Wed May 16, 2012
North County Reps Evenly Spilt On Vote Reviving Refugee Moratorium Bill
North Country representatives split along party lines in voting Tuesday on a bill that would allow towns and cities to have a one-year moratorium on having refugees settle in their jurisdictions.
Seven were in favor. Seven against. Two were excused from voting.
The Associated Press is reporting the bill was revived:
“The Senate had voted for more study of the issue, effectively killing the House bill. The House's vote Tuesday was to try to get the Senate to reconsider or negotiate a compromise. The House put the proposal on a business bill.
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has pushed for the moratorium due to the demands for services on his city.
A moratorium would cost the state $2.5 million in federal grants for support services and would not stop refugees from settling in a different state and moving to New Hampshire, where they would receive no federal assistance.”
The bill – with the amendment - passed 231 – 79.
Here are the North Country representatives who voted in favor:
* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton
* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.
* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.
* Gregory Sorg (Republican) of Easton.
* John Tholl (Republican) of Whitefield
* Marc Tremblay (Republican) of Berlin
* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.
Here are the North Country representatives who voted against:
* Gary Coulombe (Democrat) of Berlin
* William Hatch (Democrat) of Gorham
* Evalyn Merrick (Democrat) of Lancaster
* William Remick (Republican) of Lancaster
* Kathleen Taylor (Democrat) of Franconia
* Robert Theberge (Democrat) of Berlin
* Yvonne Thomas (Democrat) of Berlin
Here are the North Country representatives who were excused from voting:
* Stephanie Eaton (Republican) of Littleton
* Herb Richardson (Republican) of Lancaster
To find out how legislators voted on other issues go here.