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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Senate rejects lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers

By: - April 28, 2022

Lobsters were the unlikely subject of a lively debate on the Senate floor Thursday, culminating in the chamber voting down a bill that would have granted lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers. Opponents of House Bill 1297 said it could harm the state’s commercial lobster industry, which makes up 70 percent of the value of […]

Grappling with war: Ukrainian community in N.H. mounts aid efforts while awaiting resettlement  

By: - April 28, 2022

Since the war broke out in Ukraine, Kateryna Kelly has discovered the Ukrainian community in New Hampshire is bigger than she thought, as people have come forward to join the aid effort. Now, they are getting organized, mounting grassroots aid campaigns throughout the state as they await refugee resettlement proceedings with the hope of bringing […]

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‘I-93’ congressional district map passes House committee

By: - April 27, 2022

House Republicans have taken another stab at redrawing the state’s congressional districts. The latest attempt – the so-called “I-93 map” that groups communities along the interstate corridor – passed the House Special Redistricting Committee Wednesday in a party-line vote. Committee Republicans were undeterred by Gov. Chris Sununu’s opposition to the map, which would create a […]

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House committee recommends more study on license reciprocity for foreign workers

By: - April 26, 2022

A proposal to create driver license reciprocity for foreign agricultural workers looks unlikely to pass the House this session, after a House committee voted against moving the bill forward. Instead, committee members said the bill needs additional study. Senate Bill 308 would have granted license reciprocity to foreign agricultural workers legally entering the state through […]

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House committee set to vote on new congressional district proposal Wednesday 

By: - April 25, 2022

The governor’s proposal for a congressional district map, made public in late March, got its first public hearing Friday before the House Special Redistricting Committee. The committee is scheduled to vote on it Wednesday – but changes are expected ahead of that vote. The governor was not present at the hearing to comment on the […]

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House passes ‘affidavit ballot’ legislation

By: - April 21, 2022

A bill that would create “affidavit ballots” passed the House on Thursday in a 180-154 vote. If the measure is signed into law, it would change same-day voter registration, but it could face a significant barrier: Gov. Chris Sununu has said he opposes the provisional ballot system, which he said could jeopardize the state’s first-in-the-nation […]

Closing the ‘big gap’: Senate to vote on rail trail connector bill

By: - April 20, 2022

The Senate is set to approve a bill Thursday that would make it easier to connect segments of the state’s rail trail by protecting railroad property owners from liability when outdoor recreation is allowed on the land.  Without House Bill 1579, “We can’t close what we call the big gap,” Jason Soukup told Senate lawmakers […]

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Senate to take up compromise bill on embalming requirements

By: - April 20, 2022

An attempt to do away with the state law on embalming in order to promote consumer choice and natural burials fell apart this month in a Senate committee, which instead proposed language to preserve the statute by replacing it with new compromise language.    Natural burial advocate and educator Lee Webster described the bill as taking […]

As lawmakers and utilities embrace renewable natural gas, environmental groups raise concerns

By: - April 19, 2022

Buried under a pile of trash in a landfill in northern New Hampshire, apple cores, eggshells, and other bits of discarded food are decomposing. That process generates a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide – a gas the state’s utilities want to capture and use as fuel.   This so-called renewable natural gas […]

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State reaches agreement with Saint-Gobain on providing water to 1,000 impacted properties

By: - April 18, 2022

The Attorney General’s Office has reached an agreement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics requiring the company to permanently provide clean water to around 1,000 properties that have been impacted by PFAS contamination. The agreement, announced by the state on Monday, will cover properties in the towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain facility, including in Bedford, Hudson, Litchfield, Londonderry, […]

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Measures to protect, compensate victims of human trafficking pass Senate

By: - April 15, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate passed two bills protecting victims of human trafficking on Thursday. Both received bipartisan support and passed on the consent calendar without discussion. House Bill 576 would adjust state law, exempting victims of human trafficking or sexual abuse from the current two-year deadline to request compensation from the time of the crime. […]

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Senate kills measure requiring public notice ahead of immigration checkpoints

By: - April 14, 2022

The Senate killed a measure to provide public notice ahead of immigration checkpoints in a 14-10 vote along party lines Thursday. House Bill 579 would have required local law enforcement to inform the public when they learned that a federal agency planned to conduct an immigration checkpoint in the state. The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. […]