Rep. Laura Jones for Strafford 24 (Rochester Wards 4 and 5)

August 24, 2012

Rep. Laura Jones (Cornerstone Score: 90 percent) is facing a candidate much less friendly to Cornerstone in Strafford 24 (Rochester Wards 4 and 5), and she needs your support for reelection.

Rep. Jones was one of the more active conservative representatives in the House, serving on the exceptionally important House Education Committee and on four special committees to study the efficiency of the Department of Education, federal mandates, charter schools and education tax credits.

Rep. Jones, who’s facing a moderate opponent in Strafford 24 (Rochester Wards 4 and 5), also passed five of her bills, including HCR 31, which commends the work of pregnancy care centers in New Hampshire and across the United States to promote alternatives to abortion and fully care for women’s health; HB 222, which reins-in executive-branch rulemaking authority to prevent wide-reaching regulations; and HB 1448, which requires greater transparency in state government.

Rep. Jones devoted much of her energy during the session to reducing regulations for homeschooling parents, and successfully helped pass HB 545 and HB 1571 into law. These changes will lead to more a more cooperative, and less adversarial, relationship between local school districts and homeschooling parents, which should encourage more parents to homeschool. She also supported SB 372, the education tax credit bill that will help lower- and middle-class families afford the cost of sending their children to private schools or homeschooling their children. Each of these changes will lead to lower costs for education and a better-educated workforce.

Upon reelection, Rep. Jones said she would focus on passing business friendly legislation to attract and retain job-producing, private-sector companies in New Hampshire. She also said she would work to continue the work of the current Legislature to oppose Obamacare by supporting legislation to prevent the expansion of Medicaid and prohibit New Hampshire from setting up a partnership health insurance exchange. As a countermeasure, she said she would support legislation that allows for free market solutions to health insurance and medical care.