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Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.

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House defeats right-to-work legislation

By: and - June 3, 2021

The House defeated a right-to-work bill Thursday, 175-199, disappointing supporters who thought a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on mandatory union dues would persuade long-standing opponents to back it. House members then defeated a motion to table the bill, which would have meant it could have been subsequently reintroduced. A motion to postpone the bill […]

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The Latest: ‘Communicable diseases’ language stripped from absentee voting bill

By: and - June 3, 2021

This story was updated June 3, 2021, at 4:13. The New Hampshire House is in session at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. We will be watching for the vote on right-to-work legislation, Senate Bill 61, among others to come. Here’s a look at some of the votes so far: Communicable diseases as qualifying condition for […]

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Omnibus environmental bill on renewable energy and utilities moves to the House

By: - June 1, 2021

The House will take up an omnibus environmental bill on Thursday that would require the state to adopt rules about energy storage, among three other renewable energy measures. The legislation also includes proposals regarding hydroelectric generation, group credits for net metering, and the purchase of energy across states. With battery usage and other energy storage […]

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Environmental Services says state is approaching widespread drought

By: - May 28, 2021

Half of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to a recent report from the Department of Environmental Services. The state agency is urging water suppliers to track drought conditions and to ask individuals to conserve water. The state has put out guidance for municipalities on lawn-watering restrictions. Restrictions can go into place in […]

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Senate OKs earlier state primary date, limits on governor’s emergency powers, PFAS protections

By: - May 27, 2021

In a Senate session on Thursday, lawmakers approved proposals to move the primary from September to August, limit the governor’s emergency powers, and increase PFAS protections and funding. As senators approach the end of the session, they are up against a June 3 deadline to act on all pending legislation. Election law Two election law […]

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Essential information about energy usage in the state is elusive, and that’s a costly problem

By: - May 27, 2021

When April Salas set out to acquire information about energy usage in Hanover, she was in for an uphill battle. Salas is the sustainability director of the town, population 11,500, which has the resources to consider such a project. In 2018, Hanover decided to put together a program that would allow it to procure green […]

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Sununu vetoes bill banning jet skis near coastal marshlands

By: - May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu issued his first veto of the session – shooting down House Bill 184, which would have banned jet skis within 300 feet of marshlands at the Rye estuary and the New Castle back channel. In his veto message, Sununu said the protection was unnecessary because the area does not experience […]

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Democrats: Strike ‘divisive concepts’ language from the budget

By: - May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Democrats said that cutting House Bill 544 out of the state’s biennial budget would be nonnegotiable in Wednesday’s budget session. Senate Republicans will introduce their version of the budget policy bill on Wednesday and vote on it during the same session. HB 544 – a proposal that would ban teaching and training around […]

Manny Espitia

Targeted by white supremacists, lawmaker seeks solidarity

By: - May 25, 2021

Early last week, Rep. Manny Espitia’s friend – Nashua Alderman Tom Lopez – told him that white supremacists had left a tag on a community mural near the rail trail, in a neighborhood that is predominantly Latino. The messages included “Keep New England White,” “Defend New England,” and “Death to Israel.” Espitia’s first reaction was […]

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Senate panel approves earlier state primary date

By: - May 24, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Election Law Committee approved a proposal to move New Hampshire’s state primary election to August – a midway point between the House proposal to move the election to June and the current September primary date. The panel also approved two other proposals on Monday: one would require the attorney general to […]

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Senate amends, passes campaign finance bill

By: - May 21, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would remove voluntary expenditure limits, a spending program for candidates that has largely fallen into disuse. The proposal also increases the reporting threshold for campaign contributions and changes the maximum contribution a person can make. Sen. James Gray said the changes would create “an even playing field […]

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How a landfill proposal divided a community and launched a statewide environmental debate

By: - May 21, 2021

When Fred Anderson started coming to Forest Lake in 1977, there was no running water at the little cabin where he and his family stayed. That wasn’t a problem because the family could drink the water from the lake. And until 2004, that’s what they did. So in 2019, when Anderson learned that Casella Waste […]