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Hot Legislation

State legislation requiring quick action.

Information on state issues and live bills upon which the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire is interested, is taking a position, and/or has determined action is needed.

Next House Session: April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am Next Senate Session: April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

HOUSE CONSENT CALENDAR

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS

SB 193-FN, (New Title) establishing a commission to study pathways to oral health care in New Hampshire. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.Rep. Thomas M Sherman for Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Good oral health has been identified as a critical component of general wellness. This bill creates a commission to evaluate barrier to and coverage for dental care for undeserved New Hampshire residents. Vote 16-0. WE SUPPORT OTPA

HOUSE REGULAR CALENDAR

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW

SB 391, (New Title) relative to the juvenile justice advisory board; the policies and procedures of the youth development center; and a reduction in appropriation to the Sununu Youth Services Center. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. Rep. Patrick T Long for Children and Family Law. This bill addresses several critical and necessary changes with respect to the Sununu Youth Services Center. The amendment replaces the bill. It revises the membership and duties of the juvenile justice advisory board. The board last met in August 2013; prior to that meeting it met in 2004. The bill establishes the number of meetings per year and requires a report. At the end of the first year, this bill requires the department of health and human services to re-establish a division of juvenile justice services (DJJS... Vote 16-2.WE SUPPORT OTPA

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

SB 207-FN, relative to paycheck equity. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.Rep. Linda L Tanner for the Majority of Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. This bill addresses the issue of pay equity by clearing up the definition of equal pay, prohibiting retaliation against workers inquiring about wages and requiring the department of labor to post notices of pay equity laws. The majority believes that equal pay for equal work is a fundamental right. The bill does not restrict employers ability to pay employees differently based on factors of seniority, merit or performance based system, quantity or quality of product, expertise or shift differential. It does help to assure employers are pay equally for equal work based on a bona fide reason, not solely on their gender. Vote 11-8. We support OTP

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY

SB 245-FN, (New Title) relative to the siting of energy facilities. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. Rep. Amanda A Merrill for Science, Technology and Energy. The site evaluation committee (SEC) reviews proposals for energy facilities in New Hampshire and issues certificates for construction and operation of those

SENATE REGULAR CALENDAR REPORTS

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

HB 1532, relative to notification of radon and arsenic levels. This bill adds arsenic to the radon and lead paint notice sellers are required to provide buyers prior to the sale of real property .Ought to Pass with Amendment, Vote 4-0.

HB 1600, relative to reporting of energy production for net metering. Ought to Pass with Amendment, Vote 4-0.

JUDICIARY

HB 1122-FN, relative to the filing with a registry of deeds of a fraudulent document purporting to create a lien or claim against real property. Ought to Pass with Amendment, Vote 4-0.

HB 1503-FN, relative to the penalties for negligent homicide and manslaughter causing a miscarriage or stillbirth and relative to miscarriage or stillbirth in second degree murder cases. This bill provides that a fetus shall be included in the definition of "another" for the purpose of first and second degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, and causing or aiding suicide. The definition of fetus here is that of age 8 weeks or older. Ought to Pass with Amendment,

HB 1624-FN, modernizing the juvenile justice system to ensure rehabilitation of juveniles and preservation of juvenile rights. Ought to Pass with Amendment, WE SUPPORT OTPA

HOUSE AND SENATE HEARINGS

TUESDAY

FINANCE, Room 103, SH Sen. Forrester (C), Sen. D'Allesandro (VC), Sen. Bragdon, Sen. Larsen, Sen. Morse, Sen. Odell

1:15 p.m. HB 1403-FN, establishing a state minimum hourly wage.

HOUSE JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:30 a.m. SB 319-FN, relative to access to reproductive health care facilities. WE SUPPORT

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:30 a.m. Continued executive session on SB 366-FN-A-L, relative to video lottery and table gaming.

WEDNESDAY

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, Room 101, LOB Sen. Prescott (C), Sen. Odell (VC), Sen. Bradley, Sen. Fuller Clark, Sen. Woodburn

9:00 a.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION ON PENDING LEGISLATION

9:15 a.m. HB 286, relative to broadband infrastructure.

9:30 a.m. HB 1129, requiring the development of an energy efficiency implementation plan.

Death Penalty Repeal HB1170

BREAKING NEWS APRIL 17: Senate voted 12 to 12 today on the death penalty repeal bill. Therefore it does not pass and the death penalty remains in NH laws,

The NH House voted on Wed., March 12, on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

Casino Gambling

Leading the effort to defeat expanded gambling this year is an organization dedicated to preventing casinos from gaining entrance into our state: Casino Free New Hampshire. (see the website and Facebook page

Update on voter ID

The NH House and Senate each voted on 6/26/13 to approve the compromise voter ID bill that came out of early June's committee of conference. We have updated our elections page fliers with the ID requirements that will be in effect in 2013 and 2014.

The League appreciates the votes of those Representatives and Senators who supported the new bill.

There is a legislative study committee to review election law with a goal of improving voter participation. The committee is scheduled to begin public sessions around the state in April 2014. We'll post dates and places when we know them; plan to attend and make your views known.

The League of Women Voters New Hampshire continues to oppose restrictions on the right to vote, especially those that seem to target students, the elderly, and the poor.

State Legislature Calendar

To see the complete calendar of New Hampshire State Senate sessions and committee meetings, click here. To see the complete calendar of New Hampshire State House sessions and committee meetings, click here.

NH members of Congress

Here are the Washington DC phone numbers and websites of the current New Hampshire US Senators and Representatives. Emails may be sent using the webforms.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (202) 224-3324 website

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841 website

Representative Ann McLane Kuster (202) 225-5206 (district 2) website

Representative Carol Shea Porter (202) 225-5456 (district 1) website