NH State Representative Tom Cormen

My votes in the NH House session
of March 9, 2023

As you can see from all the red in the “Result of vote” column, it was a bad day for the Democrats. We had about twice as many absences as the Republicans, some Democrats voted with the Republicans, and several Democrats left before the last few votes.

It was a particularly bad day for the Science, Technology and Energy Democrats. Of the six bills we had on the calendar, we lost the vote on five of them (despite my parliamentary inquiry on HB 251), with the sixth bill being tabled.

Bill Motion Type of vote My vote Result of vote Notes
HB 31-FN OTP Roll call Nay OTP 196-176
HB 32-FN ITL Roll call Nay ITL 199-174
HB 59-FN ITL Roll call Nay ITL 197-175
HB 78 ITL Roll call Nay ITL 200-173
HB 106-FN ITL Roll call Nay ITL 198-172
HB 216-FN ITL Division Yea ITL 274-97
HB 624-FN OTPA Roll call Yea OTPA 220-152
HB 367-FN-LOCAL OTPA Roll call Nay OTPA 187-184
HB 380-FN OTP Roll call Nay 181-193
HB 380-FN ITL Voice Nay ITL Yes, I voted against both OTP and ITL
HB 440-FN OTP Roll call Nay OTP 191-185
HB 464-FN OTP Roll call Nay OTP 192-184
HB 112 OTP Roll call Yea 175-199 ITL on voice vote
HB 117 OTP Roll call Nay OTP 211-157
HB 401 OTP Roll call Yea 154-213 ITL on voice vote
HB 469-FN OTP Roll call Yea 165-206 ITL on voice vote
HB 567 OTP Roll call Yea 166-207 ITL on division vote 208-168, I voted Nay
HB 647-FN Table Division Yea Table 333-37
HB 51 ITL Roll call Yea ITL 224-148
HB 90 OTP Roll call Yea 176-193 ITL on voice vote
HB 154 OTP Roll call Nay OTP 192-180
HB 177 ITL Roll call Nay ITL 194-170
HB 467-FN OTP Roll call Yea OTP 194-170
HB 477 OTP Division Nay OTP 194-179
HB 485 Table Division Yea Table 293-73
HB 92 OTP Roll call Nay 40-331 ITL on voice vote; see the note below about this bill
HB 161 OTP Division Yea 172-187 ITL on voice vote
HB 251 OTPA Roll call Nay OTPA 186-169
HB 281 OTP Roll call Nay OTP 184-168
HB 298 Table Division Yea Table 309-41
HB 372 OTP Roll call Yea 163-188 ITL on voice vote
HCR 5 ITL Roll call Nay ITL 189-158
HB 498 Reconsider Roll call Nay 117-256
HB 294 Table Voice Yea Table

HB 31-FN, HB 32-FN, HB 59-FN, HB 78

These bills would have increased public safety by

But the second amendment absolutists had the votes.

HB 367-FN-LOCAL, HB 440-FN, HB 464-FN

These bills all strengthened and expanded the Education Freedom Accounts. I campaigned against EFAs. Do not believe the Republican talking point that Democrats are against school choice. We have always had school choice: parents could always send their children to private or religious schools, or opt to home-school. The problem with EFAs are that they funnel public money away from public schools and to private schools, religious schools (violating the NH Constitution), and home schools—and that the amount being taken from public schools is well beyond what was imagined initially. Republicans like to point to how many people use EFAs as evidence of the success of the program. No, not really: EFAs have not enabled many students to leave public schools because most people using EFAs were already sending their children to private or religious schools or were home-schooling.

HB 112, HB 117, HB 401, HB 469-FN, HB 567

These bills all related to tenants’ rights by requiring sufficient notification of a sale, renovation, or rent increase; preventing eviction because the lease expired; and prohibiting discrimination against renters with Section 8 vouchers. The Republicans came down against the renters on each vote, claiming that it would help alleviate our housing crisis. But what good is it to have rental housing that renters can’t afford?

HB 154

This bill prevents local health authorities from exercising their judgment of health and safety issues quickly, instead requiring a majority of the local legislative body to rule on their advice. As we saw from the COVID pandemic, sometimes swift action needs to occur, rather than waiting for a body to convene.

HB 92

We received a ton of “astroturf” emails (100% identical except the name and address of the sender) about this bill in the ST&E committee. It called for New Hampshire to adopt the California vehicle emissions standards so that auto manufacturers would allocate electric vehicles to NH dealers. (It’s hard to even find an EV to test drive in NH, though the dealers say that if you want one, they’ll order one for you.) We knew that this bill was unpopular, and so we proposed an amendment to create a study committee. The amendment failed, and so the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rebecca McWilliams, asked us to vote it down.

HB 281

This bill repeals the requirement for utilities to file a “least cost integrated resource plan,” which is one of the few ways in which the Public Utilities Commission must consider environmental impacts.

HB 372

This bill would have established a commission to study the effect of carbon pricing on NH. Republicans act as though carbon pricing isn’t coming. It’s already in effect in many places in the world, and it’s going to have an effect here.