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Hot Legislation

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 -- this week's activity

The next House session will be on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The next Senate Session will be on Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.

HOUSE REGULAR CALENDAR

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

SB 40-FN, including a viable fetus in the definition of "another" for the purposes of certain criminal offenses, starting at 8 weeks after conception. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE We Oppose OTPA

SENATE REGULAR CALENDAR REPORT

JUDICIARY

HB 403-FN, repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities. Ought to Pass, Vote 3-1. We oppose OTP

PUBLIC AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

HB 304, establishing a committee to study public access to political campaign information. Ought to Pass, Vote 4-0. WE SUPPORT OTP

SENATE and HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARINGS

MONDAY, April 3

FINANCE, Room 103, SH Sen. Forrester (C), Sen. Little (VC), Sen. Morse, Sen. Reagan, Sen. D'Allesandro, Sen. Hosmer

AGENCY PRESENTATIONS ON THE BUDGET AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE

9:00 a.m. Department of Health and Humans Services: Division of Community Based Care Services (including BEAS): Elderly and Adult, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Developmental Services, the New Hampshire Hospital and the Glencliff Home.

TUESDAY, MAY 4

FINANCE, Representatives' Hall, SH Sen. Forrester (C), Sen. Little (VC), Sen. Morse, Sen. Reagan, Sen. D'Allesandro, Sen. Hosmer

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. HB 2-FN-A-L relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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. HB 2-FN-A-L relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.

Please note: These hearings will be streamed live via the Internet at the following web address: http://nhgencourt.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1

THURSDAY, MAY 7

HOUSE MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

11:00 a.m. Subcommittee work session on retained bill HB 288-L, relative to the code for energy conservation in new building construction. Opting out permitted.

1:00 p.m. Subcommittee work session on retained bill HB 546, relative to exactions for improvements related to innovative land use controls.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m. Ad hoc subcommittee to discuss the future of renewable portfolio standards.

1:00 p.m. Subcommittee work session on SB 221-FN, relative to electric rate reduction financing. Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

Immediate Call to Action-

Immediate Call to Action--Gun Licensing

Juvenile Justice

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

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.

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 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