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.
Legislative Alert for April 16-18, 2019. Big news is that the House passed a budget and the Senate passed the death penalty repeal bill on April 11. Senate takes up the budget next. Lots of hearings in the coming week on bills that have already passed one body. Your opportunity to testify, from your personal perspectives. Get the details in this week's Legislative Alert, 3 pp.
Legislative Alert for April 9-11, 2019. Results of the House votes on April 4, some bills coming up in the House & Senate for a vote on April 11, and just a few hearings with bills of interest. Get the details in this week's Legislative Alert, just 2 pp. NOTE: our planned Day at the Legislature has been postponed for lack of hearing activity on April 9.
Legislative Alert for April 2-4, 2019. Results of the Senate votes on March 27 & 28, some bills coming up in the House for a vote on April 4, and several hearings with bills of interest. Get the details in this week's Legislative Alert, just 2 pp.
Legislative Alert for March 26-28, 2019 House and Senate voted on some important bills this past week, and the Senate meets in voting session on March 27 & 28. Of major importance in that Senate session are SB8 (the independent redistricting commission bill, and SB7, the SMART bill. Read the alert and if you can, call your senator and urge her or him to support these two bills in particular.
Legislative Alert for March 18-21 Report on results of some key bills that were voted on March 14, with upcoming bills for House and Senate votes on March 19-21. Not many hearings scheduled because 3-day House voting session. Read the pdf, 2 pp.
Legislative Alert for March 11-14 Report on results of some key bills voted on March 7, with upcoming bills for House and Senate votes on March 14. A few committee hearings of interest too. Read the pdf, 3 pp
March 8, 2019 Read this Concord Monitor article about yesterday's vote to reverse SB3 (the 2017 voter registration bill that is the subject of the League's lawsuit against the state) and HB1264 (the domicile/residency bill of 2018). read the article
Legislative Alert for early March, with a few bills being heard the next week. Click here to read the pdf, 4 pages.
breaking news Feb. 28: The NH House just passed our priority election law bill, HB706, to create an independent redistricting commission, by a whopping 218-123. Thank you to those who urged their own reps to vote for this important bill to end gerrymandering!
Legislative Alert for Feb. 26-March 7, with a peek ahead for hearings on a few bills. Click here for the pdf, 3 pages. This week's alert includes a CALL TO ACTION, to let your state representative(s) know that you want them to vote YES on HB706 to create an independent redistricting commission. (vote is on Feb. 27) Details in the alert. Take a minute, please, send an email or make a call.
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.)
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. We also try to track bills that are of broad public interest, even if we don't have a position on them.
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. Sometimes they vote to keep a bill in the committee until the next year. 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" or "retain" 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 amended 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/
HB706 has passed the House, will be heard in Senate Election Law committee on April 24 (time TBA). League will testify in support--again.
Feb. 28, 2019--a positive step forward in redistricting in NH. Read this Brennan Center blog on yesterday's action in the NH House.
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.
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 so 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
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.
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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
Dover Office: 660 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820 1-888-216-5373 ??
*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
*Senator Maggie Hassan
Washington office: 330 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
DC office: (202) 224-3324
Manchester office: (603) 622-2204
*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
Dover NH: 340 Central Avenue, Suite 205, Dover, NH 03820
Ph: (603) 750-3004
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