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House negotiators seek addition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

BY: - June 15, 2021

House Republican budget negotiators appear ready to approve a revised version of New Hampshire’s “divisive concepts” bill – the proposal to ban teachers and government employees from teaching that structural racism and sexism definitively exist in American society. But the House is pushing for one addition before signing on. In addition to the teaching prohibitions […]

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Health care providers say ‘no problem’ on new OSHA standards

BY: - June 15, 2021

Under a new safety rule from the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration, health care providers in nearly all settings have 30 days to assess their COVID-19 hazards, write a plan for mitigating virus spread, and erect barriers when safe distancing is impossible. New Hampshire providers say that won’t be a heavy burden. “Safety of […]

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Lawmakers move to scrap proposal for buffer between state parks, landfills

BY: - June 14, 2021

This story was updated on June 15, 2021 to correct Sen. Kevin Avard’s chamber. On Monday, lawmakers from the House and Senate met to negotiate legislation that would create a two-mile buffer between state parks and landfills. The Senate, which had previously voted down the proposal, was unwilling to agree with a compromise proposed by […]

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Several bills headed to the governor’s desk

BY: - June 11, 2021

On Thursday, the House and the Senate sent several pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk, with both bodies having reviewed the bills and concurred on any changes made up to this point. A total of 24 bills were concurred on in the Senate, and 51 were concurred on in the House.  When a bill […]

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Sununu announces end to state of emergency

BY: - June 10, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu announced an end to New Hampshire’s state of emergency Thursday, 16 months after invoking executive powers at the onset of a deadly pandemic. During a weekly press conference addressing the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sununu said that the state of emergency would sunset Friday evening.  “The state of emergency is […]

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Unable to reach agreement with Senate, House kills a handful of bills

BY: - June 10, 2021

There’s a long road between introducing a bill and that bill being signed into law.  In a Thursday session, the House killed several pieces of legislation, unable to reach agreement with the Senate as final deadlines approach to either agree on bills that will be sent to the governor or hash out the differences in […]

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Dalton passes temporary emergency zoning by small margin

BY: - June 9, 2021

At Dalton’s town meeting day, a measure to extend temporary emergency zoning for another year passed in a narrow vote, 135-130. Those in support of the measure hope it will help prevent a proposed landfill from being sited next to Forest Lake State Park.  This issue, which has divided the town, has also become a […]

State looks out of state for children’s mental health care

BY: - June 8, 2021

With approximately 30 children waiting each day in emergency rooms for psychiatric care, the state is talking with three out-of-state hospitals about providing 10 to 15 in-patient beds for their mental health needs. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette has not named the hospitals but told the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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House, Senate debate making FAFSA college aid applications a high school graduation requirement

BY: - June 8, 2021

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are at odds over an obscure education debate: whether to require high school students to fill out federal college aid applications in order to graduate. Members of the Senate have voted to introduce the requirement. Voting 24-0 in March, the chamber passed Senate Bill 147, part of which would […]

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Remote public hearing on ER hold proposal for mental health patients set for Tuesday

BY: - June 7, 2021

The public will get its first chance Tuesday to weigh in on a controversial new proposal that would let hospitals – as well as the state – detain people in emergency rooms until they can be connected with mental health treatment.  The length of that proposed hold is just one of many unanswered questions surrounding […]

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Sununu says he wouldn’t veto budget over abortion restriction

BY: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signaled support Thursday for a proposal to criminalize abortions in New Hampshire after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a major announcement that could smooth passage of the Republican state budget this month.  In an interview with talk radio host Chris Ryan Thursday, Sununu said he had no objections to the inclusion of the […]

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Supporters of bill to help small businesses puzzled by House committee recommendation

BY: - June 2, 2021

Nearly 7,600 of the state’s small businesses received a lifeline when federal “Main Street” pandemic aid arrived last year – but only if they had opened at least nine months before COVID-19 hit. After hearing from some of those excluded business owners earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate voted, 23-1, in favor of legislation […]