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Cindy Rosenwald

Cindy Rosenwald
House Democrat
Hillsborough 22


101 Wellington St,  Nashua, NH 03064-1616

Home Phone: 603-595-9896 
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Email: cindy.rosenwald@leg.state.nh.us

Please send any errors, corrections or questions to info@granitestateprogress.org.

Running for Re-Election to Represent District Hil30: NASHUA 3


House Member or Candidate Position on Key Issues


Budget Issues

This section contains a selection of budget votes, please see other sections – particularly "Children and Families" and "Public Safety" for more budget-related votes. A few roll call votes have been listed in both sections if the legislation is particularly important.

    Budget Priorities

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against passing a state budget that eliminated essential health services for our most vulnerable residents and did nothing to encourage job growth in our state. (HB1, Roll Call #161, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against passing a budget that hurts New Hampshire's most vulnerable citizens and undermines the quality of life in our state. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against passing a state budget that severely cut essential health services for the elderly and disabled, gutted the state's college education system, and instead provided corporate tax giveaways to big tobacco companies. (HB1, Roll Call #228, 6/22/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against diverting insurance premium tax revenue into the rainy day fund instead of using the money to restore or fund programs cut in the state budget. (HB1652, Roll Call #67, 2/1/2012)

    Budget Cuts

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for reducing the state waiting list for adults with developmental disabilities. (HB1652, Roll Call #209, 3/29/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against eliminating the successful public-private partnership called the NH Healthy Kids program and instead placing the majority of those children into medicaid managed care. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for restoring 7 positions with the State Police within the Department of Safety. (HB1, Roll Call #150, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for domestic violence programs in the State of New Hampshire. (HB1, Roll Call #151, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for alcohol and drug abuse prevention intervention and treatment. (HB1, Roll Call #157, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for the innovative research center at the Department of Resources and Economic Development. (HB1, Roll Call #147, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing prevention programs for at-risk children and the incentive grants for those programs. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against cutting funding for the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program which provides care, treatment, guidance, counseling, discipline, supervision, and rehabilitative resources to help children and their families be productive, contributing members of society. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against suspending reimbursements to the foster grandparent program through the senior volunteer grant program. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for restoring employment related child care to assist families struggling to stay in the work force. (HB1, Roll Call #152, 3/31/2011)

    Budget Give-Aways

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against lowering the cigarette tax and providing a corporate tax giveaway to Philip Morris/Altria and other Big Tobacco companies. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reestablishing a communications tax exemption for land-line users. The legislation would return just 84 cents a month to land-line customers but cost the state approximately $5 million a year in revenues that could support services for the elderly and disabled, or help to expand economic incentives. (HB37, Roll Call #27, 2/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reducing the meals and rooms tax -- and New Hampshire revenues -- from 9 percent to 8 percent. According to public records, the difference was about charging a tourist to New Hampshire $.0.63 or $0.70 for a $70 hotel room rent; and what was at stake was $27 million in tourism revenues for New Hampshire. The commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development reported that there had been no downturn in tourism since the current rate had been established. During this same session, New Hampshire substantially cut funds for the University System of New Hampshire and critical community health services. (HB166, Roll Call #29, 2/16/2011)

    Budget Forecast

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against tying the hands of communities to a one-size-fits-all tax cap gimmick that, when passed, eliminates the opportunity for local control over local budget decisions. (HB341, Roll Call #91, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring a supermajority vote for all state budgeting decisions and allowing a minority of politicians to use the policy to dictate state decisions. *ALEC Model Legislation* (CACR6, Roll Call #292, 6/6/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a ramped up version of a constitutional amendment which would micromanage future revenue policy and ensure that the regressive property tax remains the main source of state revenue. (CACR13, Roll Call #288, 6/6/2012)

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    Businesses and Corporations

