May 16, 2012 — The New Hampshire House on Tuesday approved a provision that would allow employers that are partly or wholly owned by a religious society or formed for a religious intent to exclude contraception coverage from their health plans, the AP/Seacoast Online reports. Lawmakers voted 205-134 to add the provision to an unrelated Senate bill.
The House measure now goes to the Senate, which could approve it, reject it or send it back to the House to negotiate a compromise. Last month, the Senate voted 19-4 to effectively kill a similar measure (AP/Seacoast Online, 5/15).
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