May 13 Update:

 

On Thursday afternoon and evening, May 9, the Senate Finance committee conducted a six-hour public hearing on HB 1 and HB 2 (State budget). Developmental Services was once again the most advocated program, followed by Domestic Violence Prevention and Substance Abuse Treatment.
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April 30, 2013

The Senate Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing on HB 1 and HB 2 (bills for the State budget) on Thursday, May 9th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Representatives' Hall of the State House in Concord. This is a chance for MDS families to deliver the message that the restoration of recent budget cuts is a top priority for New Hampshire families. The Senate has had the House’s version of budget bill before them for several weeks, and its Finance Committee has been meeting with House members and various state agency heads to understand what the House budget means for those groups. Since this hearing is about the entire budget, there will be many groups represented.

It is important that Senate Finance hear testimony from families. Testimony should be limited to one page. Please plan to contact your Senator about the budget if you are not able to make the trip that day. Please send us a copy of your testimony so that we can prepare packets for all the members of the committee.

Contacting your Senator:

Senate districts have changed recently – we have five different Senators representing individual towns of the Monadnock Region.

District 8
Bob O’Dell (R-Lempster)
State House, Room 302
107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2609
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Towns: Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, Stoddard,Washington, and Weare.

District 9
Andy Sanborn (R, Bedford)

State House, Room 302
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2609
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Towns: Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy

District 10
Molly Kelly (D, Keene)

State House, Room 120
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603)271-3207
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Towns: Alstead, Chesterfield, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester.

District 11
Peter Bragdon (R, Milford)

State House, Room 302
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2111
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Towns: Amherst, Milford and Wilton

District 12
Peggy Gilmour (D, Hollis)

State House, Room 105-A
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4151
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Towns: Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge

Updates on other bills of interest:

SB 152 (Casino Gambling)
Right now, the House is focusing on SB 152 (Casino Gambling). The “super committee” of joint Finance and Ways & Means has broken up into sub-committees (Revenue, Regulation and Community Impact). It isn’t yet clear what these committees will recommend to the full House. What does seem clear is that the Senate will NOT include gaming revenue in its budget recommendation unless the House passes SB 152.

SB 193 (Oral Health Care Expansion)
The Oral Health Care Expansion bill (SB 193) was recently held for a year of study in the State Senate. This bill specifically mentions that part of its purpose is to expand dental care access to people with developmental disabilities. Specifically, this bill authorizes licensure of dental therapists who may perform dental services under the supervision of a currently licensed dentist. The bill’s statement of purpose reads: "The general court recognizes that access to oral health care services for New Hampshire’s children, elderly, minority populations, low income adults, and people with developmental disabilities and special medical needs remains sporadic and unreliable, particularly in sparsely populated areas of our state".

Also under review:

HB 528, a bill that allows the court to initiate or continue child support beyond the age of 18 for children with disabilities, provided that the order does not continue after the child reaches age 21.

SB 87, a bill that clarifies the patients’ bill of rights as it applies to home health care providers. The bill also establishes parameters for discharge or transfer from home health care.