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NH Senators Support Legislation to Protect NH Businesses

CONCORD, NH—Today the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 242, legislation that protects New Hampshire businesses from out of state jurisdictions attempting to impose a sales tax on these companies. The legislation was a result of the US Supreme Court South Dakota v. Wayfair decision. The New Hampshire Senate voted for the legislation 24-0. Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), prime sponsor of the bill, and Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statements: “I am pleased the New Hampshire Senate has unanimously sent a message to out of state jurisdictions that New Hampshire is a sales tax free state and we will not subject our businesses to other state’s laws,” said Senator Jeb Bradley

New Hampshire Senate Adopts Legislation to Fund Capitol Corridor Rail Project

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate voted 14-10 to pass SB 241, which enables New Hampshire to access federal funds to undertake an in-depth analysis of the financial, engineering, and environmental implications of expanding rail. Senator Levesque released the following statement after the vote: “Passenger rail is a key component to New Hampshire’s efforts to grow our economy, ease traffic, improve commutes, and attract and retain young professionals. Today’s Senate vote is a critical next step toward establishing passenger rail through the capitol corridor project—at no cost to New Hampshire taxpayers.”

Senate Unanimously Adopts Recommended Improvements to NH Children’s System of Care

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate voted 24-0 to pass SB 14-FN, to establish a statewide children’s mobile crisis response in alignment with the DCYF Adequacy and Enhancement Assessment, the federal The Family First Prevention Services Act, and the 10-Year Mental Health Plan. Senator Feltes released the following statement after the vote: “SB 14 is a cost-effective children’s system of care that will timely address the critical needs of our children, thereby reducing significant mental health, special education, and child protection costs down the road. It’s encouraging to see such strong bipartisan support for this commonsense measure to protect New Hampshire’s future—our children.” Bac

New Hampshire Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Recognize Juneteenth as a State Day of Reflection

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 174, 24-0. This bill establishes Juneteenth as a day to reflect upon slavery’s relation to the State of New Hampshire. Senator Levesque released the following statement after the vote: “Black History Month is a time for us to remember the history of our country, good and bad. For slaves in America, July 4th was not the day they became free. Nor was Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. In Galveston, Texas the news of the Emancipation Proclamation did not reach them for two and a half years. Juneteenth recognizes the day those slaves were finally no longer held in bondage and all Americans were considered free; I’m proud of today

NH Senate Passes SB 197, Noncompete Agreements for Low-Wage Workers in NH

CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 197 by a voice vote. The legislation prohibits noncompete agreements for low-wage workers in New Hampshire. Senator Watters released the following statement after the vote: “The Legislature should do all we can to ensure hardworking Granite Staters are not blocked from opportunities to provide for their families. Today’s vote is a step toward eliminating hurdles for low-wage workers in New Hampshire by prohibiting their employers from requiring them to enter into noncompete agreements.”

Senator Chandley Introduces SB 8, to Establish an Independent Redistricting Commission

CONCORD—Today, Senator Shannon Chandley introduced SB 8, the Independent Redistricting Act. If passed, SB 8 would establish an independent redistricting commission, made up of members of the public, which would draw boundaries for state and federal elections in New Hampshire. Senator Chandley released the following statement after the hearing: “The will of voters is easily distorted when partisan lines are drawn. An independent commission takes this important responsibility out of the hands of those who have the most vested interest in the outcome of this process.”

Senator Levesque Introduces SB 7, Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (SMART Act)

CONCORD—Today, Senator Melanie Levesque introduced SB 7, the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (“SMART”) Act which would modernize New Hampshire’s election infrastructure and make registration more accessible to eligible Granite State voters. Senator Levesque released the following statement after the hearing: “It’s all there in the name—the SMART Act is a smart move for New Hampshire that creates a secure, modern, and accurate registration system to safeguard and improve access to our elections. As the first-in-the-nation state, that’s a goal we should all share.”

