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The bill heard in the House Judiciary Committee would establish regulations for when convicted criminals want the change their names.
"Under current law, you can murder someone and change your name. Why is this acceptable?" said Pamela Keilig, of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. "This means that a name change is essentially equivalent to a clean slate for someone who does not want to be discoverable as a criminal."
More testimony came from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by her counselor, who, she later learned, had an extensive criminal history.
This bill is supported by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence as well as New Hampshire State Police. An executive session on the bill is scheduled for Monday.
January 17, 2024