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Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee reported on energy and environment for New Hampshire Bulletin. She also 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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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 […]

State flag and the State House dome

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 […]

Fred Anderson looks out at Forest Lake

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 […]

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Much to farmers’ dismay, sweet corn among bear necessities

By: - May 20, 2021

Kristen May is anxious about bears, and she’s not alone. Along with her father, Howard Hatch, she farms 200 acres in North Haverhill. It’s a dairy operation, and the family farm also grows corn used for feed. They have a dairy stand that attracts visitors who come to eat ice cream. But over the years, […]

People voting in voting booths

House panel OKs amendment on separation of federal, state election processes

By: - May 19, 2021

This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. on May 19, 2021 to reflect the fact that the bills will be voted on before the House and that Rep. Barbara Griffin is from Goffstown. The House Election Law Committee approved a proposal on Wednesday that would create separate processes for state and federal elections, in response […]

New Hampshire state house

Lawmakers work on details of proposed Department of Energy

By: - May 18, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee continued hammering out a proposal to create a new Department of Energy, adding positions to the Public Utilities Commission, and clarifying the so-called firewall between the utilities commission and the proposed department. State Budget Director Matt Mailloux presented an amendment to the panel to add attorney and clerk positions […]

Liberty Utilities angles for 20-year natural gas contract

By: - May 17, 2021

Last year, Liberty Utilities withdrew what had turned into a very contentious proposal to construct a large, expensive pipeline called the Granite Bridge Project. Critics said it was too big, too expensive, and that it would harm the environment. It led to protests and drew fierce opposition from climate-change activists who oppose building new fossil […]

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Senate approves proposal to make ‘cyber-flashing’ a crime

By: - May 14, 2021

On Thursday, New Hampshire senators moved forward with a proposal that would criminalize cyber-flashing, when an unwanted intimate image is sent as a form of harassment. The bill, HB 296-FN, had been special ordered three times, which set back its passage in the Senate by three weeks. On Thursday, the legislation was amended to clarify that the […]

An electricity meter on the side of a house.

Senate approves net metering increase for municipalities, adding it to community power bill  

By: - May 13, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate approved an increase in how much municipalities are allowed to net meter, moving the cap from the current limit of 1 megawatt up to 5 megawatts. Lawmakers have been pushing for this increase for years with the backing of environmental and clean-energy advocates, but previous attempts to increase the cap have […]

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Lawmakers debate statute of limitations for PFAS-related health problems

By: - May 12, 2021

Lawmakers and advocates discussed what an appropriate statute of limitations would be when it comes to PFAS-related health problems during a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rep. Bob Healey of Merrimack and other local elected officials spoke about the effect of PFAS on their community. Contamination has been found in the air, soil, […]