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House Redistricting Committee set to meet on Wednesday

BY: - August 24, 2021

On Wednesday, the House Redistricting Committee will meet for the second time this summer and for the first time since the release of the latest census data. Two days before the meeting, some committee members were frustrated they had yet to receive an agenda. Without that in hand, members anticipate that the committee will work […]

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Audit questions purchase of minivan by Secretary of State’s Office

BY: - August 23, 2021

New Hampshire’s Secretary of State’s Office used a state fund intended to educate residents about investment fraud to buy a $28,462 minivan, according to a state audit released Friday, an expenditure that may have been an improper use of the fund.  In a 29-page financial audit of the office, New Hampshire’s Legislative Budget Assistant drew […]

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Committee votes to table federal funds for substance abuse treatment and prevention

BY: - August 20, 2021

Lawmakers on a key committee tabled $6.3 million in federal funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts Friday, after Republicans said they wanted more information to make sure the spending was justified.  Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee members voted to hold off on greenlighting the money, which is meant to help early intervention, treatment, and […]

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New law clears the way for ‘supported decision-making’ agreements

BY: - August 20, 2021

When a person with a disability is deemed unable to manage important life decisions, state law has allowed one option: appointing a guardian to make those decisions. Under a new state law, people with disabilities can maintain the right to make their own decisions with the help of a trusted person. Under Senate Bill 134, […]

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Nearly all towns in the state have submitted paperwork for American Rescue Plan money

BY: - August 19, 2021

All but two New Hampshire towns have submitted paperwork to claim their American Rescue Plan money, and even with the deadline extended to Friday that’s unlikely to change. Officials in Sharon, which was allotted $19,300, decided to pass because they didn’t think they had any projects that would qualify, said Selectman Diane Callahan. “There are […]

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Former Trump administration official confirmed as assistant commissioner of Environmental Services

BY: - August 19, 2021

Mark Sanborn has been confirmed to take over as assistant commissioner at the Department of Environmental Services, the second-highest ranking environmental regulator position in the state.  In a 4-1 vote on Wednesday, the Executive Council approved the governor’s nomination. Cinde Warmington, a Concord Democrat, was the only councilor to vote against the confirmation. Sanborn will […]

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What will the new census data mean for the state’s two congressional districts?

BY: - August 19, 2021

When the U.S. Census Bureau released raw data for New Hampshire’s once-in-a-decade count, the numbers revealed a slowly diversifying state, whose population is growing in the Seacoast area but shrinking in the north and west.  But the numbers also set the stage for a redistricting effort, one that could affect the state’s congressional representation.  According […]

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State poised for windfall of federal money for broadband

BY: - August 17, 2021

(This story was corrected at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17. Henry Underwood is the name of the GIS specialist and senior planner at the Monadnock Broadband Group.) The infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate earlier this month contains $65 billion for broadband – a sum lawmakers say is enough to provide universal access to […]

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Expanded contract sought for marketing firm to promote vaccination

BY: - August 16, 2021

At Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the state Department of Health and Human Services will ask to increase its $434,500 contract with a Manchester marketing firm to $1.3 million to continue promoting COVID-19 vaccination through 2022. Under the expanded contract, GYK Antler will still use social media, radio and television spots, and billboards to try to […]

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Pair of new laws add to state’s gambling options

BY: - August 12, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 23, 2021 to correct the changes Senate Bill 22 makes to Lucky 7 tickets. New Hampshire is expanding its gambling options under two new state laws signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Tuesday. A third law will transfer background checks for charitable gaming licenses from the state Attorney General’s Office to […]

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‘It’s wicked confusing’: Dozens of towns have not filed paperwork to receive relief funds

BY: - August 12, 2021

With an Aug. 18 deadline approaching and significant money at stake, 50 towns had not filed the paperwork required to collect their American Rescue Plan payments as of Tuesday. Many said they intend to, but some, especially smaller ones without grant writers and town administrators, are hesitant, citing “onerous” reporting requirements and uncertainty about what […]

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‘Everything is in a state of flux’: New Department of Energy struggling to find its footing

BY: - August 11, 2021

On July 1, a new department was born. Proponents of the reorganization that created the Department of Energy had high hopes that it would help increase transparency and accountability. The vision was to create a “home” for energy policy in state government by pulling some of the energy work that used to happen at the […]