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.

‘Parental bill of rights’ falls after objections from Attorney General’s Office, advocates

By: - May 17, 2022

An effort to pass a “parental bill of rights” came to an end Tuesday after House Republicans and Democrats voiced concerns the bill could require schools to “out” students’ gender identities to their parents and exacerbate teen suicide rates.  “There are a lot of great parents out there,” said Rep. Kimberly Rice, a Hudson Republican. […]

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Parents’ rights bill goes to House and Senate negotiators to work out disagreements

By: - May 17, 2022

This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. on May 17 to correct the name of one of the representatives on the committee of conference. House and Senate Republicans are continuing to negotiate a proposed “parental bill of rights,” but the two chambers face broad differences over the controversial legislation. The original version, from the House, […]

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‘Retweets’ cannot be subject of defamation lawsuits, New Hampshire Supreme Court rules

By: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that people who repost false information on Twitter or other social networks cannot be sued for defamation, blocking an attempt by a middle school teacher to sue a group of people who had retweeted a prank post claiming she was “sexually perverted.” In a unanimous, four-justice opinion, the […]

Senate Republicans’ hopes and priorities could rest on a legislative parking garage

By: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire House and Senate are close to wrapping up a packed legislative year, voting and sorting through nearly 1,000 bills. But before summer can begin, lawmakers must endure a marathon negotiation: committees of conference week. It’s a frantic, high stakes system that few legislators love. But the committee of conference process provides key […]

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Senate, House agree to 2023 performance audit of education freedom account program

By: - May 10, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation requiring a performance audit of the education freedom account program in 2023 in a rare point of bipartisan agreement over a divisive new initiative. In a unanimous voice vote May 5, the Senate approved House Bill 1135, which would require the state’s legislative budget assistant to examine how […]

Lawsuit filed over new state Executive Council and Senate maps

By: - May 9, 2022

A group of Democratic voters and public figures are suing New Hampshire’s secretary of state over the state’s newly drawn districts for Senate and Executive Council, arguing they are designed to benefit Republicans. In a May 6 lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Superior Court, 12 plaintiffs claim the lawmakers drawing the districts used gerrymandering techniques to […]

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State tightens regulations for tinted windshields

By: - May 9, 2022

New Hampshire will soon have tighter regulations for vehicle windshield tinting after the enactment of a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu last week. House Bill 1110 raises the required transparency levels for after-market windshield tinting from 35 percent minimum light transmittance to 70 percent, meaning that the windshields must allow twice as much light […]

Opponents say ‘parental bill of rights’ could undermine trust between LGBTQ students, staff

By: - May 9, 2022

New Hampshire schools could be swept into a new cultural divide after the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to guarantee parental rights to be informed of sensitive information that their children divulge to school staff.  In a vote Thursday, the Senate passed House Bill 1431, named the “parental bill of rights,” bringing the measure […]

Gov. Chris Sununu and reporters at the Executive Council table

House tables Sununu-backed housing development bill

By: - May 5, 2022

The New Hampshire House voted to table a major overhaul of zoning requirements Thursday, dealing a blow to an effort by Gov. Chris Sununu and housing advocates to speed up development in the state.  In a narrow 170-159 vote, the House laid Senate Bill 400 on the table, cutting off the possibility of extensive debate.  […]

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After delay, Executive Council approves Sununu’s $100 million workforce housing grant program

By: - May 4, 2022

New Hampshire’s Executive Council signed off Wednesday on a program to distribute $100 million in federal funding toward workforce housing efforts. Voting 4-1, the council approved the program two weeks after tabling it over a lack of details and the absence of safeguards for affordable housing.  The program, touted by Gov. Chris Sununu, will use […]

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In wake of council vote, some affordability requirements added to $100 million housing plan

By: - May 3, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s administration has released more details on its proposed $100 million housing plan – including new income limits for projects over a certain size – after the Executive Council voted to table the program over affordability concerns.  In a letter sent to the council Friday and released publicly Monday, Department of Business and […]

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New Hampshire Democrats race to pull first-in-the-nation primary from uncertainty

By: - May 3, 2022

This story was updated at 8:40 a.m. to correct Bill Clinton’s finishing place in the 1992 New Hampshire primary. He finished second. It’s no secret how revered Bill Clinton’s 1992 New Hampshire presidential primary comeback is by the state’s Democratic Party.  But in case anyone forgot, the party built a shrine.  Inside the Anita Freedman […]