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Legislature fails to override Sununu’s vetoes on state primary, background checks

BY: - January 5, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 5 at 1:49 p.m. to correct the number of vetoes taken up by lawmakers on Wednesday. State lawmakers upheld all six of Gov. Chris Sununu’s remaining 2021 vetoes Wednesday, failing to override Sununu’s rejections of bills to move the state’s primary date and overhaul the gun background check system.  But […]

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Watchdog group criticizes Senate Republicans for proposed redistricting maps

BY: - January 4, 2022

Senate Republicans and Democrats released their plans for redrawing Senate and Executive Council maps last week. As expected, the parties disagree about how voting districts should look for the next decade.  An initial independent review of the maps by Open Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit, found the Republican proposals for Senate districts were “atrocious,” worse than […]

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GOP lawmakers seek to broaden exemptions for non-COVID school vaccine mandates

BY: - January 4, 2022

As opposition to COVID-19 vaccines continues, some Republican lawmakers are seeking to broaden exemptions for all vaccines for New Hampshire school children – including polio. A bill set to appear before the Legislature this year would allow parents to seek exemptions for the statewide school vaccine requirements if they are a “conscientious objector.” Under current […]

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Gardner, the nation’s longest-serving secretary of state, retiring

BY: - January 3, 2022

Bill Gardner, who has served as New Hampshire’s secretary of state since 1976, announced on Monday that he plans to retire this week. David Scanlan, the current deputy secretary of state, will take over the post, according to Gardner.  The decision, which came as a surprise, opens the possibility of a multi-candidate race for secretary […]

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Executive Council approves request to address staffing issues at Sununu Center

BY: - January 3, 2022

An increased need for juvenile mental health services and a historic challenge in recruiting youth counselors for the Sununu Youth Services Center has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to a staffing agency for help. The Executive Council has approved the department’s request to pay Maxim Healthcare in Manchester nearly $847,000 in federal […]

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Lawmakers seek to add PUC deadline to energy efficiency legislation

BY: - January 3, 2022

Rep. Michael Vose, an Epping Republican, and Sen. David Watters, a Dover Democrat, have drafted an amendment to House Bill 549, which would increase funding for state energy efficiency programs. The bill – not including the latest amendment – will be up for a vote this week, during a flurry of voting as legislators take […]

Report: Disparate outcomes for girls tied to race, geography, and gender

BY: - December 30, 2021

While most of New Hampshire’s girls are white, the population of diverse girls increased by 61 percent between 2006 and 2019, according to a new report by the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. Of the 125,000 girls who live in New Hampshire, 7 percent are Hispanic or Latina, 5 percent are multiracial, 3 percent are Asian, […]

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New Hampshire to get $4.2 million to mitigate school lunch supply issues

BY: - December 29, 2021

New Hampshire schools will receive $4.2 million in federal assistance to address the supply chain problems they’ve had with school meal programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. In a recent press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA had finalized state allocations for the new assistance program, which will distribute $1.5 billion in […]

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PUC staffer nominated as ‘special commissioner’ on energy efficiency program dispute

BY: - December 22, 2021

Attorney F. Anne Ross was nominated at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting to serve as a special commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission, which she works for as general counsel. If confirmed, Ross would be acting on a total of 26 various issues that are currently before the utilities commission, including the contentious triennial energy efficiency […]

Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

BY: - December 21, 2021

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among […]

Rejected family planning contracts headed back to Executive Council

BY: - December 20, 2021

Family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and two other health centers will go back before the Executive Council Wednesday – three months after the council voted them down 4-1 along party lines.                                        Nothing […]

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ACLU joins NEA to file second lawsuit against “divisive concepts” law

BY: - December 20, 2021

A group of advocacy groups has teamed up to file a lawsuit against New Hampshire officials over a new law regulating what can be taught in classrooms – one week after a separate teacher’s union brought its own legal challenge. In a news release Monday, the National Education Association of New Hampshire and the American […]