2021 PROPOSED LEGISLATION — Here are the bills we’re tracking; pressing activity starts at the top.

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HB1 & HB2
HB2 -FNAL
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expense appropriation; state fees, funds, revenues, expendituresCONTACT ALL 24 SENATORS
PASSED HOUSE 4.7
CONTACT SENATE:

N.H. State Senate
(Copy and Paste this list into the BCC field of your email client and put your own email address in the TO field).

Erin.Hennessey@leg.state.nh.us
Bob.Giuda@leg.state.nh.us
Jeb.Bradley@leg.state.nh.us
David.Watters@leg.state.nh.us
Suzanne.Prentiss@leg.state.nh.us
James.Gray@leg.state.nh.us
Harold.French@leg.state.nh.us
Ruth.Ward@leg.state.nh.us
Denise.Ricciardi@leg.state.nh.us
Jay.Kahn@leg.state.nh.us
Gary.Daniels@leg.state.nh.us
Kevin.Avard@leg.state.nh.us
Cindy.Rosenwald@leg.state.nh.us
Sharon.Carson@leg.state.nh.us
Becky.Whitley@leg.state.nh.us
Kevin.Cavanaugh@leg.state.nh.us
John.Reagan111@gmail.com
Donna.Soucy@leg.state.nh.us
Regina.Birdsell@leg.state.nh.us
Lou.Dallesandro@leg.state.nh.us
Rebecca.PerkinsKwoka@leg.state.nh.us
Chuck.Morse@leg.state.nh.us
William.Gannon@leg.state.nh.us
Tom.Sherman@leg.state.nh.us

PLEASE CONTACT ALL 24 SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE BUDGET TO INCLUDE EMERGENCY POWERS REFORM
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As written, the State of Emergency would end. You may also use the “Find Your Reps” button to get a phone number to call your own Senator.

Talking points to consider using in your calls and emails:

The House budget contains comprehensive State of Emergency reforms that the governor promised us last fall, but has since said he won’t sign. Let’s hold the governor to his word and restore the Constitutional balance of powers to the Legislature by including these reforms in the final budget.

The emergency powers reforms in no way impede the governor’s ability to issue emergency orders during a State of Emergency, but they do create legislative oversight to the extension of State of Emergency declarations to prevent abuses of power.

The State of Emergency is intricately tied into the budget because the budget defines spending policy for the state and the executive branch is spending our tax dollars to implement its emergency powers, so it is perfectly appropriate for State of Emergency reforms to be in the budget.

It is imperative the Senate pass the budget so that the Legislature can have a say in the budget process. The Legislature, not the governor, should be creating state laws and setting state spending policy.

The State of Emergency is over and citizens need to have some normalcy restored so the economy and culture can recover. It’s going to take time, but we cannot let this biennium go by without a return to the Constitutional balance of powers. Passing these reforms in the budget is our best chance we have to restore our government to its intended form.

(details provided by ReopenNH)

HB220
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establishing medical freedom in immunizationsEXEC SESSION PENDING
contact your senator
contact committee: Senate HHS

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PASSED HOUSE 4.7
“Every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion that the person accepts any medical intervention, including immunization."
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No person may be compelled to receive an unwanted medical intervention, including immunization.” There are several exceptions that were added by amendment, but this bill is the first step toward a Health Freedom Constitutional Amendment.

HB417
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powers of governor during a renewal of SOESENATE HEARING 5.5 9:30A
contact committee:
SENATE EXEC DEPTS & ADMIN

