Senior Counsel, State Government Relations
Direct Line: (603) 228-3322 x102 | email@example.com
Prior to joining the Dupont Group in 1999, Curtis served as Senior Legislative Assistant to the New Hampshire House Majority Leader and as Legislative Assistant to the Senate Majority Leader. He established and maintained a practice in government relations representing four professional/trade associations and a pari-mutuel facility, and served as Executive Director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council. He was listed as one of New Hampshire’s top twenty most effective lobbyists in 1996 at the age of 33, by Business New Hampshire magazine.
In 2003, Curtis was recognized in the Union Leader, New Hampshire’s only state-wide newspaper, as one of that year’s 40 Under Forty, described as “40 up and coming people, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference in our state.”
Curtis has been closely involved in New Hampshire state politics for over 20 years. In 2008, he was chosen to be a Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. In the past, he has served in senior campaign staff positions for two Presidential Primary campaigns, two New Hampshire Congressional campaigns and a governor’s race, and has been an advisor to several successful state Senate campaigns. He has also been an analyst on the New Hampshire Primary for CBS radio network and a number of radio talk shows across the country. Curtis also appeared as a regular pundit on the political website Primary Diner. One of his articles, NH Primary for Dummies, was featured on ABCNews.com.
Curtis coaches youth baseball and softball, is New Hampshire District Two Commissioner for Babe Ruth Softball and has been a Director, four years as President and six as Vice President, of the Concord Baseball Association, Inc., a charitable non-profit corporation. In that capacity, he led the effort to bring a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Concord Quarry Dogs, to Concord and was involved in two Babe Ruth League baseball World Series hosted in Concord. He was also a founding member of the Concord CrimeLine.
Focus Areas: Commercial Business Regulation; Gaming; Labor; Regulated Professions; Tax Policy
Curtis Is Author of the Following Blog Articles:
Consumer Spending Trumps Consumer Confidence
Still, They Say No Inflation Worries
Brace for Inflation, Despite What TV Economists Declare
Total Employment Gap Still Exists Despite Better Employment Picture
New Affirmation of the New Hampshire Advantage
Keno Is Overlooked as New Hampshire Focuses on Casino Legislation
The Economics of Immigration with a Personal Case in Point
Case Study – coordinated transportation services
Client: New Hampshire Transit Association
The Problem: Various state agencies, non-profits and public transit providers were all operating on their own, fighting for minimal state dollars available and finding situations where they were duplicating efforts (different agencies picking up residents in the same neighborhood around the same time) at the same time that resources were wasted (vans sitting idle for periods of time). Though various studies over the past two decades had recommended coordination of these services, turf battles between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services, plus turf battles among other providers, limited these efforts to the studies, which quickly gathered dust on the shelves of state government.
The Fix: The Dupont Group initiated a meeting of the client with then Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nick Vailas, who immediately latched on to the idea of a coordinated transportation system. At our urging he assigned a staff person to be the point person to head up a task for of stakeholders. From that point the Dupont Group served to shepherd the process to prevent stalling of the effort to achieve coordinated, or brokered, transportation in New Hampshire. We informed policy leaders at each step, gaining support for the step to follow. That effort turned into the Governor’s Task Force on Community Transportation which issued a report, from which legislation resulted creating the Community Transportation Coordinating Council, responsible for selecting and overseeing Regional Transportation Coordinator (RTC) vendors. The RTCs, or brokers, in each region will manage a call center to schedule and arrange rides through its network of providers, sign contracts with providers and funding agencies, and handle data collection, billing, and reporting functions. The Dupont Group ensured that the client was well represented on the coordinating council.
Case Study – regulated charitable gaming
Client: Hinsdale Greyhound Park / OTB
The Problem: When the “Texas Hold ‘em” craze swept into New Hampshire, pari-mutuel racetracks were already facing increased competition from casinos operating in Connecticut, two facilities in Rhode Island and one in upstate New York with slot machines, and the emergence of internet wagering. Card game operators, using a grey area in the state’s charitable gaming law, began hosting tournaments with buy-ins of several hundred dollars. The law at the time limited wagers to two dollars, but the tournaments ran on a points system. The client saw that the state was not allowing his business to compete legally, while allowing grey-area gambling operations to flourish. Yet he felt that if he participated in gambling activities that were not explicitly legal, he could put his own license at risk. In order to take advantage of the poker tournaments, the client felt the tournaments must be fully and clearly operating legally, otherwise his license as a racetrack was at risk.
The Fix: First by approaching the state’s Pari-Mutuel Commission then working with the Commission and recruiting one of the operators, the Dupont Group spearheaded an effort to regulate operators and set parameters around the tournaments, thereby legitimizing and legalizing the events. The client subsequently was able to contract with an operator and host tournaments and other games five days a week, adding revenue to the facility through rent, food and beverage sales, and an introduction for new customers to his other products. The State of New Hampshire realized revenue from a tax subsequently applied.