My Turn Compensating towns, rethinking election laws, freeing slaves,
We asked state lawmakers from the area what they were most proud of from the recently completed legislative session. We published big collections of responses in the Sunday and Monday papers. Here’s one more:
When I ran for election in 2012 in a new floterial House district, I never dreamed that I might be voting to free slaves. I anticipated legislation on taxes because taxes, especially the income tax, are all “hot button” issues. Freeing slaves was not an issue that came up while I was campaigning, but it was one of the votes I made.
House Bill 581, which I cosponsored, finally legislated money for towns that were promised compensation for flood mitigation from our neighboring state. The money never came. Now New Hampshire will make sure those towns are compensated.
I cosponsored several pieces of legislation, all of which passed, on state election law: absentee ballot counting, election paperwork for the state archives and a study committee to review all of our election laws with the input of town clerks and moderators, the folks who enforce election laws.
I am honored to be the chairperson for a subcommittee on a bill retained by the State and Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, Senate Bill 88. I am also serving as a member of the Nonprofit Subcommittee of the House Democratic Business Caucus. The nonprofit community is a job creator in New Hampshire.
As I visit businesses and advisory groups in the towns I serve, I look for and value the feedback from citizens. This feedback guides me in making my legislative decisions. I look forward to hearing from more constituents and working positively with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle this next legislative session.
Democratic Rep. LORRIE CAREY
Merrimack County District 26
(Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin Ward 3, Loudon and Northfield)