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Governor Sununu Vetoes Bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1665, a bipartisan bill to establish an independent advisory commission on redistricting. Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response: “When we allow those with the most vested interest to determine our districts, we become gerrymandered, and in turn silence the voices and will of Granite State voters. Over 80% of New Hampshire voters believe that gerrymandering creates unfair districts and agree that a neutral commission could correct unfair district lines. I am disappointed that the Governor did not support this bipartisan

Governor Sununu Vetoes SMART Act, Blocks Election Security Legislation

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed SB 7, the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (“SMART”) Act. Prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement in response: “It is disappointing, yet not surprising, to see Governor Sununu once again veto a cost saving, common sense measure to secure and modernize New Hampshire’s election system. The SMART Act could have lowered costs for our municipalities, reduced the amount of time spent in line on election day, and created a more streamlined and accessible registration process. I thank my House and Senate colleague

Liberty Utilities Announces End to Granite Bridge Project

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Liberty Utilities announced they will be stopping development on the Granite Bridge, citing their ability to alternatively fulfill customer demands for natural gas. Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statement in response: “I am grateful to see that Liberty Utilities will be able to meet the needs of their customers and continue providing an affordable energy source while New Hampshire transitions to the use of more renewable energy. As the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I am pleased to see their continued efforts to meet our st

Senator Chandley Urges Governor Sununu to Sign HB 1375, Medical Monitoring

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1375, a bill to establish the elements of a claim for medical monitoring and the damages that may be awarded, was sent to the Secretary of State. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature. Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response: “Often when people are harmed by a toxin the resulting injury is not immediately detected, but the toxin may be detected. We know the health complications resulting from exposure to contaminated water can be life-long

Reaching Higher Report Raises Serious Questions About Governor Sununu’s $1.5 Million Dollar Grant to

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, Reaching Higher, an independent, non-partisan 501c3 group released a report that raises serious questions about Governor Sununu’s $1.5 million grant to private and religious schools. In response, House Finance Chair Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) and Senate Finance Chair Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), who both serve on the Governor’s Office for Economic Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) Legislative Advisory Board, released the following statement: “From the onset the decision for the governor to allocate $1.5 million to privat

Senate Omnibus Bill to Protect Granite State Workers Sent to Sununu for his Action

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1494 was delivered to the Secretary of State. As amended, HB 1494 covers a variety of workers’ protections including health and safety standards and a state death benefit. It next goes to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature. Senator Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response: “From the first day of the coronavirus crisis, our state employees have stepped up for the safety and wellbeing of New Hampshire. They have taken our emergency calls and provided support, of

HB 1245, Agency Omnibus Legislation Signed Into Law

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, Governor Sununu signed HB 1245, a 79 page omnibus bill concerning state agencies, into law. Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response: “Yesterday, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1234, a non-partisan bill containing requests from his own department heads, and in his veto message questioned the integrity of the legislative process, falsely claiming that the legislation lacked a public hearing. I am pleasantly surprised to see that just 24 hours later, the Governor has signed HB 1245 into law. I’m glad he has so quickly reversed his position on omni

Omnibus Health Care Legislation Signed Into Law

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1639, a bipartisan omnibus health care bill, was signed into law. Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statement in response: “New Hampshire’s health care system will be recovering from the direct and indirect impacts of the coronavirus pandemic for years to come. HB 1639 works to address not only the immediate needs as related to the virus, including authorizing pharmacists to administer a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available, but the long term effects on public health by giving the state the necessary funding and tools to study and expand treatment and recovery

HB 1558, Omnibus Education Bill Signed Into Law

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1558, an omnibus education bill was signed into law. Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement in response: “This bill combines efforts of many House and Senate members, Republicans and Democrats, as well as stakeholders, to bring together legislation that makes improvements for our schools, students, towns and municipalities. Every child and teacher should have the support they need in school to be successful. This legislation provides guidance for schools to assure safety, have access to behavioral health resources and training programs, have greater flexibility to

Governor Sununu Vetoes SB 311

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed 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 specify a waiting period for the annulment of simple possession drug-related offenses. Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement in response: “The criminal justice system does not exist on a level playing field. We know that there are disproportionate consequences for low income individuals that can lead to long term employment and housing challenges that harm the individual, their families, a

Senator D’Allesandro Urges Governor Sununu to Issue Mask Mandate

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Senator Lou D’Allesandro publicly called on Governor Chris Sununu to issue a statewide mask mandate during a meeting of the GOFERR Legislative Advisory Board. The Legislative Advisory Board split 4-4 on party lines on whether to encourage the governor to issue the mandate. “We have heard from the CDC, national experts, and our own state epidemiologist that masks are the key to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It is a simple, commonsense measure that has been proven to reduce positive cases. If we truly care about getting New Hampshire back on track, we all need to do our part.

