New Hampshire Anti-Bullying Proposal Takes Aim at Lawmaker

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"He was very angry, very red in the face," Copeland said. "He raised his voice and said that if I continue with this course of behavior and should I seek re-election, he would do everything in his power to thwart my re-election effort.

"I said, 'You do what you have to do Mr. Speaker, and I will do what I have to do. I don't work for you, I work for the people,'" Copeland added.

Copeland said his seat in the House was soon moved, apparently in retaliation, from a choice aisle location that he requested because of a disability to a spot in the middle of a row.

Emerson has been recovering from surgery and could not be reached for comment, but she sent a statement to a legislative committee that held a hearing last week on her proposal.

She wrote, "The formation and presentation of this bill is an attempt to ensure that no other state legislator should have to endure what I have experienced, nor should any member of the New Hampshire House ever feel threatened or intimidated by the speaker of the House."

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