Thu February 16, 2012
How North Country Legislators Voted On Collective Bargaining Bill
Seven North Country legislators were among those voting to pass HB 1666, a bill that gives lawmakers the final say on collective bargaining agreements with the State.
Five were opposed and four were excused from voting.
The legislation is just the latest effort by Republicans in Concord to rein in the costs of public employee contracts.
"This gives the legislature the ability to look at an entire contract and say whether it is fair, and whether we should fund it," says Republican Neil Kurk of Weare.
Collective bargaining contracts with the State have historically been the responsibility of the Executive Branch. Opponents of the measure say putting the legislature in the middle of the eight different contracts that the State negotiates with employees will muddy the process.
Here are the North Country representatives who voted in favor of the bill:
* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.
* William Remick (Republican) of Lancaster
* Herb Richardson (Republican) of Lancaster
* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton
* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.
* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.
* Gregory Sorg (Republican) of Easton.
Here are the North Country representatives who voted against the bill:
* Gary Coulombe (Democrat) of Berlin
* Evalyn Merrick (Democrat) of Lancaster
* Robert Theberge (Democrat) of Berlin
* Yvonne Thomas (Democrat) of Berlin
* Marc Tremblay (Republican) of Berlin
Four representatives were excused from voting:
* William Hatch (Democrat) of Gorham
* John Tholl (Republican) of Whitefield
* Stephanie Eaton (Republican) of Littleton
* Kathleen Taylor (Democrat) of Franconia
To find how legislators are voting on other issues go here.