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Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee To Meet on April 10th

Contact Name: 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 CONCORD—Today, House Finance Chair Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) and Senate Finance Chair Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) announced that the Fiscal Committee will be meeting on April 10th at 10am. The committee will meet via a teleconference service and the call-in information will be released shortly. After the announcement, Representative Wallner and Senator D’Allesandro released the following statement: “It is important for New Hampshire that the Fiscal Committee meet to accept any federal funding and work with state agencies to ensure

NH Legislative Activity Suspension Extended Through May 4

Contact Name: 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 CONCORD—Today, New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Stephen Shurtleff announced that in conjunction with the Governor’s Emergency Order, the General Court has extended the suspension of all legislative activities through May 4th. The State House and Legislative Office Building will remain closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors. Following the announcement, the Senate President and Speaker of the House released the following statement: “In conjunction with the Governor’s stay at home ord

Senator Fuller Clark Statement on Spouse’s Positive COVID-19 Test

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) released information that her spouse has tested positive for COVID-19. While she is at risk, she has not yet experienced symptoms. To the extent members of the public were in close contact with Senator Fuller Clark between March 7 and March 15, they should follow the below state guidelines to protect themselves and others: Division of Public Health Services Self-Quarantine Guide: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/residents/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf Division of Public Health Services Self-Observation Guide: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/residents

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, NH Legislative Activities Suspended Through April 10

Contact Name: 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 CONCORD—Today, New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff announced the General Court has extended the suspension of all legislative activities through April 10th. The State House will remain closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors. Following the announcement, the Senate President and Speaker of the House released the following statement: “Our top priority as legislative leaders is to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, and the public. Due to the current co

NH Legislative Activities Suspended for One Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Contact Name: 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 CONCORD— Today, New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff announced the Legislature has suspended all legislative activities for at least one week, March 16 - 20. The State House will be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors but remain open for governmental operations until further notice. Following the announcement, the Senate President and Speaker of the House released the following statement: “As legislative leaders, our top priority is protecting the health and wellbei

Joint Fiscal Committee Approves Funding in Response to COVID-19

Contact Name: Sara Persechino, Michael O’Brien Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us, Mike.B.Obrien@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, the Joint Fiscal Committee voted to accept $4.9 million of federal funding to combat the spread of COVID-19. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Fiscal Committee Chair Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “We want to thank the federal delegation for securing $4.9 million for the state of New Hampshire. We’re glad to vote today to accept the funds and we hope the Department of Health and Human Services will use the money to meet the challenges of our lack of capacity for testing, inclu

Senate Passes SB 572, Clarifying State Sexual Assault Statute

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted 24-0 in favor of SB 572. The bill, originally presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover), improves the state’s sexual assault statute and eliminates ambiguity regarding allowable sexual contact between students and school employees, contractors, coaches, and volunteers. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement: “When a student walks into school, they have the right to a quality education in a safe environment. It is our responsibility as a Legislature to ensure that they a

New Hampshire Senate Approves Sen. Feltes’ Prescription Drug Importation Proposal

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed SB 685-FN. SB 685-FN establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the state. Vermont, Maine, Colorado and Florida have already passed similar legislation to import drugs from Canada. After the vote, prime sponsor Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “New Hampshire has the highest health care costs in the country, including premiums, copayments and deductibles. These skyrocketing prices are crushing Granite State families. Maine and Vermont recently adopted legislation to perm

Senate Approves Committee to Evaluate the Transportation Climate Initiative

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted in favor of SB 610. The bill establishes a committee to evaluate the transportation climate initiative framework in reaction to the growing necessity of reducing New Hampshire’s carbon emissions. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement: “Close to half of all greenhouse gas emissions in New Hampshire come from the transportation sector with transportation emissions accounting for around 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the mid-Atlantic and northeast. If we are serious about combating climate change, we must carefull

Senate Passes SB 705, Establishing Criminal Penalty for Fraudulent Social Networking Accounts

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed SB 705 to establish a criminal penalty for fraudulent impersonation or duplication of a social networking account. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement: “We are at a point in our history where online presence is taken into consideration as much as in person interaction. When someone utilizes social networking in a way that could be slanderous or damaging through duplication of an account, we are allowing them to essentially embody an individual’s identity without permission. We have seen this earlier this

Senate Passes SB 679, Mandates Sexual Assault Prevention Education for Higher Education Institutions

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted in favor of SB 679 which mandates higher education institutions to adopt comprehensive policies and procedures in relation to sexual assault including educational information, awareness programming, confidential resources, and more. All programs and positions enacted by the institution would be aimed at combating sexual assault and violence on campus. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement: “We are more aware than ever of the destructive and frequent nature of sexual assault on campuses and in our communities.

