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Senate Democrats’ COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Legislation Passes Senate HHS Committee

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 132, a piece of omnibus legislation relative to COVID-19, in a vote of 4-0. SB 132 includes language establishing a COVID-19 micro enterprise relief fund, requiring a COVID-19 needs assessment of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and support for New Hampshire's live performance industry, a sector particularly hard hit by the pandemic.

After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Sue Prentiss (D-West Lebanon), section II sponsor Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua), and section III sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statements:

“Our microenterprises have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including devastating loss of revenue, reduction in operations and in some cases closures. Now more than ever, our smallest NH hometown businesses need our support" stated Senator Sue Prentiss (D-West Lebanon). “I am grateful to my Senate colleagues for their support of our small businesses.”

Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) added, “The Protect New Hampshire Seniors and Veterans Act of 2021 serves as a critical step towards addressing the devastating loss faced by our nursing homes and long term care facilities over the past year. I am glad to see bipartisan support for SB 132 and look forward to our continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) concluded, “New Hampshire’s live venues not only serve as the heart and soul of New Hampshire’s cultural development, but act as major economic drivers that have revitalized downtowns across the Granite State. I’m proud to support The Save Our Granite Stages Act and look forward to bringing it before the full Senate.”



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