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RELEASE: Senate Democrats Statement on Senate Republican Budget

CONCORD – Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved their version of the budget on a party line 4-2 vote. After the vote, Senate Democrats released the following comments: “Senate Democrats have been clear that we are willing to work with our Republican colleagues toward a bipartisan, fiscally responsible budget. But the budget passed this afternoon […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats’ Comments on Approval of Budget Revenue Estimates

CONCORD – Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) and Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response to the revenue estimates approved at today’s meeting of the Senate Ways and Means Committee: “Two years ago, Senate Democrats proposed revenue estimates that were far more accurate than our Republican colleagues and this year we again offered […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats Release Revenue Estimates

CONCORD – In 2015, Sen. D’Allesandro and Sen. Feltes provided by far the most accurate revenue estimate for the 2016/2017 biennium – more accurate than Governor Hassan, much more accurate than Senate Republicans, and significantly more accurate than the House Ways & Means committee.  Today, Sen. D’Allesandro and Sen. Feltes released their revenue estimates, including […]

RELEASE: Democrats Lead Senate Passage of Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed HB 640, legislation to decriminalize marijuana in the state of New Hampshire, with a bipartisan vote of 9 Democrats and 8 Republicans. The bill reduces the penalty for possession of up to ¾ of an ounce of marijuana from a criminal penalty to a violation. Legislators and advocates anticipate […]

RELEASE: Senate Committee Approves Amendment to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases Caused by Drinking Water Contaminants

CONCORD – Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee voted to approve amendment 2017-1572s to strengthen standards for evaluating ground water pollution in New Hampshire. The language of the legislation calls for the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) for perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic […]

RELEASE: Senator Feltes to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Trump Repeal of Internet Privacy Rules

CONCORD – On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed a repeal of certain internet privacy rules, allowing telecommunications giants to sell private, personal information from people using the internet, including people here in New Hampshire.  This will enable these big corporations to profit from selling an individual’s browsing history, web searches, and financial information, and […]

RELEASE: House Passes Legislation to Combat Disabling Childhood Lead Poisoning from Both Paint and Water in New Hampshire

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

RELEASE: House Passes Legislation to Help Combat Both the Opioid and Mental Health Crises

CONCORD – Today, the House passed SB 157, legislation to make clear all substance use disorder services shall be considered as part of network adequacy, and that carriers properly notify consumers of their rights, including the right to appeal and the right to access services out-of-network at the same cost as in-network. Senator Dan Feltes […]

RELEASE: House Passes Legislation to Increase Access to Substance Abuse Treatment

CONCORD – Today, the House joined the Senate and passed SB 158, legislation to eliminate the need for prior authorization for prescribed medications to treat substance abuse disorders when treatments for such disorders are covered by a health benefit plan. Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), prime sponsor of the bill, offered the following comments after the […]

RELEASE: Senate Democratic Leader’s Statement on House Passage of Full Funding for Full Day Kindergarten

CONCORD – Today, the House passed SB 191 in its original form, which fully funds full-day kindergarten and sends $14.5 million back to communities. Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) issued the following statement after the House vote: “It’s a great day for New Hampshire children and for those that want to see elected officials […]