Government + Elections

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Study: Those eligible for food stamps may not be using program due to lack of state outreach

BY: - December 2, 2021

New Hampshire hasn’t had an outreach plan for its food stamp program in more than four years – and an analysis of recent years shows that people who are eligible may not be using the program, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. The institute found that outreach could help increase awareness of the […]

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Fiscal committee approves funds to address shortage of hospital beds

BY: - December 2, 2021

Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette offered a stark visual Thursday when she asked state fiscal officials for more flexibility spending $90 million in federal aid tackling the state’s hospital bed shortage.  Moving a single elder who doesn’t need acute hospital care to a nursing home would allow hospitals to treat as many as […]

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Squirrels, hares, and bears: As a new session approaches, a look at under-the-radar legislation

BY: , and - December 2, 2021

While proposed legislation suggests COVID-19, voting rights, and abortion will consume much of the legislative debate once lawmakers reconvene in January, there are at least 800 proposed bills focused on other matters, like snowshoe hares, funeral processions, and utility companies hoping to fell trees on private property. We read through the 874 proposed pieces of […]

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Sununu, health officials seek approval of nearly $90 million for COVID efforts

BY: - December 1, 2021

This story was updated December 2, 2021 at noon to include new budget information from the state Department of Health and Human Services. The governor and state health officials will ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee during a special meeting Thursday to expedite approval to spend nearly $90 million on their newest efforts fighting a […]

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In drawing new House maps, a divide over the definition of fair

BY: - November 22, 2021

The maps that will shape elections for the next decade made their way out of a special committee last week and are heading to the full House for a vote. But while the dramatic changes to the congressional maps have taken center stage, nonpartisan observers have their eyes on issues with the House maps that […]

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Fiscal committee approves use of $22.5 million in federal funds for vaccination efforts

BY: - November 19, 2021

New Hampshire is no longer the only state in the country to reject millions in federal money for its vaccine program.  The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday voted, 6-4, to give the state Department of Health and Human Services the last approval it needed to spend $22.5 million to enhance its vaccine registry, manage […]

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$17 million proposal for student debt relief is tabled

BY: - November 19, 2021

Lawmakers put a pause on a proposed $17 million student debt relief program Friday until the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery can tell them more, including who would be eligible, what industries would be targeted, and how they’ll sustain a program started with one-time federal money. Taylor Caswell, executive director of GOFERR, told […]

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Uproar over form to report teachers puts state’s Commission for Human Rights in the spotlight

BY: - November 18, 2021

Ahni Malachi doesn’t have time to wade into political disputes. As executive director of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, Malachi, her staff, and her panel of commissioners field around 200 allegations of discrimination every year – evaluating claims by tenants, employees, and patrons.  “I kind of come in every day and put my […]

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O’Neill to step down as director of the Office of the Child Advocate

BY: - November 17, 2021

Moira O’Neill, New Hampshire’s director of the Office of the Child Advocate, will not seek a second term in the role, she announced Wednesday – three years after she started as the watchdog agency’s first director. “This opportunity was the capstone of a career and scholarship,” O’Neill said in a statement, thanking Gov. Chris Sununu […]

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Redistricting committee sends maps to the full House

BY: - November 17, 2021

In a three-hour executive session, the House Special Redistricting Committee voted on all the maps it was tasked with redistricting, including county commissioner, the House of Representatives, and congressional districts. The committee reached bipartisan agreement on five out of the nine county commission maps: Coos, Hillsborough, Sullivan, Belknap, and Grafton. Strafford County elects its county […]

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Federal judge sides with GOP states challenging limits on tax cuts in pandemic relief law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of attorneys general in 13 Republican-led states – including New Hampshire – that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted a permanent injunction, found […]

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House committee passes amendment blocking businesses from mandating vaccines

BY: - November 16, 2021

A late amendment that would disallow private businesses from mandating vaccines and expand vaccine exemptions to include natural immunity and philosophical objections passed the House Education Committee Tuesday, 11-8, with the support of one Democrat, Barbara Shaw of Manchester. The vote followed a nearly five-hour public hearing in which most speakers supported the legislation. While […]