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|Signed into Law or Vetoed|
|VETOED!||HB342||Adds blood lead level testing requirement for children entering day care and public schools. May increase costs on local school districts.||Fortunately the Governor Vetoed this as redundant and unnecessary. Even a broken clock is right twice a day!|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 6/20||SB162||Makes the initial period for an exemption from the rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and animals annual with the recertification of a veterinarian.|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 6/30||HB446||Clarifies the responsibility of a scholarship organization under the EFA program for explaining rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).||may be of interest to you; HFNH takes no position on this one|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 5/17||HB262||Adds naturopathic doctors to the definition of "licensed medical practitioner" for health facilities authorized for laboratory testing.|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 6/17||HB367-FN-L||Increases the household income level based on the federal poverty guidelines for the eligibility of students to participate in the education freedom account program.|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 5/12||HB500||This bill allows practitioners of telehealth medicine to prescribe opioids. What could go wrong?!||Why are we not surprised how quickly he signed this to pump out more opioids with no oversight for ALL ages?|
|SIGNED INTO LAW 6/1||SB35||Authorizes pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and licensed advanced pharmacy technicians to administer an RSV vaccine to adults.|
Senate - passed with Senate amendment
House - passed amended
|House Bill 408 is intended to address the discrimination by rule on foster families. It is still in Senate HHS Committee|
focus/talking points..House Bill 408 is intended to address the discrimination by rule on foster families. It is still in Senate HHS Committee. Know that DHHS has been lying to this committee and that they will pow-wow again on May 10th.
The focus should be squarely on helping foster families, especially other children in the household, not mandates in general. There is zero reason to make this a discussion on the merits of vaccination, kindly refrain.
• Foster family household members have had their rights trampled by a de facto practice of mandating all vaccines for children in the household.
• Foster family household members are subject to a broader vaccination mandate than others in the state, because the state mandates them to receive all CDC approved vaccines, not just the NH school mandated ones.
• When passed, household members would not be subjected to different vaccination requirements than others in the state.
• Without correction, Religious Rights are denied.
Senate - passed
|relative to arrests without a warrant while in the care of a medical professional on the premises of a residential care or health care facility.|
more..This bill lowers the threshold needed for a warrantless arrest in medical facilities. According to this bill, “actual or threatened violence” can cause warrantless arrest. While we appreciate the real issue regarding workplace violence in medical facilities, we worry reducing the burden of proof needed could lead to abuse. If a patient refuses to wear a mask, could they be accused of “threatening violence”?
This is how refusing to mask could be "criminal threatening" result in arrest without warrant under this bill: Under RSA 631:4I(e) a person refusing to mask could be construed as a person who "threatens the delivery or use of a biological or chemical substance [his exhaled breath], with a purpose to ... cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of causing such fear, terror or inconvenience."
|Senate non concur?|
House - OTP-A
Senate - passed
|telemedicine to prescribe medication to treat mental health conditions|
our concerns..Concerns about this bill include the lack of age specificity. It could possibly be used as a way to get around restrictions on puberty-blocking drugs that may come in to effect. This is an aid in the medicalization of children. It will make it easy to stay in your own home and get dosed. The concerted mental health agenda on the children is certainly concerning.
The amended version is better then the original because it requires parental disclosure unless uncertain procedures are followed, but still oppose as stated above
House - OTPA
Senate - passed
|Relative to optometrists giving vaccines|
more..We OPPOSE this bill as it is unnecessary and it puts the public at risk. Vaccines are available at every corner drug store, supermarkets, doctor offices, clinics, hospitals, etc. There is no issue with access to vaccines that needs to be addressed. This bill puts the public at risk as optometrists would not be sufficiently evaluating patients for risks and contraindications and they are not qualified to provide any follow up care for vaccine injuries. Because of the huge capital investment that optometrists would have to make to maintain an inventory of fragile vaccines with expiration dates, there would be perverse financial incentives to administer vaccines to patients who don't really want them, don't need them, and for whom they may be contraindicated. Administering vaccines would be a distraction from the actual mission of optometrists to provide eye care.
