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House Sends Child Protection Legislation to Governor’s Desk

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1162, an omnibus child protection bill, 209-119. HB 1162 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Judiciary Chair Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement: “Our children have suffered alongside us through the coronavirus pandemic. The loss of in person education, after school programs, sports, and social gatherings has create

House Concurs on HB 1135, Honors Granite Staters

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1135 in a vote of 299-17. The bill incorporates several naming bills passed earlier this session to honor Granite Staters, brings recognition to important issues facing our state, and adds Holocaust and genocide studies to the definition of an adequate education. HB 1135 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator David Watters (D-Dover), Senator

House Supports Senate Democrats’ Granite Promise Plan to Provide COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the House concurred with the Senate’s recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on the legislative packages that make up the Granite Promise Plan, a proposal from Senate Democrats to provide relief and recovery to Granite Staters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and increase New Hampshire’s resiliency in the future. The pieces of the Granite Promise Plan - HB 1166, HB 1129, HB 1246, and HB 1247 - include provisions for workers protections, annual meeting and budget provisions for municipalities, school districts, and village districts, enhancements for child care scholarships and

New Hampshire Senate’s Expanded Broadband Legislation Moves Forward

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1111, a bill to expand broadband access across the state. HB 1111 unanimously passed the Senate on a voice vote earlier this month; it will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk for his action at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, HB 1111 amendment cosponsors Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) and Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) issued the following statements: “The need to create digital eq

Omnibus Health Care Legislation Passes New Hampshire House

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1639 in a vote of 201-121. HB 1639 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statement: “The public health and safety of New Hampshire is a multifaceted entity. While our focus has rightfully been on the impacts of the novel coronavirus, we cannot turn a blind eye to the system as a whole,” stated Senato

House Democrats Concur on Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Telehealth

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1623 in a vote of 204-117. As amended, the omnibus legislation seeks to ensure coverage and reimbursement for health care services provided through telemedicine on the same basis as services provided in person, in office visits. HB 1623 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) and Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the follo

House Concurs on HB 1264, Bipartisan Clean Water Legislation

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1264 in a vote of 210-116. HB 1264 as amended is a bipartisan clean water bill addressing PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) contamination and drinking water safety as well as extending the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation. HB 1264 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye), Senator David Watters (D-Dover

House Democrats Support Senate Effort to Provide Relief to Long-Term Care Facilities Impacted by COV

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 578 in a vote of 282-43. As amended, HB 578 establishes a committee to study the safety of residents and employees in long-term care facilities, clarifies cost controls in long-term care, and ensures facilities can be reimbursed from Medicaid for the costs of nurse training. HB 578 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Martha Fuller Clark

House Concurs with Senate Omnibus Bill to Protect Granite State Workers, Sends Package to Sununu for

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the House concurred with the Senate’s recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1494 in a vote of 202-127. As amended, HB 1494 covers a variety of workers’ protections including health and safety standards and a state death benefit. HB 1494 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk for his action at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester) issued the following statement: “Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Granite State workers and state employees have been on the front li

House Moves Senate’s Comprehensive Election Reform Forward, Sends HB 1672 to Sununu’s Desk

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the House concurred with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1672, the Coronavirus Election Protection Act of 2020, in a vote of 195-130. As amended, HB 1672 is an omnibus piece of legislation aimed at modernizing New Hampshire’s elections; it will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk for his action at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Chair Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement: “Voting is not just a right, it is our civi

New Hampshire House Supports Election Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the House of Representatives voted to concur on HB 1266, in a vote of 221-101. As amended HB 1266 makes temporary modifications to the absentee voter registration, absentee ballot application, and absentee voting processes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HB 1266 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk for his action at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Chair Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) and Vice Chair Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statements: “This

Veterans Protections Head to the Governor for Signature

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1582, an omnibus bill relative to veterans protections, in a vote of 290-36. The bill, championed by Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood), previously passed the Senate in a vote of 23-1. HB 1582 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood) issued the following statement: “This session, I have been proud to bring forward legislation

Senator Kahn Applauds House Approval of Education Omnibus Bill

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1558, an education omnibus bill, 201-129. HB 1558 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Education and Workforce Development Chair Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement: “This bill combines efforts of many House and Senate members, Republicans and Democrats, as well as stakeholders, to bring together legislation that makes improve

House Concurs with Prescription Drug Omnibus

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1280 in a vote of 225-104. HB 1280 as amended is a comprehensive omnibus bill which increases prescription drug affordability and improves access to affordable health care for Granite Staters. HB 1280 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “No one should have to choose betw

House Concurs with Transportation Omnibus, Moves 10-Year Highway Plan Forward

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate recommendation of Ought to Pass as Amended on HB 1182, a transportation omnibus bill, 198-124. HB 1182 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk, at which time he will have five days to act. After the vote, Senate Transportation Chair David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement: “Our transportation system will be essential to our economic growth and recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The actions we have taken as a Legislature put peopl

Senate Concurs on SB 311, Creates Pathway for Annulment of Low Level Criminal Records

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire Senate concurred with a House of Representatives amendment on SB 311, Senator Martha Hennessey’s (D-Hanover) bill to provide for an annulment of a criminal record without payment of a fee in certain cases and specifies a waiting period for the annulment of simple possession drug-related offenses. The bill next goes to Governor Sununu for his action. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement: “A person who has met their obligations and remains in good standing, or, whose arrest has resulted in a finding of not gui

Senate Moves Renewable Energy Forward

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire Senate concurred with the House of Representatives on a series of amendments to renewable energy legislation, SB 122 (energy efficiency), SB 124 (renewable energy), and SB 166 (net metering). After the votes, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Senate Energy Committee Chair Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statements: “SB 166 is critical net metering legislation that both opens up opportunity for community renewable power and ensures that customer generators, including those with solar installations, get treated fairly in the compe

Senate Sends Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (SMART) Act to Sununu

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted to concur with the House recommendation of Ought to Pass with Amendment on SB 7, the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (“SMART”) Act. If signed into law, the SMART Act would modernize New Hampshire’s election infrastructure and make registration more accessible to eligible Granite State voters. SB 7 will next be enrolled with the Secretary of State’s office and then go to the governor’s desk at which time he will have five days to sign or veto or it becomes law without his signature. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issu

Senate Passes Amended HB 1240, Moves Licensing Forward

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed HB 1240 in a vote of 23-1. As amended, HB 1240 incorporates text from HB 1599, creating a special marriage officiant license, and HB 1491 as amended by the Senate, updating licensing and policy and fees. The amendment comes following a statement from the House of Representatives that they will not concur on HB 1491, an omnibus licensing bill previously passed by the Senate on a voice vote. After the vote, Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) and Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statements: “For over a year we have been working across the aisle t

Senator Chandley Leads Charge for Medical Monitoring

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed HB 1375 as amended on a voice vote. HB 1375 establishes the elements of a claim for medical monitoring and the damages that may be awarded. The bill next goes to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. After the vote, amendment sponsor Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement: “As a state, we are taking steps to address the public health consequences caused by the contamination of our drinking and waste water by PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). These remediation efforts, while a critical step in the right direction, will not he

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