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Hot Legislation

State legislation requiring quick action.

NH House and Senate bills in which the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire is interested, is taking a position, and/or has determined action is needed.

Occasionally we post action alerts from the national League here as well.

NH Legislative Alerts

Legislative Alert for Feb. 19-21, with a peek ahead for a few bills. Click here for the pdf, 3 pages.

Legislative Alert for Feb. 12-14, with a peek ahead for 4 major bills. Click here for the pdf, 5 pp.

Legalization of marijuana bill hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, drew a big crowd. Read an explanation of the bill here, in a Concord Monitor article. League has no position on this issue.

Legislative Alert for Feb. 5-7, with a peek ahead for 4 major bills. Click here for the pdf, 4 pp.

Legislative Alert for Jan. 29-31, with a peek into February on some important bills. Another redistricting commission bill this week, Tuesday at 2 pm. League will testify in support. Click here for the pdf.

Legislative Alert for Jan. 22-24, with a look ahead into Feb. for some bills of major public interest. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, League will testify in favor of CACR9, creating an independent redistricting commission. Important bill. Click here to read the alert pdf, 3 pages.

Legislative Alert for Jan. 15-22, 2019 Click here to read the pdf, 3 pp.

Legislative Alert for Jan. 9-15, 2019 This is the first of the new year's Legislative Alerts from the League of Women Voters NH. Each Friday we check the NH House and NH Senate calendars for the coming week and choose those bills of particular interest to League to highlight here. You can find the complete calendars for yourself on the http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ website (scroll to lower right for calendar links).

Reminder that these hearings are public meetings. You may attend, and if you wish to weigh in pro or con on particular bills, you may do so by signing a list somewhere in the meeting room. If you wish to speak on a bill, in the House fill in a pink card and leave it on the desk. In the Senate, check off the "wish to speak" column on the sheet. Generally the committees will not vote on bills they are hearing right away. They schedule an Executive Session to do that, which will be posted in the calendar.

For the first full week of the session, most committees are holding orientation sessions for their members, so only a few bills of interest to League are being heard. Below is that list. (note that room numbers starting with LOB refer to the Legislative Office Building across the street and behind the state house.)

Click here for the pdf.

2019 NH Legislature--How It Works, How You Can Learn More

The public is welcome to observe any legislative meeting or hearing.

Every week or two during the NH legislative session the League of Women Voters NH will send email to our members and friends and also post here a list of selected upcoming hearings in the NH Legislature. If you wish to advocate for or against any of the bills, either in person or by contacting your representative or senator, you will do so as an individual, not in the voice of the League.

League's choice of bills to highlight is determined by our priorities and areas of interest as expressed by members. League board members or designees may testify on some of the bills.

Complete lists of the next week's legislative hearings can be found on the General Court's website Click on either the "House Calendars and Journals" or the "Senate Calendars and Journals" link near the bottom right of the page. The newest Calendar will be at the top of each list and will list hearings in the coming week (or two). Calendars come out each Friday during the session. Room numbers and times are given for the hearings (SH = State House and LOB = Legislative Office Building, across the street behind the State House).

Borrowing freely from our AFSC friends, an explanation of how bills come out of hearings with committee recommendations: "Bills will come to the floor with one of several possible recommendations: OTP (ought to pass); OTPA (ought to pass with amendment, in which case you can review the wording of the amendment); ITL (inexpedient to legislate, in other words "defeat it"), or Interim Study. Bills that go to interim study will have to be brought up again in committee before the end of the year, but except in rare situations, these bills will not get floor votes in 2019. In some cases, an "interim study" recommendation can be a sincere statement that a bill with merit needs additional work before it is ready for a vote. In other cases, "interim study" is a gentle way for a bill to be killed.

