March 13 - Bad Luck for NH

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Weekly Update 3/13/15

Dear Friend:
Today is Friday the 13th, but the bad luck that’s facing the people of New Hampshire is because of Senate Republicans - not some old superstitions! The Senate Republican Majority agenda is wrong for New Hampshire.
Yesterday, the Republican-led Senate voted against reinstating and raising NH’s state minimum wage that would have had a ripple effect on wages higher up the pay scale. This would’ve supported businesses and encouraged job creation by putting more money in the pockets of consumers so that they can purchase goods and services.
Senate Democrats support restoring and increasing the minimum wage, so everyone will have an opportunity to succeed and support themselves and their families. We know that doing this means we will strengthen the financial security of hard working Granite Staters and expand opportunity for more than 76,000 people who would have been affected by this increase the minimum wage.

Republicans even refused to repeal a controversial camera provision that would require election officials to take photographs of voters without identification. This was a common sense repeal bill that would have kept in place our current photo identification law while protecting voters’ privacy. This past week Senators have been inundated by our local election officials telling us that taking photographs at the polls would add significant additional cost to local communities.

Senate Republicans also voted to reject common-sense legislation that would give Granite Staters the choice to obtain a license or identification card that is compliant with federal requirements for acceptance in certain facilities and air travel, or to instead receive a driver's license that will only remain acceptable for state use.
Due to their reckless actions, Governor Hassan has instructed the DMV to begin notifying applicants for new licenses and license renewals that their New Hampshire driver's license may not be accepted at some federal buildings, and may not be accepted for air travel as early as 2016.
Republicans even voted to pass a bill that puts the state of New Hampshire on the dangerous path to recognizing fetal personhood in our laws.
If we want the bad luck Senate Republicans are bringing to Concord to stop, we need your help sharing what they are doing in Concord with your friends and neighbors. Please forward these emails and urge others to join our email list, so we can better spread the word. 
Thank you for all you do,
Jeff Woodburn
Senate Democratic Leader
NH Senate News

NH Senate GOP Leadership gets earful from Littleton business community
A day earlier, Hitchiner Manufacturing, one of the largest employers in Littleton, announced it was transferring its operations to its headquarters in Milford. That same day, down in Concord, the Senate’s Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, rather than allowing it to advance, voted to study a bill that would provide a $28 million state backed bond which has been identified as a key to financing Phase I of the revitalization of The Balsams Resort in Dixville.

Senate vote down bills to increase minimum wage
A vote in the Senate yesterday fell along party lines and killed a bill sponsored by Sen. Donna Soucy, a Manchester Democrat, that would have set the state’s minimum wage at $8.25 and increased it to $10 by 2018. Three bills to raise the minimum wage were introduced in the state House, and all three were defeated this week. “It is disappointing that Senate Republicans voted down a commonsense measure to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage,” Hassan said yesterday in a statement.

Republicans pass Fetal Homicide Law
Sen. David Pierce, D-Lebanon, said Senate Bill 40 puts New Hampshire "on the dangerous path to recognizing fetal personhood in our laws. I put forward a reasonable and responsible proposal that would have added enhanced criminal penalties when a homicide results in a miscarriage or stillbirth without jeopardizing the future of women’s health and rights."
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