North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of House Bill 1405 which would allow jurisdictions such as Manchester to ask for a moratorium on refugee resettlement.
As NHPR reported: “Under the bill New Hampshire towns could ask for a one-year moratorium on new refugee resettlements, which opponents say the state doesn’t have the authority to do.”
Eight North Country reps favored the bill, four opposed it and four others were excused from voting.
The bill passed 190 – 109 and now goes to the Senate.
North Country representatives voting in favor of the bill were:
* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.
* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.
* William Remick (Republican) of Lancaster
* Herb Richardson (Republican) of Lancaster
* Gregory Sorg (Republican) of Easton.
* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.
* John Tholl (Republican) of Whitefield
* Yvonne Thomas (Democrat) of Berlin
North Country representatives voting against the bill were:
* Gary Coulombe (Democrat) of Berlin
* Evalyn Merrick (Democrat) of Lancaster
* Robert Theberge (Democrat) of Berlin
* Marc Tremblay (Republican) of Berlin
North Country representatives excused from voting were:
* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton
* Stephanie Eaton (Republican) of Littleton
* William Hatch (Democrat) of Gorham
* Kathleen Taylor (Democrat) of Franconia
To see how legislators voted on other issues go here.