March 27

 

Dear Friend,

Republicans continue to push legislation that makes it harder for people to vote. Their proposals are aimed at discouraging, depressing, and disenfranchising eligible voters.  On Thursday, Senate Bill 3 will be on the floor for a vote.  We need three Republican Senators to join with the Democrats to kill this bill.  If you live in a district with a Republican Senator, call or email to let them know how you feel!  

Don't know who your Senator is? Click here to find out.

Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter.  

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Best,

Sue Ford
NHDP Grassroots Chair
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader
sueford06@gmail.com
 
Nick Taylor
Director, House and Senate Democrats
ntaylor@nhdp.org
 
Erin Cotton
Operations Director, NHDP
ecotton@nhdp.org
 

Action Alert!
Tuesday, March 28th
9AM
Governor Sununu on NHPR's "The Exchange"

You can submit your questions here.
Be sure to keep the question under the 140 character limit, fill out your
contact information below the question and click "Submit."


Sample Questions
  • Now that Trumpcare has failed with Speaker Ryan calling it the "law of the land", will you commit to permanently expanding Medicaid to protect those in New Hampshire who depend on it?
  • How far along are you on your promise to meet with 100 out-of-state business in 100 days. Who have you met with so far?
  • Governor, the only bill you've signed so far is concealed carry. Why did you make that your first priority rather than focusing on working families in the state? 
    For additional sample questions, please reach out to Wyatt Ronan,
    the NHDP's Communications Director, at wronan@nhdp.org

    America Votes - Call to Action
     
    March for Voting Rights
    When: Saturday April 1st from 1pm – 3pm
    What: 1.2 mile march through downtown from Concord High School to the steps of the NH State House. The speaking program will feature elected leaders, students, veterans and affected voters. Speed activist workshops will follow the rally and provide multiple direct actions for impact on voting rights.
    Who: Citizens, voters, nonprofit advocacy organizations
    Contact: If you are interested in adding your group as a co-sponsor, please contact Olivia Zink, 715-8197 or olivia@opendemocracy.me
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    Dear Editor,

    I am deeply disappointed in the lack of responsibility and care that Republican legislators continue to show for New Hampshire working families. By failing to pass SB 83, Senate Republicans have proven once again that they will put partisan politics before New Hampshire citizens.

    Over the last four years, twenty-eight states have raised their minimum wages including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. Research continues to show that workers who are paid a fair salary are more engaged employees and more active consumers in our economy.   

    New Hampshire uses the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  For someone working 40 hours per week, that totals $15,000 per year; no one can support a family on that salary.  Thank you to our Democratic Representatives and Senators who continue to fight for a living wage.

    Isn’t it about time for Republican legislators to finally stand up for our working families?

    » Please email Erin Cotton, ecotton@nhdp.org, for more sample letters or for suggestions and revisions on your own LTE! 

    PRIORITY DEMOCRATIC HEARINGS
    Week of March 27 - March 31, 2017

    State Budget

    Tuesday, March 28th 10:00 AM / Finance / Room 210-211, Legislative Office Building

    House - Finance - HB 1 & HB 2, relative to the state budget

    Why this matters: HB 1 & HB 2 are the pieces of legislation that establish the state budget for the next two years.  These bills will have a number of significant cuts to the alcohol fund, which helps fund substance abuse treatment, and full day kindergarten.  

    Conversion Therapy

    TuesdayMarch 28th 1:00 PM / Health & Human Services / Room 205, Legislative Office Building

    House - Health & Human Services - SB 224, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation

    ** This will be an executive session. While the public hearing on this bill was last week, the House Health and Human Services Committee will convene to make their recommendation on whether or not the bill should pass.

    Why this matters: This bill would ban the dangerous practice of conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation for minors.

     

     Notable Floor Votes
     

    The House is not in session this week. 

    The Senate is in session on both Wednesday and Thursday.  There will be a number of controversial votes on Thursday.

