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Dear Friend, 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we have made remarkable progress in the New Hampshire State Senate for which to be thankful and hopeful for the year ahead.

My colleagues and I in the legislature are very proud to have passed the state budget that Governor Sununu signed into law for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A state budget is a demonstration of priorities and a reflection of values. In addition to providing $173 million in taxpayer relief for New Hampshire working families, the new state budget prioritizes increased education funding for our property-poor towns, increases staffing for child protective services, and approves funding to begin a commuter rail system between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Please keep reading below to learn more about the many recent legislative victories and exciting upcoming events. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous Thanksgiving holiday!

Legislative Achievements

SB 174: This bill creates an annual observance of Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The Governor signed this bill into law on June 19. I am proud to have been the primary sponsor of this bill, recognizing "the day that all men and women became free."

SB 241: This bill authorizes New Hampshire to access existing federal funding for the Project Development Analysis of the NH Capitol Corridor Rail Project, linking New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The bill became law on July 19 without the Governor's signature.

SB 7: The SMART Act will streamline our state's electoral process and bring us into the 21st century by modernizing New Hampshire's voter registration process. SB 7 passed the Senate 14-10 and is currently under consideration in the House. 

HB 706 and SB 67: These bills, seeking to create an independent redistricting commission and expand the right to vote to all New Hampshire residents, were among the Governor's eleven vetoes this year. I was proud to sponsor both bills in the Senate, and despite this stonewalling from Governor Sununu, I will continue to fight for fair and independent redistricting on behalf of the Granite State. 

Outside the State House

In an effort to be of greater service to the people of District 12, I attended the National Conference of State Legislature's bipartisan Emerging Leaders summit in Atlanta. The event gave me a great opportunity to discuss with other state legislators how states like Georgia and Vermont use Automated Voter Registration and the Electronic Registration Information System (ERIC) to modernize our voting process and compare voter registration rolls, fix inaccuracies, and update voter information.
It was a pleasure pending part of the summit with Senator Tonya Anderson from Atlanta and Senator Tom Sherman from NH's District 24.
While in Atlanta, I visited Tyler Perry Studios for the Democratic debate on November 20. I'm proud to see how our party plans to improve the lives of all Americans.
I was privileged to participate in a ride along with the Nashua Police Department, including Sargent Hudon, on October 3. I saw first-hand how Narcan can save a life.
On October 19 we held office hours in Nashua with Senator Rosenwald. It was a great opportunity to update constituents on our work in Concord and listen to their concerns.
I was honored to receive the New Hampshire NAACP's Excellence in Service Award at their Freedom Fund Dinner on October 5. Thank you to my fellow Senators for their support!

(Left: Claudette Williams and Reverend Eric Jackson presenting the Excellence in Service Award)
(Right: Senate President Donna Soucy, Senator Shannon Chandler, and Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes joined me at the Freedom Fund Dinner)

Upcoming Events

Please join Senate Majority Leader and Democratic Candidate for Governor Dan Feltes and me for a town hall to discuss the future of the Granite State.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and share your vision on critical issues that impact our daily lives. I'm at the state house working for you, not special interests or big campaign donors, and your voice matters.

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
Email: melanie.levesque@leg.state.nh.us

Melanie Levesque
State Senator District 12
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