Briefs

Court releases congressional district maps drawn by special master

BY: - May 27, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court released congressional district maps drawn by the appointed “special master,” Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford law professor, on Friday, a day after the Legislature failed to produce a viable one of its own by the legislative deadline. The court rejected a motion to dismiss the plan filed by President Sen. Chuck […]

Senate drops bail reform rollback bill after apparent drafting errors

BY: - May 27, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate abandoned a bill intended to pare back sections of the 2018 bail reform law Thursday, in a surprise turnaround brought about by drafting errors in the final legislation. Voting unanimously, senators opted to table the legislation, House Bill 1476, which would have imposed stricter requirements around jailing people charged with crimes […]

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Bid to cut unemployment benefits in half fails

BY: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would have cut unemployment benefits in half unless the state’s unemployment rate reached 8 percent failed Thursday. The rest of Senate Bill 401 passed with $75 million for bridge repairs and police body cameras and dashboard cameras for Department of Transportation vehicles. As introduced, the bipartisan bill sought to increase the Medicaid reimbursement […]

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Congressional district maps en route to governor

BY: - May 26, 2022

Update: 3:11 p.m. Gov. Chris Sununu told a WMUR reporter he will veto the congressional district map passed by the Legislature Thursday.  “The citizens of  New Hampshire will not accept this map, which moves both members of Congress into the same district. Our races have to be fair, which is why I will veto this […]

DES poised to get $30,000 to address cyanobacteria

BY: - May 25, 2022

Fueled by climate change, the state’s cyanobacteria problem has been worsening in recent years – making some rivers and lakes potentially harmful to human health. On Thursday, lawmakers in the House and Senate will vote on House Bill 1066 – one attempt to tackle this problem. If both bodies approve it, the bill would advance […]

Compromise bill would protect AG’s ability to monitor nonprofits, charitable trusts

BY: - May 24, 2022

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Office to continue its close monitoring of charitable trusts and nonprofits, including sham charities.  Under the latest changes to Senate Bill 302, the office’s Charitable Trusts Unit would be allowed to get the names of volunteer board members, officers, directors, registered […]

Game camera legislation fails ahead of deadline

BY: - May 23, 2022

This story was updated at 2:04 p.m. on May 23, 2022 to include comments from Rep. Terry Roy, the prime sponsor of House Bill 490. Negotiations failed to reach the finish line last week on a bill that would have established rules for placing game cameras and temporary tree stands and blinds on private land. […]

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Farmers market food assistance program bill won’t advance after lawmaker balks at amendment  

BY: - May 20, 2022

An agreement to advance a bill that contained funding for a food assistance program at farmers markets crumbled ahead of Thursday’s legislative deadline for lawmakers to sign off on final negotiations. Rep. John Hunt, a Rindge Republican, declined to sign off on House Bill 1099, and Speaker of the House Sherman Packard didn’t replace him […]

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Bill to require parental permission for youth risk survey fails

BY: - May 20, 2022

A bill that would have jeopardized the ability of child advocates, public health leaders, and law enforcement to identify and address youth health risks has died.  House Bill 1639 would have required parents to grant permission for their child to participate in an anonymous survey that asks high school students about their exposure to substances, […]

Game cameras pit hunters against landowners

BY: - May 19, 2022

Game cameras in the woods of New Hampshire have become increasingly common to the dismay of some landowners who are concerned about their privacy. Lawmakers Wednesday reached a final agreement on a bill addressing that tension, while also adjusting when hunters can set up tree stands and blinds on private property. House Bill 490 would […]

Sununu vows veto of ‘parental bill of rights’

BY: - May 19, 2022

This story and headline were updated on May 19 at 2:16 p.m. to reflect Gov. Chris Sununu’s statement vowing to veto the final version of the bill. Gov. Chris Sununu vowed to veto a controversial “parental rights” bill Thursday, arguing that it could cause “challenges” to children, hours after Republican Senate and House negotiators had […]

Compromise reached on bill that would allow store owners to sell keno tickets

BY: - May 18, 2022

It’s looking like good news for store owners who want to sell and not just cash in keno tickets. Currently only bars and restaurants can sell the tickets, which allow players to pick one to 12 numbers and wager $1 to $25.  But in a compromise bill that will go before the full House and […]