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Dear Friend, 

As we approach the holidays and the beginning of a new year, we have a chance to reflect on the progress we have made and the work we have yet to do. The New Hampshire State Senate has been hard at work this year to improve lives in the Granite State. Here are a few highlights:
  • We passed a state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year which includes $173 million in taxpayer relief for New Hampshire working families, prioritizes increased education funding for our property-poor towns, and increases staffing for child protective services.
  • We approved $5 million of federal funding to begin the next phase of a commuter rail system between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • We established Juneteenth (June 19) as a state holiday to celebrate "the day that all men and women became free."
  • We overturned the governor's veto and became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty.
Please keep reading below to learn more about recent legislative victories and activities outside the State House. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy New Year!
Legislative Updates

Online Voter Registration Passes Committee
The Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee voted to pass SB 305. Introduced by Senator Gray of Rochester, the bill would allow the Secretary of State to create an online interface to register voters. It will proceed to the Senate floor.
The 2020 Legislative Session begins on January 8th.
Outside the State House
Piscataquog Land Conservancy Wins LCHIP Grant
In mid-November, the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) awarded a $200,000 grant to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy for the Nissitissit Headwaters project. This grant will allow the Piscataquog Land Conservancy to purchase 274 acres of land in Mason to protect the headwaters of the Nissitissit River, a main tributary of the Nashua River. Pictured with me above is Tom Jones, Land Protection Specialist for the PLC.
National Conference of State Legislators
As a co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee, I facilitated a session on digital advertising with Colin Delaney and Lee Peeler.
An NCSL session on autonomous cars allowed me to view them in a new light. They can reduce the 40,000 vehicular accidents that occur annually, saving lives and reducing insurance costs. The mobility they provide will allow people with disabilities to participate in the workforce and everyday activities we take for granted, such as grocery shopping. States like Utah currently have pilot programs that allow people to experience autonomous vehicles.
On December 17, my Senate colleagues and I gathered to sign holiday cards to our service members overseas. We hope these cards will bring smiles to their faces while they sacrifice time with their loved ones in service to our country.
I recently spent a few days in Arizona, where I had the chance to visit (pictured clockwise from top left) the Grand Canyon, Papango Park, Arizona's original State House in Phoenix, and the Heard Museum of American Indian Art. This visit was a potent reminder of the importance of our public lands, as well as the critical need to preserve such historic and natural beauty for future generations.
In the News
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

Melanie Levesque
State Senator District 12
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