This SB200 should be voted ITL.
|Committee of Conference|
Senate - OTP-A
House - passed
|Removes the maximum annual gross sales cap of food a homestead food operation may sell and retain an exemption from food licensing provisions.|
Senate - passed
House - passed
|DHHS collaborating and holding a roll call vote on rules with the advisory council prior to rulemaking|
more..More information is needed as to whether this could effectually bypass Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) and this small advisory council would be able to approve final rules? Waiting to hear more.
1 Rulemaking. Amend the introductory paragraph RSA 126-A:95 to read as follows:
The department shall, in collaboration with the advisory council established under RSA 126-A:96 and after a roll call vote in support or opposition to the final proposal of the proposed rules, adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A, necessary to implement and maintain the program including:
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
|may be of interest to you; HFNH takes no position on this one|
|Re-referred to Committee|
Senate Election Law/Municipal Affairs
House - passed
|relative to the adoption of public health ordinances by municipalities|
more..Summary courtesy of RebuildNH: We have been trying to end town and city mask mandates for years by removing the authority to have a public health ordinance. While those bills have failed, this one attempts change law to require a majority of approval of any public health ordinance by the town legislative body, which is you, The People. This is the ultimate local control bill because it requires a vote by The People.
|HB431, HB360, HB473 Senate Session 5/18|
House - passed
OTP-A, Committee of Conference
|Cannabis bill hearings.|
see the list..HB 360-FN, an act legalizing cannabis for persons 21 years of age or older.
HB 431, permitting qualifying patients and designated caregivers to cultivate
cannabis for therapeutic use.
HB 610-FN, expanding the definition of providers who can certify patients of the therapeutic cannabis program.
HB 473-FN, relative to penalties for controlled drug violations.
HB 611-FN, relative to eligibility criteria for the therapeutic cannabis program.
HB 639-FN-A, relative to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and making appropriations therefore.
|may be of interest to you; HFNH takes no position on these|
|retained, tabled, ITL|
Senate Finance - passed
|appropriation to the dept of health and human services for the purpose of funding vaccine administration through public health departments|
more..This bill makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services to provide funding to public health departments to administer vaccinations that are ineligible for funding under the federal 317 vaccine program to Medicare enrollees.
House Education ITL
|Changes the administration of the education freedom account program under RSA 194-F from scholarship organizations to the department of education.|
House Education ITL
|relative to applications for the education freedom accounts program|
more..This bill provides for applications to the education freedom account program for a child currently attending a New Hampshire public school, including a chartered public school, for a minimum of one year, or who is entering kindergarten or first grade.
|relative to state recognition of biological sex|
more..This bill provides that nothing in state law regarding birth records or motor vehicles is intended to prohibit a public entity from differentiating between male and female sexes or undermine the state's rational interest in recognizing the male and female sexes.
|House Tabled 2/14|
|Establishes a New Hampshire farm to school reimbursement program and makes an appropriation therefor.|
House Environment and Agriculture
|relative to microenterprise home kitchen operations|
more..This bill defines homestead food operations and provides food service licensing exemptions for them.
We are not supporting this bill as written because of the following stated requirement: "(2) Food is prepared, cooked, and served on the same day."
House Children and Family Law
|relative to the determination of parental rights and responsibilities based on shared parenting and shared access to the child's records|
more..This bill creates a presumption of parental rights and responsibilities based on shared parenting and shared access to the child's records.
House Science, Technology and Energy
|Allows state and local authorities additional authority in the review of applications for personal wireless service facilities.|
Public Hearing 3/7
|prohibiting gender transition procedures for minors, relative to sex and gender in public schools, and relative to the definition of conversion therapy|
more..This bill prohibits gender transition care for minors under 18 years of age, prohibits teaching about gender identity in public schools and changes the definition of conversion therapy.
a powerful testimonial on gender transition
Public Hearing 3/7
|Provides protections for persons receiving gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.|
Public Hearing 2/16
|parental access to children's medical records|
more..This bill expands parents access to their 13 to 18-year-old children's medical records without their children providing a release to each medical provider.
