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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 7, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

On Friday, June 7, 2013, two PRS students, Michael Sanchez ’13 and Richard D’Amato ’13 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), including Craig Wright, Director of the Air Resources Division and Michele Roberge, Administrator, Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau. 

 The students presented findings from their paper “Siting Energy Facilities” that examines the structures and processes used to cite energy facilities in six comparison states. The analysis is intended to inform options for the state of New Hampshire and highlights improvements in public participation, various structures for board membership and scope of responsibility, fee structures, and increased efficiency. Following the presentation, the NHDES staff and students discussed the implications of their research for both policy making and environmental administration in the state.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 31, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the City Manager of Lebanon, New Hampshire

On Friday, May 31, 2013, two students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College traveled to Lebanon, New Hampshire to present a report to Greg Lewis, the City Manager of Lebanon. Earlier in the academic year, Mr. Lewis requested an analysis that targeted strategies for IT innovation in local government. The project initially began in Professor Margaret Post’s PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance course. The two students, Don Casler ’14 and Katie Schade ’13, shared a PowerPoint presentation offering a comparative analysis of IT government services in comparable towns in New Hampshire.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 28, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, three students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College traveled to Concord, NH to present a report to members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Earlier in the academic year, State Representative Carol McGuire (R, Merrimack) requested an analysis of Chapter 339 of New Hampshire’s Commerce Clause, targeting statutes that were out of date. The three PRS students, Hugh Danilack ’15, Sasha Dudding ’15, and Carolyn Gaut ’15 presented their findings to Chairman Ed Butler (D, Carroll) and other members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 14, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the Town of Windsor, VT Selectboard

On Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013, PRS students Brandon DeBot ’14 and Andres Ramirez ’14 traveled to Windsor, Vermont to address the members of the Windsor Selectboard. Last summer, Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh requested an analysis of possible areas of regionalization of services between the Vermont towns of Windsor, West Windsor, Weathersfield, and Hartland. DeBot and Ramirez were joined by Amy Couture ’14 to conduct the research and analysis to provide an assessment of the feasibility of regionalization in these four towns. At the May 14 meeting public meeting of the Windsor Selectboard, DeBot and Ramirez presented the results of their research in “Regionalization in Vermont: Benefits and Challenges of Regionalization in Windsor, West Windsor, Hartland, and Weathersfield.” 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 23, 2013

PRS Student Testifies Before Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Roanna Wang, ’13, a student from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Montpelier, VT to the Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations, including Chairwoman Jeanette White along with Senator Ayer, Senator French, Senator McAllister, and Senator Pollina. Ms. Wang presented findings from the paper Co-authored with Eric Yang, ’14, this paper details the policy history and current policy environment for naturopathic doctors who are now recognized as primary care providers in Vermont. Ms. Wang discussed options for the State of Vermont in her presentation, including regulations on the practice of homeopathy, the expansion of internships, residencies, and licensing examinations for ND practitioners, and the further integration of NDs within the Vermont health care system as primary care providers. Following the presentation, committee members engaged Ms. Wang in questions regarding the implications of naturopathic doctors prescribing medications.

 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 3, 2013

PRS Students Testify Before the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, four PRS students, Michael Sanchez ’13, Michael Altamirano ’13, Peter Kim ’13, and William de Chatellus ’16 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), including Commissioner Thomas Burack, Dartmouth Class of 1982, Craig Wright, Director of the Air Resources Division, and Michele Roberge, Administrator, Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau. The students presented findings from their paper “Maintaining Air Quality Monitoring Programs: Creating a Financially Sustainable Permit Fee Structure.”

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 2, 2013

PRS 100th and 101st Briefs: Students Testify Before the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, four students from the Policy Research Shop (PRS) of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Sharon Carson. Austin Goldberg ’13, Adam Nasser ’15, Portia Schultz ’15, and Grace Hart ’13 presented two PRS policy briefs—“New Hampshire’s Juvenile Justice System: An Investigation of Current Practices for Handling Youth in the Criminal Justice System,” and “The Adult Drug Courts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine: An Analysis of Effectiveness and Barriers to Expansion”—to the committee members and responded to their questions.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: January 24, 2013

PRS Student Testifies Before Vermont Committee of Fish, Wildlife, And Water Resources

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, a policy brief produced by Kevin Schorr ’15, Kamran Ali ’15, and Edgar Sandoval ’14 in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop, was presented to the Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources in the State Capitol building in Montpelier, VT. Kevin Schorr, the lone member of the team on campus for the winter term, provided formal testimony on their brief, “Assessing the Feasibility of a Vermont Statewide Stormwater Utility,” and responded to questions from Chairman David Dean and committee members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 20, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before Officials from the New Hampshire Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, three PRS students, Brandon ’14, Carolyn Gaut ’13, and Richard D’Amato ’13, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the staff of the New Hampshire Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, including Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Director of the office, Ms. Barbara Seebart, the State Refugee Coordinator as well as other staff members from the refugee program. The students presented findings from two papers, “New Hampshire Refugee Resettlement: A Community Integration Framework” and “Methodologies for Tracking Refugees Longitudinally: Nationwide Analysis and Policy Options.”  

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 4, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before Members of the Grafton County Commission

On June 4, 2012, the three members of the Grafton County Commission—Chairman Michael Cryans, Commissioner Omer Ahern, Jr., and Commissioner Ray Burton—traveled to the Rockefeller Center to hear testimonies from three Policy Research Shop groups who have been working on projects for the Commission throughout the spring term. The commissioners were willing to travel to campus in order to accommodate the students who were in the middle of final examinations. The first PRS project presented was written by Kali Montecalvo ’13, Grace Hart ’13, and Roanna Wang ’13. The policy brief focused on the rehabilitation programs available at the Grafton County Prison and compared these programs to rehabilitation programs offered in other counties in New Hampshire as well as in other counties across New England.

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