Competing N.H. Bills Would Increase, Eliminate Domestic Violence Funding

Mar 2, 2015

 

Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering competing bills to either increase or eliminate funding to help victims of domestic violence.

A marriage license currently costs $45, with $7 going to towns and cities and $38 to a domestic violence grant program.

The House Ways and Means Committee is holding a public hearing Monday on a bill that would increase the fee to $50 and send $43 to the grant program.

Meanwhile, the full House will be voting Wednesday on whether to send the $38 that now goes to the domestic violence program into in the general fund instead.

That bill also would allow the state to accept grants and donations to help domestic violence victims.

The House Finance Committee recommends killing that bill, saying it would leave vulnerable victims less protected.