Merrimack County District 11

Published: 10/26/2020 3:46:36 PM

Merrimack County District 11 represents Concord’s Ward 1.

Steve Shurtleff

Party: Democrat

Age: 73

Town of Residence: Penacook

Occupation: Retired Supervisor, US Marshals Service

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: Yes, Eight Terms

What specific policy do you see as most vital? Making sure that the N.H. House is able to meet and conduct legislative business during the pandemic. As House Speaker, I am proud that the N.H. House has continued to hold three House sessions since the State House closed. The House greatly appreciates the help and support we’ve received from UNH. The House has also sent a question to the N.H. Supreme Court asking for a clarification of Part II, article 20 of the our state constitution regarding at House sessions. We will need to look at House Rules to deal with membership behavior on the House floor. We must be able to meet outside of the State House without gubernatorial assent. We must find a way of continuing to hold remote House committee meetings without overtaxing our outstanding legislative employees, but remaining true to N.H.’s Right to Know law (RSA 91A)

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? In the upcoming House session, the state budget will be our most important legislation we will deal with. Our state budget affects everyone in the Granite State either directly or indirectly. The pandemic may cause a 15% to 20% shortfall in anticipated state revenues. It will be necessary for the executive and legislative branches of the state government to work in a bipartisan manner to make sure that the needs of our citizens are met.

■David Newell, a Republican, did not return a questionnaire.


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