2019 Legislative Session Begins
The 2019 session has begun, and the new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate mean new people in leadership. Senator Donna Soucy of Manchester is the new Senate President, and the Speaker of the House will be Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Concord. The Chair of the House HHS Committee will be Rep. Lucy Weber of Walpole, and Senator Tom Sherman MD of Newfields will be the chair of that committee on the Senate side.
Over 1000 bill titles were filed for this session, but as of today only about half of the bills have actually been published in their entirety. This year, NHNPA is employing an exciting new approach to our method of vetting all these bills. We are dividing the bills into six separate categories:
Licensing/Scope of Practice
Substance Abuse/Mental Health
NHNPA has created subcommittees made up of volunteers who will be reviewing the bills in a particular category and who will recommend to the NHNPA Board which bills we should be focusing on and what position the Association should be taking. In the coming weeks, as the full collection of bills is published, we’ll be filling you in week by week on the work that the Association is doing in Concord. We are grateful to the NPs who have agreed to help out in this important arena.
In the meantime, please consider attending NHNPA’s Legislative Breakfast, which will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 7:30 AM -9:30 AM in the State House Cafeteria. This is always a great forum that allows NPs to speak informally with legislators about the work that we are doing around the state. With the election, there are many new legislators in Concord who will never before have had the chance to speak with an NP, so this is a valuable opportunity. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.