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.
The NH Senate will meet in session on Thurs., Feb. 11, at 10 am.
Weekly calendars can be found on the state's website.
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.
BILLS WE'RE FOLLOWING THIS WEEK
LWVNH is supporting, opposing or following a number of the bills in the Legislature. These are priority bills. Please come to the hearings and learn about League advocacy. We're always looking for members who wish to be part of our Legislative Action Team.
HOUSE committee hearings of interest: A quiet week for our priority items.
Tues., Feb. 16: Election Law work session on HB 1378, assistance for voters with disabilities. LOB 308, noon.
SENATE committee hearings of interest:
Thurs., Feb. 11LOB 101 Health & Human Services will hear testimony on SB 533, which includes drug courts grants (League supports, will submit written testimony)
early May 2015: LWVNH echoes this appeal presented to the NH Senate Finance committee--Rev. Gail Kinney's statement included a call to "'just say `no' to any effort to privatize juvenile offender services in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire's troubled young people should never, ever, ever be turned over to be profit centers for a private corporation."
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.
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.
The House vote of 208 to 156 defeating the casino bill (SB 113) of 2015 lays this issue to rest for the current session.
Work continues on retained election law bills (fall 2015).
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 was 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