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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Sununu signs bill to fund crisis intervention training for police

By: - July 8, 2022

New Hampshire will devote $1.1 million to train more police officers in crisis intervention under a bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Friday.  State lawmakers will also study the creation of a “mental health incident review board” to examine cases where police officers use deadly force against people with mental health problems, the bill states. […]

Impact of state firearms law on federal firearms package unclear

By: - July 7, 2022

President Biden signed a package of firearms regulations last month, a rare example of bipartisanship hailed by gun safety advocates.  But just how smoothly the federal act will roll out in New Hampshire is unclear. A new state law, House Bill 1178, bars state and local officials from helping to enforce federal firearms laws unless […]

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State begins accepting applications for school security grants

By: - July 6, 2022

New Hampshire schools can begin applying for funding to upgrade school security this week, the Department of Education announced, a week after the Executive Council approved the federal funds. “With these grants, schools will be able to put important safety initiatives into place to ensure that the children and staff members remain safe,” said Jennifer […]

Housing development fund to open for applications next week

By: - July 5, 2022

New Hampshire rental housing developers will have two months starting next week to apply for their share of a $100 million housing development program, Gov. Chris Sununu and state officials said Tuesday. The announcement came as the state released new details about the program.  “I have no doubt all this money is going to be […]

State officials warn of increase in non-opioid drugs laced with fentanyl

By: - June 30, 2022

State officials are warning the public about the risk of fentanyl-laced drugs amid evidence that New Hampshire has seen an uptick in overdoses this year. At a press conference outside Concord Hospital Thursday, Gov. Chris Sununu, Commissioner Bob Quinn of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, and a panel of medical professionals said those increases […]

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Council approves provider contract for paid leave program amid some skepticism from Republicans

By: - June 30, 2022

One year after the Legislature added a paid family and medical leave program to the state budget, the state has found a partner to launch the plans.  Officials with the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Employment Security have selected MetLife, a national insurance company, to set up and administer the new plans. […]

While awaiting guidance on state’s $100 million housing fund, developers ponder the pitfalls

By: - June 29, 2022

When affordable housing developer NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire embarked on its latest project – an affordable housing development in Nashua – it should have been familiar territory.  The development is slated to hold 45 one- to two-bedroom units. Just three years ago, NeighborWorks, a nonprofit based in Manchester, completed a similar project in Merrimack: 45 […]

Sununu signs bill barring state enforcement of federal firearms laws

By: - June 27, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill barring state and local law enforcement from enforcing federal firearms statutes and rules Friday, handing a victory to firearms rights groups that have bristled at recent federal gun regulations. In signing House Bill 1178, Sununu created a new statute prohibiting any representative of the state or a political subdivision […]

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State Democrats call for special legislative session to codify Roe

By: - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade does not stop access to abortions under New Hampshire law. But as reactions to the ruling spilled out Friday, many in the state turned immediately to political action. On Friday, state Democrats called on Gov. Chris Sununu to hold a special legislative session to pass […]

State Sen. Donna Soucy, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, Sen. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and DNC committee member Joanne Dowdell sit before the DNC's Rules and Bylaws committee to defend New Hampshire's first in the nation presidential primary.

New Hampshire political leaders make case to DNC: Keep our first-in-the-nation primary

By: - June 24, 2022

The New Hampshire Democrats filed in solemnly, armed with speeches to keep their party’s support and defend the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. But first, they passed out goodie bags.  As members of the Democratic National Committee’s powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee sat around long tables Wednesday evening, waiting to hear New Hampshire’s defense of its […]

Amid hiring woes, lawmakers approve state employee retention programs

By: - June 23, 2022

State lawmakers have approved a pair of programs that officials say will help them recruit and retain employees during a difficult hiring period. In a series of votes Friday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the creation of a referral program to incentivize current state employees to bring on new employees in the next year […]

Bill headed to Sununu’s desk would stop state cooperation with federal firearms laws

By: - June 21, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu will soon need to decide whether to sign a bill to prevent New Hampshire law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal agencies over enforcement of federal firearms laws. But exactly how the law might be applied – and how it might affect a firearms regulation package being negotiated in Washington – has […]