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Lawmakers close in on $25 million for PFAS remediation and new regulations  

BY: - May 18, 2022

Of the nine bills this session that aimed to address PFAS contamination in the state, three are still in play. One would put $25 million into a PFAS remediation fund, while the other two address how the chemicals are regulated in the air and before they enter wastewater treatment facilities.  Those are meaningful changes, according […]

‘Parental bill of rights’ falls after objections from Attorney General’s Office, advocates

BY: - May 17, 2022

An effort to pass a “parental bill of rights” came to an end Tuesday after House Republicans and Democrats voiced concerns the bill could require schools to “out” students’ gender identities to their parents and exacerbate teen suicide rates.  “There are a lot of great parents out there,” said Rep. Kimberly Rice, a Hudson Republican. […]

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Parents’ rights bill goes to House and Senate negotiators to work out disagreements

BY: - May 17, 2022

This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. on May 17 to correct the name of one of the representatives on the committee of conference. House and Senate Republicans are continuing to negotiate a proposed “parental bill of rights,” but the two chambers face broad differences over the controversial legislation. The original version, from the House, […]

New Hampshire lawmakers work on a new congressional district map

BY: - May 16, 2022

Lawmakers from the House and Senate met Monday to negotiate their latest attempt at drawing a congressional district map that can gain Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature, a process intended to determine voting districts for the next decade. After a few last-minute tweaks were discussed in a morning session, the joint panel of lawmakers met again […]

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Health and Human Services seeks permission to distribute unsold COVID-19 tests

BY: - May 16, 2022

The 1 million COVID-19 tests Health and Human Services ordered in January to sell at state liquor stores didn’t quite fly off the shelves, leaving about 926,000 tests still available. The department has asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for permission to send many of the surplus tests to health centers, schools, camps, and child […]

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Expanded dental benefits for Medicaid recipients on the cusp of becoming reality

BY: - May 13, 2022

After years of coming close, the state is poised to give its approximately 85,000 residents on Medicaid coverage not just for tooth extractions and emergency dental care but also for the diagnostic and preventive care needed to fend off those serious problems. The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 422 Thursday, and […]

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Sununu touts New Hampshire’s abortion ban on national podcast

BY: - May 12, 2022

This story was updated May 14, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. to correct the name of the co-host. Asked in a podcast interview what abortion restrictions he’d put in place if he had his choice, Gov. Chris Sununu defended the 24-week abortion ban he signed last year and boasted he was the first Republican governor in […]

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New Hampshire Supreme Court rules current congressional districts unconstitutional

BY: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion issued Thursday ruled that the state’s current congressional districts, which have been in place since 2012, are unconstitutional given shifts in the state population. This means the maps can’t be used moving forward, the ruling states. The court also held that if the Legislature and governor […]

Senate Republicans’ hopes and priorities could rest on a legislative parking garage

BY: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire House and Senate are close to wrapping up a packed legislative year, voting and sorting through nearly 1,000 bills. But before summer can begin, lawmakers must endure a marathon negotiation: committees of conference week. It’s a frantic, high stakes system that few legislators love. But the committee of conference process provides key […]

Lawmakers work on bill to make it easier for people to remove records from vaccine registry

BY: - May 10, 2022

Currently, the state will remove a person’s immunization records from its new vaccine registry only if their former or current health care provider signs a withdrawal form. The House and Senate have passed legislation making that process easier, but have rejected efforts to eliminate the signature requirement. As introduced, House Bill 1487 would have required […]

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Senate, House agree to 2023 performance audit of education freedom account program

BY: - May 10, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation requiring a performance audit of the education freedom account program in 2023 in a rare point of bipartisan agreement over a divisive new initiative. In a unanimous voice vote May 5, the Senate approved House Bill 1135, which would require the state’s legislative budget assistant to examine how […]

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Measure to protect enslavement-era gravesites of African Americans defeated by House

BY: - May 10, 2022

A legislative effort to protect enslavement-era African American graves was voted down last week. The House sent Senate Bill 258 to interim study on Thursday in a 180-146 vote without discussion. Ahead of the vote, members of the House Committee on Resources, Recreation, and Development recommended further study on the bill, questioning whether it was […]