North County Reps Evenly Spilt On Vote Reviving Refugee Moratorium Bill

May 16, 2012

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.

As NHPR has reported the bill previously passed the House but had trouble when it reached the Senate.

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.