Abortion, DUI, animal welfare laws go into effect in NH – Boston News, Weather, Sports

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CONCORD, NH (AP) — The new year brings new laws for New Hampshire, including an abortion ban that was passed as part of the state budget.

The budget Governor Chris Sununu signed into law in June contained a provision prohibiting abortion after 24 weeks of gestation, with exceptions for the life or physical health of the mother. It takes effect Jan. 1, and Democrats have already drafted legislation to repeal the new restrictions and establish state-level protections for abortion access. Some also want to include the right to make reproductive medical decisions as a constitutional right.

“Make no mistake about it, beginning January 1, the State of New Hampshire will deny a woman the dignity of making personal and private decisions and instead insert government into medical choices,” Rep. Marjorie Smith said. D-Durham, during a press conference. earlier this month.

Other new laws that come into effect on January 1 include:

TYLER SHAW’S LAW

Judges will be allowed to impose longer prison sentences on repeat drunk drivers who kill or injure others under a new law named after a Concord man who died in 2018.

Tyler Shaw was 20 when a repeat drunk driver sped an exit onto I-89 South, drove through a stop sign, and hit Shaw’s truck, killing him.

Under the new law, a person with a previous conviction for drunk driving that caused an accident that killed or seriously injured another person can be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. Those with two or more prior convictions can be sentenced to 15 to 30 years.


ANIMAL PROTECTION

In service of their feline, canine and wild critters constituents, lawmakers passed three animal-related bills that will take effect on January 1.

One of them considers it a crime to maliciously remove a tracking collar or microchip from someone else’s dog. The bill, which also makes dog theft a felony for a second offence, was prompted by what supporters have described as a growing problem of “dog flipping” in which people steal dogs to resell them to profit-making purposes.

Another will expand state animal cruelty laws and make it illegal to beat, whip, torture or mutilate any wild animal, fish or bird. The third requires drivers who injure or kill cats to notify police or pet owners, or face a $1,000 fine, a long-standing mandate for runover dogs.

“Even though it’s not a big budget, these things are really, really important,” Gov. Chris Sununu said as he signed the bills at an animal shelter in Salem. “We’re not just going to let these things go, we can really do something about this. Animals are a bipartisan issue.


SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWS

Sex workers who report sexual assault will not be prosecuted for prostitution under a new law aimed at encouraging victims to come forward.

The law establishes a state policy to protect sex workers from arrest, prosecution, and conviction for prostitution if they report that they or someone else has been sexually assaulted.

Another new law that will come into effect on January 1 will increase the penalty for someone who pays to have sexual contact with someone under the age of 16.

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