Senator Kahn Introduces SB 276, “Career Readiness Drive to 65”

CONCORD—Yesterday, Senator Kahn introduced SB 276, relative to career readiness credentials for high school students. Drive to 65 builds on the 65 by 25 goal to have 65% of New Hampshire’s workforce possessing a post-secondary credential by 2025, a mission embraced by the Community College System of New Hampshire, NH Coalition for Business and Education, and the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs. It is a systematic and holistic approach through high school years, whereby a career aspiration assessment occurs in 9th grade that facilitates course mapping towards a student’s career aspiration. The program would extend concurrent enrollment opportunities to 10th through 12th grade s

Senator Rosenwald Introduces SB 290 to Improve the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care Progr

CONCORD—Today, Senator Rosenwald introduced SB 290-FN, which would make improvements to the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care program, including allowing general funds to be used for the program and clarifying the work and community engagement requirement. Senator Rosenwald released the following statement after the hearing: “With the Trump administration’s continued efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it is incumbent upon every New Hampshire legislator to work to put systems in place to protect the health and wellbeing of Granite Staters. I’m proud to introduce SB 290, which clarifies the work and community engagement requirement to ensure it fulfills the spirit of the b

Senator Chandley Introduces SB 312, Medical Monitoring for Exposure to Toxic Substances

CONCORD—Today, Senator Chandley introduced SB 312, which creates a claim for a person exposed to a hazardous or toxic substance who require medical monitoring in order to detect serious disease. Senator Chandley released the following statement after the hearing: “New Hampshire has been grappling with the need to protect safe drinking water since communities across the state. Two of the towns which I represent, Amherst and Merrimack, found unsafe levels of PFAS in their wells. While we continue to address this critical issue, we need to ensure Granite Staters who have been exposed to these toxic substances have the resources they need to monitor their medical health. SB 312 is another

Senate Votes Unanimously to Increase DCYF Staffing Levels

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 6-FN, which addresses the current staffing shortage at DCYF and finally bring caseload levels in line with the national standard. The legislation appropriates funds to hire an additional 57 caseworkers and 20 supervisory staff over the next two years. Senator Morgan, prime sponsor of SB 6-FN, released the following statement after the vote: “As a father, I know there’s no responsibility more important than protecting our children. With today’s bipartisan passage of SB 6-FN, the Senate took the next step to truly ensure the safety and wellbeing of our New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens by finally bringing DCYF staffing levels in line with

Senate Passes SB 1, Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 1, comprehensive paid family and medical leave, 13-10. Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, prime sponsor of SB 1, released the following statement about the bill: “No one should have to choose between financial security and caring for a loved one. Today’s vote is a vote for the future of our state. SB 1 is an affordable plan that is accessible to all working families and small businesses that will help New Hampshire care for an aging population, combat our opioid epidemic, and attract and retain the workforce of tomorrow. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans failed to put people before politics today. Instead, they chose to do the dirty work of Go

NH College Graduate Retention and Incentive Program (GRIP) Unanimously Passes Senate

CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 12, 23-0, which will institute a college graduate retention and incentive program in which New Hampshire employers agree to pay recent NH college graduates a $1,000 incentive at the end of each year of employment for four years. In exchange, participating employers will be able to link their available positions to a state website, and marketing of these firms and the website to New Hampshire college graduates would be done by the NH College and University Council’s twenty-two member institutions. Senator Kahn, prime sponsor of SB 12, praised the vote: “Today’s vote in support of SB 12 is a signal that New Hampshire is committed to recruiting a

NH House and Senate Democrats Respond to Governor’s Budget Address

February 14, 2018 Contacts: Sara Persechino, Michael O’Brien Phone: (603) 271-3479, (603) 271-0515 Email: sara.persechino@leg.state.nh.us, mike.b.obrien@leg.state.nh.us NH House and Senate Democrats Respond to Governor’s Budget Address Concord - Today Governor Sununu unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2020 and 2021. Following the governor’s budget address, Senate and House Democrats released the following statements: “We commend the governor on his call today to move Granite Staters with severe mental health issues at the Secure Psychiatric Unit from the state prison to the state hospital grounds and his proposal to increase funding for New Hampshire cr

