Upcoming Hearings and Votes (Week of 3/4/24)

Upcoming Hearings and Votes (Week of 3/4/24)

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly Upcoming Hearings and Votes resource!

While there are no public hearings on New Futures’ priority bills this week, many bills are up for House and Senate votes.

Learn more and take action below:

Upcoming Executive Sessions

On Wednesday, March 6, the House Education Committee will hold an executive session to vote on a recommendation for HB 1205, the bill that bans transgender girls from playing school sports or using female locker rooms. Email the committee to urge them to oppose this harmful legislation.

Upcoming Senate Votes

On Thursday, March 7, the Senate will vote on three issues that New Futures has been following.

RSV Immunization: SB 559 ensures access to RSV immunization for New Hampshire children. This bill does not make the immunization mandatory, it simply removes financial barriers for families who choose to get it. Email your Senator to urge them to pass SB 559.

Alcohol Advertising: SB 335 would add responsible labeling and product placement restrictions to current alcohol advertising laws, limiting advertising to NH youth and helping to prevent underage drinking. Specifically, it would prohibit labels and advertisements marketed towards minors and other products that mimic commercially available non-alcoholic products. Email your Senator to urge them to pass SB 335.

Mandatory Outing in Schools: SB 341 would require school employees to disclose the gender identity or sexual orientation of students to parents. Requiring teachers to share sensitive information with parents before the student is ready removes the students' opportunity to feel supported by a trusted adult. Additionally, outing a student to unsupportive parents can threaten their physical and mental health. Email your Senator to urge them to defeat this harmful bill.

Upcoming House Votes

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on HB 1660, which would ban Medicaid insurance plans from covering gender-affirming surgeries for trans youth. Gender-affirming care is evidence-based and supported by medical authorities like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. Medical decisions should rest solely with doctors, parents, and the patient - not lawmakers. Email your House Representatives to urge them to oppose bans on medical care.

Recapping Last Week

Last week, there were no public hearings or votes on any of New Futures priority bills. To check in on the status of all our priority bills, read our full legislative update.

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