There is a concerted effort to cut parents out of the medical records at 12 years of age.
Please share your concerns, your related beliefs about this, and personal stories.
Public Hearing 1/26
|relative to public school human rights complaints|
more..This bill allows the department of education to bring a complaint on student discriminatory practices to the state commission on human rights.
|Senate ITL 3/9|
Failed Senate Judiciary
SUPPORT ITL (kill the bill)
|age at which a minor may receive mental health treatment without parental consent|
more..This bill seeks to allow children as young as 16 years old to receive mental health treatment without parental permission or notification.
Public Hearing 2/10
|New Hampshire homeschoolers being targeted by Mass anti-homeschool group!|
more..Requiring certain non-public schools or education service providers that accept public funds to perform background checks on all employees and volunteers
This bill requires nonpublic schools and education service providers that accept public funds to comply with requirements for criminal history background checks for employees and volunteers.
Commerce & Consumer Affairs
|establishing an interstate compact for universal healthcare|
more..Summary courtesy of RebuildNH: This bill is as described: a first step towards socialized medicine. We at RebuildNH have fought to remove more government from healthcare since watching the disastrous government response to the Covid pandemic, but this bill seeks to create a completely government controlled healthcare system, beginning by creating interstate compacts. Who pays? While the bill is unclear and doesn't even remotely seek to estimate the cost, we know that all taxpayers will pay, handsomely.
|Requires that multi-stall bathrooms and locker rooms in all public New Hampshire elementary, middle, and high schools be same sex.|
|relative to the department of health and human services' rulemaking authority regarding immunization requirements.|
more..This bill removes the rulemaking authority of the commissioner of health and human services on immunization requirements beyond those diseases identified in statute.
Committee report in regards to OTP: "Statement in support of Ought to Pass: Current statute authorizes the addition of new immunization re- quirements for children by administrative rule. This bill recognizes that decisions of such gravity ought to be made by the entire legislature and should be afforded a thorough and transparent public debate. The bill would extend the vaccine requirements that presently exist in administrative rules (for varicella, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type b) through their expiration in 2026, thereby giving the legislature ample time to consider adding these to statute, with full oversight and decision-making by the entire legislature."
Rep. Jim Kofalt
|relative to vaccination clinics at schools-|
more..Testimony from anyone affected by these clinics - can't send your kid to school those days? incidents? other concerns?
In 2022 several children were injected with flu vaccination against their parents will (in Nashua and Rochester). In Brattleboro, Vermont a 6-yr old child was vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccination against the wishes of the parents at a school clinic and after suing, the court found that – due to the PREP Act – for a Covid-19 vaccination under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), there is no liability in cases such as these.
A “never event,” (in a medical context) is a serious incident or error that should not occur if proper safety procedures are followed. Well, "never events" are happening, even here in New Hampshire schools. Several children have been vaccinated against their parents wishes. Many people are compelled to keep their children home from school on these clinic days. Is sending your kid to school implied consent?
Homeschool families- Were vaccine clinics in school one of the factors that convinced you to shift to homeschooling?
If you find school vaccination clinics concerning, we need to hear from you. Please get involved.
|Relative to teaching on discrimination in the public schools and discrimination in public workplaces.|
more..This bill repeals recent passed laws that prevented discrimination in schools and public workplaces. It will allow discrimination and CRT to be promoted in schools and public workplaces.
|establishing a local education freedom account program|
more..This bill allows school districts to adopt a program for local education freedom accounts for a parent of an eligible student to receive a grant from a scholarship organization for qualifying educational expenses at a public school, chartered public school, nonpublic school, or program approved by the department of education.
House HHSEA ITL
|relative to vaccine and pharmaceutical products purchased, promoted, or distributed by the state and its political subdivisions|
more..This bill prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from purchasing, promoting, or distributing any vaccine or pharmaceutical product that has not been tested with voluntary, human, clinical trials.
