Briefs

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Attorney general files complaint accusing Dover woman of violating Civil Rights Act

BY: - October 7, 2021

Attorney General John Formella filed an enforcement action on Thursday against Kristina Graper of Dover, who is accused of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act. The complaint against Graper, 51, accuses her of threatening a Black 9-year-old child in a Dover park on May 10. Graper told the child she would “kneel on his […]

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New Hampshire contributes to a record year for abortion restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 19 states to enact a total of 106 abortion restrictions in the past year, the most in a single year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute. The prior record was set in 2011, when 89 new laws were enacted by […]

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State officials hosting online forum to discuss secure psychiatric facility proposal

BY: - October 6, 2021

With nearly $40 million in place to build a new secure psychiatric facility near the state hospital, state officials are hosting an online forum Thursday evening to discuss their proposal and take questions and comments from the public. Currently, the state’s only secure psychiatric facility is within the state prison, where patients include jail and […]

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Liberty argues for more natural gas in hearing before utilities commission

BY: - October 6, 2021

Liberty Utilities on Wednesday made its case before the Public Utilities Commission to bring more natural gas to New Hampshire. At issue is a proposed 20-year contract between Liberty Utilities and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would bring 40,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the state, a 20 to 25 percent increase to […]

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Commission to study small-scale local production of power

BY: - October 5, 2021

A legislative study commission tasked with determining whether small-scale energy producers in the state should get credit for cutting the cost of moving electricity over large distances met for the first time on Tuesday. When energy is produced nearby, it doesn’t have to go through the high-voltage power lines that run across the country. It […]

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Biden administration ends Title X ‘gag rule’ that affected state’s family planning centers

BY: - October 5, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday cleared the way for low-cost reproductive health care providers recently defunded by the Executive Council to reclaim federal funding they lost under a Trump administration “gag rule.”  Most of the state’s low-cost reproductive health care providers left the Title X program after a rule change prohibited them from referring patients […]

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Sununu says fiscal committee chairman should be removed over COVID vaccine misinformation

BY: - October 4, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Monday he supports removing Rep. Ken Weyler as chairman of the powerful Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee following Weyler’s continued dissemination of unproven and outlandish claims about the COVID-19 vaccine, including octopus-like creatures living in the vaccine and vaccinated parents having babies with “pitch black” eyes and premature aging. Meanwhile, House Speaker […]

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Interim funding approved for electric assistance program

BY: - October 4, 2021

A program to help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills has been funded, but only for October and November. Each year, the state’s electric utilities submit budgets to fund the program that must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission before they can go into effect.  The program budget usually runs from October […]

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Legislative Ethics Committee rebukes representative over sharing of anti-Semitic cartoon

BY: - October 1, 2021

A House Republican issued a public apology Thursday for posting an anti-Semitic image on the conservative website Parler, following a determination by the Legislative Ethics Committee that he had violated multiple State House policies.  “I sincerely apologize for the echoing of a meme with an image that turned out to be deeply offensive,” Rep. James […]

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House redistricting committee to work around a deadline issue regarding city wards

BY: - October 1, 2021

House districts include city wards, but some cities won’t finish redrawing their wards to reflect the most recent census data until January. That’s a problem for the House because its maps are due in November, two months before city wards will be finalized. In a Wednesday meeting of the House Special Redistricting Committee, representatives voted […]

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Cut to meals and rooms tax to take effect on Friday

BY: - September 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s meals and rooms tax will decrease 0.5 percent starting Friday, a result of a change in the 2021-2023 budget that brings the rate down to 8.5 percent. As of Oct. 1, those in New Hampshire eating at restaurants and food service establishments, purchasing alcohol at bars, staying at hotels and app-driven accommodations on […]

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State urges municipalities to use federal funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

BY: - September 29, 2021

When it comes to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire, needed updates total a whopping $1 billion, according to estimates from the state Department of Environmental Services. The department is now encouraging municipalities to leverage federal funding to move long-needed projects forward. While federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act doesn’t […]