Government + Elections

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Bill barring release of mug shots approved by Judiciary Committee

BY: - May 25, 2021

Senators on the Judiciary Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would bar police from releasing most mug shots after arrests, in a 3-2 committee vote that defied party lines.  House Bill 125 would still allow police departments to take post-arrest photographs of accused perpetrators. But the bill would prohibit the release of the mug shots […]

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Democrats: Strike ‘divisive concepts’ language from the budget

BY: - May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Democrats said that cutting House Bill 544 out of the state’s biennial budget would be nonnegotiable in Wednesday’s budget session. Senate Republicans will introduce their version of the budget policy bill on Wednesday and vote on it during the same session. HB 544 – a proposal that would ban teaching and training around […]

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Targeted by white supremacists, lawmaker seeks solidarity

BY: - May 25, 2021

Early last week, Rep. Manny Espitia’s friend – Nashua Alderman Tom Lopez – told him that white supremacists had left a tag on a community mural near the rail trail, in a neighborhood that is predominantly Latino. The messages included “Keep New England White,” “Defend New England,” and “Death to Israel.” Espitia’s first reaction was […]

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Republicans on Senate Finance vote against aid for homeless shelters

BY: - May 24, 2021

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted down a $20 million proposal to aid homeless shelters Monday, stopping an effort that Democrats and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said was necessary to meet a growing need.   In a 3-4 vote, the committee declined to pass the measure, presented as an amendment to […]

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Senate panel approves earlier state primary date

BY: - May 24, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Election Law Committee approved a proposal to move New Hampshire’s state primary election to August – a midway point between the House proposal to move the election to June and the current September primary date. The panel also approved two other proposals on Monday: one would require the attorney general to […]

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Electric buses, asphalt, and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

BY: and - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo.  The Louisiana Republican says Baton Rouge desperately needs a new bridge to alleviate a crush of roadway congestion – at a cost of $955.2 million for several projects. That far exceeds the $20 million that […]

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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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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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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 panel OKs amendment on separation of federal, state election processes

BY: - May 19, 2021

This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. on May 19, 2021 to reflect the fact that the bills will be voted on before the House and that Rep. Barbara Griffin is from Goffstown. The House Election Law Committee approved a proposal on Wednesday that would create separate processes for state and federal elections, in response […]

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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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Senate approves proposal to make ‘cyber-flashing’ a crime

BY: - May 14, 2021

On Thursday, New Hampshire senators moved forward with a proposal that would criminalize cyber-flashing, when an unwanted intimate image is sent as a form of harassment. The bill, HB 296-FN, had been special ordered three times, which set back its passage in the Senate by three weeks. On Thursday, the legislation was amended to clarify that the […]