Senator Cavanaugh Introduces SB 95-FN, Establishing a Property Tax Refund Program for New Hampshire’

CONCORD—Today, Senator Cavanaugh introduced SB 95-FN, seeking to establish a property tax refund program for New Hampshire’s working families. Senator Cavanaugh released the following statement after the hearing: “Property taxes are at an all time high in the State of New Hampshire and I hear from constituents every day who can no longer bear this burden. I’m proud to introduce SB 95-FN to create a program that will help alleviate the property tax pressures young working families face in New Hampshire and provide an incentive for them to stay in-state.”

Senate Committee Votes OTP on SB 174, Establishing Juneteenth as a State Day of Reflection

CONCORD—Today, Senator Levesque, New Hampshire’s first African American state senator, introduced SB 174, which would establish Juneteenth as a day to reflect upon slavery’s relation to the State of New Hampshire. The Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee voted 5-0 “Ought to Pass” on SB 174 following the hearing. Senator Levesque released the following statement after the hearing: “This is Black History Month – a time for us to remember the history of our country, good and bad. For African Americans, July 4th is not the day they became free. Nor was Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. In Galveston, Texas the news of the Emancipation Proclamation did not r

Senator Morgan Introduces SB 243-FN, Expanding Access to NH’s Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners Ta

CONCORD—Today, Senator Morgan introduced SB 243-FN, to increase the income limitations for the low- and moderate-income homeowners property tax relief program. Adjustments to the limitations would be based on the consumer price index. Senator Morgan released the following statement after the hearing: “As the cost of living in New Hampshire has continually increased, tax relief limits have remained stagnant. It is time for New Hampshire to make adjustments to the low- and moderate- income homeowners property tax relief program to ensure that all families who truly need this relief are included. SB 243-FN supports hardworking Granite Staters and will help to put an end to the great migrati

Senator Feltes Introduces SB 301-FN, to Stabilize Business Taxes and Provide Municipal Property Tax

CONCORD—Today, Senator Feltes introduced SB 301-FN, relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, and relative to revenue sharing with cities and towns. The legislation would suspend and stabilize the BPT and BET at the current tax year rates of 7.9% and .675% respectively and use the additional revenues to provide municipal property tax relief. Senator Feltes released the following statement after the hearing: “In the last two years of a Republican controlled legislature, the state continued downshifting costs onto municipalities and local taxpayers to subsidize handouts for corporations with out-of- state headquarters. That ends now. By suspending and s

NH Senate Ways & Means Committee Unanimously Supports SB 242-FN, the NH “Wayfair” Bill

CONCORD—Today, the Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on SB 242-FN, the so-called “Wayfair” bill, and voted unanimously, 5-0, in support. The measure would require notice and approval of certain actions to commence audits of collection liabilities arising under certain sales and use tax statutes and prohibiting collection liabilities arising under certain sales and use tax statutes and prohibiting New Hampshire remote sellers from disclosing private customer information to foreign taxing authorities in connection with the collection of certain sales and use taxes. Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, a cosponsor of SB 242-FN and member of the Joint Task Force on Wayfair Deci

Senator Rosenwald Introduces SB 308-FN, to Strengthen NH’s Health Care Workforce

CONCORD—Today, Senator Rosenwald introduced SB 308-FN, relative to the health care workforce and making appropriations therefor. SB 308-FN takes a multitude of steps to address New Hampshire’s critical shortage of health care workers, including: increasing Medicaid provider rates; making appropriations to establish new positions and programs to develop and enhance the state’s health care workforce; increase scholarship opportunities for students majoring in a health care field; and develop and enhance programs of student offered in health care at New Hampshire’s educational institutions. Senator Rosenwald released the following statement after the hearing: “Across New Hampshire, a work

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