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New Hampshire to Increase Rapid Testing at Community Testing Centers

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller, Michael O’Brien Phone: (603) 271-3479, (603) 271-0515 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us, mike.b.obrien@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Yesterday, it was announced that New Hampshire will receive a new shipment of Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid-Antigen COVID-19 tests that will allow the state to conduct an additional 25,000 rapid tests per week. The rapid tests will be made available at community testing centers across the state. After the announcement, 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

Senator Rosenwald on Nursing Home Funding

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller Phone: (603) 271-3266 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Yesterday, during Governor Sununu’s press conference, the Governor criticized recent comments from the president/CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association claiming that New Hampshire nursing homes funded through Medicaid have been denied financial assistance as they continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in response: “New Hampshire’s nursing homes and long term care facilities have disproportionately felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, 357 long term care residents have passed away from COVID-19.

Senator Rosenwald on CAREs Act Funding

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller Phone: (603) 271-3266 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu announced the continuation of the “Don’t Go Viral” advertising campaign, aimed at encouraging young adults and college students to wear a mask. The funding for the campaign has been made available through CAREs Act funding. Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in response: “As recently as this morning we were hearing from health care facilities who are concerned about a lack of funding. The continuation of an advertising campaign aimed at a demographic who has already been diligent about wearing masks is a waste of money, particularly

Senator Watters on Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller Phone: (603) 271-3266 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - On Monday, the Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development conducted their first meeting. The commission, formed through the passage of HB 1245 which included text from Senator David Watters’ (D-Dover) bill, SB 668, will investigate the economic development opportunities for New Hampshire in supply chain needs, port capabilities, workforce development, energy procurement, transmission and storage, and fisheries and marine environment, to ensure the success of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. During the meeting, Senator David Watters was elected Chair, Michael Behrmann of C

Senate President in Remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller Phone: (603) 271-3266 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD – Today, Senate President Donna Soucy released the following statement in remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “There are not enough words, not enough declarations, not enough time in a lifetime to begin to describe Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact on our nation. Her tireless battle for gender equality allowed generations of women to believe that there are no limits to a woman’s power. Her relentless work to ensure the American promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is unparalleled. Her image, her voice, and her legacy remind us each and every day what we fight

Senator D'Allesandro, Senator Cavanaugh, and Senate President Soucy on Manchester Education Fund

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller Phone: (603) 271-3266 Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Yesterday, during Governor Sununu’s press conference, the governor criticized the City of Manchester’s requests for additional education funding following the reallocation of State Adequate Education Aid funding. The motion to apply the $3.5 million in State Adequate Education Aid to the school budget was made by Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh on June 9th and failed in a 7-7 party line vote with Republican aldermen voting against the motion. Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), Senator Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester), and Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) issued the following sta

House Republicans Continue Partisan Showmanship, Block Coronavirus Response Legislation

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, House Republicans continued to obstruct legislative efforts to provide relief and recovery to Granite Staters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, voting on party lines to sustain Governor Sununu’s record breaking number of vetoes. After the House Session, Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Concord) issued the following statement: “From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it was clear that we would need to work together as a Legislature in order to quickly adapt and pass legislation to support New Hampshire in its time of need. In the Senate, we compromised, we debated, and we fou

Senate Majority Leader Condemns Sununu’s Vetoes

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire House and Senate took up the Governor’s most recent round of vetoes including paid family and medical leave, medical monitoring, state agency requests, and state employee death benefits. Following the legislative sessions, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued this statement: “Over the past two years, Governor Sununu has vetoed a record-breaking 79 pieces of legislation, 65 of which had bipartisan support. This year, in the middle of a global pandemic, Sununu vetoed over one-third of the bills sent to his desk, many helping working families, frontline w

Senate Republicans Sustain Sununu’s Criminal Justice Reform Veto

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Senate Republicans voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 311, Senator Martha Hennessey’s (D-Hanover) criminal justice reform 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. After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following statement: “Every day, across the nation, we see the disproportionate consequences for low-income individuals engaged in our criminal justice system. Rather than keeping the focus of c

Senate Republicans Block SMART Act, Halting Election Security Advancements

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Senate Republicans voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 7, also known as the SMART Act. The SMART Act would have allowed the DMV to collect information and then securely transfer that information to the election net system, thus streamlining the registration process and ensuring more accurate voter data. After the vote, SB 7 prime sponsor Senator Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline) issued the following statement: “During last week’s primary, New Hampshire’s election officials and poll workers went above and beyond to ensure safe, secure, and efficient elections. The SMART Act could

Sununu’s Third Net Metering Veto Stands; House Republicans Sustain SB 159 Veto

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, House Republicans voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 159, the third bipartisan bill in as many years to expand renewable energy capacity in New Hampshire. Prior to the Governor’s veto, the bill passed through the House and Senate with sweeping bipartisan support. The Governor’s veto was overturned by the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 17-7. After the vote, Senate Energy Chair Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portmouth) issued the following statement: “For the past three years, bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate have put forward legislation to expand net metering in N

Sununu Turns His Back on Nashua with Veto of HB 1234

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Earlier this summer, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1234, a nonpartisan omnibus bill relative to state and local government administration. Included in HB 1234 was a provision allowing cities with biennial elections to conduct a vote for accepting operation of sports book retail locations by a city at the state primary election. The veto will first be taken up by the House; should it be overturned it will then be sent to the Senate for a vote. Prime sponsor of the original bill, SB 757, Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in advance of the House session: “When Governo

Sununu Joins Trump, Uses COVID Crisis to Jeopardize Reproductive Health Care

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - The recently released list of New Hampshire Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund grantees revealed that Governor Chris Sununu awarded nearly $65,000 to a crisis pregnancy center in Rochester, as reported in The American Independent today. Crisis pregnancy centers provide prenatal advice and care from an anti-abortion perspective, often providing misleading, coercive, and inaccurate information that may delay or interfere with access to abortion and contraceptive services or improperly influence reproductive health decisions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua)

Senator D’Allesandro Commemorates Life of Goffstown Fire Captain Steven Tower

Contact Name: Sara Persechino Phone: (603) 271-3479 Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us CONCORD - Today, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, who represents Goffstown, released the following statement in memory of fallen Goffstown Fire Captain Steven Tower: “Today the hearts of all of Goffstown, and indeed all of New Hampshire, are broken over the loss of Captain Steven Tower. He was a committed family member and dedicated community leader; my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all members of the Goffstown Fire Department.” ###

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