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against increasing the carry-forward period for the business enterprise tax (BET) credit against the business profits tax (BPT) from a five year to a ten year period. Analysis from the Department of Revenue Administration indicates that the revenue loss arising from an increase could range from $32 to $47 million annually, once fully implemented. Meanwhile, a report by the NH Fiscal Policy Institute finds that most businesses operating in New Hampshire pay little or no BPT or BET to begin with. (HB187, Roll Call #221, 6/8/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reducing state revenue by letting businesses write off more of their past losses, increasing the limit from $1 million to $10 million. Background: In 2011 the House decided to increase the net operating losses (NOL) that businesses may carry forward from one year to the next in order to reduce their business profits tax (BPT) liabilities. That change is currently scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013, but this bill proposed to move its implementation to January 1, 2013. The NH Department of Revenue Administration anticipated that this move would reduce state revenue by as much as $20 million over 10 years, for each year that the increase is in effect. (HB242, Roll Call #33, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for raising the threshold at which businesses must begin to pay taxes. Voting for this bill was anticipated to cost the state between $1.6 million and $6.2 million in lost revenue. According to an issue brief by NHFPI, most businesses operating in New Hampshire pay few to no business profit and enterprise taxes to begin with. (HB154, Roll Call #46, 2/23/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing last-minute settlement offers in liability cases. This policy would strongly favor insurance companies and force every day Granite Staters to pay a defendant's legal fees if the judge grants a settlement amount close to that of the last-minute offer made by the insurance company. (HB1181, Roll Call #70, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reducing rates for the business profits tax from 8.5 percent to 8.0 percent in two stages. This change is estimated to cost New Hampshire $27.6 million over the FY12-13 biennium. Meanwhile, most businesses operating in New Hampshire pay little or no business profits tax to begin with, and those who do are largely based out of state. Furthermore, studies demonstrate that changes like these do little to impact actual business location decisions. (HB213, Roll Call #110, 3/17/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against lowering the standards and reporting accountability for whether a business qualifies for the business profits tax deduction. (HB557, Roll Call #112, 3/17/2011)

    In Focus: Blatant Corporate Tax Give-Aways

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a reduction in the cigarette tax and a corporate tax giveaway to Big Tobacco. (SB40, Roll Call #209, 5/25/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against exempting telecommunications poles and conduits from state and local property taxes. A yes vote on this bill is a corporate subsidy at taxpayer expense, shifting the burden onto other, residential taxpayers. (HB1305, Roll Call #94, 2/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against lowering the cigarette tax and providing a corporate tax giveaway to Philip Morris/Altria and other tobacco companies. (HB156, Roll Call #109, 3/17/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused a public relations styled gimmick of a 2-month reduction in the gas tax. (SB78, Roll Call #174, 4/27/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for amending a bill that otherwise would have repealed the Certificate of Need (CON) for health care facilities. A Certificate of Need ensures New Hampshire maintains a high quality and competitive health care network; the sponsors of the original bill (and those who voted no on the amendment) sought to overturn the CON to allow a for-profit health center to avoid having to meet this reasonable criteria in New Hampshire. (HB1617, Roll Call #143, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing for-profit speciality hospitals to circumvent the state's regular permitting process, and to additionally avoid paying fees that other hospitals in our area pay. A vote for this bill supported a large corporate tax giveaway. (HB1642, Roll Call #179, 3/21/2012)

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Children and Family Issues

    Children

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing major sections of the anti-bullying law and leaving our children vulnerable to bullying on-line and off school grounds. (HB370, Roll Call #69, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against interfering in Family Court child custody proceedings by requiring that confidential abuse and neglect investigation records be shared with the parent under investigation. (HB415, Roll Call #36, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing coverage of children’s early intervention therapy services, as well as diagnosis and treatment of pervasive developmental disorder or autism. The existing law mandated coverage; the new legislation requires a utilization review. (HB309, Roll Call #3, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against weakening judicial oversight of child welfare cases. (HB1365, Roll Call #120, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused banning BPA in baby food products. (HB1182, Roll Call #126, 3/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to provide services only to those children who have a serious emotional disturbance and who have interagency involvement. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing prevention programs for at-risk children and the incentive grants for those programs. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against cutting funding for the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program which provides care, treatment, guidance, counseling, discipline, supervision, and rehabilitative resources to help children and their families be productive, contributing members of society. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for Medicaid to provide developmental, acquired brain disorder, and family support services to those with demonstrable need who qualify for the program. (HB1, Roll Call #153, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for the Head Start State Collaboration to help young, at-risk children better succeed in school. (HB1, Roll Call #159, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against removing community protections for children by giving a parent the final word on their child's health, education and welfare -- even if it meant the child was put at risk or danger. (CACR31, Roll Call #174, 3/21/2012)

    Families

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reducing the lifetime limit for needy families receiving cash assistance from 5 years to 3 years. (HB263, Roll Call #38, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for restoring employment related child care to assist families struggling to stay in the work force. (HB1, Roll Call #152, 3/31/2011)
  • In recognition that young families and working families need housing they can afford, New Hampshire law requires every community to provide "reasonable and realistic opportunities" for the development of workforce housing. Rep. Rosenwald voted against eliminating that requirement which would allow communities to revert to their earlier – and currently illegal – discriminatory practices against such housing. (HB368, Roll Call #93, 3/16/2011)

