NEW FUTURES RELEASES DETAILED INFORMATION ON HOW LEGISLATORS VOTED ON SUBSTANCE MISUSE POLICY

PRESS RELEASE
September 8, 2016

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NEW FUTURES RELEASES DETAILED INFORMATION ON HOW LEGISLATORS VOTED ON SUBSTANCE MISUSE POLICY

CONCORD, NH – New Futures has released a legislative scorecard which reflects the votes of legislators on crucial substance misuse policy that was introduced over the course of the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.

Although New Futures acknowledges that policymakers have taken significant steps to address New Hampshire’s substance misuse epidemic, New Futures and its advocates will continue to closely monitor votes on substance misuse policy in the upcoming legislative session.

Linda Saunders Paquette, Executive Director of New Futures, says that the purpose of the scorecard is to inform Granite Staters how their legislative representatives have voted on key legislation aimed at addressing New Hampshire’s most critical issue, the substance misuse crisis. “Substance misuse is still viewed as the number one issue of concern for Granite Staters – far above jobs and the economy. We believe Granite Staters deserve to know how their representatives voted on bills related to substance misuse crisis.”

New Futures recently released its policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session, Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future. These five policy areas, in conjunction with the newly released legislative scorecard, are part of a broader accountability effort by New Futures that focuses on the implementation of effective substance misuse policy on the state level.

New Futures and its advocates are asking Granite Staters and candidates seeking elected office to endorse Five Points for New Hampshire’s Future. All endorsements from Granite Staters and candidates alike are posted on the New Futures website. So far, over 300 Granite Staters have endorsed the agenda. This number includes 40 candidates for elected office including candidates for Governor, the Executive Council, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The legislative scorecard, along with the endorsement form and more information on the policy areas can be found online at New-Futures.org/turn-the-tide.

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New Futures is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for progressive policies that prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire. Learn more at www.New-Futures.org.