Website provides voters with level of detail rarely found in down-ballot races
A friendly reminder that Granite State Progress has made publicly available a State House Report Card of more than 200 roll call votes from the past session, categorized by issue and legislator; and a State Senate Report Card of just over 50 roll call votes. The website makes available the same type of resources and attention that top of the ticket races have enjoyed for years.
GSP State House & State Senate Report Cards
“Granite Staters looking to cut through the election rhetoric can visit our website and see for themselves the voting record of their current legislators, many of whom are running for re-election,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Granite State Progress Executive Director. “We’ve removed the confusing legislative jargon around these bills and instead explained in a straight-forward way what they really mean for Granite State families and small businesses. State legislators make big decisions about local roads, public schools and the economy. It’s long overdue that voters are provided with the same type of resources and attention for down ballot races that top of the ticket candidates have enjoyed for years.”
Examples of the roll call vote descriptions include:
- Rep. Will Smith voted against funding for domestic violence programs in the State of New Hampshire. (HB1, Roll Call #151, 3/31/2011)
- Rep. Will Smith voted against funding for alcohol and drug abuse prevention intervention and treatment. (HB1, Roll Call #157, 3/31/2011)
- Rep. Will Smith voted for repealing major sections of the anti-bullying law and leaving our children vulnerable to bullying on-line and off school grounds. (HB370, Roll Call #69, 3/15/2011)
- Rep. Will Smith voted against banning BPA in baby food products. (HB1182, Roll Call #126, 3/8/2012)
- Rep. Will Smith voted for reducing the lifetime limit for needy families receiving cash assistance from 5 years to 3 years. (HB263, Roll Call #38, 1/11/2012)
- Rep. Will Smith voted for urging Congress to privatize all aspects of Social Security. Privatizing social security puts at risk benefits for New Hampshire’s current and future retirees. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HCR39, Roll Call #190, 3/21/2012)
- Rep. Will Smith voted for making it easier for teenagers to drop out of school. (HB429, Roll Call #71, 3/15/2011
“Whether or not you agree with Granite State Progress’ particular take on a piece of legislation, one thing is clear: you will know exactly which legislators you side with,” Rice Hawkins said. “We are very proud to provide this resource to Granite State voters.”
For the full, original press release, visit http://www.granitestateprogress.org/press-releases. The website was built by Hoeferweb, an Internet Marketing and Strategy Agency based in Keene, New Hampshire and online at www.hoeferweb.com.