Legislative Roundup: House looks at ways to ensure fair pay for all by forbidding gag orders on salaries
House Bill 1188 requires that men and women be paid the same salary for doing the same job and prohibits companies from imposing the employee gag orders.
“As an employer, you can not always qualify why you pay one employee differently than another,” said Rep. Will Infantine, R-Manchester, citing a 2009 federal Department of Labor study that said wage differentials do not necessarily require corrective action.
Other bill opponents say there is little evidence of a problem in New Hampshire and the bill is not needed.
“Women deserve equal compensation for their work and they must have the tools available to ensure that justice can be sought and obtained,” said House Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth. “With the data continuing to show that women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, I’m proud we are taking this step towards equality for the hard working women across this state.”
NH Public Television
New Hampshire Public Television could receive state support after the House voted 223-104 to reserve itself and lift a restriction passed two years ago.
The change will allow negotiations with agencies who want to use the stations and who want to help pay for the maintenance and operations of the towers.
On a 268-29 vote, the House approved repealing the crime of adultery.
While adultery would no longer be a crime, it would remain legal grounds for divorce under state law.
The House approved a bill giving the Division of Children and Youth Services the same standing as a parent or guardian if the child is in state custody.
The bill would give the state agency that standing, but opponents argued the bill sets a dangerous precedent when a state agency has the same standing as a parent or guardian in a divorce case.
The House killed two proposed constitutional amendments that would change the way judges and the attorney generals are chosen.
CACR 12 would have voters elect all judges and the attorney general, but the House voted 245-74 to kill the proposal.
The House voted 233-83 to kill CACR 16, which would have the Legislature instead of the Executive Council to approve judicial nominations.
Hidden or surprise fees for payroll cards would be a thing of the past under House Bill 1404, which the House passed on a 201-104 vote.
The bill prohibits the fees, requires card companies to provide better access to balances, and to disclose all payment options and transaction fees.
A similar bill passed the House last year, but was killed in the Senate.
Under-aged drivers would be allowed to transport alcohol as long as someone over 21 years old possesses it under a bill approved by the House.
House Bill 1301 would allow under-aged drivers to transport alcohol in the possession of an adult over 21 years old. The state’s law forbidding an open container in a moving vehicle still applies.
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