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2009 Legislative Agenda


Feel Safe Again, Inc. supports the following bills and invites you to contact your legislators to ask them for their support. Please click on the title links to open the corresponding fact sheets.


An Act to Relative to Sexual Assault and Stalking Restraining Orders  (SB 1611)
Lead Sponsors: Senator Harriett L. Chandler (D-First Worcester) and Representative Peter J. Koutoujian (D-Tenth Middlesex)
The act would establish a criminally enforceable Harassment Protection Order where by certain victims of rape and stalking (harassment) may obtain protection from further abuse through the issuance of a criminally enforceable civil order of protection, for victims who do not meet the relationship requirements of MGL c.209A.

An Act Relative to the Enhancement of Public Safety (SB 911)
Lead Sponsors: Senator Steven A. Baddour (D-First Essex) and Representative Peter J. Koutoujian (D-Tenth Middlesex)

Amends the current state law to require that Superintendents of correctional institutions notify the state fire marshal, prior to the release or discharge, of any individual convicted of possession of an infernal machine (bomb) or a hoax device. 

An Act To Establish Employment Leave And Safety Remedies To Victims Of Domestic Violence, Stalking And Sexual Assault (SB 673)
Lead Sponsor: Senator Cynthia Creem (D-1st Norfolk and Middlesex)
This bill requires employers to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to take up to fifteen days of leave from work in any twelve month period, with or without pay, to address issues arising from the abuse. Circumstances which would require time off to be granted would be limited including; obtaining a court order of protection, seeking medical attention, meeting with law enforcement officials, and attending appointments for counseling, or legal assistance.

An Act Relative to Housing Discrimination against Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking  (SB 627)
Lead Sponsor: Senator Cynthia Creem (D-1st Norfolk and Middlesex)
This bill adds victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to those protected against housing discrimination. In addition, the bill creates a vehicle for victims of these crimes to vacate their lease or rental agreements without penalty when their safety is at risk.


An Act Relative to Paid Sick Leave for Employees (HB 662-FN)
Sponsors: Rep. Gile, Merr 10; Rep. Skinder, Sull 1; Rep. Pilliod, Belk 5; Rep. Gargasz, Hills 5; Rep. R. Holden, Hills 7
This bill amends existing law for all full or part-time employees who work in New Hampshire for more than 6 months in the same job in a year shall receive paid sick leave for an employee’s mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition, to care for a family member, or due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

An Act Adopting the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (HB 694)
Sponsors: Rep. Foose, Merr 1; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock 16
This bill adopts the uniform child abduction prevention act. Under the act, the court may order certain abduction prevention measures in a child-custody proceeding if the court finds that there is a credible risk of abduction of the child.

An Act Relative to Regulation of Private Investigative Agencies and Security Services (HB 651-FN)
Sponsor: Rep. Ulery, Hills 27
This bill adds certain exclusions from regulation of private investigative agencies, security guard agencies, and bail enforcement agencies.  It replaces “the term detective agencies” with “private investigative agencies”, and requires the commissioner of safety to regulate private investigative agencies, security guard agencies, and bail enforcement agencies.

An Act Relative to Registration of Criminal Offenders (SB 142)
Sponsors: Sen. DeVries, Dist 18; Sen. Barnes, Jr., Dist 17; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Denley, Dist 3; Sen. Downing, Dist 22; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 24; Sen. Gatsas, Dist 16; Sen. Gilmour, Dist 12; Sen. Houde, Dist 5; Sen. Letourneau, Dist 19
This bill corrects certain conflicts in RSA 651-B, the registration of criminal offenders statute, which was requested by the department of justice.

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