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NH Sen. Stiles says lawmakers should go easy on repealing laws

CONCORD - The state senator who opposed the state's adoption of an education tax credit only to vote against repealing it, vowed to take the same position on other efforts to roll back controversial new laws.

Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, said it doesn't matter whether she was for or against an issue when it first came up; she is opposed to repealing newly enacted laws simply because of a shift in the Legislature's balance of power.

"I don't care what the subject is," Stiles told a legislative meeting of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association. "I do not think that the New Hampshire Legislature should be the body that passes a law in one session and repeals it in the next session."

Republicans had majorities in both branches of the 2011-12 legislature and passed a number of conservative measures, several over the veto of then-Gov. John Lynch.

In addition to the education tax credit, floor fights are expected this year over such measures as the so-called "castle doctrine" law, which allows the use of deadly force in protecting property and a requirement that voters produce identification in order to vote.

Stiles' decision to oppose repeal of the education tax credit, despite her opposition to the law when it was adopted, left the Democrats facing the prospect of losing repeal in the Senate on a tie vote.

But Stiles said her opposition to quick repeal of laws is firm, even in a case like the education tax credits, when she didn't like the law in the first place.

"I didn't win," she said.

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