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AG withdraws business fines related to COVID-19 rule violations

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state budget up for a final vote Thursday includes $10,000 to repay the eight businesses fined for violating COVID-19 mask and social-distancing rules. But three never paid because their appeals were pending when the state of emergency ended.  The state Attorney General’s Office withdrew the fines, saying while it still believes the owners’ violations […]

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For the People Act stalls in Washington, but what does that mean for state legislation?

BY: - June 23, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers responded to federal election reform with a proposal of their own that critics say would create a two-tier election system separating local and federal elections. But now that the For the People Act has stalled in Washington, what happens to pending legislation in New Hampshire? Senate Bill 89 contains several election law […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of tracking state and federal spending

BY: - June 23, 2021

This story was updated June 23, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with new information. Does the federal government spend more on defense or health care? What percentage of the federal budget has gone to COVID-19 rental assistance? How about energy conservation? The UNH Carsey School of Public Policy just released FedGovSpend, an app that answers those […]

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Bill to encourage affordable housing developments signed by Sununu

BY: - June 22, 2021

New Hampshire municipalities will have more tools to encourage affordable housing developments under a new law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Monday. The law, passed through House Bill 154, allows towns to expand a special tax-break program for developers who build affordable housing.  Currently, municipalities are able to designate certain parts of town to be […]

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Legal protection for sex workers reporting sexual assault becomes law

BY: - June 22, 2021

A bill to protect sex workers who report sexual assault was passed into law on Monday with a signature from Gov. Chris Sununu. House Bill 123 makes it clear that sex workers who report sexual abuse will not be prosecuted for prostitution, which is a misdemeanor under New Hampshire law. Advocates say the legislation sends […]

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The unraveling of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire

BY: - June 22, 2021

The war within the state’s Libertarian Party began months ago, with complaints of milquetoast opposition to government pandemic lockdowns. It played out on Twitter, Facebook, and even on a nationally known podcast. It spurred allegations of data theft and prompted the party chair to secretly register a dueling Libertarian Party with the Secretary of State’s […]

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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 […]