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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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In wake of canceled meeting, Institute of Politics says it will no longer host public hearings

BY: and - September 30, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. with information that Gov. Chris Sununu had canceled an event, citing concerns for ticket holders. A day after Gov. Chris Sununu downplayed a raucous protest that shut down an Executive Council meeting Wednesday, Attorney General John Formella announced he’s investigating whether any protesters broke the […]

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With redistricting underway, citizens raise their voices about lack of representation

BY: - September 30, 2021

Strafford County has a problem when it comes to representation and redistricting. The county serves as the head of the dragon-shaped Executive Council District 2 – a visible example of how gerrymandering can “pack” like-minded voters, Democrats in this case, into a district that stretches across the state. But not all of the problems stemming […]

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Executive Council meeting canceled over safety concerns

BY: - September 29, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 29, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. with a comment from House Speaker Sherman Packard. It was updated again at 5:30 p.m. with follow-up comments from Gov. Chris Sununu and a group that organized a protest outside the Executive Council meeting. Citing concerns about the safety of state employees in the room, the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Survey aims to shed light on housing insecurity among people with developmental disabilities

BY: - September 27, 2021

A leading New Hampshire disability rights group is surveying housing accessibility for people with developmental disabilities in New Hampshire, focusing on what the organization says is a threat of homelessness across the state. In an online survey distributed to its members, ABLE NH is looking into the availability of affordable housing, and how that availability […]