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New Hampshire Senate passes bipartisan transportation omnibus bill

CONCORD - The Senate passed HB 1182, an omnibus transportation bill that includes the 10-year transportation plan. HB 1182 next goes to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote, which requires a simple majority. After the committee vote, Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued ...

Bipartisan Bill to Honor Granite Staters Passed by NH Senate

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1135, 24-0. The bill incorporates several naming bills passed earlier this session to honor the work of Granite Staters across sectors and add Holocaust and genocide studies to the definition of an adequate education. After the vote Senator David ...

Giuda continues to fight for Highland Street project in Plymouth

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1182, which includes the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. One piece of the plan will expedite reconstruction and intersection improvements to Highland Street in Plymouth. Senator Bob Giuda (R-Warren) issued the following statement: "The ...

Child protection legislation led by Senate Democrats passes the Senate

CONCORD - The Senate passed HB 1162, an omnibus child protection bill on Tuesday. HB 1162 next goes to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote, which requires a simple majority. After the vote, Senate Judiciary Chair Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) issued the following ...

New Hampshire Senate returns to Statehouse

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate is back at the Statehouse for the first time since the building shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, but not in its usual spot. Tuesday’s session is being held in Representatives Hall instead of the Senate chamber to allow the 24 members ...

Senate Democrats continue to champion expanded broadband

CONCORD - On Tuesday, the New HampshireSenate passed HB 1111, a bill to expand broadband access across the state, in a vote of 24-0. HB 1111 next goes to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote, which requires a simple majority. After the vote, amendment cosponsors Senator Jay ...

Morgan advocates for veterans protections, moves bipartisan bill forward

CONCORD - Today, the Senate unanimously passed HB 1582, an omnibus bill relative to veterans protections. The bill creates programs designed to aid veterans' access to employment, entrepreneurship, housing, health care, and educational assistance. After the vote, Senator Jon Morgan ...

Ward supports personalized educational opportunities for children

CONCORD – On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1454, a repeal of the Department of Education’s Learn Everywhere program. Senator Ruth Ward (R-Stoddard) issued the following statement: “The Learn Everywhere program provides children across the state with high-quality ...

Senate Democrats prioritize workers, adopt protections in omnibus bill

CONCORD - On Tuesday, the Senate passed HB 1494, a workers’ omnibus bill, in a vote of 14-10. The bill, amended by the Senate Commerce Committee, covers a variety of workers’ protections including health and safety standards and a state death benefit. HB 1494 next goes to the House of ...

Morse, French fight for fiscal responsibility in New Hampshire

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1166, an unemployment compensation omnibus that would bring the state out of conformity with federal Department of Labor laws. Senate Republican Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senator Harold French (R-Franklin) issued the following ...

Senate President Soucy’s minimum wage bill moves forward

CONCORD - The Senate passed HB 731, 14-10, which would reestablish and raise New Hampshire's minimum wage. As amended, this bill mirrors the language of SB 410, sponsored by Senate President Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), and raises the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2021 and $12 per hour in ...

Senate passes reproductive Health Parity Act of 2020

CONCORD - The Senate passed HB 685, known as the Reproductive Health Parity Act of 2020, 14-10. The language of the bill mirrors SB 486, passed by the Senate in March, requires insurance plans which cover maternity benefits to provide coverage for emergency or elective abortion services. This ...

Nashua citizens organize rally in support of police

NASHUA – As protests over police brutality and racism continue to wage on across the country, a Nashua group took a different position Friday by holding a rally to show their support for the city’s police. In response to the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd, some ...

Hinch derides proposed $200k ‘voting gizmo’ for House

House Republican Leader Dick Hinch, R-Merrimack, called on Democratic Speaker Steve Shurtleff, D-Concord, to scrap a proposed plan to purchase electronic voting equipment costing possibly “in excess of $200,000” for when the House reconvenes on June 11th, and seek to be reimbursed by CARES ...