SB 69, "establishing a commission to study social impact bond funding for early childhood education for at-risk students," was sponsored by Sens. David Watters, D-Dover; Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro; and Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth. It passed the Senate in February.
The legislation called for an 18-member group, including members from the N.H. Kids Count, SPARK NH, Early Learning NH, a member from the University of New Hampshire 's Child Study and Development Center, two parents with children in kindergarten through third grade, and three elementary school teachers. The tasks included to study components of a high quality school readiness program and a monitoring program.
The Education Committee voted 15 to 6 recommending passage. The committee reported, "The commission shall report findings on or before June 1, 2016. State funds are not required for this bill."
As an example of every vote counting, the first motion was on passage of the bill, which failed 164 to 168. "Yes" supported passage, "no" did not:
Portsmouth Herald area legislators
Yes: Berrien, Cahill, Cali-Pitts, Cushing, DiFranco, Pamela Gordon, Heffron, Lovejoy, McBeath, Moody, Sherman, Simpson, Gerald Ward
No: Abrami, Abramson, Bush, Chase, Emerick, Richard Gordon, Nigrello, Rice, Tucker, Joanne Ward, Wood
Not voting: Borden, Christie, Francese, Pankelakos, Schroadter; excused; Peckham, not excused
Foster's Daily Democrat area legislators
Yes; Baber, Berube, Bickford, Bixby, Burton, Cilley, DiSesa, Gardner, Horrigan, Kaen, Knowles, Rollo, Southworth, Spang, Sprague, Verschueren, Wall, Kenneth Ward
No: Aveliani, Cheney, Comeau, Gray, Groen, Hannon, Hodgdon, Howard, Jones, Kaczynski, Leeman, Mullen, Parsons, Pitre, Turcotte, Whitehouse, Wuelper
Not voting: Beaudoin, DeLemus, Nelson, Russell, Schmidt, Smith, Stevens, Treleaven, Wright, excused; Varney, not excused
After the defeat of the bill by a four vote margin, another vote to kill it passed 186 to 146, on a non-roll call.