As the New Hampshire legislative session continues to move ahead, there are opportunities this week to take action for paid sick leave, collective bargaining rights, a People’s Budget, and more!

Top Actions You Can Take This Week

Events:

  1. Join our sister organization Rights & Democracy Institute’s Movement Reading Group – Sign up here 
  2. Monday – Join our Weekly Legislative Overview on Zoom (5-6pm)
  3. Tuesday – Join the “Peoples Budget” Action event in person or online (12pm) 
  4. Wednesday – Join our weekly Phonebank for Justice (5-7pm) to move others to take action on critical priorities.

Quick Actions:

  1. Healthcare JusticeTake our survey “Understanding Barriers to Medicaid Access”
  2. Wage JusticeContact Senators Hassan and Shaheen to keep pushing for their support for $15 here. Do you earn under $15/hr?  Share your story here.
  3. Climate JusticeTell Biden to include the whole THRIVE Agenda in his climate plan! 
  4. Racial Justice – Urge your legislators to sign on to the No Racist Granite State pledge

Bills to Testify On this Week

Tuesday, March 16th

Senate Commerce Committee 

  • 9:30am, SB 67 – (SUPPORT) This bill would establish a paid sick leave program for all full or part-time employees who work in New Hampshire. Employees would accrue sick leave at a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Click here to sign in and/or testify, and use this link to watch the hearing.

House Finance Committee

  • 1pm, HB A-1 (OPPOSE) State Budget public hearing- AN ACT making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
  • 1pm, HB 2 – AN ACT relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. Take Action for a #PeoplesBudgetNH: Prior to the Finance Committee hearings, NH Poor People’s Campaign and other organizations will be taping a “Peoples Budget” to the State House doors. For more on this action, see the Facebook event page (Day of Action: Demand a #PeoplesBudgetNH!).Join the hearing webinar using this link or dial in at 1-929-205-6099.

Wednesday, March 17th:

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

  • 9:45am, HB350 Permitting qualifying patients and designated caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use (already passed the full House vote and now will be heard in Senate). To register your support and/or sign up to testify, click here. Join the webinar using this link.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT WEEK:

Thursday, March 25th

Senate Labor Committee

  • 10am, SB 61 – (OPPOSE) “Right to Work” bill prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union. Please sign in to register your opposition and testify if you can, and contact Committee directly to demand they ITL this bill. Talking points are available here. Join the webinar at this link or dial in at 1-929-205-6099.

See other important bill hearings coming up this week HERE

Highlights from Last Week

The Good

  • The NH Election Law Committee retained or killed a slate of voter suppression bills, including bills targeting college students.
  • SB149, which allows for overdose prevention through consumption sites, is still included in the omnibus bill, which passed and will go to a full Senate vote.

The Bad

  • HB 266, a dangerous anti-sanctuary bill that would forbid towns from having ordinances or policies that prevent police and municipal employee collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, passed out of committee. Read more here. Please contact your representatives and demand they vote against HB 266 when it goes to a floor vote.
  • The Transportation Committee voted to ITL a drivers license bill that would enable people without social security cards to get licenses.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass SB92, which would repeal bail reform. Please contact your senator and tell them to vote against SB92 when it goes to the floor.
  • SB 136, a bill to raise the wage to $12 by 2024, was voted ITL in committee.
  • HB 155, a bill to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, passed out of committee with an amendment that would make Indigenous People’s Day a holiday in August while keeping Columbus Day in place. This change is offensive and the bill in its current form should be rejected. Please contact your representatives and demand they vote down this bill.

See last week’s update to take action in response to recent offensive remarks from State Reps Marston and Hill, and for information on opposing HB544 before it goes to a floor vote.