2019 Electing More Young People Legislation

House Bill 650

What it does

Establishes a committee to study the economic challenges of employed persons serving in the New Hampshire legislature.

Why it’s important

NH has the oldest average median age of any legislature in the country. If we want the legislature to be more representative of the population we want to attract and retain, we need more younger voices at the table. This bill supports efforts to address one of the biggest barriers to having more young people run for, and serve in, the legislature, which can be a major challenge for young (i.e. not retired) people.

Current status

House Bill 650 was voted Inexpedient to Legislate by the Senate on May 30, 2019, killing the bill.

House Bill 651

What it does

Allows the use of campaign funds for child care expenses.

Why it’s important

This bill would lower one barrier to having more young people run for, and serve in, elected office in NH, which has the oldest average state legislature in the country.

Current status

House Bill 651 was passed by the legislature in June and signed into law by the governor in August.