Last week, the Senate reached the legislative "crossover". Marking the halfway point of the 2019 session, the Senate will now vote on bills passed by the House, while the House considers bills passed out of the Senate.
While I'm "prime sponsoring" 6 bills this session, there are 3 crossing over to the House that I'll be tracking.
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 will be heard by the Election Law Committee in the House in early May.
SB 67: In today’s mobile society, more students attend college out-of-state and service personnel and medical interns are often stationed for long temporary positions. If they reside in New Hampshire, pay tuition, pay rent, support our local economy and choose to vote in the state they currently reside in, that is their right. SB 67 will redefine residency to restore voting rights for all Granite Staters. SB 67 passed the Senate, and will be heard by the Election Law Committee in the House on May 30th.
SB 241: Passenger rail is a key component to New Hampshire’s efforts to grow our economy, ease traffic, improve commutes, and attract and retain young professionals. SB 241 takes the next steps toward establishing passenger rail through the capitol corridor project. SB 241 passed the Senate, and will be heard by the Public Works and Highways Committee in the House on May 30th
Death Penalty Repeal: Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 to send a death penalty repeal bill to the floor. Earlier this session, the House passed their death penalty repeal bill, HB 455, by an overwhelming 279-88 margin. I'm excited by the bipartisan progress we're making in both chambers toward repealing the death penalty, and look forward to watching it progress.