that the bill has a partisan purpose. Also, the sponsors include some of the best attorneys in the Legislature, which is important when dealing with a fundamental legal change like this one.

(State Rep. Dan McGuire is a Republican from Epsom.)

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