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Monday, April 16, 2018
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CONCORD, N.H. — Supporters of anti-discrimination legislation in New Hampshire will host a rally on Monday, April 16 at 12:30pm inside the Legislative Office Building just before the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on HB 1319. HB 1319 will provide protections for transgender Granite Staters in employment, access to housing, and public spaces like restaurants, shops, and government buildings. The rally will include a news conference at 12:30pm featuring advocates, business leaders, legislators, and transgender citizens and their families before they provide testimony to the Judiciary Committee. All spokespersons will be available for media following the rally. Details below:
WHO: Law enforcement officers, business leaders, women’s and anti-violence advocates, faith leaders, and transgender citizens and their families to provide testimony in support of HB 1319.
WHAT: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on HB 1319 to protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces.
WHERE: New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, 33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301
WHEN: Monday, April 16 at 12:30 PM. Media availability to follow.
The Senate Judiciary committee is comprised of five Senators. The hearing is expected to last approximately two hours and the committee could vote on HB 1319 immediately after the hearing or during executive session in the days following. The full Senate must vote on HB 1319 before May 3rd.
On March 7th, 2018 the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed HB 1319 with strong bipartisan support. The House voted 195-129 in favor of the bill after an Ought to Pass recommendation from the House Judiciary committee.
Hundreds testified in support of HB 1319, providing over seven hours of testimony during two separate public hearings. Fewer than a dozen people testified against the bill.
Republican Governor Chris Sununu is expected to sign the bill, having shared his support for HB 1319 in a conversation with Dave Solomon of the Union Leader. He also came out in opposition to President Trump’s now infamous tweet banning transgender troops from serving in the military, saying, “I think that anyone who is willing to stand up and fight for this country should have the ability to do so.” Governor Sununu established a Civil Rights Unit at the New Hampshire Department of Justice in December 2017, specifically referencing the need to address discrimination against transgender people in New Hampshire.
HB 1319 has 15 sponsors including 9 Republican House members and three Republican Senators. Senate Majority Leader Senator Jeb Bradley, Senator John Reagan, and Senator Dan Innis publicly support HB 1319 as cosponsors. During the first House Judiciary hearing on January 31st, the House Libertarian Caucus announced its official endorsement of HB 1319, joining the Children’s Legislative Caucus, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, The Women’s Foundation, and the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission.