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Legislative Wrap Up

The 2014 Legislative session ended early June.  It was a busy, but productive year with some good bipartisan cooperation to get some important work done for the citizens of New Hampshire.

Some of the highlights this biennium were:

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Session’s nearly over…

The final votes are coming to an end, but we still have much work ahead.

As the 2014 legislative session wraps up, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your input, and to keep you apprised of what I have been doing on behalf of Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Mason, New Ipswich, Greenville, and Rindge – in Concord.

As your state Senator, my focus over the past biennium has been on jobs and the economy. I am so proud that my colleagues and I were able to work together, across party-lines, to accomplish a lot of good for our state and our people, and that will ensure we keep New Hampshire moving in a positive direction.

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Crossover News

March is “Crossover” month, the time when all Senate bills that have been voted “ought to pass” crossover to the House, and vice versa. The House generates many more bills than the Senate (with 400 members vs 24!) so the next few months will indeed be very busy in the Senate.

One thing I was particularly proud of was last week’s Senate vote on SB 413, The NH Health Protection Program. This bill will use federal funds to assist 50,000 low income NH residents get access to private health insurance in a New Hampshire-specific way – and will be terminated if the federal government falls short of its obligations; a plan that 2/3 of Granite Staters support, according to a recent poll. I am a sponsor of the bill, which passed on an 18-5 vote (11 democrats and 7 republicans supported this truly bipartisan measure), and the unanimous support of hospitals, doctors and all those who provide health care. The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide Chamber of Commerce, has supported the bill as they understand the strain and the cost shifting people without insurance put on our businesses. SB 413 has the support of Governor Hassan, and is currently being heard in House Finance committee.

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Senate Dental Bill is Something to Smile About

“..I have sponsored legislation that would authorize a new type of dental provider, called a Dental Hygiene Practitioner. I believe it will help close one of the gaps in our oral health care delivery system that bars its doors to many of our most vulnerable: children, seniors, and others with physical or financial barriers to routine dental care..”

Read the rest of Peggy’s OpEd in the Nashua Telegraph here

Viewpoint: We should invest in start-ups | Ledger Transcript

Below is an Op-Ed written by Sen. Gilmour, published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

New Hampshire’s economy continues recover at a steady pace, which is why we must continue to be focused on job creation and economic growth through creating economic opportunity by supporting business growth and innovation.

Which is why I have cosponsored SB255, this creates an incentive to invest in New Hampshire start-ups and high-growth potential small businesses by applying a tax credit against the Interest and Dividend tax for qualifying investments. Many other states have or are considering similar incentives to stay competitive in attracting entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of small businesses with job creation and economic development potential.

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Gilmour receives NHHCA award

“This year, Senator Gilmour played a critical role in achieving the passage of legislation which will help ensure the existence of adequate financial support for people who live in assisted living residences or nursing homes.

Says John Poirier, President & CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association: “Year in and year out, Senator Gilmour has been a consistent supporter of legislation designed to address some of the structural funding problems that exist in long-term care. A nurse by profession, she uses this experience and expertise when she is making legislative decisions. She has shown outstanding capability in being able to listen to her constituents and work respectfully and effectively with members of both parties in the House and the Senate, even at the most stressful of times. Senator Gilmour is truly a ‘friend of seniors’.”

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