Stay tuned each week for this legislative update from RAD NH Movement Politics Director Asma Elhuni. If you want to receive this update directly to your inbox in the future, make sure to sign up using the form linked at the bottom of this post!
It has been 14 years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage – the longest period in US history without an increase. Millions of Americans, including essential workers, are working full time and still struggling to make ends meet. This is a critical time for us to be advocating for a minimum wage increase that is long past due.
At the federal level, last week, Senate and House Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act. Here in New Hampshire, we are organizing around two bills to raise the state minimum wage, which is currently still set to the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr. One bill proposes adopting a state minimum wage of $12.75/hr, to increase to $15 dollars by 2024. The other bill pushes NH to adopt a livable wage of $22.50. Both bills will be heard this week!
This week, there will also be hearings on related bills that impact workers’ rights, access to healthcare, and equitable food access. These include extending unpaid leave benefits, implementing paid family sick leave, removing Medicaid work requirements, and implementing a SNAP incentives program.
See below for information on how to sign in, call in, and testify on all of these bills.
Click here for a summary of what happened at last week’s bill hearings, on the “Right to Work” bill, cannabis legalization, the NH Renews bill on a green building standards initiative and more!
Here are a few more updates for this week:
- On Tuesday, the House Education committee will hold a hearing on a bill that seeks to establish the most expensive school voucher program in the country. Read more here.
- On Friday, there will be bill hearings related to Senate Republicans’ attempts to expand “stand your ground” legislation, which has devastating impacts on BIPOC communities and protestors. Read more here.
- NH is still rolling out its COVID vaccination program. Learn more here.
To read more about future bills click here.
How to participate in this week’s hearings:
Tuesday, February 2nd: Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee
- 1pm, HB 185, removing the work requirement of the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care Program (support). Sign in to support or testify HERE. Access talking points here, join the webinar using this link, or dial in at 1-929-205-6099. Use this email or phone number if you experience any technical issues: firstname.lastname@example.org / (603-271-3600).
- 1:30pm, SB 64, extending unpaid leave benefits to employees for COVID-19 purposes (support). Sign in to support or testify HERE. Join the webinar using this link, or dial in at 1-646-558-8656. Use this email or phone number if you experience any technical issues: email@example.com. nh.us / (603-271-6931).
Wednesday, February 3rd: Health & Human Services
- 9am, SB-98-FN, relative to the SNAP incentive program (support). Sign in to support or testify HERE. Join the webinar using this link or dial in at 1-301-715-8592. Use this email or phone number if you experience any technical issues: firstname.lastname@example.org. nh.us / (603-271-6931).
Thursday, February 4th: Labor, Industrial & Rehabilitative Services Committee
- 10am, HB 590-FN, relative to paid sick time (support).
- 1pm, HB 517-FN, relative to the state minimum hourly rate (support).
- HB 107, relative to the minimum hourly rate (will be heard after HB 517-FN) (support).
For all three bills: Sign in to register your position or testify HERE. Join the webinar using this link or dial in at 1-929-205-6099. Use this email or phone number if you experience any technical issues: email@example.com / (603-271-3600).
Friday, February 5th: Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee
- 12:15pm, HB 81, relative to the justified use of deadly force upon another person. (oppose)
- 1:30pm, HB 197, relative to the use of deadly force in defense of another. (oppose)
- 2:30pm, HB 145, relative to physical force in defense of a person. (oppose)
Sign in to oppose these bills and testify HERE. Join the webinar using this link or dial in at 1-929-205-6099. Use this email or phone number if you experience technical difficulties: firstname.lastname@example.org / (603-271-3600).
Further instructions on how to register your support/opposition on a House bill are available here.
Upcoming Events This Week:
Mon Feb 1st – Lakes Chapter Weekly Legislative Updates Mtng (5-6pm)
Tue Feb 2nd – Texting Tuesday (5-7pm)
Wed Feb 3rd – Wednesday Phonebank for Justice! (5-7:15pm)
Thur Feb 4th – Tenant Organizing Training Part II (4-6pm)
Friday, Feb 5 Understanding Homelessness in New Hampshire hosted by NH Humanities Council (5:00-6:15pm)