Government + Elections

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State struggling to get rental assistance to those who need it

BY: - June 21, 2021

New Hampshire officials are hoping to redirect state employees to help speed up state rental assistance, Gov. Chris Sununu said last week – a key priority as a federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire soon. But the state is still struggling to find people to work in the agencies that help distribute the […]

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Budget includes money to repay businesses fined for violating COVID-19 orders

BY: - June 21, 2021

House Republicans got three of the four budget demands they told the Senate were non-negotiable: a ban on teaching about structural racism, a restraint on the governor’s emergency powers, and $10,000 to repay businesses that were fined for violating COVID-19 precaution orders. Their big loss on that list was Gov. Chris Sununu’s family medical leave […]

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Sununu said he is likely to veto earlier state primary date

BY: - June 21, 2021

A proposal to move New Hampshire’s state primary to the first week of August has been approved by House and the Senate negotiators, but Gov. Chris Sununu is not on board and said he would likely veto the bill. Proponents of the earlier date say the later primary gives incumbents who are established and have […]

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Border with Canada to remain closed for at least a month

BY: - June 18, 2021

New Hampshire’s border with Canada will be closed for at least another month, a Canadian official said Friday, citing discussions with his U.S. counterparts. “In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021,” Bill Blair, the Canadian minister of public safety and […]

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Republican lawmakers push absentee ballot analysis bill to next session

BY: - June 18, 2021

A proposal requiring analysis of absentee ballot requests died during legislative negotiations Thursday as lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on the measure. Republican lawmakers intend to work on the bill’s language over the summer and reintroduce it next session. House Bill 291 would have required the Attorney General’s Office to analyze data about absentee […]

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Cyberattack on New Hampshire school district illustrates growing threat to states and localities

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — In October 2019, officials at a small western New Hampshire school district suddenly realized they had a problem on their hands.  The Sunapee School District’s servers, documents and other internal information systems had been locked down by an outside entity demanding a ransom payment.  A cyberattack, like the Colonial Pipeline one that spurred […]

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House, Senate Republicans agree on budget policy bill

BY: - June 17, 2021

After hours of negotiations during sessions throughout the week, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have agreed on House Bill 2 – the budget policy trailer bill – just an hour before the deadline for its completion. Both chambers will vote on the legislation next week before it makes its way to the governor’s […]

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House agrees to Senate plan for closing Sununu Youth Services Center

BY: - June 16, 2021

The state Senate prevailed Wednesday in pushing back the House’s closing plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center, giving the state until March 1, 2023, to relocate residents or repurpose the center into a more suitable space for them. The state will also get nearly $18 million more than the House had budgeted for the […]

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Citing unintended consequences of legislation, lawmakers kill intimate image bill

BY: - June 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to set aside a bill that intended to make sending unwanted intimate images a crime. Negotiations on a proposed amendment fell apart after legal experts raised concerns that the bill would weaken existing laws that are used to prosecute sexual offenses. Plus, legal experts and advocates say that sending unwanted intimate […]

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Bill moving state primary date to August headed for governor’s desk

BY: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers have approved a proposal to move the state primary date to the first week of August in a compromise between negotiators from the House and the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 98 will now make its way to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it would go into effect in January 2023. That […]

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Lawmakers reach agreement on net metering, cost shifting

BY: - June 15, 2021

In negotiations on Tuesday, lawmakers reached agreement on two key energy policy bills – hammering out crucial details about cost shifting and net metering. Both proposals are now one step closer to becoming law and will make their way to the governor’s desk. Language about cost shifting was the main point of contention in Senate […]

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House negotiators seek addition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

BY: - June 15, 2021

House Republican budget negotiators appear ready to approve a revised version of New Hampshire’s “divisive concepts” bill – the proposal to ban teachers and government employees from teaching that structural racism and sexism definitively exist in American society. But the House is pushing for one addition before signing on. In addition to the teaching prohibitions […]