anti-discrimination

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 19, 2019

Jul 19, 2019

The governor signs a bill into law to protect New Hampshire children from discrimination at school. He also signed into law a bill requiring public schools to provide tampons or pads in all gender neutral and female restrooms. We discuss the controversy in Newington over Pride Month lawn signs. And the Supreme Court releases its decision on the Northern Pass appeal of the denial of its $1.6 billion high-transmission power line project.

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Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill Thursday to protect children from discrimination in New Hampshire public schools.

 

The new anti-discrimination law offers equal protection to all students regardless of age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion or national origin.

 

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A bill aimed at better protecting New Hampshire students from discrimination has been sent to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The House voted 211-141 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It had passed the state Senate in March.

It would prohibit discrimination against students in public schools based on age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion or national origin.

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A public hearing was held Wednesday for a bipartisan bill that would create legal protections for transgender people.

The hearing drew such a crowd that it had to be moved to Representatives Hall. The large, stately room that seats 400 was mostly full.

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Keene joined ten other towns in the state Thursday by passing an anti-discrimination protection for transgender city employees. 

Keene City Council voted unanimously to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of factors in their city employee anti-discrimination policy.

Councilwoman Bettina Chadbourne was one of the co-signers on the resolution request. She says it was clear to her and her fellow council members that the transgender population was particularly vulnerable.