Bates secures $ 2.83 million more for Windham Schools
Windham schools receive $2.8 million tax refund
State Rep. David Bates penned legislation to pay towns what state owed them
By Breanna Edelstein firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Bates with Governor Chris Sununu as he signs HB 354 into law.
This legislation authorizes retroactive payments to towns that did not receive full funding for education in FY 2106.
Representative Bates delivers $2.83 million check to Superintendant Richard Langlois and Windham School Board.
School funding for Windham increases 92%
after Rep. Bates succeeds in repealing the cap on education funding.
$1,000,000 for Windham's Kindergarten
Representative David Bates secured $1,000,000 for Windham's kindergarten even after all building aid for kindergarten construction had been cut from the budget.
Speaker William O'Brien at Windham Town Hall on July 12, 2011 responding to a question from a Windham resident about the loss of building aid from the state for kindergarten construction.
NH Voter ID Law
Representative Bates speaking to the House about overriding the Governor's veto of the common sense law requiring voters to show a photo ID when voting.
The New Hampshire legislature worked for more than a decade considering numerous bills relating to voter ID. None passed except the legislation for which Representative Bates was the chief architect. Several other states passed voter ID laws only to see them struck down in court. However, New Hampshire's law received approval after review by the U.S. Department of Justice and it has never been challenged in court by anyone.
To the left is Representative Bates with colleagues from the House and Senate signing off on the Committee of Conference report that was passed into law after overriding the governor's veto.
As Chairman of Election Law, Representative Bates was the lead negotiator for the House when finalizing the voter ID bill's language with the Senate.
State Checkbook Online
Prior to the implementation of this law, even members of the House and Senate Finance Committees did not have direct access to information with this level of detail concerning how the state spends your tax dollars.
Representative Bates also chaired the statutory committee charged with overseeing the creation of the Transparent NH website.
More Legislation Filed by Representative Bates that Became Law
HB545 relative to the administrative rulemaking process governing home educated pupils
Various changes to laws on Elections & Voting
HB1673 relative to complaints of election law violations
HB1719 relative to the filing period for elections
HB1354 relative to voter affidavits
HB1476 relative to periodic verification of the checklist
HB258 eliminating certain unenforced election laws
HB1664 establishing a committee to study transferring election law enforcement to the secretary of state