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Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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Budget politics threaten bill expanding exceptions to abortion ban

By: - March 15, 2022

The one bill expanding exceptions to the abortion ban to pass the House may be defeated yet – and the committee hearing that set the stage pulled back the curtain on the politics of abortion. A subcommittee of House Finance voted Monday to recommend the full committee kill House Bill 1609, which would leave the […]

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Legal professionals argue ‘Felonies First’ program has not led to ‘same justice, sooner’

By: - March 15, 2022

The House is poised to essentially repeal “Felonies First,” a court reform program that defense attorneys and some prosecutors say failed on its promise to resolve serious criminal cases more quickly for defendants and victims. “When the Felonies First legislation was contemplated back in 2015, I must admit I was skeptical of it for a […]

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House committee supports compromise on vaccine registry option

By: - March 14, 2022

There’s been a push this session by privacy advocates to switch the state’s new vaccine registry to opt-in, a move public health leaders warn would result in lower participation and make the registry nearly useless. Only Texas and Montana operate their vaccine registry this way. A House committee thinks it has reached a compromise and […]

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House committee recommends bill to make Youth Risk Behavior Survey opt-in

By: - March 11, 2022

Public health, law enforcement, and school leaders have described the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey as critical to understanding the scope of substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, and even unhealthy eating habits among the state’s high schoolers.  The data from the anonymous survey not only guides policy decisions but is often required to […]

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Organization aims to get state Democrats with science backgrounds elected to Legislature

By: - March 9, 2022

This story was updated on March 9, 2022 at 3 p.m. to correct information provided by 314 Action in error. A national nonprofit that has primarily focused on getting Democrats with STEM backgrounds elected to Congress is turning its attention to New Hampshire’s 424-seat Legislature.  The group, 314 Action, has chosen Monday, national Pi Day, […]

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After cookie-themed mock session, lawmakers get set for real return to House chamber

By: , and - March 9, 2022

Two years after the New Hampshire House left Representatives Hall, Rep. Carol McGuire returned to the chamber’s podium to talk about Oreos.  “As you know, the classic dunk is milk,” said the Epsom Republican last week, speaking from the traditional “well” to an assembly of lawmakers below. “But that tends to be discriminatory to our […]

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COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest level since August

By: - March 8, 2022

At least one of the state’s COVID-19 markers is going in the right direction. In the last two months, the number of people hospitalized for the virus has dropped sharply from 433 in mid-January to 56 as of Monday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Perhaps most striking is the drop at […]

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Bill aims to address possible relocation expenses for pair of Lakes Region emergency centers

By: - March 4, 2022

A bill that would require the state to help pay to relocate two emergency operations if the 220-acre former Lakes Region prison site sells may mean little if the state is right in predicting the property may sell for little or nothing. Just moving Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, which dispatches for 35 towns, has […]

Christopher Stephenson walks up stairs during a rehab session

When COVID lingers: The long road to recovery stretches on for many

By: - March 3, 2022

The health consequences of COVID-19 are most often illustrated with numbers like case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths. It’s better told by the people behind those numbers who are months or years beyond infection and still living with lingering pain, illness, fatigue, heart conditions, brain fog, anxiety, and depression. They are people like Christopher Stephenson of […]

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Bill aims to address mental health treatment consent issue for children with unmarried parents

By: - February 25, 2022

Given the high demand and shortage of providers, accessing mental health care in New Hampshire can be a challenge for all children. It can be harder still for children of divorced parents with joint decision-making because unlike married parents, both must consent to treatment.  House Bill 1416 would change that by allowing just one parent […]

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Lawmakers support bill expanding employee exemptions from vaccine mandates

By: - February 24, 2022

A House subcommittee on Thursday approved legislation that would require private and public employers that receive state or federal funding, including pandemic relief, to exempt employees from vaccine mandates if they cite a religious, medical, or moral objection. And, in a 13-8 vote, the Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services Committee passed House Bill 1089, which […]

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Committee passes amended bill on safety policies at performing arts venues

By: - February 23, 2022

Performing arts venues seeking state backup to require masks or proof of vaccination got it – with a catch – Tuesday in a bipartisan 11-9 House committee vote. But the bill’s future is uncertain with at least two other House bills aimed at prohibiting those types of safety policies. House Bill 1369, as amended by […]