- In their first week in control of the NH Legislature, Democrats voted to ban guns in the NH House, including the anteroom and public gallery.
- Alderwoman and State Representative Trish Klee has been working with Pennichuck Water Works to address “brown water” issues at the Clovelly Apartments.
- The House Election Law Committee held public hearings on several constitutional amendments:
- Allowing 17 year olds to vote in primaries who will turn 18 by the general election.
- Absentee ballots would be available to all voters, nut just those with special circumstances.
- Allowing caregivers to deliver absentee ballots on behalf of voters who live in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities
- Allowing anyone over age 60 to vote up to five weeks before an election
- Senator Cindy Rosenwald introduced a mental illness bill that will increase reimbursement rates and substance use disorder treatment.
- Senator Melanie Levesque introduced the SMART Act (Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology), safeguarding NH elections through the implementation of secure and modern voter registration. Among other things, it would automatically register voters who deal with other agencies, like the DMV. Officials would manually check the registrations before adding these voters to the rolls.
On Jan 31, Senate Democrats passed three bills addressing the funding gaps in job training programs and mental health services.
SB 2 – Increases funding for job training programs in New Hampshire
SB 5– Expands access to mental health and substance misuse treatment
SB 11 – Addresses the state’s mental health Emergency Room boarding crisis by increasing both reimbursement rates for hospitals and the number of beds available for patients.