Mar 6, 2017 7:07 AM
With budget, tightening voting laws, protecting transgender rights, busy week at NH Statehouse
CONCORD - School's back this week in New Hampshire, and so is a full schedule at the Statehouse.
While much of the action takes place in Concord, on Monday the House Finance Committee will hold public hearings on the state budget at the Derry Town Hall and at Plymouth State University. They’ll hold a third hearing at the Statehouse on March 13.
Tuesday we’ll get our first public look a much anticipated state Senate bill designed to tighten New Hampshire’s voting laws. The measure, officially known as SB3, will be in front of the Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee at 10 a.m., the bill’s author and committee chair Sen. Regina Birdsell told NH1 News.
Wednesday and Thursday, the full House of Representatives is in session. Among the bill’s they’re expected to vote on are a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour, which was rejected in a committee vote. And state representatives are also expected to vote on a bill that would add “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination under state laws.
Another bill up for a vote in the House would raise the minimum age at which Granite Staters can get married. It’s currently 14 years of age for males and 13 for females.
And a measure that would make it easier for grandparents to gain custody of their grandchildren if the parents are suffering from substance misuse problems is also up for a vote in the full chamber.