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PASSED HOUSE 4.7
As amended, is a different approach from the language in the budget to amend emergency powers law in RSA 4:45.
HB350
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medical cannabis home cultivationEXEC SESSION TBD
contact committee: Senate HHS
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House OTP 2.24
AN ACT permitting qualifying patients and designated caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use.
HB572
NEUTRAL
pharmacist/tech administration of vaccinesSENATE HEARING TBD
contact committee: Senate HHS
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HOUSE OTP 4.7
As amended, improvements include limiting pharmacy vaccines to adults, specified which vaccines allowed, requiring a record to be sent to PCP upon request, & vaccine registry only with customer consent.
HB146
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furnish ingredient list for injectable medicines.SENATE HEARING TBD
contact committee: Senate HHS
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HHSEA OTP
PASSED HOUSE 4.7
AN ACT requiring health care providers to furnish upon request a list of ingredients contained in an injectable medication that is recommended or administered.
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HB 146 requiring health care providers to furnish upon request a list of ingredients contained in an injectable medication that is recommended or administered
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This bill was amended to provide that:
I. Any prescription drug manufacturer of a medication that is administered by injection, including a vaccine, shall make a complete list of the medication's ingredients available to the public and to health care providers. Any health care provider who prescribes a vaccine or other injectable medication shall furnish, upon the request of the patient or the patient's parent or legal representative, a list of the medication's ingredients.
II. In this section:
(a) "Health care provider" means any person licensed, certified, or otherwise statutorily authorized to administer a vaccine or other injectable medication.
(b) A "list of the medication’s ingredients” means a copy of the label on the injectable medication as regulated by 21 C.F.R. section 201.100(b)(5) or as listed in the DailyMed database maintained by the United States National Library of Medicine.
III. This section shall not apply to investigational drugs or to patients involved in double blind studies, or in case of an emergency.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.

HB187
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emergency powers of the commissionerSENATE HEARING TBD
contact committee: Senate HHS
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PASSED HOUSE 4.7
DHHS Emergency Powers Reform bill, clarifies previous law to ensure that, even during an emergency, “an individual may refuse treatment or immunization” for an infectious disease.
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This bill will start reigning in the power of the DHHS commissioner during a state of emergency. The Commissioner should not have the power to restrict the practice and prescribing of a licensed practitioner.

SB155 -FN
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codifying provisions of emergency ordersHOUSE HEARING TBD
contact committee:
HOUSE EXEC DEPT & ADMIN
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Full Senate OTP
Senate Exec Depts & Admin OTP-A
This bill would codify emergency orders into state law, remove legislative oversight, and make these runaway powers and emergency orders permanent.
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There have been amendments proposed that have changed the nature of this bill. We have removed our opposition suggestion and downgraded to neutral at this time.

HB440 -A
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civil liberties during SOESENATE HEARING TBD
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SENATE JUDICIARY
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PASSED HOUSE 4.9
As amended, has been rewritten as an amazing bill to prohibit the suspension of civil liberties during a State of Emergency.
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The bill, which is a beautifully written masterpiece, responds to the Binford decision of the N.H.
Superior Court and clarifies that a State of Emergency does not give the governor or state bureaucrats the authority to suspend law or the Constitution due to a State of Emergency. Reading this bill as amended will make you smile, or perhaps even bring tears of joy. Please ask your representatives to support this bill as amended with emphasis.

HB542
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religious freedomSENATE HEARING TBD
contact committee:
SENATE JUDICIARY
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PASSED HOUSE 4.9
As amended, has been rewritten as an amazing religious freedom bill that would have prevented many of the abuses of power during the State of Emergency
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that affected churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious assemblies. Please ask your representatives to support this bill as amended with emphasis.

HB402
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commercial private propertyHOUSE ITL 4.9
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House 2.24 OTP-A 333:6
Adds protections to the governor's emergency power to take commercial private property by requiring a supermajority vote of the Legislature and the Executive Council before such a property could be taken by warrant.
HB433 limiting renewal of states of emergencyHOUSE ITL 4.7
House Exec Depts & Admin: ITL 18-0
This bill permits the governor to renew a state of emergency only once, after which time, with limited exception, it must be renewed by a concurrent resolution passed by the legislature.
HB277 termination of a state of emergency by the legislatureHouse Leg Admin ITL 15-0This bill provides that either chamber of the legislature, acting separately, may terminate a state of emergency order by petition.
HB559 relative to state of emergency declarationsHouse Leg Admin ITL 15-0This bill requires the legislature to renew a state of emergency beyond the initial 21-day period.
HB300
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re drivers educationHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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House Transportation ITL
Bill Sponsor Rep Lang says:
“This bill restores Parental rights, and removes the State Mandate for Driver’s Education.

