Briefs

Bible on a table with a crucifix

Bill easing restrictions on churches during state of emergency headed to governor’s desk

BY: - June 24, 2021

Churches would be no more restricted than Home Depot and liquor stores during the next state of emergency under a bill that passed the House and Senate Thursday. While churches were not closed during the pandemic, their attendance capacity was limited in the pandemic’s early days. Many businesses were restricted far less. In its initial […]

A sign saying vote here in a red arrow that points toward a line of people in a building

Lawmakers send bill moving state primary, other election law measures to governor’s desk

BY: - June 24, 2021

Both the New Hampshire House and Senate met Thursday to vote on legislation that went through committees of conference last week. House Bill 98, which moves the state primary from September to August, and Senate Bill 31, which addresses absentee ballots, are now headed to the governor’s desk.  House Bill 98: State primary The Senate […]

An eviction notice on a wooden table

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief […]

Girl stands at a kitchen sink filling a glass of water

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water, and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, was approved, 33-20, late Wednesday. […]

A man picks up a handgun at a gun store

House tables ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ bill

BY: - June 24, 2021

Local and state law enforcement won’t be prohibited from enforcing Biden administration gun restrictions – at least not immediately. The House voted, 354-19, Thursday to table Senate Bill 154, the so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary” legislation. Deputy Speaker Steven Smith, a Charlestown Republican, argued for the motion to table, saying that with more time lawmakers could […]

The state house behind a historical marker

Republican lawmakers brace for budget backlash from House ‘Freedom Caucus’ wing

BY: - June 23, 2021

Three months after they were introduced, New Hampshire’s two budget bills – House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 – are almost at the finish line. The amended version of the two bills will come up for a vote in the House and Senate Thursday; Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated he will sign them if […]

Masks hanging on a glass store door

AG withdraws business fines related to COVID-19 rule violations

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state budget up for a final vote Thursday includes $10,000 to repay the eight businesses fined for violating COVID-19 mask and social-distancing rules. But three never paid because their appeals were pending when the state of emergency ended.  The state Attorney General’s Office withdrew the fines, saying while it still believes the owners’ violations […]

A woman walks outside toward a polling place

For the People Act stalls in Washington, but what does that mean for state legislation?

BY: - June 23, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers responded to federal election reform with a proposal of their own that critics say would create a two-tier election system separating local and federal elections. But now that the For the People Act has stalled in Washington, what happens to pending legislation in New Hampshire? Senate Bill 89 contains several election law […]

An American flag sticking out of a pile of paper money

The good, the bad, and the ugly of tracking state and federal spending

BY: - June 23, 2021

This story was updated June 23, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with new information. Does the federal government spend more on defense or health care? What percentage of the federal budget has gone to COVID-19 rental assistance? How about energy conservation? The UNH Carsey School of Public Policy just released FedGovSpend, an app that answers those […]

A worker stands on top of housing stick construction

Bill to encourage affordable housing developments signed by Sununu

BY: - June 22, 2021

New Hampshire municipalities will have more tools to encourage affordable housing developments under a new law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Monday. The law, passed through House Bill 154, allows towns to expand a special tax-break program for developers who build affordable housing.  Currently, municipalities are able to designate certain parts of town to be […]

Scales of justice

Legal protection for sex workers reporting sexual assault becomes law

BY: - June 22, 2021

A bill to protect sex workers who report sexual assault was passed into law on Monday with a signature from Gov. Chris Sununu. House Bill 123 makes it clear that sex workers who report sexual abuse will not be prosecuted for prostitution, which is a misdemeanor under New Hampshire law. Advocates say the legislation sends […]

An eviction notice on a table next to a mask

State struggling to get rental assistance to those who need it

BY: - June 21, 2021

New Hampshire officials are hoping to redirect state employees to help speed up state rental assistance, Gov. Chris Sununu said last week – a key priority as a federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire soon. But the state is still struggling to find people to work in the agencies that help distribute the […]