NH Legislature takes BIG STEPS forward!
I am so proud to have been a part of a legislative session in New Hampshire that has accomplished some major positive steps relating to gender identity and sexual orientation.
This week, the New Hampshire House and Senate passed HB587 that will ban the dangerous practice of gay conversion therapy. This bill would have died on a tie-breaker vote cast by the Speaker on January 9, 2018 by the Speaker. However, I was able to find one person by 10 A.M. the following day to allow us to reconsider the vote and it was passed to the Senate on 8 votes on February 8, 2018. The Senate amended it and sent it back to the House to my committee where the chair of our committee tried to kill it by recommending a committee ofconference over my and other committee representative objections. When it came to the House floor again, we were able to thwart this attempt by a 19-vote margin.
Now the bill will go to the Governor for his signature! While the Governor has seemed to be open to legislation like this we haven’t heard any comment from him and it might help him decide if he has a few phone calls from constituents ;-).
Another key vote was on HB1319, the transgender non-discrimination bill, which I’m happy to have cosponsored and supported in the Senate. This is another landmark event in New Hampshire’s history and I am so proud to have been a part of it.
While my anti-hate resolution, HCR13, passed the Criminal Justice Committee and the House floor on a vote of 234 to 69. However, the Senate rejected it without a hearing, unfortunately. But that’s never stopped me before.
There are other legislative steps that are still in process, but the two bills that passed are significant, concrete steps in the right direction for New Hampshire. Like I have said several times, I’m proud of these important steps forward for our state, especially when the national dialogue is concerning and hateful.
I know plenty of politicians who talk the talk. There’s no shortage of them. But, if you want someone who shows up to get things done and then gets those things done, then send me to Congress to continue to work hard for you.
Please send $27, 50 or whatever you can today so I can fight this war.
Hope to talk to you soon!