In May, 2019: For those interested in how the Committees of Conference work, we have borrowed this description from the NH Municipal Assn's newsletter May 2018:

So What Is A Committee of Conference? Every year, when a House bill has been amended by the Senate, and a Senate bill has been amend- ed by the House, those bills go back to the originating body for a review of the amendment and a determination of whether the amendment is acceptable or not. If the amendment is acceptable, the originating body accedes (ack-SEEDs) to the amendment. If it is not acceptable, the originating body can nonconcur and request a committee of conference or it can simply nonconcur, in which case the bill dies. If both bodies agree to form a committee of conference, then 3 members of the Senate and 4 members of the House are appointed to meet for the purpose of ironing out the differences. Some committees meet several times over the one week period provided before agreement must be reached and "signed off on" by all parties. The Senate members and the House members vote separately, but must unanimously approve the committee of conference resolution. Sometimes, committee members are removed and replaced if they are unwilling to go along with the rest of the committee. If the report is not fully signed by the deadline, the bill dies. Needless to say, it is a very fluid process!

For information on other social justice issues in the legislature, you may want to read the weekly postings on the American Friends Service Committee's website as well: https://www.afsc.org/action/nh-state-house-watch

Another source of non-partisan information about NH issues is Citizens Count: https://www.citizenscount.org/

Redistricting Commission bills coming in 2019

League supports creating an Independent Redistricting Commission to determine NH legislative districts. Several bills are in the works, on which League will testify in 2019. On Dec. 1, Ethan DeWitt of the Concord Monitor had an extensive article on the bills, which is available here, with League comments added in italics.

Bills to follow in 2019

As of Dec. 31, 2018, only a fraction of the 1,100 bills we expect in the NH Legislature actually have text written and posted. This is a compilation of those bills of particular interest that we've found so far: Read more

Casino Gambling--back again in 2019

2019: Sen. Lou D'Allesandro has a casino bill in the works, LSR 2019-0865. No text published as of 1/6/19.

The perennial casino bill was back in 2017 and was defeated: SB 242 calls for two casinos in NH, in spite of the construction soon to begin on casinos in Massachusetts. The League opposes relying on casino gaming income to support our state's needs, even more now that proceeds are so uncertain. Click here for our testimony in opposition 4/18/17.

This 2017 bill passed the Senate 13 to 10 in March 2017 but not the House.

Defeated in the Senate March 24, 2016 is another expanded gaming bill, SB551, which would have allowed one casino at Rockingham Park in Salem. League continues to doubt the figures presented as potential state revenue, given that Massachusetts' plans for a casino less than an hour away are going forward. League opposes this bill. Our position on gambling is on our Positions page.

Leading the effort to defeat expanded gambling last year and 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

NH members of Congress

Here are the Washington DC phone numbers, state office phone numbers, and websites of the current New Hampshire US Senators and Representatives. Emails may be sent via the websites only. (To be updated after Jan. 1, 2019)

Click on these links to find names and contact information for your United States Representative or United States Senators. This information was updated Jan. 2017. You can also sign up for weekly email newsletters from your Representative and Senators via their websites.

If you wish to contact your US Representative or Senator, be aware that paper mail is likely to be delayed significantly for security reasons. You may phone DC or NH offices, or you may send email via the Contact webform on each official's website.

View the Library of Congress' web page for comprehensive information on current and past federal legislation.

*Representative Chris Pappas (District 1)

Washington Office: 323 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5456

Dover Office: 660 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820 1-888-216-5373 ??

<https://pappas.house.gov/>

*Representative Annie Kuster (District 2)

Washington office: 320 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5206

Fax: (202) 225-2946

Concord NH: 18 N. Main St., Concord 03301

(603)226-1002 FAX: (603) 226-1010

Nashua NH: 70 E. Pearl St., Nashua 03060

(603) 595-2006 FAX: (603) 595-2016

<http://www.kuster.house.gov/>

*Senator Maggie Hassan

Washington office: 330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

DC office: (202) 224-3324

Manchester office: (603) 622-2204

<https://www.senate.gov/senators/115thCongress/Hassan_Maggie.htm>

*Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Washington office: 506 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2841

Manchester NH: 2 Wall Street, Suite 220, Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 647-7500

Dover NH: 340 Central Avenue, Suite 205, Dover, NH 03820

Ph: (603) 750-3004

<http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/>

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For the U.S. Congress to find out who voted on a particular bill click here

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