This page contains links to various documents, etc. from the 2012 New Hampshire General Court Session, which began January 4, 2012. I represented Strafford County District 7 (i.e., Durham, Lee & Madbury), but next year (if re-elected) I will be representing the new Strafford County District 6 (Durham and Madbury, without Lee.)
I sponsored two bills in 2012:
Under New Hampshire current law, it takes 18-20 weeks to hold a bye-election for a vacant legislative seat (federal as well as state.) My bill was inspired by an absurd case during the 2011 Session where Rep. Bob Mead resigned on the second day of the session: it took from December 2, 2010 till May 25, 2011 to fill the vacancy, His successor, Rep. Jennifer Daler, missed almost the entire constitutionally scheduled portion of the 2011 session. This bill passed.
This was inspired by an incident during the March 31, 2011 budget bill debate when Speaker O'Brien closed the visitor's gallery for two hours while the deliberations continued. If my bill became law, the House (or Senate, as the case may be) would have had to go into recess whenever the gallery is closed. My bill would also clarified that the availability of streaming video is not a valid substitute for opening the gallery.