District: 23 towns, plantations and unorganized territories in northern Franklin County
Legislative service: Second term
Committees: Legal and Veterans Affairs
Bill record: Seven bills, two signed, five dead
Tax reform: Against
Bear trapping ban: Against
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: For
Stiffer seat belt law: Against
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: For
Rural areas suffer when it comes to medical services because there are not enough professionals willing to come practice, said Wright Pinkham Sr.
Pinkham sponsored a bill this session that allows supervising nurse practitioners to train certified practitioners to practice as advanced practice registered nurses. The bill was signed into law.
Pinkham is a member of the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee, which reviewed issues on gambling, election laws and veterans this session.
In his committee, he said he was most proud of a bill initially approved by his committee and later funded by the Appropriations Committee to give the Veterans Transportation Network funds to buy a new van.
The committee revisited legislative term limits, something Pinkham said he supported many years ago when they were created, but reconsidered. The Legislature approved a bill that will send to statewide referendum the question of whether to increase the maximum number of consecutive two-year terms a state lawmaker can serve from four to six.
“It really changes the balance of power to the executive branch,” Pinkham said, speaking about the current limits.
Pinkham is also a member of the Rural Caucus, which spoke out against and then helped negotiate the school district consolidation package, stressing local control and the need for an opt-out provision.