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    Politics Vs. Science, Standards

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against undermining the state board of education. This bill sought to create a political legislative committee to oversee education standards in our state, and to reduce New Hampshire educational standards to the lowest federal minimum possible. (HB219, Roll Call #23, 1/5/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing politicians and homeschoolers to decide educational guidelines instead of the State Board of Education. (HB1360, Roll Call #68, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against mandating public schools to teach evolution as a political theory instead of scientific fact. (HB1148, Roll Call #170, 3/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overriding the Governor's veto of a bill that would allow parents to object to any school curriculum for any reason. A vote for the override jeopardizes a child's right to an adequate education. (HB542, Roll Call #273, 1/4/2012)
  • After 18 months of debate and testimony on this issue, Rep. Rosenwald firmly voted against removing a child's right to an adequate education from the N.H. Constitution and leaving educational funding completely in the hands of politicians. (CACR12, Roll Call #289, 6/6/2012)

    Education Funding

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a resolution that sought to eliminate state funding for education. It read, in part, "the legislature hereby finds and declares that the amount of state funding for public education required by the constitution has been and remains zero dollars." (HCR26, Roll Call #65, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against an amendment that would eliminate the ability of the courts to require that the state adequately fund public education. (CACR12, Roll Call #79, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against providing tax incentives for parents to take their children out of the public education system. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB340, Roll Call #90, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding to restore the community college system of New Hampshire. (HB1, Roll Call #158, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Not Excused eliminating the office of Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. (HB1692, Roll Call #78, 2/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for an amendment that would cut an additional $2.4 million dollar cut from the New Hampshire University System budget. The system previously sustained an almost 50% ($48 million) cut during the 2011 budget cycle. (No other state agency endured such a budget cut.) (HB1692, Roll Call #211, 3/29/2012)

    Valuing Educators

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused eliminating teacher evaluations and allowing a teacher to be fired at the sole discretion of the school board, without reason. This legislation also sought to undermine worker's right by removing workplace protections regarding arbitration in these cases. (SB196, Roll Call #196, 5/18/2011)

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    Elections & Voting Rights

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for urging the congressional delegation to begin the process for a constitutional amendment establishing that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights. This resolution sought to remove the ability for corporations to continue to influence our elections under "free speech" campaign loopholes. (HCR1, Roll Call #6, 2/9/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused a bill that would have addressed public campaign financing. (HB1676, Roll Call #140, 3/8/2012)

    Redistricting

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against implementing a State House redistricting plan that unfairly apportions seats and violates the spirit of the 2006 constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by the voters of New Hampshire. (HB592, Roll Call #57, 1/18/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a revised executive council district map which unfairly gerrymanders the majority of Democratic voters into one district to make the other four areas heavily Republican-leaning districts. (HB1670, Roll Call #291, 6/6/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against drawing congressional districts exactly the way the incumbent politicians requested they be drawn. (SB202, Roll Call #222, 4/11/2012)

    Voting Rights

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring every registered voter to sign an affidavit and be photographed before being allowed to cast a ballot if they do not present a photo ID. This legislation was anticipated to discourage voter participation and create long lines at polling locations. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB289, Roll Call #244, 5/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against placing potentially unconstitutional and certainly unfair restrictive prohibitions on the voting rights of individuals who serve in the military or pursue college course work, whether full or part-time. This bill also would not have allowed elected officials to move from their present domicile to another, even when that domicile is in the same district. (HB176, Roll Call #73, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against making it more difficult for college students, military personnel and visiting professionals to participate in the democratic process by limiting their access to the voting booth. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB1354, Roll Call #80, 2/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing a person to arbitrarily challenge a voter at the polls without reason. Previously, an accusation had to be accompanied by a signed affadavit attesting to the reason for the challenge. Election law experts testified against this bill, citing potential increases in challenges based on racial profiling or political gamesmanship; they also anticipated longer lines and wait times at polling locations as challenges are freely thrown around. (HB1301, Roll Call #99, 2/22/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused eliminating open primaries, which are a key part of the first in the nation primary. An open primary allows undeclared voters to participate in either the Republican or Democratic Primary as they see fit. (HB1595, Roll Call #139, 3/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against limiting voting rights to those with particular forms of photo ID. For example, a person could use a Massachusetts or Maine driver's license as a valid photo ID to vote, but not a municipal photo ID issued by Raymond or Londonderry. The requirement would cause confusion and frustration at the polls and is bound to result in preventing some voters from casting their vote on Election Day. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB129, Roll Call #214, 6/1/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against placing language on voter registration forms that would intimidate students and other from voting in New Hampshire. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB318, Roll Call #286, 6/6/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring voters to show specific forms of photo ID when voting, a requirement that will disenfranchise voters who cannot meet those requirements (such as the elderly and disabled). This bill did not provide for any voter education of the new provisions, which could lead to people being turned away from the polls when they go to vote. (HB1354, Roll Call #306, 6/27/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overriding Gov. Lynch's veto of a bill requiring registered voters produce photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot. Voting rights advocates were opposed to this legislation. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB289, Roll Call #307, 6/27/2012)

