Yesterday the NH House pass HB 628, by a vote of 186 – 164, to establish a family and medical leave program in New Hampshire. House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) released the following:
“I am extremely proud of the House of Representatives this morning, particularly the House Democrats who have been working for years to bring a viable, sustainable, paid family and medical leave program to New Hampshire. Over 80% of our constituents support family leave because they understand how beneficial it will be to our state’s economy. Every single House Democrat stood up for Granite Staters today by voting against the recommendation from Republican leadership that this bill be defeated.”
“New Hampshire businesses need educated, young workers to grow our state’s economy. This bill establishes exactly the kind of program that will encourage those skilled workers to raise their families in our state. Years and years of study, negotiation, and collaboration led us to this point, and House Democrats will continue to speak for the people in prioritizing this important program as it continues along the legislative process.”
The bill now moves to the House Finance Committee.
Rather than being sent to the Senate, it has now been sent to a rather unprecedented 3rd House Committee for further review. Senator Dan Feltes, a co-sponsor of House Bill 628, issued the following statement after today’s vote:
“This strong bipartisan endorsement of Family Medical Leave Insurance once again shows how essential this is to attracting and retaining a high quality workforce, to caring for our senior population, and to combating the opioid epidemic,” said Senator Feltes.