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House lawmakers retain bill on calculation of school adequacy funding

BY: - May 21, 2021

A House committee on Thursday pushed aside an effort to give additional funding to New Hampshire schools after COVID-19, continuing a growing rift between House and Senate lawmakers over how best to help public schools. In a party-line vote, the House Education Committee voted to retain Senate Bill 135, which would have required the Department […]

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Senate amends, passes campaign finance bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would remove voluntary expenditure limits, a spending program for candidates that has largely fallen into disuse. The proposal also increases the reporting threshold for campaign contributions and changes the maximum contribution a person can make. Sen. James Gray said the changes would create “an even playing field […]

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Young Democratic Caucus pushes Sununu on mental health care spending

BY: - May 21, 2021

The House Young Democratic Caucus called on Gov. Chris Sununu Friday to move quickly on using $10.7 million in new federal aid to expand mental health care across the state. The lawmakers also said they’ll be introducing legislation next session to give minors more mental health options, bolster counseling in schools, and recruit mental health […]

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Legislation for affordable housing tax breaks sent to governor

BY: - May 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill allowing cities and towns to designate tax-break areas for affordable-housing development, sending the bill to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  House Bill 154, which passed on a voice vote Thursday, would allow cities and towns to make any area within their borders into a “community revitalization” area and set […]

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Senate committee rejects attempts to undo abortion restrictions

BY: - May 20, 2021

This story was updated May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with new information from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. In party line votes, the Senate Finance Committee rejected attempts to undo two House restrictions on abortion Wednesday that House Republicans have said are nonnegotiable.  If those budget line items make it through the […]

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Lawmakers take up ‘vaccine freedom’ measures

BY: - May 19, 2021

A Senate committee put limits around one “vaccine freedom” bill Wednesday, but another much broader one may be headed over from the House.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 220, which seeks to allow most people to refuse any vaccine or medical intervention. The amended version limits […]

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Bill that would roll back bail reform retained by lawmakers

BY: - May 19, 2021

Lawmakers shelved a set of proposed changes to New Hampshire’s bail system Wednesday, kicking a complicated policy debate into 2022. Voting 12-9, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Committee moved to retain a bill that would have walked back some steps the state has taken toward bail reform. That bill, Senate […]

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House committee rejects police reform bill amendment

BY: - May 18, 2021

A New Hampshire House committee has killed a last-minute Democratic effort to hold police departments and other public bodies liable for their employees.  In a 14-7 vote, the House Judiciary Committee voted to defeat an amendment that would have allowed a person to sue a public employer – including a police department – for any […]

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Lawmakers work on details of proposed Department of Energy

BY: - May 18, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee continued hammering out a proposal to create a new Department of Energy, adding positions to the Public Utilities Commission, and clarifying the so-called firewall between the utilities commission and the proposed department. State Budget Director Matt Mailloux presented an amendment to the panel to add attorney and clerk positions […]

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Sununu says extra federal unemployment benefits to end June 19, announces stipend program

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will end the extra federal unemployment benefits on June 19, including the $300 weekly payment being collected by nearly 35,500 people in the state. He also announced he has set aside $10 million to pay stipends of $500 and $1,000 to people who come off unemployment and get a […]

Democrats say Sununu lacked ‘necessary urgency’ on mental health crisis

BY: - May 18, 2021

Before the Senate finalizes its changes to the House’s budget, Democratic senators want two things noted: Now is not the time to cut mental health funding, and Gov. Chris Sununu had the money in 2019 to make urgent the mental health investments he’s now calling for in Thursday’s executive order. “There was so much that […]

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Proposed business tax cuts projected to cost state $60 million in first year

BY: - May 17, 2021

A series of tax cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Sununu and Republican lawmakers could cost the state around $60 million in revenue in the first year of implementation, the Department of Revenue Administration said in a presentation Monday.  In a document given to the Senate Ways and Means Committee Monday, the department said a combination […]