Nine North Country legislators – all Republicans – voted Wednesday in favor of HR 29, a resolution that asks the federal government to undo a rule requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.
The six North Country Democrats voted against the resolution.
As NHPR reported: “House Republican leaders say religious liberty is in jeopardy under the federal rule, even though it no longer requires religious organizations to directly pay for contraceptives. House Speaker William O’Brien says the 227-to-121 vote sends the message that either way, the requirement’s intent is simply wrong.”
Here are the legislators who voted in favor:
* 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.
* Marc Tremblay (Republican) of Berlin
* John Tholl (Republican) of Whitefield
* Gregory Sorg (Republican) of Easton.
Here are the legislators who voted against:
* Gary Coulombe (Democrat) of Berlin
* Evalyn Merrick (Democrat) of Lancaster
* Robert Theberge (Democrat) of Berlin
* Yvonne Thomas (Democrat) of Berlin
* William Hatch (Democrat) of Gorham
* Kathleen Taylor (Democrat) of Franconia
Representative Stephanie Eaton (Republican) of Littleton was excused from the vote.
To see how legislators vote on other issues go here.