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RELEASE: Bill Passed in Senate Creates Dangerous Loophole for Illegal Transactions

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) issued the following comments after passage of HB 436, legislation to remove third party entities from the regulation of virtual currency. “This is not an issue of whether forms of virtual forms of currency are viable. It’s an issue of extending the same level of oversight over […]

RELEASE: Senate Vote to Mandate Biweekly Payment to Employees Creates Financial Burden for Working People

CONCORD – Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) issued the following comments after the Senate voted to pass HB 194, legislation to permit employers to pay wages on a weekly or biweekly schedule, along party lines. Senate Democrats opposed the bill on the premise that the legislation places an undue financial […]

RELEASE: Senator Woodburn Satisfied with Final Agreement on Legislation to Ratify Results from Postponed Town Elections

CONCORD – Today, the NH House and Senate agreed to the final version of HB 329, which ratifies election results for towns and school districts that rescheduled their elections due to a weather emergency on March 14, 2017. After the final passage of HB 329, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) and sponsor of the […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats’ Statement on Elimination of Federal Home Heating Aid

CONCORD –After today’s budget presentation from the Office of Energy and Planning to the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Finance Committee members Sen. Lou D’Allesandro and Sen. Dan Feltes released the following statement: “Today, the Senate Finance Committee heard from the Office of Energy and Planning and we learned that President Trump’s budget proposal zero-funds federal […]

RELEASE: Senator Woodburn Pleased With Compromise to Ratify Results from Postponed Town Elections

CONCORD – Today, the NH Senate passed an amendment to HB 329 that would ratify election results for towns and school districts that rescheduled their elections due to a weather emergency on March 14, 2017. After the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) and sponsor of the original ratification legislation, released the following comments: […]

RELEASE: Senator Woodburn Renews Call for Legislature to Ratify Town Meeting Results

Following Defeat of Speaker Jasper’s Proposal in Committee, Sen. Woodburn Urges House to Take Up and Pass SB 248 As Soon As Possible CONCORD – Following yesterday’s bipartisan defeat of Speaker Jasper’s proposal to allow towns to hold special meetings to ratify election results from town elections and meetings postponed by the March 14, 2017 […]

RELEASE: Democratic Women Senators: It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work

CONCORD – Today, the women senators of the NH Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day: “Despite decades of research and advocacy, pay discrimination between male and female workers continues to undermine our nation’s fundamental principles of equality. Today, American women on average earn just 80 cents for every […]

READ: Senator David Watters Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 103

Senator David Watters Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 103, on potentially objectionable materials on human sexuality in education and two-week parental notification for removal of students from class.  Senate President and Colleagues,  I have received a draft letter from the principal of the Grace Metalious Middle School, Peyton Place, NH, to parents and guardians. […]

RELEASE: Senate Passes Final Version of Legislation to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed legislation to significantly increase protections for children who are exposed to lead in paint and drinking water. Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), prime sponsor of the legislation, offered the following comments after the bipartisan Senate vote: “Today’s vote is the culmination of many months of bipartisan work by many committed […]

RELEASE: NH Senate Democrats: Passage of Food Stamp Restriction Bill Shameful

CONCORD – Members of the Democratic Senate Caucus released the following statement after the Senate passed Senate Bill 7, legislation to restrict access to food assistance services in New Hampshire, with an amendment to establish a workforce readiness and access program: “There are times during debate on the Senate floor when we find ourselves incredulous […]