NH lawmakers to negotiate on contraceptive bill

AP News
Posted: May 23, 2012 5:03 PM
NH lawmakers to negotiate on contraceptive bill

The New Hampshire Senate has grudgingly agreed to negotiate with the House on a bill that would allow some employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from health plans if they have religious objections.

The bill would apply to businesses partly or wholly owned by a religious society and those formed for a religious intent. The House added it to an unrelated Senate bill last week and requested a committee to negotiate a compromise.

The Senate, which already had effectively killed a similar, broader measure, on Wednesday agreed to negotiate after Sen. Fenton Groen assured his colleagues that he would make sure the contraception provision wouldn't survive.

The underlying bill clarifies the authority given to delegates to a federal constitutional convention.