Committee Report for Support: Rep. Jim Kofalt for the Minority of Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. "Advertisements promot- ing vaccines and other pharmaceutical products should be paid for by the companies that sell them, not by taxpayers. Furthermore, the public should not be left to rely on unproven assertions that a particular vaccine is “safe and effective.” The bill limits its focus to vaccines and other pharmaceutical products that have not been subjected to voluntary, human, clinical trials; such as new COVID boosters that target the BA.5 omicron subvariant. This bill would prohibit the state from purchasing, promoting, or distributing such vaccines or other pharmaceuticals."
House Child/Fam Law
|establishing the parental bill of rights|
more..This is one of two bills being heard this week to ensure parents have no secrets between their children and public schools. Please read the bills as they are long and include many details. NOTE: both parental rights bills will be heavily opposed by vocal, far left, extremist groups because they discuss gender and sexual orientation. It is important you email and possibly attend the hearing to counter the narratives. (explanation courtesy of RebuildNH)
This bill establishes a parental bill of rights, a framework for notice of, and to report violations
of, such rights, and consequences for affirmative findings of violations.
|relative to practicing without licensure|
more..This bill clarifies that penalties for the unlicensed practice of a profession regulated under the office of professional licensure and certification do not apply so long as the person practicing does not hold themselves out as being licensed or certified and discloses the fact that he or she is not licensed or certified.
House HHSEA ITL
|repealing the statute relative to medical freedom in immunizations|
more..Remember our successes in 2021 when the Medical Freedom bill became law? Public programs are institutions are not prohibited from requiring Covid Vaccination.
Bill sponsors are intent to repeal that.
House Environ. & Ag
ITL consent calendar
|relative to the sale of raw milk and products made with raw milk|
more..This bill increases the amount of raw milk a producer processor can sell or process without a license and removes the requirement that such ice cream and frozen yogurt produced using raw milk be sold in 6 ounce containers.
Senate HHS ITL
|appropriation for the multi-tiered system of support for children's mental health|
our concerns..Ann Marie had this to say: "STOP THE PSEUDO Mental Health services in our public schools. The NH Democrats want to FUND this national agenda. Tell them NO on SB265 !!!
We already know that schools are administering SEL/MEntal health programs/group therapy, etc. WITHOUT parental knowledge or consent.
We know they are sharing YOUR child's personal mental health data with Keene State.
STOP using schools as mental health clinics.
Behavior is out of control because they see everything as a mental health problem.
The same schools that SHUT down and CAUSED mental health issues in children, are not telling us that they should be mental health clinics." "We just keep spending money whether it works or not."
|relative to the income threshold for the education freedom account program|
more..This bill removes the household income criteria from eligibility requirements for the education freedom account program.
|relative to education service providers under the education freedom accounts program|
more..This bill adds compliance requirements for education service providers requesting payment from education freedom account funds, including criminal history records checks of employees with direct contact with students.
|limiting education freedom account funding to budgeted amounts|
more..This bill limits the amounts of funds appropriated from the education trust fund to the education freedom account program to budgeted sums.
|relative to participation in the education freedom accounts program|
more..This bill requires annual determination of eligibility for awarding of education freedom account funds.
|Amends the provisions relating to sex discrimination in public and private education|
House Labor, Industrial and Rehab. Svcs.
|Prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee who receives the COVID-19 vaccine or wears a mask. No one should face discrimination.|
|establishing a student bill of rights|
more..I. Definitions. In this chapter: "student" means any child enrolled in a New Hampshire public or chartered public school.
Students are subject to the United States Constitution, its privileges, and protections, including:
(a) The free exercise of religion;
(b) The freedom of speech and publication;
(c) The right to peacefully assemble;
(d) The right to petition the government for a redress of grievances;
(e) The freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures;
(f) The right to due process of law; and
(g) The right to equal protection under the law
II. Students are subject to numerous privileges and protections derived from federal statutes, examples of which include:
(a) The right of students with identified disabilities to receive a free and appropriate education that addresses their individual needs;
(b) The right of students with disabilities to be free from discrimination with regard to accessing educational programs and facilities; and
(c) The right to be free from discrimination with regard to accessing educational programs and activities offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance.
