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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.

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

NH Legislature --Fall 2015 activity

The legislature is in recess, but committees continue to work on retained bills through early November.

Update Nov. 5, 2015 The Governor, with the approval of the Executive Council, has called for a special session of the NH Legislature to deal with the heroin/opioid crisis in the state. The NH House will meet Nov. 18 at noon (previously announced for 10 am), the Senate at 1 pm, to draft rules for the special session, expected to run between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Weekly calendars can be found on the state's website.

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.

Of particular interest based on League priorities are the following planned meetings of House committees:


October 20: ELECTION LAW, Room 308, Legislative Office Bldg 1:00 p.m. Executive session on retained bills HB 110, relative to placement of political advertising; HB 183, relative to voter registration forms; HB 312, relative to registration of voters; HB 393-FN, including the distributing of model acts to elected officials as lobbying and requiring disclosure of compensation or reimbursement received by elected officials from such lobbyists for attendance at an event; HB 589-FN, relative to prohibited coercion of political contributions; HB 659-FN-L, allowing all voters to vote by absentee ballot.

Of particular interest are the following Senate hearings: Sept. 30: PUBLIC AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS , Room 102, LOB Sen. Birdsell (C), Sen. Boutin (VC), Sen. Stiles, Sen. Lasky, Sen. Kelly 10:00 a.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THE FOLLOWING RE-REFERRED BILLS HB 331, relative to absences among selectmen on election day. HB 502, relative to petitions for verification of checklists. HB 529, relative to party conventions. HB 689, relative to adoption of a default budget. SB 4, relative to domicile for voting purposes. SB 198-FN-L, allowing all voters to vote by absentee ballot

September 22, 29, October 13, 20: (apparently joint House/Senate committee) COMMITTEE TO STUDY PUBLIC ACCESS TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGN INFORMATION (retained HB 304) (SB 92, Chapter 151:1, Laws of 2015 and HB 304, Chapter 66:1, Laws of 2015) 9:30 a.m. Room 100, SH Regular Meeting

State Budget updates

A compromise version of the state budget was signed into law on September 16, 2015.

The NH Fiscal Policy Institute, a non-profit non-partisan organization whose mission is economic opportunity, prosperity, and security for all New Hampshire residents, is closely following progress on the NH State Budget. Visit their website for detailed information.

Juvenile Justice

June 4, 2015 The NH Senate will vote on HB 2, which includes language instructing the Dept. of Health and Human Services, that administers the Sununu Youth Services Center (primarily a residential facility for youth in trouble with the law) to reduce their spending by $3.5 million and to "develop a plan to reduce the cost of providing existing services...which shall include privatization of services. The League opposed prison privatization a few years ago and will keep a close eye on the plan as it develops to be sure that running of the Sununu Center is not turned over to a for-profit entity. See the :LWVUS position on privatization of government services.

early May 2015: LWVNH echoes this appeal presented to the NH Senate Finance committee--Rev. Gail Kinney's statement included a call to "'just say `no' to any effort to privatize juvenile offender services in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire's troubled young people should never, ever, ever be turned over to be profit centers for a private corporation."

August 2014: NH Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Signed

NH Kids Count and its partners in the NH Juvenile Justice Coalition celebrated passage of a sweeping juvenile justice reform bill (HB 1624) during the 2014 legislative session.

Both the House and Senate enacted HB 1624 with wide margins and Governor Hassan signed the bill into law. Effective July 1, 2015, HB 1624 raises the age at which juveniles are treated as adults in the courts from 17 to 18 and ensures other protections for youth.

Based on our study of incarceration issues in NH, the League testified in support of this bill.

Death Penalty Repeal

May 22, 2014: The NH Senate did not pass SB202, a burglary clarification bill with the death penalty repeal attached as an amendment, by a 2 to 1 vote.

The House had passed that bill earlier in May by a 2 to 1 margin. The death penalty in NH stands.

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

The House vote of 208 to 156 defeating the casino bill (SB 113) of 2015 lays this issue to rest for the current session.

Update on voting rights

A legislative study committee to review election law with a goal of improving voter participation was appointed in 2014. The committee initially announced its intention to begin public sessions around the state in April 2014. A meeting was held in Ossipee on July 29, 2014. A final meeting (though without a quorum) was held in late October. A report was issued by Nov. 1, but without a quorum it was unofficial.

Work continues on retained election law bills (fall 2015).

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, state office phone numbers, and websites of the current New Hampshire US Senators and Representatives. Emails may be sent via the websites only.

This list was updated in January 2015.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (202) 224-3324 website Manchester NH office: 622-7979

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841 website Manchester NH office: 647-7500

Representative Ann McLane Kuster (district 2) (202) 225-5206 website Concord NH office: 226-1002

Representative Frank Guinta (district 1) (202) 225-5456 website Manchester office: 641-9536