Security Upgrades/Teacher Death Benefit Legislation Passed

“A bill to provide death benefits to teachers killed on the job is headed to the governor’s desk. On Wednesday, the House and Senate signed off on legislation that will provide millions of dollars for school security upgrades. Lawmakers also tacked on a $100,000 death benefit that will be provided to teachers who are killed in the line of duty. Gov. Chris Sununu applauded the passage of the bill this afternoon, and a spokesperson for the governor said he will sign it into law.” -WMUR

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SB 193 UPDATE (UGH, NOW HB 1636!)

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So SB 193 has been killed twice so far but it’s back up for consideration AGAIN as part of HB 1636 so we’re still fighting this monster. Get on the horn and tell our reps to vote this thing down AGAIN.

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-new-hampshire-lawmakers-dont-undo-the-sb193-decision

Here’s an update from Reaching Higher NH:

“On Wednesday and Thursday, the House voted two times to kill SB 193, the statewide voucher bill, by sending it to interim study. But late last night, the Senate brought back the voucher bill by attaching the original version of the legislation (the version introduced in early 2017) to an unrelated bill, HB 1636. The Senate then passed HB 1636. So, SB 193 is now back up for consideration.

The version of SB 193 that the House killed extended eligibility to ~38,000 students in New Hampshire in its first year. The non-partisan Legislative Budget Assistant (LBA) estimated that this version of the bill would have resulted in local taxpayers assuming the costs for the loss of ~$99 million in state funding over eleven years.

The version of SB 193 passed by the Senate last night extends eligibility to ~170,000 students in New Hampshire in its first year, including students currently in private school and homeschool. This means the financial impact on local taxpayers could be over four times greater than what the LBA estimated.”

Vote Today 3/13!

Please remind family, friends and neighbors to vote tomorrow!¬† Turnout in town elections is often low, and now add another Nor’ easter to the mix.¬† SEA can’t underscore enough how important it is to get people to the polls -a few votes can make all the difference!¬† Therefore, make sure everyone you know votes.¬† Let’s not leave any votes on the table.¬† See you at the polls and drive safe!

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

A Call to Action!

Dear Members,

Your action is desperately needed. NH Senate Bill 193 (the school voucher scheme) will be voted on January 3rd, 2018 by the NH House of Representatives. Make no mistake about it, this bill will wreak havoc on school budgets and negatively impact students and teachers.  Please share this information on social media and in your conversations.  SEA has a new facebook page so please like the page and share the information on it with your friends.

You have a voice and can have a hand in defeating this bill by calling your state representative. Call, email or send a postcard your local representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB193.  (Choose your town and click your reps’ name to get their phone number, email and address)  Here are instructions to send postcards and attached here are talking points and facts regarding the bill.

A phone call has the most impact, emails are helpful as well as direct mailings.
We encourage our members to stand up in the House and speak against this bill. They’re more emboldened when they can say thousands of constituents have contacted them urging them to speak out and vote no. Don’t let this opportunity to be heard pass you by.

Thank You,
John Croteau and SEA Representatives

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