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Women's Defense League of NH - New Poll Results in NH on SB 116 




NH Supports SB 116 and the End of State-Sanctioned Discrimination

The Women's Defense League of New Hampshire (The League) conducted our first state-wide poll and finds overwhelming support for making pistol licenses optional.
Contrary to an April 9-13, 2015 Public Policy Poll (PPP) widely cited by NH Democrat legislators and Governor Maggie Hassan, when given the background of NH’s pistol license statute, WDL found that over 71% of NH voters oppose the current statute giving local law enforcement the unilateral authority to decide who is and is not “suitable” to discreetly carry a loaded firearm.
Understanding that NH’s pistol license was enacted in 1923 to legally discriminate against NH’s ethnic minorities – primarily Irish, Italian and French-Canadian – and emerging private trade unions like the United Textile workers, The League believed that if NH citizens understood that chapter in NH history, they would oppose its continued existence. 
The survey results prove that New Hampshire voters, regardless of party affiliation, overwhelmingly disapprove of the current pistol license law and believe the state-sanctioned discrimination that has been allowed for almost 100 years must end.
As we have previously stated, The League does not believe that Governor Hassan knew of the discrimination that has occurred thanks to the current pistol license law and we know that the Governor would prefer to vote how the majority of her constituents would want her to.
The League will be holding a press conference Tuesday, May 26th at NOON in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building to discuss the results of the poll and to provide the details of those results.
Women's Defense League of New Hampshire



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Memorial Day:


"On this Memorial Day, let us remember those who gave their lives to defend our nation and our freedom.  The foundation of our country is built upon the sacrifice of men and women who recognized their call to service and today is an opportunity to reflect upon their courage.  We honor the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our great nation and keep their families and loved ones in our prayers.  May their selflessness never be forgotten."




Tuesday in the NH House 


Tuesday, may 26 in the nh house


10:00 a.m.       Subcommittee work session on retained bills HB 527, establishing guidelines for school districts relative to the use of school resource officers, HB 538-FN-L, relative to the implementation of new statewide education annual assessments, HB 581-FN, requiring schools to continue the education of a child during the child's suspension or expulsion, and HB 243, changing the definitions of "focus school" and "priority school" in the school performance and accountability law.

1:00 p.m.         Continued subcommittee work session on retained bills HB 218-FN, relative to additional funding for third grade proficiency in mathematics, HB 549-FN-A-L, allowing school building aid grants for certain authorized projects, HB 242, relative to the statewide improvement and assessment program, and HB 231, relative to applications for school building aid.



NHDP - ICYMI: NH Senate GOP Budget Continue to Cut Critical Economic Priorities 

Concord, N.H. – Despite New Hampshire Senate Republicans’ rhetoric, the truth is their budget continues to cut critical priorities and would undermine the state’s ability to lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth.

Ignoring calls from the business community, Senate Republicans voted against continuing the state’s successful bipartisan Medicaid expansion program and against moving forward with commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

The Senate Republican budget also includes cuts to community-based mental health services and substance misuse treatment.

And even with these cuts, it's not clear how Senate Republicans will balance their plan without fiscally irresponsible budget gimmicks. 

See coverage roundup below:

AP: N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag Thursday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion.

The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and Democrats championing it.

… The $4 million was initially included in Gov. Maggie Hassan's capital budget for an environmental and engineering assessment of the project. 

… Hassan said expanding rail would attract more workers and families and better connect New Hampshire to the rest of the region. Democratic Sens. Molly Kelly of Keene and Lou D'Allesandro of Manchester agreed.

"We are talking about investing so that we can bring in greater economic development and stability," Kelly said.

She referenced earlier testimony in support of rail from an executive at Dyn, a Manchester-based technology company. Bringing rail into New Hampshire could better help companies like Dyn attract young workers from Boston, she said.

"We're trying to balance what we need today and what we need tomorrow," Kelly said. "What I heard from the gentleman from Dyn is that we would need (rail) today." [Full story]

Union Leader: “D’Allesandro argued the program is working as planned”

D’Allesandro attempted to continue Medicaid expansion beyond December 2016, restore funding for the state’s drug czar, extend the Certificate of Need health facility board two years, and give home- and community-based health service providers a rate increase, but was thwarted 4-2 by the Republican majority.

… D’Allesandro argued the program is working as planned, with fewer uninsured people using hospital services and emergency rooms, while reducing uncompensated care for hospitals.

“We put this program in place and it is working,” he said. “We ought to keep it in place.”

… Senate budget writers also restored funding to the mental health system the House had reduced, but told health and human service officials to take the money from new services the state will have to provide to meet a legal settlement on the state’s mental health system. [Full story]

Daily News of Newburyport: NH Senate Democrats oppose funding cuts

With the town and region suffering a plague of drug use and related deaths, New Hampshire Senate Democrats this week took their Republican colleagues to task for cutting the proposed funding for the state Office of Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health.

According to a press release from two senators on the Senate Finance Committee, if the cuts are not restored, it will harm the state from both a public safety and economic standpoint.

“This office funds a key position that ensures that we are strengthening our treatment and prevention efforts (in) a common-sense way to ensure that the state is responding effectively to the substance misuse epidemic,” said District 7 Sen. Andrew Hosmer, from the Lakes Region.

“All session long, we have seen the outcry from our communities for help dealing with this epidemic,” said Manchester Democrat Lou D’Allesandro, “and funding in this area should be a priority for all senators, not one that is open to cuts that go beyond the House (of Representatives’) draconian budget.” [Full story]


NHDP - American Congress of OB-GYNs Opposes Kelly Ayotte’s Sham Birth Control Bill 

Salon Calls Bill “A Giant Fraud”

Concord, N.H. – Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined the growing chorus of doctors and women’s health advocates opposing Kelly Ayotte’s sham birth control bill.
Salon called the bill “a giant fraud.” Adding, Ayotte “wants to sell women a bill of goods. They're not buying, and neither are doctors.”
The Huffington Post reported that ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, M.D., issued the following statement on behalf of the non-profit organization of women's health doctors:
“The Affordable Care Act removed many barriers to preventive care that keeps women healthy. By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures. Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive."
“As women’s health care providers, we welcome robust and productive dialogue about the indisputable role that contraceptives play in the health, well-being, and productivity of American women. We would welcome any legislation that would do what this proposal purports to do – help women. As it stands, however, we cannot support a plan that creates one route to access at the expense of another, more helpful route.”
Planned Parenthood On Republican Birth Control Bill: “Insult To Women.” “Planned Parenthood noted that birth control pills can cost women up to $600 a year, which is now covered under the Affordable Care Act, and that the bill would take away insurance coverage for birth control that’s made available over-the-counter. The bill doesn’t expand the availability or protect the affordability of IUDs and other highly effective methods of birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 5/21/15]
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn’t be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans’ religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]