North Country representatives were almost evenly split along party lines on whether to increase the gas tax for the first time in more than two decades.
As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports on Wednesday Senate Bill 367 passed on a vote of 193-141. That means the state’s tax on gas and diesel will increase 4.2 cents, the first increase to the current 18-cents per gallon since 1991.
Among the bills considered earlier this week by the legislature were proposals dealing with licensing outpatient abortion facilities; preventing communities from purchasing military-style vehicles and allowing more serious charges if a fetus dies as the result of a homicide.
Here is how North Country representatives voted:
LICENSING OUTPATIENT ABORTION FACILITIES
Only three of the eleven North Country reps voted against killing a bill that would have required licensing outpatient abortion facilities.