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NH Sen. Clark introduces breastfeeding reform bill 

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CONCORD - State Senator 
Martha Fuller Clark has announced that her first legislative initiatives of the coming session is a bill that would require employees to provide  appropriate accommodations for nursing 
mothers while at work.  

"Given the known significant health benefits of breastfeeding and the widely varying situations in which mothers may need to nurse or express milk, clearly the time has come to guarantee a working mother's right to have a clean, private place for such activity," Senator Clark said. "This legislation offers employers reasonable latitude to provide such accommodations, dependent upon the specific nature of their business and its respective facilities
but makes clear that working mothers must have access to a clean, comfortable and appropriate space." 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.

Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year. 
 The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so. 
Clark added, "Encouraging and facilitating breastfeeding through the first year of an infant's life ensures better health outcomes for both children and mothers  - that is why this is good legislation that I hope will be supported by all members of the business community throughout the state".





NH Senate Republicans - Stiles Resolves to Finish Hampton Seawall in 2015 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office


Hampton, NH – Senator Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) today congratulated the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development for making great progress on the Hampton North Beach Seawall Project this year, and looked forward to the Seawall’s completion in 2015. 

Crews from DRED’s Division of Parks and Recreation have halted work on the $4.7 million reconstruction project for the winter, but anticipate finishing the work early next year. Stiles has worked for years to make repair of the Seawall a top priority, and a recent winter storm proved how critical it was to complete the project. 

“I’m pleased that reconstruction of the Hampton Seawall will finally be completed in 2015,” Stiles said. “This project is not only important for public safety, but keeping Ocean Boulevard open is vital to the local and regional economy.” 

DRED Parks Director Phillip Bryce says depending on the weather, crews could be back to work as early as March, and plan on completing the Seawall Project by June 15th. DRED has responsibility to maintain the 12-foot high Seawall, which was first built in the 1930’s. This project marks the first major repairs on the North Beach Seawall since then. 

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Legislature, and especially the support and leadership of Senator Stiles, so we could finish the project in 2015,” Bryce added. “As a result, we were able to save over a million dollars.” 

A 140-foot section of the seawall was severely damaged in December 2012, leaving Ocean Boulevard vulnerable to flooding and storm surge. Stiles authored an amendment to the 2013 Capital Budget to secure $4.7 million to complete repairs, half coming from the Capital Budget itself and the other half coming from revenues from parking meters on Hampton Beach.




House Republican Alliance Releases Legislative Scorecard

Today, the House Republican Alliance (HRA) released its 2014 scorecard for members of the New Hampshire House.  The HRA scorecard ranks every state representative's voting record according to how well their votes comply with the U.S and N.H.  Constitution, the New Hampshire Republican Platform, and fiscal soundness. The rating is determined by comparing each representative's voting record with the recommendations HRA published in the "Pink Sheet”. HRA's Pink Sheet recommendations are distributed to House members before each session and are available on the HRA website. 

This scorecard was derived from 118 roll call votes. This year, on average, 83.3% of Republican voted in line with HRA recommendations.  The Democrats' average was 9.6%, which dramatically demonstrates how different the parties are in their respective ideologies.

The HRA scorecard is the longest running scorecard or measurement used in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  A summary of each bill's impact is available at

The HRA is the oldest independent policy group in the NH House, consisting of current and recent New Hampshire House members who work together to advance fiscal sanity and Republican principles of smaller government and keeping taxes low for all citizens of the state.


Josiah Bartlett Center - Sausage Making, the Rainy Day Fund, and Narrow Networks 

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Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

The most annoying and disheartening time of the legislative year is upon us – the time when transparency and honest debate are sacrificed on the altar of hidden agendas in pursuit of that elusive legislative pot of gold, “a deal.” Committees of conference are legislative mini-summits where the romanticized version of a smoke filled room creates comparisons to sausage making that do a distinct dishonor the noble smoked meats. Click here to keep reading

Summary: The current FY14-15 budget spends $30.5 million more on Health and Human Services than the House Budget proposed, when Uncompensated Care is removed. Revenue projections for the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET), which funds Uncompensated Care, were revised downwards in the Enacted Budget on the advice of HHS. Taking into account all back of the budget reductions, the Enacted Budget spends nearly $23.5 million more over the biennium than the House Budget in General Funds. Click here to keep reading


The real problem with the Obamacare network in New Hampshire is not that it is too narrow but that there is any network at all. Healthcare costs are lowered not when the one government sanctioned picks winners and losers but instead when providers compete for the customer pool. The oddly constructed health exchange in New Hampshire is not the beginning of the future but the last gasp of the past. Click here to keep reading



MPP - NH Med. Marijuana Rules Hearing Thursday 


Medical Marijuana Patients and Advocates to Comment on Proposed Patient Registry Rules at Public Hearing Thursday                                                                    

Advocates will urge regulators to more swiftly implement program that will provide seriously ill patients with legal access to medical marijuana; hearing will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services Brown Building Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. ET                                                              

CONCORD — The Department of Health and Human Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday on its proposed rules for the patient registry portion of the state’s medical marijuana program. Patients and advocates will comment on the draft rules (available here) and the impact of a memo from the attorney general’s office (available here) that has delayed implementation of the program. 

The Marijuana Policy Project is urging regulators to begin issuing ID cards to patients as quickly as possible. 

“It is critical that the state begin issuing ID cards to patients as soon as the rules for the patient registry have been finalized,” said Matt Simon, a Goffstown-based New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is no reason to delay the program, and many patients can’t afford to wait any longer for relief. Our state should not continue to criminalize seriously ill people who are using medical marijuana under their doctors’ supervision.”


WHAT: Public hearing on proposed rules for the patient registry portion of the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis program


WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. ET


WHERE: Department of Health and Human Services, Brown Building Auditorium, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord


WHO: Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project


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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit

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