Governor Sununu Vetoes Medicaid Dental Benefits

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 250, a bill establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program. Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in response: “There is irrefutable data that supports the economic and social benefits of preventative dental care. Particularly as New Hampshire faces a workforce shortage, vetoing a bill that would lead to increased employability, financial security, and would save the state money in emergency care costs is illogical and irresponsible.” ###

Senator Morgan on Passage of HB 1582, Veterans Protections

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1582, an omnibus bill relative to veterans protections, was signed into law. The bill, championed by Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood), previously passed the Senate in a vote of 23-1 and was concurred by the House 290-36. Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood) issued the following statement in response: “In my time working in terrorism threat assessments with the Department of Defense, I had the honor of working with our veterans on a daily basis. As elected officials, it is our duty to support those who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. HB 1582 incorporates several piec

Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (SMART) Act Sent to Sununu

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, SB 7, the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology (“SMART”) Act, was signed by the Senate President. It will next be delivered to the Secretary of State before heading to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature. Prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement in response: “The SMART Act is an important step forward in modernizing New Hampshire’s elections and creating a system that is more accurate, secure, and accessible. By streamlining the registration pr

Independent Redistricting Commission Sent to Governor

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, HB 1665, a bipartisan bill to establish an independent advisory commission on redistricting, was signed by the Senate President. It will next be delivered to the Secretary of State before heading to the governor’s desk where he will have five business days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature. Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response: “It is critical that our elections are dictated by the will of the voters, not by partisan politics. When we allow those seeking political gain to determine our districts, we become ge

Governor Sununu Vetoes HB 1234

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1234, an omnibus bill relative to state and local government administration. Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response: “Despite a global pandemic, the Legislature worked hard to complete the people’s work and to ensure public transparency throughout the entirety of our remote legislative activities. Every bill passed - including HB 1234 - was printed in the Senate calendar, had a public hearing and committee vote, and was voted on by the full Senate and House. For the Governor to suggest otherwise is inaccurate and

Governor Sununu Vetoes Protective Orders for Vulnerable Adults

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1660, a bill establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults. Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response: “With the exception of self-neglect, financial exploitation makes up the highest percentage of reports made to the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. Every Granite Stater should be able to age with dignity and live free from abuse. Governor Sununu's veto of HB 1660 means that vulnerable adults will not be afforded certain protections they deserve. HB 1660 was the result of a collaborative process with the Seni

Governor Sununu Vetoes Renewable Energy Legislation

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, Governor Sununu vetoed SB 124, a bill relative to the minimum electric renewable portfolio standards. Vice Chair of Senate Energy and Natural Resources and co-sponsor of SB 124, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response: "New Hampshire has among the highest energy bills in the nation because of Governor Sununu's vetoes of renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation. We were also the only state in New England to lose solar jobs last year, because of Governor Sununu's vetoes. Our Renewable Portfolio Standard flatlines in year 2025, an

Governor Sununu Vetoes HB 731, Blocks Raising the Minimum Wage for a Second Time

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 731 which would have reestablished and raised the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2021 and $12 per hour in 2023. This follows Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 10 in 2019, which would have raised the minimum wage to $10/hour in 2020 and $12/hour in 2022. Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following statement in response: “While Governor Sununu’s veto of HB 731 does not come as a surprise, it is once again a disappointment. Year after year, New Hampshire falls further behind our neighboring states, all of whom have a minimum wage of at least $10.

Governor Sununu Vetoes HB 1454, Weakens Local Control of School Curriculum and Alternative Learning

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1454, a bill to establish a process for the application, vetting, and approval of alternative learning credits. Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) issued the following statement in response: “The Governor frequently states that he supports quality education, yet he has just vetoed the bill that would provide local oversight of educational quality. Instead, he has mandated that every high school in the state accept credits approved through a superficial process with no ongoing oversight. It means that high schools must give credit for programs that may not

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