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June Newsletter
Dear friends, 

As we make our way through June, we are approaching the end of the 2019 legislative session. In my first year in the Senate, I'm proud of what we have accomplished. There is still work to do, but Senate Democrats are making real progress on critical issues like access to healthcare, DCYF staffing, and voting rights. 

After hearing the Governor and House's budgets earlier this winter, the Senate presented its version of the budget last week. A budget is a demonstration of priorities and values, and our was no different. The Senate budget sends more money back to our cities in towns in overall aid and revenue sharing, priorities increased education funding for our property-poor towns and increases staffing for child protective services, DCYF. 

We now wait to see if the Governor will accept or veto our budget. Our budget will provide for the needs our state has, and I hope he will do the right thing and work across the aisle and accept the Senate Budget. 

 
Legislative Achievements

At the Bicentennial celebration of the State House, I was honored to be recognized as the first African-American NH State Senator by the Senate President and the Joint Senate. 200 years ago, the Senate President said that you had to be "A male, property owner, and protestant to serve". Today, we celebrate women and minority's right to vote and be an active part in our democracy. 


SB 174: Will create an annual observance of Juneteenth. “The day all men and women became free”  The Governor will sign this bill into law June 19, 2019 at 1:00 in the Executive Council Chambers.

Death Penalty Repeal: The Senate was only able to override the Governor's Death Penalty repeal because we hold the majority in the Senate. I was proud to play a roll in this historic moment for our state.

HB 706: Will create an independent redistricting commission. I was proud to Sheppard this bill through the election law committee and look forward to it becoming law. 

 
Outside the State House

Next Wednesday, June 19th at 4:30 PM at 3 Coleridge Road, I will be hosting my first annual Juneteenth celebration in Nashua. As my bill to make Juneteenth an annually recognized day becomes law, I look forward to gathering and celebrating with my friends and neighbors. 

Please RSVP to
jroesch@nhdp.org if you can attend. 

Earlier this month I was proud to rally with my Senate colleagues and Planned Parenthood supporting women's reproductive rights in Concord. My colleague Senator Rosenwald and I had the honor of meeting with NH Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year contestant Trinity Unthank last month. It was a privilege to meet such inspiring young leaders!

I was happy to join several community events in June, as well. On May 14th, Mayor Donchess proclaimed Decency and Meals Matter Day with these thoughtful and impressive Nashua High School South Students. As a school board member, I was my honor to join the HBHS Class of 2019 in their commencement ceremonies last weekend. Congratulations to all our Graduates! 
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As always, I want to hear from you. Please visit my office if you are in Concord, Room 105-A, or contact me by phone or email.

Phone: (603) 271-4151

Emailmelanie.levesque@leg.state.nh.us

Melanie Levesque
State Senator District 12
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