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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.

The New Hampshire House and Senate will both meet June 4, 2014 at 10:00 to vote on Conference Committee Reports.

Death Penalty Repeal

BREAKING NEWS May 22: 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 passed that bill earlier in May by a 2 to 1 margin.

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

The casino bills have so far (May 8, 2014) been defeated in the House. One more attempt, by attaching the bill as an amendment to another bill, may be made.

Update on voter ID

The NH House and Senate each voted on 6/26/13 to approve the compromise voter ID bill that came out of early June's committee of conference. We have updated our elections page fliers with the ID requirements that will be in effect in 2013 and 2014.

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.

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.

Voting Rights Act call for action 5/23/14

Call to immediate action: In January, a bipartisan group of Representatives did something that is rare nowadays: they put aside politics to govern. By introducing H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA), Representatives Sensenbrenner, Conyers, Scott and Lewis came together to forge workable, common sense solutions that would modernize the elections process and protect voting rights against discrimination.

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.

NH members of Congress

Here are the Washington DC phone numbers and websites of the current New Hampshire US Senators and Representatives. Emails may be sent using the webforms.

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