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.
Legislators will submit wording of proposed legislation in early January 2015.
Next Senate session is January 7, 2015. Next House session is January 7, 2015.
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.
The House had passed that bill earlier in May by a 2 to 1 margin. The death penalty in NH stands.
The casino bills have been defeated in the House in this legislative session.
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.
But months later we are still waiting for Congress to finish what it started. Urge your Representative to move H.R. 3899 forward by holding a hearing in the House.
The League was hopeful Congress would move quickly to repair the damage caused by the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder, but four months later we are still waiting for action to be taken. H.R. 3899 modernizes the coverage formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provides narrow mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. It also provides a national notification system to keep voters up to date on changes to upcoming elections. The VRAA is an important step forward for our democracy, where the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice.
The time for waiting is over. Tell your Representative to call for a hearing on the VRAA.
Through the support of League members and supporters like you we've already generated over 35,000 letters to Congress on this legislation. But we need to keep the pressure on! If we are to ensure that each and every eligible voter is treated fairly at the ballot box and has an equal right and equal access to vote, we must continue to make our voices heard.
Please join the League in calling for a hearing on H.R. 3899. Let's move forward and modernize the Voting Rights Act to protect our most fundamental right: the right to vote.
This list will be updated in January 2015 when the new Congress is sworn in and offices/phones are reassigned.
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 (Shea-Porter will be replaced by Republican Frank Guinta. Website will be posted in January.)