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Environmental Issues

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against urging the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission to permit New Hampshire to relicense nuclear power plants. (HCR4, Roll Call #8, 2/9/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against removing the Fish and Game Deparment's regulatory authority over animals such as elk and red deer. (HB1219, Roll Call #100, 2/22/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against making it more difficult for conservation officers to search for and seize illegally caught fish and game. (HB1332, Roll Call #101, 2/22/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against removing the following programs from the Office of Energy and Planning: economic development reporting, the water protection assistance program, housing and conservation planning, the high-level radioactive waste act, and land use board member training. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against prohibiting New Hampshire from participating in any program that establishes fuel standards as part of lowering carbon emissions. (HB1487, Roll Call #114, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing New Hampshire's participation in RGGI, the regional greenhouse gas initiative. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB519, Roll Call #124, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a contingent repeal of New Hampshire’s participation in RGGI (the regional greenhouse gas initiative). Under the legislation, if 2 or more New England states withdraw or agree to withdraw from participating in the initiative, New Hampshire will drop the environmental effort. (HB1490, Roll Call #298, 6/6/2012)

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    Focused Like a Laser on Jobs

    This tongue-in-cheek label is applied to legislation that was debated and voted on during the 2011-2012 session that had nothing to do with improving our economy or helping our communities.

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring the Congress of the United States of America to reaffirm its adherence to the Constitution of the United States regarding international agreements and treaties. This resolution was one of the first pieces of legislation the current House Leadership spent time working on. (HCR6, Roll Call #24, 2/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against proclaiming June 3rd each year a dedication to Reverend Samuel McClintock. The bill also required the governor to annually issue a proclamation to observe Federal Constitution Days on September 17 and June 21. (HB373, Roll Call #34, 2/23/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against forbidding parents of minor children from seeking divorce for irreconcilable differences. (HB587, Roll Call #37, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against challenging the Federal government's powers under the Commerce Clause. (HB324, Roll Call #39, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against affirming States' powers based on the Constitution for the United States and the Constitution of New Hampshire. This resolution was one of the first pieces of legislation the current House Leadership spent time working on. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HCR19, Roll Call #42, 2/23/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against prohibiting vaccinations in public schools. (HB422, Roll Call #70, 3/15/2011)
  • In 2012, Rep. Rosenwald voted against having the United States withdraw from the United Nations. The NH House spent time debating and voting on a similar bill in 2011. (HCR32, Roll Call #72, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring legislators to reference the Magna Carta on legislation addressing individual rights or liberties. (HB1580, Roll Call #73, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against further consideration of a bill that would mandate all able-bodied NH residents 18 years of age or older to participate in a NH state militia (without compensation). (HB343, Roll Call #74, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against having the United States withdraw from the United Nations. (HCR11, Roll Call #102, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overturning all FDA regulations on food products if they were made in New Hampshire. This bill additionally sought to make it a misdemeanor for state or federal employees to enforce federal laws and regulations in our state. (HB1650, Roll Call #112, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against forcing children to stand for the pledge of allegiance. (HB1146, Roll Call #122, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing the drug-free school zone sign fund. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for a resolution to preserve the electoral college. (HCR42, Roll Call #166, 3/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring the Congress of the United States of America to reaffirm its adherence to the Constitution of the United States regarding international agreements and treaties. This resolution is one of THREE pieces of legislation focused on the same topic that the current House Leadership spent time working on. (HR21, Roll Call #167, 3/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against prohibiting international educational programs, including the much-acclaimed International Baccalaureate program, and to establish a partisan study committee to "investigate" its dangers. (HB1403, Roll Call #206, 3/28/2012)

