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Utilities commission: Liberty cannot recoup Granite Bridge costs from ratepayers

BY: - November 16, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission has rejected Liberty Utilities’ bid to recoup $7.5 million related to Granite Bridge, a pipeline project that never ended up happening. Liberty has 30 days from when the Oct. 29 decision was issued to appeal. The utility’s attempt to recover its costs drew pushback from the consumer advocate, who said the […]

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‘Veto Day’ scheduled for Jan. 5 and 6

BY: - November 16, 2021

It won’t be one day, but two, and there won’t be many vetoes to speak of. But after months of delay, New Hampshire’s “Veto Day” finally has a calendar date.  Lawmakers in the House and Senate will be returning Jan. 5 and 6 to take up the seven vetoes issued by Gov. Chris Sununu over […]

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House committee recommends ending ban on campaign paraphernalia in polling places

BY: - November 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s ban on voter-worn campaign clothing and paraphernalia on Election Day could be eliminated under a bill recommended on party lines by a House committee Friday. Voting 11-9, the House Election Law Committee recommended “ought to pass” on House Bill 87, which would strike out a law prohibiting the items inside polling places. The […]

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Amendment aims to expand exemptions from vaccine requirements

BY: - November 15, 2021

This story was updated November 15, 2021  at 2:45 p.m. to include a comment from the governor.  Lawmakers will hold a public hearing Tuesday on an amendment that would not only add private employers and schools to those disallowed from requiring vaccines but also create a conscientious objection exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine.  That last […]

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Utilities commission rejects energy efficiency plan

BY: - November 13, 2021

Following a 10-month delay on a plan designed to go into effect at the start of the year, the Public Utilities Commission has denied what would have been the state’s most ambitious triennial energy efficiency plan to date. That plan proposed spending over $350 million on energy efficiency over the next three years.  All of […]

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Committee votes to recommend bill creating renewable portfolio standard exemption

BY: - November 12, 2021

The House Ways and Means Committee has given the green light to a bill that would exempt state and local governments, including cities and towns, from paying into what’s called the renewable portfolio standard.  The “ought to pass” recommendation on Wednesday for House Bill 614, which was retained last session, followed a a flurry of […]

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Study committee issues recommendations on medical intervention and immunization laws

BY: - November 12, 2021

After six days of testimony from state officials, health care leaders, business organizations, and more than 50 members of the public, a legislative study committee charged with looking at medical intervention and immunization laws has two recommendations for lawmakers.  Employers, its report said, should be required to grant any request for a medical, religious, or […]

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How federal funds will bolster infrastructure in New Hampshire

BY: - November 11, 2021

Another windfall of federal money is expected to start flowing into New Hampshire soon, as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed Congress is now awaiting a signature from President Joe Biden to become law. Here’s what we know about how those funds would help bolster infrastructure and clean energy in New Hampshire. […]

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Attorney general signs on to lawsuit challenging vaccine mandate for health care workers

BY: - November 11, 2021

This story was updated November 12, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. to correct the spelling of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.  Attorney General John Formella announced Wednesday that he will join a third multi-state lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandates, this time the mandate for health care workers.  “The available COVD-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and the state understands […]

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Schools, parents raise concerns over state rules restricting remote learning

BY: - November 10, 2021

School administrators and teachers appeared before the State Board of Education Wednesday to voice opposition to a proposed rule that would prevent school districts from imposing schoolwide remote learning due to COVID-19. But Drew Cline, the board’s chairman, pushed back at some of the criticism, arguing that the current rule does not adequately include parental […]

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Goldner confirmed as chairman of utilities commission

BY: - November 10, 2021

Dan Goldner was confirmed as the new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission in a 4-1 vote by the Executive Council on Wednesday. Carleton Simpson, who worked most recently as a lawyer for Unitil, one of the state’s electric utilities, was also confirmed, 5-0, to serve as a commissioner. Cinde Warmington, a Democrat, was the […]

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Sununu joins businesses to blast employer vaccine mandate

BY: - November 8, 2021

As New Hampshire joins a multi-state lawsuit against a Biden administration employee vaccine mandate, some state business leaders are arguing the mandate will cause them to lose employees.  At a press conference Monday, a group of business representatives argued the new mandate – which directs businesses with employees of 100 or more to require vaccines […]