Rep. Joshua Davenport for Rockingham 17 (Newfields, Newmarket)

September 27, 2012

Rep. Joshua Davenport, who is a Republican running for one of three seats in Democratic-leaning Newfields and Newmarket (Rockingham 17), voted with Cornerstone 97 percent of the time during his past two years of service in the Legislature.

Rep. Davenport served on the  Science, Technology and Energy and the  Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification committees during the past session, and he spent a good portion of his time building support for structural changes to New Hampshire’s system of government to help improve the balance of powers and ensure the source of power remains with the people of New Hampshire. As a systems-level thinker who does programming for a living, Rep. Davenport produced two videos, “The Structure of Liberty,” and “Restoring a Balanced Court in New Hampshire,” which helped illustrate his suggested structural changes. Rep. Davenport says there is a mathematical formula for “special unitary group three,” a group system theory, which he is working to apply to New Hampshire government to ensure the proper balance of power. He plans to continue his work in this area in the coming session by attempting to rein-in the authority of what he considers an out-of-control administrative judicial branch of state government.

Rep. Davenport is certainly an advocate for CACR 26, which will begin the process of restoring Legislative oversight over the court system, but he believes further structural changes will be necessary to make sure judges remain accountable to the people.

“I’m for an independent court system, but it is supposed to be tied in to the other branches of government with proper checks and balances,” Rep. Davenport said. “I want to better divide power among the three branches of government and make sure government power remains under the people’s control.”

During the past session, Rep. Davenport passed HB 1553, which is the result of his work on the Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification Committee. As part of the effort, Rep. Davenport and the committee, led by Rep. Dan Itse, looked at state statutes to identify laws that were obsolete or outdated, and repealed them.

“There’s a saying that goes ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse,’ but we have so many laws that there’s no possible way for someone to know when he or she is breaking some of them,” Rep. Davenport said. “So we looked at the laws that were outdated and tried to pare down the body of law.”

In addition, Rep. Davenport co-sponsored HB 418, a bill that allows state departments to consider open source software instead of expensive proprietary software for state systems. Perhaps more importantly, the bill required state departments to develop a strategy for ensuring state departments make their data available to the public using a single platform, which should help the people regain oversight over the workings of their government.

In addition to his plan to make structural changes to government, Rep. Davenport wants to work on entitlement reform so that the social safety net that most citizens want to retain becomes more sustainable and serves only those people who truly need the help. He said he also hopes to be at least peripherally involved with trying to fix the pension system, which is in desperate need of reform.