Part two of our legislative push for transgender freedom is about to get underway. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear HB 1319 on Monday, April 16 at 1:30 pm in State House Room 100.
Our ground plan for that day is the same: We’ll show our strength before the hearing with a rally outside the State House at 12:30, and then file into Room 100 a little before 1:30.
Our hearing strategy hasn’t changed either: Transgender Granite Staters and their friends, family and other allies speaking from the heart about why we must update New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination law.
Let’s bring the same energy and optimism we brought to the House hearing: Sign up to attend the pre-hearing rally on Monday, April 16 at 12:30pm, and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30.
Remember: No matter what the committee decides that day, we are heading for a vote in the Senate! Committees don’t have the power to prevent legislation from advancing in the New Hampshire legislature—because while a five-person committee provides an important forum for discussion, it shouldn’t be the deciding voice on such important legislation.
And we’re heading for that Senate vote with amazing momentum. Already, the New Hampshire House of Representatives—the body that’s closest to public sentiment—voted 195-129 to pass HB 1319. Two committees—the House Judiciary and HHS—have said HB 1319 Ought to Pass, and it’s been endorsed by the Children’s Caucus, House Libertarian Caucus, NH Business and Industry Association, NH Association of Chiefs of Police, and 12 Republican co-sponsors.
We are so close to passing this critical legislation that would update New Hampshire’s existing law to protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces. Get ready for the final stretch!