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RELEASE: Senate Passes 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 Feltes (D-Concord), prime sponsor of the legislation, offered the following comments after the bipartisan Senate vote: “Each year, several hundred children in the state test positive with dangerous levels of lead […]

RELEASE: Senate Passes Legislation to Enforce New Hampshire’s Election and Lobbying Laws

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 197, legislation to make an appropriation to the Department of Justice to better enforce New Hampshire’s election and lobbying laws. Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) offered the following comments on the bill: “There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about tightening up our election laws. The bipartisan […]

RELEASE: Senator Kahn Applauds Passage of Legislation to Create NH College Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership (NH GRIP)

CONCORD – Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement following bipartisan passage of SB 228, legislation to establish the New Hampshire College Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership (NH GRIP): “NH GRIP creates a unique, New Hampshire advantage to enable our state to compete with the 41 other states that currently offer incentives for college graduates […]

RELEASE: Senator David Watters and Senator Jay Kahn Statement against School Voucher Bill

Legislation makes unconstitutional option to devote public funds to religious schools. CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted along party lines to pass SB 193, a bill that put New Hampshire on the dangerous path toward school voucher programs. Senator Watters (D-Dover) and Senator Kahn (D-Keene), Democratic members of the Senate Education Committee, offered the following […]

RELEASE: Senate Democrats Dismayed by Passage of Restrictive Food Stamps Bill

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 7, legislation to restrict access to food assistance services in New Hampshire, along party lines. Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statement following passage of the bill: “In the same day that we are discussing increased tax breaks for businesses and voting against the long overdue […]

RELEASE: Senate Tables Bill to Fund Protection for Vulnerable Children

CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted along party lines to table legislation that would have addressed the well-documented staffing shortage at the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Senate Democratic Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield) offered the following comments on the vote: “It is contradictory and baffling to me to hear the Governor call […]

RELEASE: Senator Feltes Slams Blockage of Legislation to Eliminate Waiting Week in Unemployment Insurance

CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted against SB 226, legislation to repeal the one week waiting period before an eligible claimant may receive unemployment insurance they are qualified to receive. Senator Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following comments after the vote: “Today’s vote to eliminate the waiting week should have been an easy one, but most […]

RELEASE: Senate Passes Legislation to Expand New Hampshire Workforce Training Fund

CONCORD –Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord) issued the following comments after SB 227, legislation to bolster job readiness and training programs offered by the state’s Workforce Development and Training Fund, passed the Senate: “This is good for our workers, good for our businesses, and good for our economy,” said Senator Feltes, prime sponsor of the bill. […]

RELEASE: Senator Donna Soucy Applauds Passage of Bill to Support Injured First Responders

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 190, Senator Donna Soucy’s (D-Manchester) legislation to repeal the sunset provision on the first responder’s critical injury benefit fund. Senator Soucy offered the following comments after passage of the bill: “Firefighters and police officers are on the front lines protecting New Hampshire’s families. The least we can do […]

RELEASE: Senate Fails Again to Raise the Minimum Wage 

CONCORD- Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), Deputy Democratic Leader and sponsor of SB 83, issued the following statement after Senate Republicans defeated legislation to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour along a party line vote: “While 29 states and D.C. have increased their minimum wage in the last 4 years, Senate Republicans have voted […]