Rep. Carol McGuire for Merrimack 29 (Allenstown, Epsom, Pittsfield)

As Chairman of the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee and an active member of the committee that oversees administrative rules, Rep. Carol McGuire was instrumental in several efforts to downsize government and increase government efficiencies and accountability.

At the same time, Rep. McGuire was able to earn a 95 percent score on Cornerstone’s scorecard—something uncommon for legislators in leadership positions. For these reasons and others, Cornerstone is proud to support Rep. Carol McGuire for election in Merrimack 29 (Allenstown, Epsom & Pittsfield), which is a new district that adds Allenstown to the list of communities represented by her husband, Rep. Dan McGuire, who’s running in Merrimack 21 (Epsom & Pittsfield). The McGuires live in Epsom.

Rep. Carol McGuire sponsored or co-sponsored 25 bills that have become law, making her one of the most successful representatives this term. Her committee studied and recommended more than 60 bills in each year of the two-year term, including bills to reform the building code process (HB 137), to reform the board of mental health process (HB 1508) and to clarify rulemaking authority in several areas where it was too broad (HB 222). She also played a large role mentoring freshmen legislators and helping to sort through and recommend many of the successful bills outside her committee as part of the House Republican Alliance, a group known to be the conservative conscience inside the N.H. House.

Of her 25 successful bills, Rep. McGuire highlighted the following:

  • HB 144, which reformed energy efficiency districts so towns cannot borrow against their taxing authority or create liens that raise mortgage rates for all property owners in a community;
  • HB 211, which gives the Legislature a greater check on executive branch rulemaking authority;
  • HB 123, which repeals the state’s minimum wage law;
  • HB 589, which repeals the “card check” requirement for public employees and requires a secret ballot before a union can be created;
  • HB 650, which allows school districts to call special meetings to address changes in state aid;
  • HJR 3 and HB 1508, which improve the privacy of mental health patients; and
  • HB 137, which provides greater oversight before changes can be made to the state fire code or state building code, helping anyone who is building, renovating or using a public building.

Upon re-election, Rep. McGuire said she would request to continue in her role as chairman of the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee and she would expect to continue serving on the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR), which is the committee that determines whether executive branch rules follow the law before allowing them to take effect.

Rep. McGuire also said she expects to be just as busy with bill filing as she was this past term. She’s already filed bills to require all executive rules to have legislative review (some have exemptions in current law), to prohibit New Hampshire identification cards from being used in federal databases, to allow local chickens and game to be sold at restaurants, to extend the property re-appraisal process from five to 10 years, to reduce license fees for 14 types of professionals and reduce licensing requirements in general, and to create a permanent structure for people to air grievances when they believe they’ve been injured by the family courts. Expect more to come.

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