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.
PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
HB 25-FN-A, making appropriations for capital improvements. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENTAs proposed, this budget authorizes $124,817,373 in general fund spending down from $134,544,611 as originally submitted. Additionally, we take advantage of $118,394,100 in federal funds. The committee unanimously approved HB 25 as amended. Vote 18-0.
HB 1-A, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY:INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. Rep. Neal M. Kurk for the Majority of Finance... This bill is the state's budget for the next two fiscal years.....While some appropriations were increased, in order to "live within our means," a number of appropriations had to be reduced. These reductions were difficult and painful for finance committee members to make. Some highlights of the budget:funding for opening the new women's prison is not included in the budget, as this new facility will not open until the next biennium....Vote 14-9.
HB 2-FN-A-L, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.Rep. Neal M. Kurk for the Majority of Finance. This is the companion or "trailer bill" to HB 1-A, Vote 14-9. Privatization of juvenile corrections is part of this bill.
Tuesday, March 31
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB
1:00 p.m. SB 40-FN, including a viable fetus in the definition of "another" for the purposes of certain criminal offenses. The bill's definition of (3) "Pregnancy" means one or more developing embryos or fetuses implanted in the uterus or elsewhere in the female body.
Executive session on pending legislation may follow
COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB
1:15 PM SB 219, relative to breastfeeding. This bill requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to women who are breastfeeding. The bill also exempts a nursing mother from jury duty.
RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB
10:30 a.m. Subcommittee work session on SB 38, establishing a commission to develop a land conservation plan.
11:15 a.m. Subcommittee work session on SB 80, relative to the state trails plan and establishing a committee on rail trails.
1:00 p.m. SB 168, relative to the duties of the commissioner of the department of environmental services.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB
10:00 a.m. Committee briefing by Meredith Hatfield, NH Office of Energy & Planning on the status of divestiture legislation.
1:00 p.m. Continued public hearing on SB 117-FN-L, relative to energy security and diversity.
Tuesday , April 7
WAYS AND MEANS, Rooms 202-204, LOB
9:00 a.m. SB 113-FN-A-L, relative to video lottery and table gaming. WE OPPOSE Executive session in pending legislation may follow
The House Ways & Means Committee has scheduled a hearing for SB 113 on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 202-204 of the Legislative Office Building. It is important that we have as many people as we can show up for this. It will be important to sign in opposition (not necessary that you present testimony, just sign in as "opposed."
This committee passed the Keno bill earlier this year, but it was retained by the House. It will be helpful to hear the arguments for the 2 casinos and questions asked. As has been the case for so many years, funding government services, whether it is to comply with court decisions or to pay for road and bridge repairs, League has believed that counting on expanded gambling is unreliable - especially now as more casinos are proposed in MA and ME and others are closing in NJ! CT has already subsidized their casinos from the general fund and believes this will continue.
The coalition plans a luncheon for representatives in April with a speaker from CT who has experienced the ups and downs there personally. We need to encourage all Reps to take advantage of the opportunity to hear his description of what he observed.
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.
This list has been 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