III. Public school students are subject to the New Hampshire constitution and its privileges and protections, including:
(a) The right to seek and obtain happiness;
(b) The right to free speech and the liberty to publish;
(c) The right of petition and peaceful assembly;
(d) The right of personal privacy;
(e) The right to absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief, and worship;
(f) The right to attend public schools that are funded in a manner that is consistent with the state's paramount duty of making ample provision for the education of all children residing within it's borders;
(g) The right to have schools that are maintained wholly or partially by public funds free from sectarian control or influence;
(h) The right to countenance and inculcation of the principles of humanity and general benevolence; and
(i) The right of qualified persons to vote in all elections.
IV. Public school students are subject to numerous privileges and protections derived from New Hampshire state statutes, examples of which include:
(a) The right to access, without tuition, each resident school district’s K-12 basic education program for students of qualifying age;
(b) The right to an education that provides students with the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet state and district established graduation requirements intended to provide students with a meaningful diploma that prepares them for post-secondary education, gainful employment and citizenship;
(c) Due process rights related to disciplinary measures and educational access; and
(d) The right to an education and access to all educational activities and facilities without fear of discrimination.
(e) The right of minors residing in criminal justice facilities to receive an education;
House HHSEA ITL
|prohibiting discrimination in medical care|
more..This bill revises the prohibition against discrimination in medical treatment contained in the patient's bill of rights to prohibit denial of appropriate care or medical resources on the basis of race or skin tone, sexuality or sexual preference, sex, or any intersectional characteristic, or to prioritize any care or resource on the basis of alleged historical racial, sexuality or sexual preference, sex, or any intersectional group discrimination. The bill also creates a private cause of action for any person so aggrieved.
|relative to administration of the education freedom accounts program|
more..This bill provides for applications to the education freedom account program for a child currently attending a New Hampshire public school, including a chartered public school, for a minimum of one year, or who is entering kindergarten or first grade. This bill requires annual determination of eligibility for awarding of education freedom account funds. The bill also requires an annual report on the number of students participating in the program in each school district.
House Judiciary ITL
|relative to the right of any infant born alive to appropriate medical care and treatment|
more..This bill establishes the born alive infant protection act, which provides that any infant born alive shall be entitled to medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment.
|relative to establishing a committee to study the New Hampshire board of medicine|
more..This bill establishes a committee to study the New Hampshire board of medicine.
|relative to funds of the education freedom accounts program after termination of a student's participation and responsibilities of the scholarship organization|
more..This bill requires that upon enrolling in a public school an education freedom account program student's participation and funding are terminated. The bill also requires audits by the scholarship organization and investigation of misuses of funds.
|Makes revisions to the education freedom account program.|
|Retained in Committee|
House Child & Family Law
Senate - passed
|parental access to a minor child's medical records|
more..There is currently a push for medical facilities to cut off parental access to their child's medical records at 12 years old. I've personally heard several reports of parents changing practices due to this policy. This bill requires that parents have access to their children's medical records until 18 years old.
This bill provides parents of minor children full access to their minor children's medical record.
|Senate - ITL|
House - passed
|A committee to study the effects of fluoride on fetuses and children. Direct personal story testimony is needed.|
please read more..If you have a personal story on fluorosis or other experienced side-effect only. ONLY, this is what is needed to convince the committee that the study committee is needs.
We can focused on the mainstream research on fluoridation neurotoxicity, dental fluorosis, hypothyroidism, and hypersensitivity, or shared their own stories of side-effects (like dental fluorosis) and ask why the state hasn't studied the issue yet since children are being impacted
This is NOT specifically a "health freedom bill".