    Senate Votes:

    HB 103, relative to school district policies regarding objectionable course material.  This bill would require signed parental permission for any course material that could be deemed objectionable - directly targeting health courses and sex ed.

    SB 3, relative to domicile for voting purposes.  This high profile bill would intimate and confuse young and first time voters by restricting which documents are eligible to prove domicile.

    SB 107, establishing an independent redistricting commission

    SB 111, establishing a bipartisan commission to evaluate New Hampshire's response to Russian interference in our democracy

    SB 248, ratifying elections and meetings postponed due to a weather emergency on March 14th

    SB 7, relative to eligibility for food stamps.  This terrible, template bill from a Florida think tank would kick 17,000 New Hampshire people off of food stamps and wouldn't save New Hampshire a dime. 


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    Legislative Recap 
    Week in Review - Mar. 20th - Mar. 24th 

    Last week was a very light week in Concord as legislators worked to finalize the House version of the budget.   We've continued to see incredible turnout at State House hearings and last week was no different.  Thank you to the hundreds of passionate Granite Staters who came to Concord to oppose restricting voting rights and supported a ban on conversion therapy for those under 18.  Your voices are making a difference.

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    Democratic Press Releases

     Morse, Woodburn statements on the passing of Senator Scott McGilvray
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    ... "It is with great sorrow that we learn of our fellow colleague Senator Scott McGilvray’s passing this morning. Both my wife Susan and I would like to extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathies, warm thoughts and prayers to Senator McGilvray’s wife Patti and his two daughters, Meaghan and Molly, as well as all of his family, friends and loved ones during this immensely difficult time. Senator McGilvrary was well respected within in his community and has touched countless young lives through his dedication to education as well as coaching youth sports.” ... - Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem)

    ... “Scott’s time in the NH Senate, just as his life, was too brief. He devoted his life to teaching, coaching, and advocating for our children and he left an indelible impression with all he worked with. I was proud to serve with Scott in the New Hampshire Senate and saw firsthand his dedication to the people of his district and the people of New Hampshire. I join with all my Senate colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to his family, particularly his wife Patti and his daughters on their loss. New Hampshire has lost a great public servant and I know that Scott’s friends and family will be in all our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” ... - Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield)
     

     Senate Hears Legislation to Honor Election Results and Postponements from Tuesday’s Snowstorm

    ... "There’s been a lot of contentious debate around our election laws this year. But surely we can agree that there should be a mechanism to protect local municipalities that need to reschedule elections due to public safety concerns. No one should have to choose between their safety and exercising their right to vote.” ... - Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield)

    House Democratic Leader Comments On Proposed Allocation Of Funds For State Heating Bill
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    ... "House Democrats supported advancing this legislation after receiving assurance from Republican leadership that no programs from either the FY2016-17 or FY2018-19 budgets would be reduced to allocate the funds needed for this project. The most appropriate funding source for this emergency legislation is the state’s rainy day fund, a fund that was created specifically for situations like this. With the assurance from the House Finance Chair that funds for this project will come from the FY2016-17 budget surplus, we are moving forward with the confidence that our state’s existing programs will be unharmed. Democratic leadership will continue to monitor the implementation of this bill to assure that funding for replacement heating systems is consistent with what was agreed to today.” ... - House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook)

     

    State Democrats in the News

     
    N.H. Senate Bill Redefines Domicile For Voting Purposes, Reignites Voting Rights Debate
    Panelist: Senator Jeff Woodburn (D – DALTON)
     
    NHPR: LISTEN HERE

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    As we enter the 2017 legislative session, we will need all hands-on-deck to push back on the Republican leadership who have already made it clear that they will focus on Right-to-Work (for less), restricting voting access, and other priorities that the people of New Hampshire do not want. My job over the next two years as the NHDP Grassroots Chair will be to keep local Democrats informed and engaged during the 2017-2018 legislative session, and I need your help!

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