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Fiscal committee approves $1.14 million for refugee programs

BY: - January 24, 2022

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday approved $1.14 million in federal funding for refugee programs, including job development and placement, as well as new programs for Afghan refugees.  The money would fund ongoing programs, as well as four new programs, including a mental health initiative and three programs specific to Afghan refugees: a school […]

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$500,000 in federal money going to Planned Parenthood

BY: - January 21, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the largest provider of low-cost reproductive health care in the state’s Family Planning Program, will get $500,000 in federal money to help replace state funding denied by the Executive Council. The federal delegation, which requested the money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in December, announced […]

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DHHS commissioner says two behavioral health hospitals are in the works

BY: - January 21, 2022

HCA Healthcare’s proposed 96-bed behavioral health hospital in New Hampshire is one of two in development, Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette told lawmakers Friday. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved her request to provide HCA Healthcare and Portsmouth Regional Hospital $15 million in federal pandemic aid to help with construction costs. Shibinette said […]

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Legislation on removal of election officials draws criticism

BY: - January 21, 2022

The House Election Law Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would allow voters to remove election officials from office by suing them – a move opponents say would open the door to frivolous or politically motivated lawsuits and make it even harder to fill these positions. One of the sponsors of House Bill […]

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Sponsor of same-day registration overhaul bill submits amendment to pare back reach

BY: - January 20, 2022

The lead backer of a sweeping bill to overhaul New Hampshire’s same-day registration process made a late change Thursday, paring back its scope.  Senate Bill 418 would require the secretary of state and town election officials to invalidate the ballot of any voter who did not have the proper documentation to register to vote on […]

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State spent $4.17 million defending 2017 voting law

BY: - January 20, 2022

The state spent $4.17 million in attorneys’ fees for two lawsuits over a 2017 Republican-backed voting law, according to a letter from Attorney General John Formella to Sen. Cindy Rosenwald. Both the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and the state Democratic Party sued the state over the law – often called Senate Bill […]

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Democratic lawmakers push to include consent awareness in school health education

BY: - January 19, 2022

The problem is rarely addressed by teachers. But sexual assault among students is endemic, says Rep. Debra Altschiller. “We think that schools are the best place to reach the most children to talk about personal body safety,” said Altschiller, a Stratham Democrat. “And that is their right. They have the right to be safe.”  This […]

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House committee rejects adding exceptions to state’s abortion ban

BY: - January 19, 2022

Less than a month after the state’s new 24-week abortion ban took effect, hundreds of Granite Staters – including Gov. Chris Sununu – weighed in this week on three bills that would scale back or repeal the law.  The only bill to get a vote – House Bill 1609 – sought to clarify the law’s […]

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House committee takes public input on a bill to ban Native American mascots

BY: - January 19, 2022

Members of the public weighed in on a bill to ban the use of Native American mascots during a hearing before the House Education Committee on Tuesday. The bill garnered support from the ACLU, two tribal leaders, a member of the Concord School Board, a retired teacher, and a youth group leader. House Bill 1261 […]

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Sununu petitions Treasury to allow rental relief funds to go toward affordable housing

BY: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu is continuing to push for flexibility in how New Hampshire uses federal rental relief funds, arguing that the U.S. Department of the Treasury should allow the state to apply the funds to affordable housing. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last week, Sununu requested that the federal agency grant a […]

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Senate committee advances energy efficiency bill

BY: - January 18, 2022

This article was updated at 2:44 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2022 to correct Bill Newell’s name.  A bipartisan bill that would restart state energy efficiency programs could reach the governor’s desk as early as February, after it passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.  The version […]

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Sununu sends letter in support of scaling back abortion ban to House committee

BY: - January 18, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 18, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. to include testimony given at public hearing on the bill. Gov. Chris Sununu put in writing what he has said for months: He “strongly supports” scaling back the state’s new 24-week abortion ban to allow exceptions for rape, sexual assault, incest, and fatal fetal anomalies.  […]