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Municipalities eligible for $56 million in American Rescue Plan money

BY: - July 1, 2021

The Executive Council approved the first installment of money for municipalities from the American Rescue Plan on Wednesday: $56 million for local governments around the state. The money can be used for public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts of the pandemic – which can include economic harm to workers, households, small businesses and industry, […]

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U.S. House backs select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of […]

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Closure plan in works for Sununu Youth Services Center

BY: - June 29, 2021

The state Department of Health and Human Services is wasting no time preparing a closure plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center before the March 1, 2023, deadline.  The department has signed a $55,000 contract with Alvarez and Marsal Public Sector Services of Washington, D.C., to write a closure plan and a plan for transitioning […]

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10 members of Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resign, citing budget language

BY: - June 29, 2021

More than half of the members of Gov. Chris Sununu’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resigned Tuesday, citing the governor’s signature of a budget that regulates public school teaching around structural racism and implicit bias.  In a letter sent to Sununu, 10 members of the council said they would be resigning their positions from […]

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State system for background checks divides gun advocates

BY: - June 29, 2021

Five years after May 13, 2016 – the night when two Manchester police officers were shot and injured by an assailant – many of the details leading up to the violence remain unknown. But one thing is clear: The man who fired the shots was not supposed to have a gun. Six weeks before the […]

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State aims to set up $3 million relief program for homeowners

BY: - June 28, 2021

New Hampshire is poised to launch a new, $3 million relief program to assist homeowners with mortgage payments and other expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an item before the state’s Executive Council Wednesday, the state’s pandemic relief office has requested to set aside $3 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to […]

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A deeper look at what did and didn’t make it into the budget

BY: and - June 25, 2021

During the hours of debate over the New Hampshire budget Thursday, several flash points took center stage. Democrats were concerned with the 24-week abortion ban added into the budget in late May.  They railed against the package of tax cuts – from the business taxes to the elimination of the interest and dividends tax. And […]

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$13.5 billion budget and policy bill headed to governor’s desk

BY: - June 24, 2021

In the end, the threats of Republican rebellion fizzled.  The New Hampshire Legislature passed a two-year, $13.5 billion budget Thursday, sending a compromise budget to Gov. Chris Sununu and sidestepping concerns from Republican leaders that libertarian-minded members of their party would upend the final deal.  Voting 198-181, the Republican-dominated House voted to advance House Bill […]

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Increased cap on net metering, other environmental measures approved

BY: - June 24, 2021

An array of environmental legislation made its way through the House and Senate Thursday, including a measure to increase the cap on net metering that lawmakers have been trying to pass for years.  Other environmental efforts, such as a ban on jet skis in one Seacoast area and a buffer between state parks and landfills, […]

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Legislation on gun background checks approved by lawmakers

BY: - June 24, 2021

Over the objection of some gun-rights advocates, all background checks for gun purchases in New Hampshire would be done using the FBI database under legislation headed to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. The House and Senate have passed two bills that take background checks on handguns away from the state police and give that job to […]

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Bill easing restrictions on churches during state of emergency headed to governor’s desk

BY: - June 24, 2021

Churches would be no more restricted than Home Depot and liquor stores during the next state of emergency under a bill that passed the House and Senate Thursday. While churches were not closed during the pandemic, their attendance capacity was limited in the pandemic’s early days. Many businesses were restricted far less. In its initial […]

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Lawmakers send bill moving state primary, other election law measures to governor’s desk

BY: - June 24, 2021

Both the New Hampshire House and Senate met Thursday to vote on legislation that went through committees of conference last week. House Bill 98, which moves the state primary from September to August, and Senate Bill 31, which addresses absentee ballots, are now headed to the governor’s desk.  House Bill 98: State primary The Senate […]