Monday, March 18, 2019

Catching Up…

New Hampshire is catching up with other New England states…
House OKs birth certificate changes in transgender cases
March 17, 2019

Transgender residents and those who don't identify as either male or female would be allowed to change their name and sex information on their birth certificates under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House this week.

The bill would require an applicant to get notarized statements from health care providers stating that in the provider's opinion, an individual is male, female or neither and is reasonably expected to continue as such for the foreseeable future. New birth certificates would be issued, but the original certificates would also be kept.
And earlier this month…
Bill would allow third gender option on NH driver's licenses
Supporters said change would allow more accurate IDs
By Adam Sexton
March 7, 2019

Legislation being considered in Concord would add a third gender identity to New Hampshire driver's licenses for people who don't identify as male or female.

The bill would allow people to choose "X" instead of male or female for licenses. The transgender and nonbinary community said it would provide validation and more accurate IDs.

New Hampshire just passed a gender inclusive non-discrimination last year and now these two bill so they are trying to catchup to the other New England states.
There is some opposition to the bill, and it would cost about $25,000 to update the computer systems of the Division of Motor Vehicles. But supporters said it's a necessary change that's already being made across the country.
So they are quibbling over $25,000 in a several billion dollar budget?

New Hampshire is trying to catch-up to the other New England states (Yesterday Vermont announced it will add a third option to their IDs). For a long time the governorship and General Court were controlled by Republicans but that flipped in 2018 when the Democrats took control in both chambers. The governorship is still in Republican, governor Sununu seems to be a moderate Republican.

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