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