Legislative Alerts

Death Penalty repeal dies 12-12 in NH Senate

The New Hampshire Senate this morning blocked capital punishment repeal by a 12-12 tally, then voted 24-0 to table that bill, HB 1170. Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) said a simple majority could thus bring the legislation off the table for another showdown before the end of the legislative session.

ALERT: Join vigil during death penalty vote Apr. 17

Senators vote Thursday morning, April 17th on HB 1170 to abolish the death penalty, a bill that sailed through the House by 225-104. Supporters of repeal will circle the State House (8:30a.m.) during the Senate floor session holding candles to let lawmakers know a lot of people care about the issue. Nobody tell how the showdown vote will go, because some senators are still undecided.  (We'll start by meeting at 8:30AM on the State House lawn to form a human... ring around the State House. Once the session begins at 10AM, we'll move to the Senate Chambers in the State House. The Senate will be discussing a number of bills before ours, but we anticipate HB1170 will be taken up before they break for lunch.)

Earned time bill goes to Senate hearing March 18

The Senate Judiciary Committee will listen to testimony this month on one of the best crime bills this year, HB 649, to let prisoners earn time off their sentences through exemplary self improvement.

We’ve missed the chance to do women's corrections right

Lawmakers deserve our sincere thanks for funding a new $38 million prison for women. The public can learn about and respond to the proposed designs at 6 p.m. information sessions March 10, 12 and 19 in the Brown Building off Pleasant Street in Concord.

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