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    Guns & Deadly Weapons

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing someone who was denied a handgun license to petition directly to the Superior court and skip the local process. (HB29, Roll Call #7, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing guns on college campuses and dorms, in athletic stadiums and public parks and beaches. This bill additionally restricted local communities from making local decisions regarding firearms in these areas. (HB334, Roll Call #11, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against exempting firearms, fire arm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in New Hampshire from federal law and regulation. A yes vote on this bill additionally made a state or federal official, who enforced a lawful federal regulation, guilty of a misdemeanor or felony. (HB125, Roll Call #12, 2/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against eliminating licensing requirements for N.H. residents to own and carry firearms such as pistols and revolvers, "whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded." (HB536, Roll Call #14, 1/5/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overturning established law that prohibited carrying loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles. (HB194, Roll Call #24, 1/5/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against this "Stand Your Ground" or "Kill at Will" ALEC model legislation. Under existing law, a person in their own home does not need to retreat when they perceive a threat or are threatened; this bill extends that to public spaces -- such as street corners, shopping malls, public parks and retail stores -- and encourages the immediate use of deadly force. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB210, Roll Call #62, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing any person, meeting certain statutory requirements, to carry a firearm, openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, on or about their person or upon or in a vehicle, whether or not such person possesses a license, permit, or other authorization to carry a firearm. This bill also removed the requirement that non-residents obtain a license to possess a firearm while in New Hampshire. (HB330, Roll Call #64, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against removing the minimum mandatory sentence for conviction of a felony involving the possession, use, or attempted use of a firearm, and makes the sentence for such a felony conviction discretionary. (HB378, Roll Call #65, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing the use of deadly force within one’s home. The Assistant Attorney General stated: "This (bill) is an impenetrable morass of law." The bill would have granted the shooter immunity from criminal prosecution - including arrest, detainment in custody, or prosecution - and made it extremely difficult for law enforcement officials to fully and thoroughly investigate a case. (HB567, Roll Call #68, 3/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing deadly weapons into the State House chambers. (This legislation repealed the right of the facilities committee to make rules and recommendations regarding the safety of legislators, visitors, school children and staff. It's sole intent was to ensure deadly weapons can be brought into the State House.) (HB160, Roll Call #123, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused allowing the use of firearms and fireworks in crowded, heavily populated cities and towns. (HB1341, Roll Call #130, 3/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against discussing handgun policy within the state budget. A yes vote means this representative was one of only *7* representatives who voted to derail the state budget by inappropriately inserting this controversial topic into tense budget discussions. (HB2, Roll Call #135, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against expanding the death penalty. (HB147, Roll Call #220, 6/8/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against this "Stand Your Ground" or "Kill at Will" ALEC model legislation. Under existing law, a person in their own home does not need to retreat when threatened; this bill extends that to public spaces -- such as street corners, shopping malls, public parks and retail stores -- and encourages the use of deadly force without first requiring that an individual attempt to retreat to a safe place. This type of legislation was criticized heavily as a contributing factor to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida this past spring. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB88, Roll Call #213, 6/1/2011)
  • After additional consideration, Rep. Rosenwald firmly voted against overriding the Governor's veto of "Stand Your Ground" or "Kill at Will" ALEC model legislation that encourages the use of deadly force in public spaces. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB88, Roll Call #243, 9/14/2011)

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    Health Care Issues

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing current coverage of children’s early intervention therapy services, diagnosis and treatment of pervasive developmental disorder or autism, bariatric surgery for obesity, certified midwife services, and hearing aids. (HB309, Roll Call #3, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring the attorney general to join the lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (HB89, Roll Call #5, 2/9/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring the attorney general to join the lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for the State of New Hampshire to return federal grants related to the new health law. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB148, Roll Call #181, 5/4/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against an Interstate Health Care Compact that – with permission from Congress – would give participating states the authority to opt out of all federal health care protections and programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. This would have taken away not just all federal oversight, but all federal minimum benefit guarantees and protections for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations: states could drop seniors from Medicare coverage, eliminate our Medicaid and CHIP protections for vulnerable children, end Medicaid-sponsored long-term care services for elders and people with disabilities, terminate protections for children with pre-existing conditions, and stop the enforcement of laws protecting medical privacy. A compact state would be free to replace any and all of these previous federal programs and protections with risky and/or inadequate state-based schemes or, if a state so chose, not replace them at all. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB1560, Roll Call #87, 2/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused prohibiting New Hampshire from participating in a health benefit exchange. A health benefit exchange offers Granite Staters a one-stop shop to compare health insurance plans and prices side by side, leading to more competition and transparency. Legislators voting no wanted New Hampshire to work on developing an exchange; legislators voting yes limited these options on political grounds. (HB1297, Roll Call #127, 3/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against returning a federal planning grant that would have allowed New Hampshire to explore how to increase competition and transparency in our health insurance market. (HB1727, Roll Call #213, 3/29/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against suspending the funding for the developmental services waitlist. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against suspending funding for the Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) program. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for funding for community mental health services for children and adults. (HB1, Roll Call #156, 3/31/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a bill to require the insurance commissioner to obtain approval from a legislative oversight committee before implementing any of the federal health care changes. The bill also directs the commissioner to decline $666,000 of federal planning grant funds which was awarded to consider opportunities to increase transparency and competition in New Hampshire's health insurance market. (HB601, Roll Call #239, 6/22/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against establishing a commission relative to Medicaid managed care. (HB652, Roll Call #248, 10/12/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for allowing admissions of fault, negligence, or culpable conduct in medical injury cases to be shared in court proceedings. (SB17, Roll Call #254, 5/16/2012)

