Friday, March 13, 2015

House of Representatives Roll Call Vote on HB 431

House of Representatives Roll Call Vote on HB 431
March 12, 2015
An act relative to the placement of all new electric transmission lines in New Hampshire
Prime Sponsor: Rep. Laurence Rappaport, Coos 1
Co-sponsors: Rep. Theberge, Coos 3; Rep. Ford, Graf 3; Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf 8; Rep. Fothergill, Coos 1; Rep. Chandler, Carr 1; Rep. Duarte, Rock 2; Rep. Rideout, Coos 7; Sen. Forrester, Dist 2; Sen. Cataldo, Dist 6; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21
Voting on: Inexpedient to Legislate
A "yea" vote was to kill the bill.
Coos and Grafton County votes are highlighted.
Click here to see voting results.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

How Legislators Voted on HB 431 and HB 626

House Committee on Science, Technology, Energy
Executive Session
March 3, 2015 
HB 431, an act relative to the placement of all new electric transmission lines in New Hampshire.
HB 626, an act authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors.

Result of vote on "Inexpedient to Legislate" HB 431: 11-8 in favor of ITL

In favor of ITL:

Herbert Richardson, STE V. Chair (r) Coos 4
David Murotake (r) Hills 32
Jeanine Notter (r) Hills 21
Glen Aldrich (r) Belk 2
Carolyn Halstead (r) Hills 23
Douglas Thomas (r) Rock 5
Michael Vose (r) Rock 9
Jacqueline Cali-Pits (d) Rock 30
David Borden (d) Rock 24
Robert Backus (d) Hills 19
Suzanne Harvey (d) Hills 29

Opposed to ITL:

Robert Introne, STE Chair (r) Rock 5
James Devine, STE Clerk (r) Rock 4
Laurence Rappaport (r) Coos 1
James Parison (r) Hills 25
William Baber (d) Straf 14
Charles Townsend (d) Graf 11
Marjorie Sherpardson (d) Ches 10
Howard Moffett (d) Merr 9

Absent/not voting: Herbert Vadney (r) Belk 2; John Mann (d) Ches 2.

Speaking against HB 431: Richardson, Backus, Vose, Thomas, Cali-Pits, Halstead.

Speaking in favor of HB 431: Rappaport, Townsend, Baber.

Result of vote to RETAIN HB 626: 16 yea, 2 nay (Notter, Aldrich).

Absent/not voting: Vadney, Mann.

Speaking in favor of HB 626 RETAIN: Moffett.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

4-Years-Strong Northern Pass Opposition Vows to Continue "4 As Long As It Takes"

October 27, 2014
Franconia, N.H. -- The grassroots Opposition met in Franconia on Sunday for an evening of shared reflection and continued commitment to protect New Hampshire against the ill-advised Northern Pass project that would entail installation of approximately 2300 steel towers from Pittsburg to Deerfield ranging from 80' to 155' tall. The event was occasioned by the fourth anniversary of the public announcement of the project in Franklin in October, 2010.
Mid-point of the approximately 187-mile proposed route, Franconia was chosen as the location for the catered dinner at Chef Joe's Bistro, which hosted the "Bury-Northern-Pass-All Of It!" signs from the July 2014 protest at Bretton Woods. The event sold out early. The grassroots Opposition from Colebrook to Deerfield attended. Members of  the NH Senate, House, County Commissions, and town select boards joined the group, as did candidates for various political positions.
After-dinner speakers included officials from the Forest Society, who reiterated President/Forester Jane Difley's recent pledge that the 114 year-old organization will defend their conservation victories in court, if it ever comes to that. "We own the dirt," Difley said, " and we don't intend to invite Northern Pass to play in it." Grassroots Opposition members shared sad news of the devastating effects the mere prospect of the proposed Northern Pass has already had on economic and real estate development. On a brighter note, the cheapest form of energy - conservation and efficiency - was promoted, as well as the upcoming Solar Forum in Bethlehem (November 12). Indian Stream Film producers Jan Marvel and Michelle Vaughan announced completion of the French language version of their Northern Pass documentary, Northern Trespass, for Quebec audiences. The French title is L'intrusion du Nord; copies are available now from the producers and will soon be for sale online. The next screening of the English language version of the documentary is on January 24, 2015 in Lincoln.
One Opposition member summed up the evening: "It was nice to see the gang together again, and it will keep us all moving forward with renewed energy." 4 As Long As It Takes!