Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmoms in our community!
In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I would highlight a few of the bills that passed this week that directly affect our children. Having worked in our schools for 39 years, I know how cherished our children are, and about some who are challenged. As a legislator, I am proud to put my efforts into improving the quality of life for all of NH's children, ever mindful of how lucky my kids were to call Bedford their home.
So, this week in the House we passed:
*SB 14 that expands behavioral health services, requires service providers to comply with evidence-based practices, and appropriates funds for an additional mobile crisis unit.
*SB 246 that makes state registry and criminal records checks compliant with federal laws and establishes a child care licensing fund with monies collected from background checks.
*SB 263 that provides anti-discrimination protection to students enrolled in public schools and establishes procedures to deal with complaints.
*SB 4 that guarantees essential health benefits to continue, and prevents denying insurance to those with pre-existing conditions should federal law change.
*SB 137 that provides a clear pathway towards school nurse certification for new/recent hires and "grandfathers (grandpersons?)" the requirements for veteran staff.
*SB 142 that directs middle and high schools to provide menstrual hygiene products in appropriate student bathrooms and allows for community grants and business partnerships to cover the costs.
*SB 12 that establishes an incentive program to retain college graduates to enter the workforce here in NH upon completing their degree.
As always, I am happy to answer any questions you have or hear your concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know our State House is turning 200 this year? Yup; it's the oldest continuous use State House in the country! If you have never been in to visit, it is well worth the quick trip to Concord to surround yourself with the beauty of the building and its rich history. Who knows? Maybe I'll see you there!
Respectfully yours, sm