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    Infrastructure Issues

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against abolishing New Hampshire public television. (HB113, Roll Call #14, 2/15/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against establishing a commission to encourage broadband service throughout New Hampshire, particularly in areas that are poorly served or not served at all. The commission's purpose was to encourage and help finance public computer centers. (HB365, Roll Call #36, 2/23/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against reconsidering whether New Hampshire accepts federal grants. (HB590, Roll Call #41, 2/23/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for allowing municipalities to bond for and build out broadband infrastructure. Universal, affordable access to high-speed internet service is essential in New Hampshire for economic development, job creation, small business growth, local services delivery, and educational opportunities. (HB389, Roll Call #96, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority. The NHRTA was established to develop and provide commuter and passenger rail and related public rail transportation services in New Hampshire. Planning and consideration for the restoration of passenger rail service to the Capitol Corridor was facilitated by two federal grants at no cost to the state. (HB218, Roll Call #105, 3/17/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused cutting funding for the Highway Fund, which supports the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of public highways. (SB78, Roll Call #175, 4/27/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overriding Governor Lynch's veto of HB 218, which sought to repeal the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority. Business leaders, particularly in Nashua and Manchester, had told the Governor that this bill would hurt their efforts to grow their businesses, create jobs and attract new companies to New Hampshire. (HB218, Roll Call #268, 1/4/2012)

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    Legislative Overreach

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against abolishing the constitutional review of laws by the judicial branch of our government. (CACR28, Roll Call #90, 2/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused making the NH Bar Association a voluntary organization. (HB1474, Roll Call #141, 3/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against weakening the authority of the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court to fairly administer the judiciary system. (CACR26, Roll Call #182, 3/21/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing politicians to dissolve the court system at will. (CACR25, Roll Call #75, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against violating the separation of powers by ordering the N.H. Attorney General to join a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. (HB440, Roll Call #41, 1/11/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether grounds exist to impeach a specific marital master and/or any justice of the New Hampshire superior court. This type of legislation was one of many attempts by the current House Leadership to put politicians in control over the judicial branch. (HR7, Roll Call #81, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against eliminating funding for legal services for the poor. (HB1395, Roll Call #192, 3/28/2012)

    Background: Currently, the New Hampshire state budget supports legal aid for the poor and indigent through the judicial budget; having these services available is an important part of ensuring equal justice for all. When funding for the judicial branch was cut, the Supreme Court need a way to support legal aid in New Hampshire. So they tweaked a rule that requires lawyers to keep clients' funds on retainer in accounts -- and told lawyers to make sure those accounts were interest-bearing accounts so that the interest earned could be used to support legal aid in the state. This sensible rule helped cover a budget gap without additional cost or burden to any parties involved. However, legislation this year sought to repeal this rule.

  • In early 2011, the NH House passed a bill ordering the Attorney General to join a federal lawsuit. The State Senate asked the NH Supreme Court for an advisory opinion of whether it was constitutional for the legislature to order a member of the Executive Branch (the Attorney General) to do something or if it was a violation of the separation of powers. The NH Supreme Court responded that it was a violation. In response, the NH House debated whether to reject the Supreme Court's decision and declare the House's own opinion valid. Rep. Rosenwald voted against this motion. (HR13, Roll Call #247, 10/12/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing the legislature to interfere in the court system. Allowing the legislature to interfere in court manners creates a slippery slope to violating the separation of powers and checks and balances of our government. (CACR26, Roll Call #293, 6/6/2012)

