College photo IDs will be valid as voter identification
House Bill 595 repeals changes to the state's photo ID law that would have been effective in September, including eliminating all state- and federally-issued identifications as valid voting IDs.
The bill also allows election officials to verify the identity of any prospective voter who does not present a valid ID.
Former Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill but the House and Senate overrode his veto.
Democrats have argued the law's intent is to disenfranchise legal voters by suppressing the voter turnout by the elderly, disabled, poor, minorities and college students.
Hassan signed a law allowing the superintendents of county jails to release prisoners for work, rehabilitation, to perform public service or serve their sentence under home confinement.
One bill remains
Hassan has yet to act on one remaining bill from the 2013 session, House Bill 542, which deals with the state's renewable energy fund, the regulation of telephone and Voice over Internet Protocol services, and the state's electric renewable portfolio standards.Hassan has until Thursday to decide what to do with the bill or it becomes law without her signature Friday.
The legislation also clarifies that landline and VoIP telephone services are not regulated by the state Public Utilities Commission, and changes the hierarchy of the state's renewable energy portfolio.
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