Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.

Gov. Chris Sununu

Gov. Chris Sununu says he won’t run for president in 2024

By: , and - June 5, 2023

Ending many months of speculation, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced Monday he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2024. “The Republican Party is at a crossroads, and in 2024 we Republicans must nominate the most conservative candidate for president who can win in November of 2024 and get things done in […]

New Hampshire to dedicate funds to help resettle up to 400 Ukrainian refugees

By: - May 31, 2023

New Hampshire will devote more than $500,000 in federal funds to help resettle up to 400 Ukrainian refugees in the state over the next three years, after an Executive Council vote Wednesday. The council approved contracts with two organizations – the International Institute of New England and Building Community in New Hampshire – which will […]

Five ways the Senate budget would affect school funding

By: - May 31, 2023

New Hampshire came a step closer to passing a two-year budget Tuesday, after the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance its proposed budget. Along the way, the committee has made some major proposed changes to education funding.  The spending plan will go next to the full Senate for a vote, and then to negotiations between […]

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Facing eviction? Here’s what you need to know in New Hampshire

By: - May 26, 2023

As federal COVID-19 support programs fade away, evictions in New Hampshire are on the rise. Data from the state’s judicial branch indicates that the average number of “landlord tenant writs” – the first official phase in an eviction process – filed per month is 520 so far in 2023, up from 2022’s average of 438. […]

Teen’s text to eating disorder hotline spurs legislative push to add number to student IDs

By: - May 24, 2023

This story was updated on May 24, 2023 at 11:43 a.m. to correct the percentage of callers the National Eating Disorders Association says it was unable to immediately help with its in-person call line. Two months into his summer break last year, Matthew Brown began to worry he had an eating disorder. Brown, who was […]

‘Parental bill of rights’ defeated in House; blocked from returning in 2024

By: - May 18, 2023

This story was updated on May 18, 2023, at 7:39 p.m.  Tess Sumner came out to their mom as bisexual in middle school. Then they came out to a teacher. But they didn’t tell everyone. Some family members, like Sumner’s great uncle, had voiced opinions against LGBTQ people that suggested the conversation wouldn’t go well.  […]

Bill to allow minors to seek therapy without parental permission faces hurdles

By: - May 18, 2023

A bill to allow teenagers 16 and older to access mental health services without parental permission is drawing debate in Concord, and could be killed by the Senate Thursday. House Bill 114 would change New Hampshire law to state that “a minor 16 years of age or older may voluntarily consent to mental health services,” […]

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New Hampshire church leaders speak out against ‘parental bill of rights’

By: - May 16, 2023

Days before the New Hampshire House takes up a contentious vote on a “parental bill of rights,” a group of church leaders are voicing opposition.  In a letter Monday, 80 religious leaders, including pastors, priests, rabbis, and nuns, urged the House not to pass Senate Bill 272, the latest bill attempting to require public schools […]

Bill to boost political finance transparency heads to Sununu’s desk

By: - May 15, 2023

A bill to increase oversight of political advocacy organizations in New Hampshire is headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. House Bill 195 would expand which organizations would count as political advocacy organizations, a designation that requires them to register with the Secretary of State’s Office and report receipts and expenditures.  Currently, the label applies only […]

Sununu signs bill allowing telehealth opioid prescriptions

By: - May 12, 2023

New Hampshire residents will be able to continue to be prescribed opioids via telehealth even with the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday. House Bill 500 was fast-tracked through the Legislature in order to arrive at Sununu’s desk in time for the expiration of the […]

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New Hampshire Senate votes down cannabis legalization, snuffing chances of passage this year

By: - May 11, 2023

The Senate voted down a bill to legalize cannabis in New Hampshire Thursday, closing off legalization supporters’ hopes for success this year. In a 14-10 vote, the chamber voted to kill House Bill 639, which would have legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older and created an opportunity for the state to regulate and tax […]

Why the lack of housing in NH? New map of local zoning offers answers.

By: - May 11, 2023

As a member of Manchester’s planning board, Molly Lunn Owen knows the city’s housing landscape better than most. But that hasn’t helped her find a house to buy. With two young children and two incomes, Lunn Owen and her husband are ideal buyers for a starter home to replace their current rental apartment. But for […]