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Sununu says fiscal committee chairman should be removed over COVID vaccine misinformation

BY: - October 4, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Monday he supports removing Rep. Ken Weyler as chairman of the powerful Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee following Weyler’s continued dissemination of unproven and outlandish claims about the COVID-19 vaccine, including octopus-like creatures living in the vaccine and vaccinated parents having babies with “pitch black” eyes and premature aging. Meanwhile, House Speaker […]

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Interim funding approved for electric assistance program

BY: - October 4, 2021

A program to help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills has been funded, but only for October and November. Each year, the state’s electric utilities submit budgets to fund the program that must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission before they can go into effect.  The program budget usually runs from October […]

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Legislative Ethics Committee rebukes representative over sharing of anti-Semitic cartoon

BY: - October 1, 2021

A House Republican issued a public apology Thursday for posting an anti-Semitic image on the conservative website Parler, following a determination by the Legislative Ethics Committee that he had violated multiple State House policies.  “I sincerely apologize for the echoing of a meme with an image that turned out to be deeply offensive,” Rep. James […]

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House redistricting committee to work around a deadline issue regarding city wards

BY: - October 1, 2021

House districts include city wards, but some cities won’t finish redrawing their wards to reflect the most recent census data until January. That’s a problem for the House because its maps are due in November, two months before city wards will be finalized. In a Wednesday meeting of the House Special Redistricting Committee, representatives voted […]

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Cut to meals and rooms tax to take effect on Friday

BY: - September 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s meals and rooms tax will decrease 0.5 percent starting Friday, a result of a change in the 2021-2023 budget that brings the rate down to 8.5 percent. As of Oct. 1, those in New Hampshire eating at restaurants and food service establishments, purchasing alcohol at bars, staying at hotels and app-driven accommodations on […]

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State urges municipalities to use federal funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

BY: - September 29, 2021

When it comes to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire, needed updates total a whopping $1 billion, according to estimates from the state Department of Environmental Services. The department is now encouraging municipalities to leverage federal funding to move long-needed projects forward. While federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act doesn’t […]

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Committee signs off on amended bill that would eliminate ultrasound requirement for all abortions

BY: and - September 28, 2021

With the support of a Republican lawmaker, the House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed, 11-10, an amended bill Tuesday that would eliminate the state’s new ultrasound requirement for all abortions.  The amendment followed a confusing debate over competing language and landed in an unlikely place, House Bill 622, which sought to ban virtually all abortions except […]

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Bill to bar discrimination based on hairstyle fails to gain committee’s support

BY: - September 28, 2021

A proposal to bar “discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity” was deemed “inexpedient to legislate” by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in an 11-10 vote along party lines. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, spoke in support of the bill, as well as an amendment that was introduced to broaden the […]

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House committee recommends end to COVID-19 civil immunity bill

BY: - September 28, 2021

House lawmakers appear to be moving against a bill that would give New Hampshire businesses immunity against certain COVID-19 lawsuits. In a near-unanimous vote Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee recommended that the bill be killed, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle stating that it was no longer necessary or relevant. The bill, House […]

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Executive Council to vote on $5 million in federal money for agencies that assist crime victims

BY: - September 28, 2021

Advocates say the $5 million in federal funding for crime victims up for approval at the Executive Council Wednesday could not come at a better time. They were anticipating a drop in their usual grant funding just as reports of violence and abuse against adults and children have surged. “Core services will remain in place […]

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Senate GOP torpedoes U.S. government funding bill, raising odds of federal fiscal crises

BY: - September 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure to briefly keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, as well as to increase the borrowing […]

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Judge rules against plaintiffs in lawsuit over early end to enhanced federal unemployment benefits

BY: - September 27, 2021

A state superior court judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed against the state challenging Gov. Chris Sununu’s early end to federal pandemic unemployment assistance. In her ruling, Judge Jacalyn Colburn refuted the plaintiffs’ arguments that the state had no authority to end a federal program prematurely.  The lawsuit, brought by four people who received federal […]