Senator Jeb Bradley tried to kill this. He wants to wait for guidance from the corrupt CDC before doing anything to investigate ourselves to protect children. Sounds like the behavior of an industry hack?
|Senate - ITL|
House - passed
|relative to the declaration of a state of emergency|
more..This is the common sense state of emergency reform bill that Governor Sununu vetoed last year that simply forces both chambers to agree to extend an emergency after three, 21 day renewals by the governor.
|House Table & Indefinitely Postponed|
Senate - passsed
|PARENTAL RIGHTS! PARENTAL RIGHTS!|
more..Establishes a parents' bill of rights, what constitutes a violation of such rights, and a mechanism to notify parents of their rights.
|Senate - ITL|
House - passed
|Expands the definition of who is an eligible student qualifying under the education freedom accounts program.|
|Senate - ITL|
House - passed
|This bill allows a minor 16 years of age or older to consent to mental health treatment without parental consent.|
|Finance - retained|
House - passed
Senate - passed
|permanent medicaid expansion|
more..Explanation Courtesy of Laura Condon, NVIC's NH Advocate:
"NH Medicaid Matters won't even disclose to the public that they are a group of very wealthy hospital CEO's looking to grab more of your hard earned money. Ask HHSEA to oppose SB263 on April 4.
Oppose the unnecessary expansion of Medicaid as it is without public benefit. Hundreds of millions of our tax dollars will go to wealthy hospital CEOs funded on the backs of hard working Americans. This is unnecessary enrichment of the already wealthiest people in the state. There is no evidence that expanding Medicaid and medical procedures and drugs provides overall improved health...in fact the opposite is true with increased abuse of prescription drugs and increased chronic, autoimmune disorders. Health is a lifestyle and does not occur in a doctor's office. Basic Medicaid is needed, but this massive expansion is not. Remember, federal tax dollars are still our tax dollars. No hospital CEO enrichment. Please oppose this bill."
April 4, 2023
OPPOSE SB263 Medicaid Expansion
This is an unnecessary expansion and offers no public benefit.
PLEASE STOP GIVING MY TAX $$$ TO WEALTHY HOSPITAL CEO’S!
I’m sure you know this is not right for New Hampshire.
Please fix this egregious ‘mistake' by our Senators and move to kill SB263.
Larisa Trexler, RN
|On Hold until 2024|
|Safeguard Gender-affirming Health Care|
(MAINE NOT NH, but effects us still)
more..YES THIS IS MAINE - while we don't usually include legislation from other states, we feel strongly that this is important.
The Court can take jurisdiction of a child that has been denied "gender affirming" care.
It would make Maine a safe haven for:
- runaway minors
- minors taken from a parent
- an adult that has taken CNN a child
- non-custodial parents
Courtesy of RebuilNH- a proposed bill in Maine that could threaten the safety of families in New Hampshire. LD 1735, an ACT to safeguard gender affirming care, proposes a litany of protections for gender affirming care (in the most horrible legalize).
Section 6 of this bill refers to "abandoned child" and reads: "Abandoned child; emergency. A court of this State has temporary emergency jurisdiction if the child is present in this State and the child has been abandoned or it is necessary in an emergency to protect the child because the child or a sibling or parent of the child is subjected to or threatened with mistreatment or abuse or because the child has been unable to obtain gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care." Essentially this means a child whose parents object to gender affirming care could run away to ME and become a ward of the state to receive gender affirming care.
Section 8 modifies the Maine Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act to encourage non-custodial parents or temporary guardians, such as friends or relative to transport a child to Maine for the purposes of obtaining gender affirming care. "Prohibition. In making a determination under this section, a court may not consider as a factor weighing against the petitioner any taking of the child, or retention of the child after a visit or other temporary relinquishment of physical custody, from the person who has legal custody, if there is evidence that the taking or retention of the child was for the purposes of obtaining gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care for the child and the law or policy of the other state limits the ability of a parent to obtain gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care for the parent's child."
|House - tabled|
Senate - passed
|prohibiting cities and towns from adopting sanctuary policies.|