Legislation Updates!


HB 463 with Amendment 1572s relative to regulating groundwater pollution caused by polluting emissions in the air and relative to standards for emerging contaminants in drinking water has passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with a 5-0 vote! Thank you to everyone to helped push this through! 

This bill with amendment (new amendment number is 2017-1678s) will be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The final amendment states that NHDES needs to focus on early life exposure as the primary driver for the revision of the standard for perfluorochemicals. Prenatal and early life are the most vulnerable to PFC exposures.


*ACTION ITEM: Please send emails and/or call all SENATORS!*

Please remember to personalize this and add in your own story and personal reasons why this bill is important to you and your family have a greater impact than a template. 

              Democratic Senators: SenateDemocrats@leg.state.nh.us
              Republican Senators: SenateRepublicans@leg.state.nh.us

*Please also consider writing Letters to the Editor of papers – Concord Monitor, Portsmouth Herald etc. between now and Thursday. We are in the final stretch!

Newspapers with word limits:

Berlin Daily Sun: bds@berlindailysun.com
Eagle Times of Claremont: publisher@eagletimes.com
Concord Monitor: 250, http://www.concordmonitor.com/Opinion/Submit-a-Letter
Conway Daily Sun: news@conwaydailysun.com
The Dartmouth at Dartmouth College: editor@thedartmouth.com
Derry News: 250, www.derrynews.com 
Laconia: news@laconiadailysun.com
Manchester Union Leader: 250, letters@unionleader.com
Portsmouth Herald: 300, opinion@seacoastonline.com
Foster’s Daily Democrat: 300, letters@fosters.com
Valley News: 350, http://www.vnews.com/Opinion/Submit-a-Letter
Nashua Telegraph: 250, news@nashuatelegraph.com
Keene Sentinel: 700, news@keenesentinel.com

HB 485 relative to standards for emerging contaminants in drinking water received an overwhelming amount of support in the House, 335–29. Despite the favorable votes by the House, Committee and the Subcommittee, this bill was pulled from the Consent Calendar due to last minute concerns from DES regarding the possible cost impacts to municipalities. This bill is being reviewed by a Finance Committee but we need your help! We need to show how important this bill is for NH!

**Please send a letter to Governor Sununu addressing your concerns of why this bill needs to pass and the impacts it will have if it is not. Again, please be honest and personal when using the template.

Please mail to:
Governor Sununu
Office of the Governor
State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Please also submit a short summary to the general contact form for Governor Sununu. 

Summary and Status of HB 431, HB 484 & HB 511


HB 431, establishing a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area.

****Passed the Senate with Amendment and on the way to the Governor's desk!****

People in New Hampshire take pride in the quality of their drinking water and many in our state have their own private wells. Development and chemical contamination of our groundwater threaten this important natural resource. The Haven Well in Portsmouth was shut down in May 2014 when levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) were detected over 12 times the EPA advisory limit. Adults and children in day cares who drank water from the Haven Well have PFC levels in their blood up to six times that of similar populations. The Haven Well shutdown has left the City of Portsmouth with an emergency buffer or only one percent in its water supply. Groundwater contamination from the Coakley Landfill threatens water supplies in Rye, Greenland, North Hampton, and Hampton. There is a dire need for regional drinking water planning between seacoast communities. This bill establishes a study commission for community water suppliers and municipalities to protect drinking water resources and identify possible threats. In addition, a goal of this study commission is to plan for mutual aid between municipalities for water infrastructure, drought planning, and firefighting. No one testified in opposition to this bill and the committee realizes the dire need to address these issues. The amendment accelerates the reporting date from 2020 to 2018 and expands the membership of the commission to include additional seacoast municipalities.
Passed the NH Resources, Recreation and Development Committee with a 19-0 vote.
Passed the House of Representatives on the Consent Calendar.

HB 484, establishing a commission on the seacoast cancer cluster investigation.

****Passed the Senate with Amendment and on the way to the Governor's desk!****

This bill proposes to form a commission to address a pediatric cancer cluster in a 5 town area of the Seacoast of New Hampshire. The cancer cluster consists of 2 rare cancers, rhabdomyosarcoma and pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) in children. HB 484 addresses this localized problem which represents a public health emergency - the first identified ever in the State of New Hampshire by the Department of Health and Human Services. We have to act quickly to attempt to identify a cause. If we can avoid only one more case of a child getting cancer this commission would be a success.
Passed the NH Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee with a 21-0 vote.
Passed on the Consent Calendar.

HB 511, establishing a commission to study creating a public health oversight program.

****Passed the Senate with Amendment and on the way to the Governor's desk!****

This bill is a response to constituent requests for Department Health and Human Services to pro-actively act to determine whether threats to public health from environmental exposures exist. This is a state-wide measure to address constituents exposed in Merrimack/Litchfield and Pease and address a statewide emerging contaminant threat. The bill also seeks to establish protocols to educate doctors and other healthcare professionals on health effects, diagnostic and treatment approaches for exposures to environmental exposures.
Passed the NH Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee with a 21-0 vote.
Passed on the Consent Calendar

Find out who your Legislators are (Senator(s) and Representatives)

Click here and select the town where you live in NH. Once you hit "Go" it will display who your legislators are and their contact information. 

Find out more about best practices in contacting legislators: 
Guidelines Contacting/Meeting with Legislators      

Guidelines for Effective Letters and Testimony

Southern NH State Legislators

Overview of Committee and House or Senate Public Hearings

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Thank you for helping us work to protect our families and health from potential pollutants and threats to our drinking water.