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NH House Committee Recommends Senate Bill to Stop Period Poverty in Schools

April 30, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Education Committee voted 13-7 in support of SB 142, requiring feminine hygiene products in school restrooms. Prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) released the following statement after the vote: “Providing feminine hygiene products in public school restrooms is long overdue. Cost and stigma can cause a lack of access to these products for New Hampshire students, which negatively impacts their productivity and makes it harder to focus on classes. Feminine hygiene products are not a luxury, they are a basic health care necessity and can

NH Senators: It's Time for Governor Sununu to be Transparent and Release Inaugural Committee Doc

April 26, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes and Senate Judiciary Chair Martha Hennessey are calling on Governor Chris Sununu to disclose the notes and back-up receipts used to justify paying members of the Sununu family, who were also inaugural fund board members, from his gubernatorial inaugural fund. As NHPR recently reported, the Sununu Inaugural Committee is refusing to release documents, including back-up receipts, it claims justifies payments in excess of $100,000 to the Governor's family members and political advisors who also serve on its board of directors. The committee’s payment

NH House Approves Senate Effort to Codify ACA Protections into State Law

April 25, 20109 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 213-137 in favor of SB 4, relative to the group and individual health insurance market. This legislation would codify into state law protections for people with preexisting conditions and essential health benefits. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement: “With the Trump administration’s continued efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it is more important than ever for us to protect health care access for Granite Staters. Senate Democrats believe fair access to q

NH House Committee Approves Senate Effort to Codify ACA Protections into State Law

April 25, 20109 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Commerce and Consumer Affairs committee voted 11-8 in support of SB 4, relative to the group and individual health insurance market. This legislation would codify into state law protections for people with preexisting conditions and essential health benefits. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement: “I applaud today’s House committee vote in support of SB 4, which codifies into state law protections for people with pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits, including maternity and ne

Senator Kahn Introduces Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership in NH House

April 25, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Yesterday, the New Hampshire House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services committee voted 12-8 to recommend SB 12-FN-A, establishing the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership program and making an appropriation therefor. This employer based benefit provides $1,000 for each of four years to New Hampshire college graduates filling GRIP qualified positions. The 22 college members of the NH college and university council will market the program and direct New Hampshire college students to the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) website

House Committee Recommends Senate Job Training Initiative

April 24, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services committee 12-8 in favor of SB 2-FN, relative to funding for job training programs in the department of business and economic affairs. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester) released the following statement: “We can’t afford for anyone to get left behind in New Hampshire’s evolving job market. Every week there are thousands of job openings in our state due to a gap in training opportunities. This public-private partnership triples the state’s funding for job training programs

Senator Soucy Introduces SB 10 in House Committee Bill Would Re-establish and Raise New Hampshire’s

April 24, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee held a hearing on SB 10, establishing the state minimum hourly rate based on whether an employer offers paid sick days to an employee. Prime sponsor Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) released the following statement after the hearing: “When it comes to ensuring decent wages for our workers, New Hampshire is far from first—we haven’t raised our minimum wage in more than a decade, and in 2011, we eliminated it altogether. $7.25 wasn’t a living wage in 2009 and it certainly isn’t a living wage in

New Hampshire Senate Announces Schedule of Public Hearings for the Budget

April 23, 20109 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee announced the schedule for public hearings on the state budget. The hearings are on HB 1-A, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, and HB 2-FN-A-L, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. State House Public Hearing DATE: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 TIME: 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Representatives’ Hall, second floor of the New Hampshire State House, 107 N Main Street, Concord, NH 03303 STREAMING: This public hearing will be live str

Senator David Watters Introduces Coastal Resilience and Economic Development Program in NH House

April 23, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy committee held a public hearing on SB 285, establishing a coastal resilience and economic development program. The legislation is the product of the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission, whose final report was released in 2016; it passed the Senate in March. Prime sponsor Senator David Watters (D-Dover) released the following statement after the hearing: “It’s widely accepted that changing weather patterns will impact New Hampshire’s coastal communities and the Legislature should do all we can to help those towns and ci

Senator Feltes Introduces Bill to Codify ACA Protections in NH House

April 23, 20109 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee held a hearing on SB 4, relative to the group and individual health insurance market. This legislation would codify into state law protections for people with preexisting conditions and essential health benefits. Prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement after the hearing: “With the Trump administration’s continued efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it is more important than ever for New Hampshire to safeguard the health and wellbeing of Granite Stat

Senator Kahn Introduces Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership in NH House

April 17, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services committee held a hearing on SB 12-FN-A, establishing the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership program and making an appropriation therefor. After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) released the following statement: “I’m proud to introduce the NH College Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership (GRIP) in the House because it is an important signal that New Hampshire is committed to recruiting and retaining the workforce of tomorrow. SB 12 is an on-switch to enc

NH House Committee Unanimously Endorses Senate Effort to Fully Fund DCYF

April 16, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the House Children and Family Law voted unanimously, 16-0, in support of SB 6-FN-A-L, relative to child protection staffing and making an appropriation therefor. SB 6 passed the Senate unanimously in February and would address the current staffing shortage at DCYF to bring caseload levels in line with the national standard. On Monday, the New Hampshire Division for Children Youth and Families advisory board voted unanimously to back the measure, which appropriates funds to hire an additional 57 caseworkers and 20 supervisory staff over the next two years. Prime sponsor Sen

Senator Hennessey Applauds Senate Vote to Abolish the Death Penalty

April 11, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate voted 17-6 in favor of HB 455, which would repeal capital punishment and replace it with “life without the possibility of parole.” Following the vote, Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) released the following statement: “Today is a good day for justice in New Hampshire. I respect and am grateful for the many constituents and advocates who have shared their stories with the Legislature as we weigh this important decision. For many, myself included, the death penalty is an antiquated system of revenge that fails to help people heal or move on but i

NH Senate Reaffirms Commitment to Address State Mental Health Crisis

April 11, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 726-FN as amended, which would establish a secure forensic psychiatric hospital advisory council and make an appropriation for a new forensic hospital. Upon passage, the bill was tabled for consideration during the Senate budget process. Following the vote, Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) and Senator Dr. Tom Sherman (D-Rye) released the following statements: “The growing demand for mental health services has exceeded our state’s capacity to provide them. Granite Staters, and their families, deserve better. As the Senate moves

SB 11, Mental Health Funding Bill, Passes House Committee Unanimously

April 9, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs committee voted unanimously, 19-0, in favor of SB 11-FN-A, relative to mental health services and making appropriations therefor. This legislation addresses the emergency room boarding crisis in our state by funding increased reimbursement rates for Designated Receiving Facilities (DRF) beds and increasing the capacity for DRFs and transitional housing facilities. SB 11 passed the Senate unanimously in February. Prime sponsor Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) released the following statement after the vote: “It is critical leg

SB 14, Children’s System of Care, Introduced in House

April 9, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today the House Children and Family Law committee held a hearing on 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. SB 14 passed the Senate unanimously in March. Prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement after the hearing: “It is time to finally implement a comprehensive children’s system of care to prevent the mistreatment of children and advance children’s mental health.

NH House Committee Considers Effort to Exclude Lobbying and Political Activity from the Rates of Pub

April 9, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the House Election Law committee held a hearing on SB 206, to exclude the cost of lobbying and political activity from the rates of public utilities. SB 206 passed the New Hampshire Senate unanimously in March. Prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement after the hearing: “New Hampshire energy ratepayers can’t afford to subsidize political activity. SB 206 is a common sense, nonpartisan reform that will make sure the costs of lobbying, candidate contributions, and inaugural slush funds are not part of Granite Staters’ energy bills.”

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