March 31, 2019 Update

Most bills have crossed over to the Senate or House and are beginning to be heard in the opposing body. 

Last week the  Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on HB455 relative to the repeal of the death penalty.  The bill passed the House floor on a veto-proof majority vote! About 50 people helped out as it moved through the House using our tool. On Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 AM in Room 100 of the State House, the committee will vote on the bill. Be there to listen to the debate if you can.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee passed several important pieces of legislation relating to gun-free school zones and protection of vulnerable adults. All will see full house floor votes this Thursday.

Senate Bill SB8, relative to independent redistricting passed the Senate floor on 14-10 along party lines. The House version of the bill, HB706, 

Next week in the Legislature:

This Tuesday, HB736, a bill to re-establish a commission to study environmentally triggered disease, created by HB511, will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 1:45 pm in Room 101 of the Legislative Office Building.  This commission worked on important issues for 2 years and is a critical step in preventing cancer in NH when we have the highest rates of pediatric, bladder, breast and esophageal cancer in the nation and some of the highest thyroid, liver and other cancers.

On April 4, the full House will vote on HB 564, relative to possession of firearms in safe school zones was recommended Ought To Pass on a vote of 12-8 by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. “...restricts the carrying of firearms on school property to law enforcement officers, members of the armed services... and any person authorized in writing by the school board. 

Help protect New Hampshire’s drinking water from toxic PFAS pollution by taking the following actions:

1.   So far, over 400 have signed our petition to ask the NHDES to establish more strict limits to reduce our exposure to PFAS chemicals in our water. Can you help us get to 1,000 signatures by the April 12 NHDES deadline by clicking here? We want NHDES adopt drinking water standards that truly protect the public from the four PFAS chemicals currently under review.

2.   Send emails to Senators asking them to support HB494 calling on NHDES to take action on a toxic dump, Coakley Landfill Superfund site. The House sent a strong message, on a bi-partisan vote of 230-98, saying this is an Imminent Threat to drinking water and public health. Go to http://bit.ly/senate494 to send an email- it’s so easy!

3.   Go to https://bit.ly/nhdesrules and tell the NHDES to come up with more protective standards for our drinking water to prevent cancer.


Important Meetings:

Seacoast Cancer Cluster Commission Meeting, Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM, room 205 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Please come and support the efforts to understand ways to reduce pediatric cancer in the 5-town area of the seacoast of NH.

More events are listed on the calendar, here.

The Devil We Know NH Film Screenings Update:

We have shown the film in 14 communities across NH so far. About 650 people have seen the film and most have participated in our advocacy action items. This series is raising awareness about an environmental scandal that is impacting NH and how you can play a part in making change.  Here’s the schedule for upcoming screenings in a town or city near you.  We are continuing to add dates and locations upon request.

Mindi Messmer