House Democrats Vote to Retain the Children and Family Law Committee

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the House of Representatives voted 196-172 to retain the Children and Family Law Committee, which addresses the rights, obligations and application of criminal laws to minors, divorce, child custody and support, the Child Protection Act and the Children In Need Of Services program. House leadership had proposed eliminating the committee and House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff released the following statement after the vote.

“House Democrats today showed their capacity to influence the body on changes to House Rules. I am most proud of our caucus for their outspoken dedication to the protection of children. The concise, passionate presentations on the House floor in favor of retaining the Children and Family Law Committee led to 35 Republican members joining House Democrats in the vote to keep the committee in place.”

“Moving the complex and important duties of the Children and Family Law Committee to three other overburdened committees would have shortchanged the vulnerable children of our state. I am very happy that the majority of House members opposed the proposal.”

“I am in full support of Speaker Jasper’s announcement that he will be naming a special committee to address the independent review of the Quality Assurance of the Division of Children, Youth and Families. Due to the urgency of the concerns outlined in the independent review, it is my hope that this committee is named quickly with qualified members appointed to fix these important concerns.”

In another motion, House Democrats provided the majority vote against a proposal to add a vaguely-worded dress code to the House Rules.

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