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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.

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State struggling to get rental assistance to those who need it

By: - June 21, 2021

New Hampshire officials are hoping to redirect state employees to help speed up state rental assistance, Gov. Chris Sununu said last week – a key priority as a federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire soon. But the state is still struggling to find people to work in the agencies that help distribute the […]

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Border with Canada to remain closed for at least a month

By: - June 18, 2021

New Hampshire’s border with Canada will be closed for at least another month, a Canadian official said Friday, citing discussions with his U.S. counterparts. “In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021,” Bill Blair, the Canadian minister of public safety and […]

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Proposal to remove ultrasound requirement from abortion ban legislation rejected

By: - June 16, 2021

Republican House and Senate negotiators declined to remove a proposal requiring ultrasounds before abortions in New Hampshire Wednesday, closing off the likelihood of any changes to a 24-week abortion ban before the Legislature passes the budget. In an amendment presented to a budget negotiation committee Wednesday, Sen. Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, pushed to remove […]

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How many families would use ‘education savings accounts’? It’s hard to say

By: - June 16, 2021

The proposal is closer than ever to reality: “education savings accounts” in New Hampshire. The program would allow parents to withdraw their child from a public school and take the grant money the state provides to that school with them. The money, which would range from $4,000 to $5,000 per year, would be put into […]

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House negotiators seek addition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

By: - June 15, 2021

House Republican budget negotiators appear ready to approve a revised version of New Hampshire’s “divisive concepts” bill – the proposal to ban teachers and government employees from teaching that structural racism and sexism definitively exist in American society. But the House is pushing for one addition before signing on. In addition to the teaching prohibitions […]

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Budget negotiators reach agreement on elements of policy bill, including abortion ban

By: - June 14, 2021

House and Senate budget negotiators look set to move ahead on a provision to ban abortions in New Hampshire after 24 weeks – one of a series of details worked out in a committee session Monday. Speaking on behalf of House Republican leadership, Rep. Lynne Ober of Hudson said Monday that the House would “accede” […]

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45 bills to be taken up during ‘committee of conference’ process

By: - June 14, 2021

They started with 773 bills in January. They passed 207, killed 147, retained 189, re-referred 42, and tabled dozens more, many of which were revived in the two-year budget.  But lawmakers in the House and Senate aren’t done yet. Despite finishing a majority of their legislative work, members of the House and Senate still have […]

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Sununu announces end to state of emergency

By: - June 10, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu announced an end to New Hampshire’s state of emergency Thursday, 16 months after invoking executive powers at the onset of a deadly pandemic. During a weekly press conference addressing the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sununu said that the state of emergency would sunset Friday evening.  “The state of emergency is […]

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Attorney general denies request for emergency meeting on ‘divisive concepts’

By: - June 10, 2021

As the New Hampshire budget enters its final stage of negotiation, one member of the state’s Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency has asked for a meeting to discuss one of its more contentious items: the “divisive concepts” language.  But Attorney General John Formella denied that request this week, arguing it falls out […]

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Here’s what’s next for the state budget

By: - June 9, 2021

The speeches are wrapped and the amendments are finalized. As of last week, New Hampshire’s two sprawling budget bills – House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 – had cleared the Senate on party-line votes after passing the House in April.  But that isn’t the end of the journey. Here’s what’s next for the state […]

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House, Senate debate making FAFSA college aid applications a high school graduation requirement

By: - June 8, 2021

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are at odds over an obscure education debate: whether to require high school students to fill out federal college aid applications in order to graduate. Members of the Senate have voted to introduce the requirement. Voting 24-0 in March, the chamber passed Senate Bill 147, part of which would […]

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Some worry ‘divisive concepts’ bill could affect college Title IX funding

By: - June 8, 2021

Update: This story has been updated to clarify that the New Hampshire Department of Justice is taking a neutral position on the “divisive concepts” bill. The anti-discrimination training was nearly over, but one participant was not satisfied. As the group debriefed, he made it known.  “‘I hate coming to these things, because you always make […]