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    Middle Class Issues

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing consumer protections such as price guarantees in home heating prepaid contracts. (HB581, Roll Call #5, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against legalizing excessive interest rates for title loans - rates of 300 percent APR - that would be detrimental to our families, our communities, and to our economy. *ALEC Model Legislation* (SB57, Roll Call #270, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against legalizing excessive interest rates for so-called "installment loans" which carry interest rates in excess of 400 percent APR. This legislation would hurt our families, communities and economy. (SB160, Roll Call #6, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted Not Voting/Excused embarassing hardworking New Hampshire families down on their luck by requiring random drug testing of food stamp program participants. In a time when many families have faced economic insecurity and may need to access services they never anticipated using, this controversial policy would have subjected out-of-work blue collar guys, single moms trying to put food on the table, and older workers facing age discrimination to tests questioning their credibility. (No word on whether politicians supporting this legislation would agree to random urine samples as well.) (HB484, Roll Call #115, 3/17/2011)

    Pensions, Health Care and Retirement

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against cutting health care coverage for state retirees, their spouses, and dependents. (HB231, Roll Call #98, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against increasing the monthly contribution for medical benefits paid by retired state employees, retired judges, and their spouses, under age 65. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing the retirement system special account and jeopardizing cost of living adjustments for retired public employees. (HB1483, Roll Call #164, 3/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against forcing new public employees into a defined contribution plan even though it would cost taxpayers more money. (HB1460, Roll Call #218, 3/29/2012)

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    Special Section: "The Isms"

    This label is applied to legislation that was deemed discriminatory in nature.

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a resolution endorsing the Arizona immigration law that uses tactics such as racial profiling. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HCR2, Roll Call #66, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against wasting taxpayer money by forcing the University System of New Hampshire to develop a system making each student prove that they are not undocumented immigrants, despite the fact that undocumented immigrants cannot receive financial aid in N.H. (HB1383, Roll Call #69, 2/1/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against prohibiting programs which promote diversity and increase the number of women and minorities in higher education and state administration. (HB623, Roll Call #76, 3/15/2011)
  • This ridiculous bill sought to require establishments to post signs in all six official U.N. languages if they had even one sign in a language other than English; it was proposed by a legislator with an unhealthy focus on minorities. Rep. Rosenwald voted against laying the bill on the table, which "politely" kills it. This bill deserved to be voted down fully. (HB577, Roll Call #113, 3/17/2011)

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    Transparency & Good Government

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for sending a bill back to committee when it had not received the proper citizen review. (HB1666, Roll Call #88, 2/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing NH House Speaker Bill O'Brien to limit debate only to those individuals with whom he agrees. (HB592, Roll Call #199, 3/28/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against implementing an amended bill that was never given a proper public hearing. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB1658, Roll Call #204, 3/28/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a non-germane amendment regarding marital masters on a bill that was supposed to focus on a fix to the state budget. The amendment threatened to cost the state of New Hampshire $2 million because of the rift it caused between the State House and Senate in trying to get it passed. (SB198, Roll Call #249, 10/12/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a bill combining a 24-hour waiting period for abortions with legislation that otherwise addressed research and development tax credits for businesses. (SB295, Roll Call #250, 5/15/2012)

