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RELEASE: Senate Public & Municipal Affairs Committee Moves Forward with Broadband Infrastructure Bill

CONCORD – The Senate Public & Municipal Affairs Committee unanimously voted to approve SB 170, legislation to broaden the ability of municipalities to issue bonds to contract with broadband service providers to expand services in underserved communities. Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene), prime sponsor of the bill, issued the following comments on the committee vote: “Broadband connectivity is […]

RELEASE: Senator Bette Lasky Files Legislation to Close “Gatsas Loophole”

CONCORD – Senator Bette Lasky (D-Nashua) has filed legislation to close a loophole in New Hampshire’s campaign finance laws that allowed candidates to illegally accept and spend contributions in a primary campaign beyond the limits established in state law without any penalty. “Our laws around individual political contributions are very clear—you cannot spend general election […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on Failure of Governor Sununu to Secure Additional Funding to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

CONCORD – Just days after Governor Sununu traveled to Washington to meet with President Trump about the opioid crisis, the Trump Administration announced that it will not revise the funding formula used to determine the allocation of Opioid State Targeted Response grants. The Trump formula does not allocate aid based on need, leaving New Hampshire […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats Applaud Bipartisan House Committee Vote in Favor of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

CONCORD – Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth), cosponsors of HB 628, issued the following statement after today’s bipartisan 13-6 vote by the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services committee to move forward with HB 628 to establish paid family and medical leave insurance in New Hampshire: “We are proud to […]

RELEASE: NH Dem. House & Senate leaders call on Sununu admin., Republican legislature, to protect Granite Staters from Trump ACA sabotage

Concord, N.H. – Last night, President Trump continued to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by ending cost-sharing reductions that help New Hampshire families afford and remain on their insurance plans. The Congressional Budget office estimates this action will result in a 20% increase in premiums next year alone, kick one million Americans off of their […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on NH Superior Court Ruling on SB 3

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) released the following statement after a judge issued a rejection of harsh penalties mandated by Senate Bill 3, legislation that creates the potential for widespread voter suppression in New Hampshire: “Today’s ruling is a rebuke of the Republican effort to intimidate and disenfranchise New Hampshire voters and a win for voting rights. The […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on Voter Checklist Data

CONCORD – Senate Democrat Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Jasper’s release of 2016 Voter Checklist data: “Using cherry-picked data in order to support a false claim is dangerous and irresponsible. Today’s release of information by Speaker Jasper’s office fans the flames of misinformation in order to further […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats Welcome Senator Kevin Cavanaugh

CONCORD – Today, the New Hampshire Senate welcomed the newest member of the Democratic delegation when Senator Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester) was sworn into office by Governor Sununu and the Executive Council. Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) offered the following comments at the ceremony’s conclusion: “Senator Cavanaugh has dedicated his life to fighting for working […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim Confirming They Will Continue to Offer Health Care Plans on NH Exchange in 2018

CONCORD – Earlier today, Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim confirmed that they will offer plans on the New Hampshire health insurance marketplace in 2018. Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) released the following statement after the announcement: “Today’s announcement is great news for ensuring competition in New Hampshire’s health care market in 2018, especially given the […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on President Trump’s Characterization of NH as a “Drug-Infested Den”

Sen. Woodburn Calls on Governor Sununu and Republican Leaders to Condemn President’s Remarks CONCORD – In a Washington Post article published today, it was reported that President Trump referred to New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den” in a phone call with the president of Mexico. In response to the report, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Whitefield […]