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Politics

Jam-Packed Agenda For N.H. House This Week

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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House lawmakers have a busy week with back to back session days and dozens of bills on the agenda.

Legislation ranges from a proposed change to  the state’s age requirements for marriage to adding gender identity to state discrimination laws.

One bill  would raise the minimum age of marriage in New Hampshire to 18 years old. It's currently 14 for males and 13 for females. 

Another bill with broad support looks to make it easier for grandparents to gain custody of their grandkids if parents are suffering from a substance abuse problem. With the current opioid crisis, officials say this has been a growing issue.

There’s also a measure to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, which would  include the use of  public restrooms. If passed, New Hampshire will join twenty states and Washington, D.C. in enacting protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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