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Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms, and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

Lawmakers work on bill to make it easier for people to remove records from vaccine registry

BY: - May 10, 2022

Currently, the state will remove a person’s immunization records from its new vaccine registry only if their former or current health care provider signs a withdrawal form. The House and Senate have passed legislation making that process easier, but have rejected efforts to eliminate the signature requirement. As introduced, House Bill 1487 would have required […]

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Senate, House agree to 2023 performance audit of education freedom account program

BY: - May 10, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation requiring a performance audit of the education freedom account program in 2023 in a rare point of bipartisan agreement over a divisive new initiative. In a unanimous voice vote May 5, the Senate approved House Bill 1135, which would require the state’s legislative budget assistant to examine how […]

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Measure to protect enslavement-era gravesites of African Americans defeated by House

BY: - May 10, 2022

A legislative effort to protect enslavement-era African American graves was voted down last week. The House sent Senate Bill 258 to interim study on Thursday in a 180-146 vote without discussion. Ahead of the vote, members of the House Committee on Resources, Recreation, and Development recommended further study on the bill, questioning whether it was […]

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State tightens regulations for tinted windshields

BY: - May 9, 2022

New Hampshire will soon have tighter regulations for vehicle windshield tinting after the enactment of a law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu last week. House Bill 1110 raises the required transparency levels for after-market windshield tinting from 35 percent minimum light transmittance to 70 percent, meaning that the windshields must allow twice as much light […]

New Hampshire Executive Council and Senate redistricting maps signed into law

BY: - May 6, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu signed two maps into law on Friday that will determine the voting districts for New Hampshire Senate and Executive Council races for the next 10 years if the maps withstand anticipated challenges in the courts. Sununu asked the Legislature to do away with the dragon-shaped District 2 in the current Executive Council […]

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House passes Burgess BioPower and renewable natural gas bills, balks at youth climate panel

BY: - May 6, 2022

Under a midnight deadline to act on all bills Thursday, the House advanced legislation supporting biomass power and renewable natural gas projects, while halting a youth environmental commission – an effort that would have given young people a seat at the table for the energy decisions impacting their future.  The Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin, […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday.  The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

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House tables Sununu-backed housing development bill

BY: - May 5, 2022

The New Hampshire House voted to table a major overhaul of zoning requirements Thursday, dealing a blow to an effort by Gov. Chris Sununu and housing advocates to speed up development in the state.  In a narrow 170-159 vote, the House laid Senate Bill 400 on the table, cutting off the possibility of extensive debate.  […]

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Senate passes landfill buffer zone legislation

BY: - May 5, 2022

After a two-year fight over landfill buffer zones, the Senate passed a bill aimed at protecting drinking water from contamination in a 16-8 vote following a heated debate on the Senate floor.  House Bill 1454 establishes a buffer between landfills and bodies of water, requiring landfills to be sited far enough away so contaminated groundwater […]

Iowa Democrats offer ‘significant’ caucus changes in bid for first-in-the-nation status

BY: - May 5, 2022

Iowa Democrats offered to change the caucus process Wednesday, part of a bid to retain the state’s first-in-the-nation status amid opposition from the national party. “We recognize that caucuses need to change with the times,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn wrote in a letter to the Democratic National Committee. “What worked in 1976 is […]

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House Republicans block Democrats’ attempts to take up legislation protecting abortion rights

BY: - May 4, 2022

House Democrats’ renewed efforts to pass bills protecting rights to an abortion failed Wednesday when a majority of House members blocked consideration of the legislation. Rep. Steven Smith, a Charlestown Republican, faulted Democrats for bringing forth the bills, two of which had been previously tabled, while the House was still considering pending legislation.  “When I […]