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    Women’s Health

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against repealing coverage for midwives. (HB309, Roll Call #3, 1/4/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against limiting womens' access to health care by prohibiting the state from contracting in any way with any hospital or health care provider which provides general abortion services. This bill jeapordized $700 million in Federal Medicaid matching funds. (HB228, Roll Call #43, 1/18/2012)
  • This amendment's sole purpose was to defund Planned Parenthood of Northern New England health centers, jeapordizing access to critical health services for moderate and low-income women. Rep. Rosenwald voted against this amendment. (HB228, Roll Call #44, 1/18/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against defunding Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and jeopardizing health screenings and access for more than 16,000 women, men and teens. (HB228, Roll Call #45, 1/18/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring parental notification before a minor receives an abortion, with no exception for victims of rape, incest or abuse, and no maternal health exception. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB329, Roll Call #78, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a resolution commending "Pregnancy Crisis Centers" -- centers which have been found to provide women with misleading medical information to dissuade them from making an informed decision about abortion. Some of this misinformation includes such things as: women will develop breast cancer if they have an abortion, they will be unable to get pregant in the future, and that the procedure poses a significant health risk. This bill passed by one vote. NH House Speaker Bill O'Brien stepped down from the podium to vote in support of it. (HCR31, Roll Call #83, 2/8/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against removing comprehensive preventive health services for women, such as contraception, from benefits expected to be covered by insurance companies. (HR29, Roll Call #103, 2/22/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against allowing any employer to deny coverage for contraception based on the employer's personal beliefs. This legislation sought to undercut an important new provisions in the federal health law: contraception without co-pays or deductibles; an economic pocketbook as well as health-related benefit for the average woman. (HB1546, Roll Call #117, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against defunding Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. (HCR41, Roll Call #123, 3/7/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against purposefully obstructing a woman from receiving a legal abortion and forcing doctors to provide false and inaccurate information to patients, such as stating that abortions cause breast cancer. (HB1659, Roll Call #148, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against a state law that bans partial birth abortion and asserts that a maternal health exception is not required. A chair of the OBGYN Department at Dartmouth and representatives of the New Hampshire Medical Society testified against the bill. (HB1679, Roll Call #150, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against making it illegal for a woman to receive an abortion after 20 weeks. (HB1660, Roll Call #214, 3/29/2012)
  • After additional consideration, Rep. Rosenwald firmly voted against overturning Governor Lynch's veto of a bill requiring parental notification before a minor receives an abortion, with no exception for victims of rape, incest or abuse, and no maternal health exception. (HB329, Roll Call #233, 6/22/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against adding a 24-hour waiting period for abortions to a bill that otherwise addressed research and development tax credits for businesses. (SB295, Roll Call #249, 5/15/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against prosecuting individuals who knowingly or unknowingly caused the death of a fetus starting at eight weeks. Medical experts believe that approximately one out of four pregnancies ends in miscarriage by the end of 8 weeks; under this law women are unfairly targeted without any basis in sound medical science. (HB217, Roll Call #10, 1/4/2012)
  • Governor's Lynch vetoed a bill that would ban abortion even when a woman's health is in jeopardy. Rep. Rosenwald voted against overriding that veto in an attempt to establish this controversial law. (HB1679, Roll Call #303, 6/27/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against overriding Governor Lynch's veto of a bill that makes it difficult for New Hampshire residents to obtain fertility treatments and unreasonably restrict a woman's rights during pregnancy. (HB217, Roll Call #311, 6/27/2012)

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    Worker’s Rights

  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against eliminating the automatic continuation requirement for public employee collective bargaining agreements. (SB1, Roll Call #21, 2/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against restricting workers' ability to form a union. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB589, Roll Call #88, 3/16/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for removing an anti-worker amendment that would have gutted collective bargaining in New Hampshire. (HB2, Roll Call #138, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against suspending seniority rights, an important workplace protection that guards against employers targeting certain individuals or positions to cut based on personal - rather than professional - opinion during lay-offs. (HB2, Roll Call #143, 3/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against destroying unions and weakening the rights of workers in New Hampshire. (HB1677, Roll Call #145, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against requiring public employees to shoulder increased health care costs if a contract expires before a new one has been signed. This approach encourages employers to slow contract talks and gives them an unfair bargaining chip at the negotiating table. (HB1206, Roll Call #151, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against making it more difficult for workers to take a lunch break by increasing the hours that must be worked before the break is given. (HB1574, Roll Call #152, 3/14/2012)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against HB 474, the so-called "Right to Work" bill that would have jeopardized job-based health insurance, pensions and worker safety programs – important foundations for a healthy and productive work place that have largely been secured by organized work forces. The bill sought to interfere in private work place matters and bar employers and workers from arranging a fair share clause in contracts to help cover the collective bargaining costs of negotiating good jobs with good wages and benefits. *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB474, Roll Call #182, 5/4/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted for delaying action on this right-to-work for less bill out of respect for an opponent of the bill who wished to speak but was sick that day. (HB1677, Roll Call #115, 3/7/2012)
  • After dozens of middle class citizen lobby days and Governor Lynch's veto, Rep. Rosenwald firmly voted against HB 474, the so-called "Right to Work" bill that would have jeopardized job-based health insurance, pensions and worker safety programs – important foundations for a healthy and productive work place that have largely been secured by organized work forces. The bill sought to interfere in private work place matters and bar employers and workers from arranging a fair share clause in contracts to help cover the collective bargaining costs of negotiating good jobs with good wages and benefits. Ultimately, a bipartisan group of long-time Republicans and Democrats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives defeated anti-worker legislation *ALEC Model Legislation* (HB474, Roll Call #265, 11/30/2011)
  • Rep. Rosenwald voted against giving politicians veto power over state employee collective bargaining agreements. (HB1666, Roll Call #302, 6/27/2012)

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