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Make yourself heard in Concord, then fight hunger at a Community Supper

On April 3, 2018, Posted by , in Stay Informed, Take Action, With Comments Off on Make yourself heard in Concord, then fight hunger at a Community Supper

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 is shaping up to be a busy day. There are a number of important hearings and votes taking place in Concord on topics such as Family and Medical Leave (HB-628), reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program (SB-313), and establishing Recovery Friendly Workplaces (SB-563) for those trying to recover from substance abuse.

Please go to Concord to make yourself heard, and then come back for a community supper put on by the Francestown Democratic Committee at the Community Church of Francestown at 5:30 PM.  Donations made at the community supper will go to the Peterborough Food Pantry and FCC Outreach, both of which provide food assistance to Francestown residents.  Please bring non-perishable food to place in the donation boxes that will be setup at the event.

Priority Hearings

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Thursday, April 5th, 2:30PM / Finance / Room 103, State House

SENATE – Finance – HB 628-FN, relative to establishing paid family and medical leave program

Why this matters: Late last month, House Democrats led the way and helped block an amendment to HB 628-FN that would have destroyed the program. Instead, they passed a clean version of the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill, moving it onto the Senate. This week the Finance Committee will begin deliberations on establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave program so that people can seek treatment they need without fear of losing their jobs.  Let’s get this done, and keep it from being watered down.

On the Floor

Medicaid Expansion

Thursday, April 5th / House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – SB 313-FN, reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program

Why this matters: This is an imperfect bill, because it was amended to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.  However, given the current balance of power in the state government, it’s the most realistic chance we have to preserve the Medicaid Expansion program in New Hampshire and protect the 50,000 Granite Staters who rely on it (and would otherwise lose their health insurance).  Please raise your voice and support reauthorization.

Recovery Friendly Workplace

Thursday, April 5th / House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – SB 563, establishing Sununu’s tax credit to encourage businesses to join the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative

Why this matters: This bill to create a tax credit for businesses that comply with the recently announced Recovery Friendly Workplace program was unanimously recommended to be sent to Interim Study.