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Senator Feltes Pleased Three Energy Bills Get Bipartisan Support

June 13, 2019 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 three energy related bills: SB 165, relative to net energy metering by low-moderate income community solar projects; SB 168, relative to class 2 obligations under the electric renewable portfolio standards; and SB 206, excluding the cost of lobbying and political activity from the rates of public utilities. Prime sponsor Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) released the following statement after the votes: “Working together, today’s bipartisan approval of three energy bills will help move New Hampshire forwar

Republicans Block Effort to Increase Access to Mental Health Services, Substance Use Disorder Treatm

June 13, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Republicans blocked previously bipartisan efforts to increase access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment by sustaining the veto on SB 5, which would have increased Medicaid provider rates. The override vote in the Senate failed to meet the two-thirds threshold on party lines, 14-10. Following the vote, prime sponsor Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) released the following statement: “Today Republicans chose to protect their governor instead of the people of New Hampshire. While SB 5 originally passed the Senate unanimously, I am disappointed that

Senators Feltes and Rosenwald Express Disbelief Over Governor Sununu Veto of Effort to Tackle Opioid

June 7, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Governor Sununu vetoed SB 5, a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate unanimously and would increase access to critical mental health services and substance use disorder treatment by boosting Medicaid provider rates as well as emergency shelter and stabilization services. Following the veto, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and prime sponsor Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) released the following statements: “New Hampshire has one of the worst opioid epidemics with one of the worst treatment provider capacities. SB 5 bolsters behavioral health rates for our pr

New Hampshire Senate Passes Budget That Works for Everyone – with No New Taxes Senate Democrats’ Bud

June 6, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1 and HB 2 as amended, regarding the state’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21. “The budget is the most important piece of legislation the state considers—it impacts every single person in our state and is an expression of our values. Senate Democrats have built a budget New Hampshire can be proud of that will continue moving our state forward,” said Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester). “Working together, we’ve passed a balanced budget that invests in mental health funding, addresses the opioid epidemic, protects the safety a

Senator Feltes Glad the Senate Voted Down Amendment to Delay Drinking Water Standards for Two Years

June 6, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, a Senate amendment to delay for up to two years drinking water standards related to PFCs/PFAS set to be released in just three weeks was offered. It was voted down on a party line 14-10 vote. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement: "The law passed in 2018 requires PFAS water standards to consider cost as well as impact to public health, particularly prenatal. After working together for years, we are just a few weeks away from safe drinking water standards in New Hampshire. I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues w

Senator Levesque Commends House Passage of SB 241, Support for Passenger Rail

June 6, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 213-141 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. SB 241 passed the state Senate in February, 14-10. Prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Nashua) 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. I commend today’s House vote in s

New Hampshire Senate Passes Budget That Works for Everyone – with No New Taxes Senate Democrats’ Bud

June 6, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1 and HB 2 as amended, regarding the state’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21. “The budget is the most important piece of legislation the state considers—it impacts every single person in our state and is an expression of our values. Senate Democrats have built a budget New Hampshire can be proud of that will continue moving our state forward,” said Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester). “Working together, we’ve passed a balanced budget that invests in mental health funding, addresses the opioid epidemic, protects the safety a

Senator Soucy Applauds House Passage of SB 10, to Raise NH Minimum Wage

June 5, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 209-139 in favor of SB 10, to re-establish and raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage. SB 10 raises the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020 and $12 per hour in 2022. Prime Sponsor Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) released the following statement after the vote “New Hampshire values work; we should do all we can to make sure people working full time earn enough to support themselves and their families. Today’s House vote to re-establish and raise the minimum wage is a huge step forward for our state’s workforce that will support

Senator Cavanaugh Praises House Passage of SB 2, Granite State Jobs Act

June 5, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-140 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, without raising taxes, and w

Senator Hennessey Applauds House Passage of SB 279, to Increase Access to Infertility Treatment and

June 5, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 210-147 to pass SB 279, relative to access to fertility care. SB 279 requires insurance carriers in the small and large group insurance markets to cover diagnosis of infertility, access to fertility treatments—including IVF, and preservation of fertility for those who are facing the loss of future fertility due to medical treatments like chemotherapy for treating cancer. Following the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) released the following statement: “As a state with an aging population that wants to at

200-Year-Old NH State House Washed with Light for the First Time in Its History

June 4, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino, Mike O’Brien Phone: (603) 271-3479, (603) 271-0515 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us, Mike.B.OBrien@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff are pleased to announce that New Hampshire’s State House exterior lighting project is complete and operational for the State House Bicentennial Celebration this week, after having been fully commissioned on May 23rd. “The new exterior lighting guarantees the State House will continue to shine as New Hampshire’s most recognized landmark and a beacon of democracy well into the future,” said Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Concord). “We are grateful for th

Senate President Soucy Signs SB 6 and SB 14, Sends Companion Bills to Advance Children’s Wellbeing t

June 3, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Senate President Donna Soucy signed companion bills that will further New Hampshire’s efforts to protect the safety and wellbeing of New Hampshire’s children. After receiving SB 14 from the Secretary of State’s office late Friday, the Senate President was joined by advocates today in her office to sign SB 14 and SB 6 together. Both passed the Senate unanimously before passing the House of Representatives and both are funded in the Senate budget. “Together, SB 6 and SB 14 represent the biggest step forward our state has made in a generation for the wellbeing of New Hampshire’

Senate Reacts to Governor’s Veto of HB 365

June 3, 2019 Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 365, relative to net energy metering limits for customer generators. “With his veto pen, Governor Sununu is holding New Hampshire back from making progress on clean energy jobs, lowering electric rates and property taxes, and building a better future for our children,” said Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord). “Governor Sununu’s veto is a big win for out-of-state fossil fuel interests and a big loss for New Hampshire families, businesses, and communities.” Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth), Chair of the Senate Energy Committee, ad

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