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5thconcerto

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Citizen Legislators
« on: January 27, 2005, 08:41:05 am »

Here in NH we have true Citizen legislators (not professional legislators), who are accessible to the citizenry. Yesterday I sent an email to one of my Representatives in support of Legislation, and received a personal reply, not a canned, generic reply. This is the way things are done in NH.
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Re: Citizen Legislators
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2005, 11:02:37 am »

That's certainly an important benefit, and from what I understand, one of the reasons why NH was chosen as the destination state.

What kind of folks are in the state legislature?  Here in AZ we have a "part-time" legislature that consists of a variety of different types of folks, including lawyers of course, but also small business owners, stay-at-home parents, retirees, etc. -- basically anyone who can make the time to be in session when necessary.  Just wondering if it's similar in NH or different.
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Re: Citizen Legislators
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2005, 11:23:40 am »

Since the annual pay of legislators is set in the Constitution at $200, they're all essentially volunteers, most of whom are dedicated to making the state a better place rather than fattening their own wallets.
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Re: Citizen Legislators
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2005, 11:44:39 am »

Here is some information on some of my Reps. 8 Representatives represent my district which covers Exeter, Stratham, and North Hampton.
Lee Quandt and Matthew Quandt - Father and son. Lee is a Viet Nam vet. Was very active in the American Legion. Commanded the local post for many years. Both rate very high on the NHLA Liberty Index.
Douglas and Stella Scamman - husband and wife. Their family owns an Agway Store. He does consulting work, I believe she does real estate sales.
More information as I dig it up.
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Re: Citizen Legislators
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2005, 12:22:56 pm »

Since the annual pay of legislators is set in the Constitution at $200, they're all essentially volunteers, most of whom are dedicated to making the state a better place rather than fattening their own wallets.

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention the pay.  Here in AZ, our "part-time" legislators receive $24,000 per year plus expenses.  Very different from NH, huh?  Fortunately in November, voters rejected the ballot initiative that would have raised the salary to $36,000 per year!

Another plus for NH....with such a low pay, like you said, the legislators must really be dedicated volunteers.
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