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Allowing parents to once again teach their own children the rules of the road and practical driving.


Drivers education, due to the increasing costs (now $600-750), has become a huge disadvantage and hurdle to the middle and lower class families.


Increasing the economic distance between the haves and the have nots.


DMV will still do a written and practical tests to weed out the kids who don’t know the rules of the road or can’t drive. So there is no safety issue.”

HB131
OPPOSE!
reporting health care associated infectionsHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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“It’s intended to make the tracking of vaccination mandatory, starting with influenza vaccination. “Measures” is new language intended to include vaccinations as an infection control “measure”.

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This is a bill aimed at mandating the “tracking and reporting” of vaccination starting with healthcare workers and patients/residents, reporting this information and data as determined by federal government agencies for federal metrics. This is not a bill that serves a local/NH need. This bill should be STRONGLY OPPOSED.” — Laura Condon, NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

HB221
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the state vaccine registry an opt-in programON THE TABLE FOR 2022
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House HHSEA ITL 14-7
Full House did not address in April 2021 as planned.
The Vaccine Registry Opt-in bill, would require that the state modify vaccine registry procedures to require that patients take affirmative action to have their data added to state registry.
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Currently, the information is added automatically by medical offices unless the patient takes some as yet unspecified action to remove his or her data. Unfortunately, this important bill did not get a favorable report out of the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. We need people to contact their reps to support this bill on the floor.

HB506
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access to public accommodationON TABLE FOR 2022
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House HHSEA ITL 15-6
Full House did not address April 2021 as planned.
No individual shall be denied the benefit of the rights afforded by this section because they have declined a medical treatment, medical test, or vaccination or because they refuse to use a medical device."
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It would protect the individual right to bodily autonomy by
creating a new protected class of individuals under state civil rights law who could not be discriminated against by any public or private establishment in the state. That means you could not be denied access to a store, workplace, school, or government office because you refuse to take a vaccine, a Covid-19 test or wear a medical device, such as a mask. The bill is currently opposed by the committee, but we want the bill to become law. Please ask your representatives to oppose the committee's recommendation and support an OTP of HB506.

HB157
WATCHING!
health assessment/improvement councilHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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Repealing the state health assessment and state health improvement plan council.
HB387
OPPOSE!
relative to rabies vaccinations for dogsHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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ITL 19-0
The bill requires a rabies antibody test 30 days post vaccination for the initial rabies shot. This burdens pet owners with a second vet visit and lab test. Likely most pets will show positive titers at 30 days. The testing is unnecessary.

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However the concern is that non-responders could be subject to removal from the home and indefinite quarantine. A possible benefit of the bill is that a medically exempt pet would not be subject to quarantine if they were titer positive at the time of exemption.

Notes from: Laura Condon NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

HB322
OPPOSE!
photo on rabies vaccination certificateHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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ITL 19-0
OPPOSE as burdensome and unnecessary. There would be added costs for re-doing rabies certificates to accomodate a picture.
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Not clear whose responsibility to provide a picture. Each pet already has an ID number associated with rabies vaccination. Not needed. Notes courtesy of Laura Condon NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

HB290-A
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health facilities and special health care service licensesHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your reps
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ITL 18-3
Exempts certain health facilities that exclusively provide services to persons making direct payment from requirements on written policies for providing services.
HB381FN
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relative to laboratory testingHOUSE SESSION TBD
contact your state reps
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HHSEA OTP 14-7
talking points coming soon
HB493
OPPOSE!
criminal penalty for failure to mask or vaccinateHOUSE ITL 4.7
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failed committee
Establishing a criminal penalty for an assault [or simply for not-complying] committed against a person who is conveying public health or safety guidance or requirements during a declared state of emergency.
HB492
OPPOSE!
covid dash boardFULL HOUSE ITL 4.7
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ITL 19-0, consent calendar
ITL FULL HOUSE 4.7
Vaccination is a private medical procedure that should not be made public in charts by age, race, town and eligibility category.

