NH 2017 legislative session
The New Hampshire legislature failed to pass several bills during its 2017 session that would have taken strong steps toward returning the state's government to the people it is obligated to represent.
Only one of the election reform bills was successful, a House referendum calling on Congress to consider an amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting campaign contributions from donors who aren't eligible to vote in that federal election. Two other bills were retained, meaning they can still be acted upon.
Seventy-four legislators—eight in the senate and 68 in the House—had perfect voting records on the reform bills. Eighty-four—all in the House—received scores of zero for voting against all of ODA's recommended bills (or failing to vote).
“It's clear that New Hampshire's elected officials are out of step with voters, who want to reduce the influence of money in politics and want to make it easier for every citizen to vote,” said ODA chair Rick Bourdon.
“It's one thing for candidates to declare that they believe in open democracy and stand for political equality, quite another for office holders to vote in ways that move us in that direction,” Bourdon said.
The 2017 scorecard is the first of what will become annual reports distributed across the state.