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Congressional district maps en route to governor

BY: - May 26, 2022

Update: 3:11 p.m. Gov. Chris Sununu told a WMUR reporter he will veto the congressional district map passed by the Legislature Thursday.  “The citizens of  New Hampshire will not accept this map, which moves both members of Congress into the same district. Our races have to be fair, which is why I will veto this […]

DES poised to get $30,000 to address cyanobacteria

BY: - May 25, 2022

Fueled by climate change, the state’s cyanobacteria problem has been worsening in recent years – making some rivers and lakes potentially harmful to human health. On Thursday, lawmakers in the House and Senate will vote on House Bill 1066 – one attempt to tackle this problem. If both bodies approve it, the bill would advance […]

Compromise bill would protect AG’s ability to monitor nonprofits, charitable trusts

BY: - May 24, 2022

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Office to continue its close monitoring of charitable trusts and nonprofits, including sham charities.  Under the latest changes to Senate Bill 302, the office’s Charitable Trusts Unit would be allowed to get the names of volunteer board members, officers, directors, registered […]

Parking garage bill survives negotiations; workforce housing provisions in tatters

BY: - May 24, 2022

One week of negotiations later, State House lawmakers are on their way to getting their new parking garage. But a workforce housing package favored by Gov. Chris Sununu and affordable housing advocates is all but defeated. A series of committee of conference meetings over the legislative parking garage bill last week saw House and Senate […]

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Sununu cites need to protect local control in veto of bill banning school mask mandates

BY: - May 23, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s Friday veto of a bill prohibiting schools from mandating masks defeated one of the few remaining pieces of legislation seeking to limit public health powers. Many others have died or been weakened, and a few still need approval Thursday from both chambers.  In vetoing House Bill 1131, Sununu cited respect for local […]

Game camera legislation fails ahead of deadline

BY: - May 23, 2022

This story was updated at 2:04 p.m. on May 23, 2022 to include comments from Rep. Terry Roy, the prime sponsor of House Bill 490. Negotiations failed to reach the finish line last week on a bill that would have established rules for placing game cameras and temporary tree stands and blinds on private land. […]

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State nears deadline for closing Sununu Youth Services Center with no plan for at-risk juveniles

BY: - May 23, 2022

Last year, lawmakers gave the state Department of Health and Human Services until March 1, 2023, to close the Sununu Youth Services Center and relocate the five to 10 juveniles typically detained there. Last week, they killed the bill that would have given the department the money, guidance, and authority to meet that deadline. Unless […]

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Farmers market food assistance program bill won’t advance after lawmaker balks at amendment  

BY: - May 20, 2022

An agreement to advance a bill that contained funding for a food assistance program at farmers markets crumbled ahead of Thursday’s legislative deadline for lawmakers to sign off on final negotiations. Rep. John Hunt, a Rindge Republican, declined to sign off on House Bill 1099, and Speaker of the House Sherman Packard didn’t replace him […]

As ‘parental rights’ bill debate rages, LGBTQ+ advocates feel left out of the process

BY: - May 20, 2022

Linds Jakows lived through high school in two realities. At their school in Arizona, they were out and queer, with friends and teachers who accepted that. At home, Jakows kept that information hidden. To Jakows, the consequence of telling their father was clear: He would reject that identity and potentially seek punishment.  So Jakows planned […]

Game cameras pit hunters against landowners

BY: - May 19, 2022

Game cameras in the woods of New Hampshire have become increasingly common to the dismay of some landowners who are concerned about their privacy. Lawmakers Wednesday reached a final agreement on a bill addressing that tension, while also adjusting when hunters can set up tree stands and blinds on private property. House Bill 490 would […]

Sununu vows veto of ‘parental bill of rights’

BY: - May 19, 2022

This story and headline were updated on May 19 at 2:16 p.m. to reflect Gov. Chris Sununu’s statement vowing to veto the final version of the bill. Gov. Chris Sununu vowed to veto a controversial “parental rights” bill Thursday, arguing that it could cause “challenges” to children, hours after Republican Senate and House negotiators had […]

Compromise reached on bill that would allow store owners to sell keno tickets

BY: - May 18, 2022

It’s looking like good news for store owners who want to sell and not just cash in keno tickets. Currently only bars and restaurants can sell the tickets, which allow players to pick one to 12 numbers and wager $1 to $25.  But in a compromise bill that will go before the full House and […]