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• DHHS and university system of NH shall maintain a COVID-19 dashboard website/information clearinghouse
tracks schools and local communities, nursing homes, prisons, and congregate living settings
track vaccination metrics by age, race, town, and eligibility
• allows for cross-referencing of geographic location, age, race, and eligibility
• updated daily and available to the public 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
• establishes a Legislative Committee to study health disparities
• committee will be four representatives (2 minority) and two senators (1 minority)
• committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2021
• effective upon its passage

HB592
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bond from vaccine makersRETAINED IN COMMITTEE
for work & amendment

House Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Watch for a committee vote on this bill this summer or fall with a full House vote in January 2022.
This bill establishes a requirement for pharmaceutical companies providing vaccines for administration in the state to post a bond for the reimbursement or payment of the costs related to illness and death due to the vaccine.
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The disbursements shall be made by the commissioner of the department of health and human services pursuant to a claim filed by a physician on behalf of a victim.



HB604FN
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expanding NHVA to include adult vaccinesRETAINED IN COMMITTEE
for work & amendment

House HHSEA
Action Required: Watch for a committee vote on this bill this summer or fall with a full House vote in January 2022.
This bill has an amendment (2021-0032h) that will more than double the cost of the original bill, calls for a report of a fake cost analysis, prohibits doctors and pharmacists from opting out of this government program, and calls for an unworkable effective date.

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This bill will not provide vaccines for you if you are age 65 or older, and covered by Medicare. Your doctor and pharmacist will still have to purchase their own vaccines for you.

This bill will not provide vaccines to the poor, on Medicaid. Your doctor and pharmacist will still have to purchase their own vaccines for you.

This bill will not provide vaccines for you if you are uninsured. Your doctor and pharmacists will still have to purchase their own vaccine inventory for you.

Yet this bill will add a minimum of $848,000 the first year to fund 9 new DHHS staff and to pay for the State Vaccine Registry. This amount can be increased at any time by DHHS.

The board of the NH Vaccine Association, of which DHHS has 3 seats, may vote itself any amount of “start up money for the next two years” above and beyond the $848,000.

Doctors and pharmacists would be required to maintain two separate inventories of vaccines with separate refrigerators and freezers to keep separate the “free” supply of vaccines from DHHS from the vaccines they have purchased themselves. There is no mechanism or program to maintain or monitor separate inventories and to protect the “free” supply from theft and misuse in the vast number of adults not covered by this program.

This bill would create abuse of the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) contract, a contract intended only for the purchase of vaccines for needy children, based on Section 1928 of the federal Social Security Act that limits this vaccine purchase program to pediatric vaccines only. This violation of federal law would put the NH child vaccine program in jeopardy.

This bill would strip you of your right to legal and financial recourse that you are currently entited to for disability, blindness, and death that may result from a dangerous or defective vaccine.

This bill is likely to increase the costs of vaccines to doctors and pharmacists as it will hurt their ability to maintain volume discount purchase programs. No one is currently paying market prices for vaccine inventory.

Doctors and pharmacists may be less likely to provide vaccines for those age 65 and older when existing discounts are lost. As a result, less people will be vaccinated.

While good intentioned, this bill is truly a solution in search of a problem as private industry (doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists) are already purchasing vaccines cost effectively without adding over a million dollars in administrative costs every year and vaccines are readily available for adults at the doctors, at the hospital, at clinics, at corner drug stores, and even at the grocery store!

This bill was not a request of DHHS or the NH Vaccine Association. In this time of the COVID pandemic with DHHS staff working around the clock for months, it is unreasonable and unfair to even ask them to take on a program of this type at this time.

Talking points from Laura Condon NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

SIGNED INTO LAW
SB43 -A
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audit Rockingham district 7 state rep raceSIGNED INTO LAW
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SIGNED BY GOV 4.12
PASSED SENATE 4.8
PASSED HOUSE 4.7
We need to be able to count on fair and accurate elections. The Gardner amendment addresses many of the concerns and questions that have been raised.