Senate Passes SB 436, Enhancing Penalties for Distracted Driving

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 436 in a vote of 20-4. The bill establishes enhanced charges for those convicted of reckless driving, negligent driving or vehicular assault where the offense is based on facts involving the prohibited use of a mobile electronic device. After the vote, prime Sponsor Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement: “Texting while driving has been illegal since Jan. 1, 2010. Yet every one of us will probably see someone texting while driving on the way home from here. For 10 years, a significant portion of our population has been ignoring the law.

Senator Rosenwald’s Medicaid Dental Benefit Bill Passes through the Senate

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted in favor of SB 754, Senator Cindy Rosenwald’s (D-Nashua) bill to establish a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program. Under current statute, New Hampshire Medicaid only covers dental benefits for children and limited emergency coverage for adults. If signed into law, SB 754 would provide comprehensive dental coverage to adults enrolled in the Medicaid program. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement: “There are over 90,000 adults who are currently enrolled in traditional and expanded Medicaid who do not ha

Senate Passes Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted in favor of HB 712 in a vote of 14-10. HB 712 creates a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program and was voted ought to pass by the House of Representatives. It mirrors language in SB 1, which was vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu in 2019. HB 712 was recommended ought to pass in a vote of 4-1. After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “No one should be forced to risk their family’s economic security simply to take care of a loved one, take care of oneself, or be there for a new baby. HB 712 addresses the real

Senate Passes Senator Morgan’s Veterans Bill of Rights

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed SB 726 by a vote of 24-0. SB 726. Referred to as the Veterans Bill of Rights, this bill creates programs designed to aid veterans' access to employment, entrepreneurship, housing, health care, and college degrees. New Hampshire would be the first New England state to adopt a Veterans Bill of Rights. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood) issued the following statement: “From the Portsmouth Naval Yard to the Pease Air National Guard Base, and Pittsburg to Nashua, we have over 100,000 veterans living and working in New Hampshire. I am proud of Ne

Senate Passes Granite State Ratepayer Protection Act

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes’ (D-Concord) bill SB 692-FN, also known as the Granite State Ratepayer Protection Act. The bill ensures New Hampshire has the resources to fight regional transmission costs allocated to New Hampshire ratepayers. This bill comes after Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 167 last session which included these resources and would have created a study commission with the potential to reduce costs for New Hampshire ratepayers. After the vote, prime sponsor Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “New Hampshire

Senate Passes SB 695-FN, Implements the Electronic Registration Information Center

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 695-FN in a vote of 14-10. This bill would require the secretary of state to enter into an agreement with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to share voter information or data from the statewide centralized voter registration database. There are currently 30 states utilizing ERIC to securely cross reference registration information to identify if there are cases of fraudulent voting, improves the accuracy of voter rolls, helps to register eligible citizens, reduces costs, and improves efficiencies in the voting process. After the vote, prime spon

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Standards for Municipalities

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed SB 694-FN-A on a voice vote. This bill requires the Department of Information Technology to distribute cybersecurity standards information to municipalities and encourage compliance. It also requires municipalities to report any instances of cyber attack to the state. In 2019, at least 113 government agencies were attacked by ransomware, often with economic impacts in the millions of dollars. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) issued the following statement: “Today we passed an important first step toward securing our state's infrast

Senate Passes Online Voter Registration

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the Senate voted in favor of SB 631 to authorize online voter registration through an online portal created and managed by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office. Currently, forty-one states have online voter registration. New Hampshire and Maine are the only remaining New England states without online voter registration. Following the vote, prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement: “New Hampshire has a long and proud tradition of engagement with the democratic process. Our first-in-the-nation primary elections this year boasted a recor

New Hampshire Senate Democrats Announce Coronavirus Response Package

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD—Today, Senate Democrats announced a package of legislative reforms and initiatives to help New Hampshire respond to the coronavirus threat. The package comes after a joint Senate committee briefing was held with state agencies and public health organizations on Tuesday, March 10. The Senate Democrats’ coronavirus response package of reforms will be heard as an amendment to Senate Bill 507—introduced by Senator Dan Feltes, Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Representative Doug Ley, and Representative Mary Jane Wallner—on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The preliminary package includes the following measures:

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