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Legislation for affordable housing tax breaks sent to governor

BY: - May 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill allowing cities and towns to designate tax-break areas for affordable-housing development, sending the bill to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  House Bill 154, which passed on a voice vote Thursday, would allow cities and towns to make any area within their borders into a “community revitalization” area and set […]

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Bill that would roll back bail reform retained by lawmakers

BY: - May 19, 2021

Lawmakers shelved a set of proposed changes to New Hampshire’s bail system Wednesday, kicking a complicated policy debate into 2022. Voting 12-9, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Committee moved to retain a bill that would have walked back some steps the state has taken toward bail reform. That bill, Senate […]

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House panel OKs amendment on separation of federal, state election processes

BY: - May 19, 2021

This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. on May 19, 2021 to reflect the fact that the bills will be voted on before the House and that Rep. Barbara Griffin is from Goffstown. The House Election Law Committee approved a proposal on Wednesday that would create separate processes for state and federal elections, in response […]

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House committee rejects police reform bill amendment

BY: - May 18, 2021

A New Hampshire House committee has killed a last-minute Democratic effort to hold police departments and other public bodies liable for their employees.  In a 14-7 vote, the House Judiciary Committee voted to defeat an amendment that would have allowed a person to sue a public employer – including a police department – for any […]

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Senate approves proposal to make ‘cyber-flashing’ a crime

BY: - May 14, 2021

On Thursday, New Hampshire senators moved forward with a proposal that would criminalize cyber-flashing, when an unwanted intimate image is sent as a form of harassment. The bill, HB 296-FN, had been special ordered three times, which set back its passage in the Senate by three weeks. On Thursday, the legislation was amended to clarify that the […]

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Eviction worries mount as CDC moratorium is set to end

BY: - May 14, 2021

These days, the complicated state of New Hampshire’s economy can be seen in a number: the weekly eviction rate. At 60 evictions filed in state courts per week, the number is about half of what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, notes Elliott Berry, a housing attorney with New Hampshire Legal Assistance  But it’s not […]

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In legislative push for religious liberty, some see potential for discrimination

BY: - May 13, 2021

Like most states, New Hampshire never ordered churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship to close after COVID-19 hit the state, but it did limit how many could attend services. That was unconstitutional, several pastors told a Senate committee Tuesday, given that retailers and liquor stores were unrestricted. “We know that the churches and places […]

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‘Qualified immunity’ amendment added to police reform bill

BY: - May 12, 2021

A Democratic state lawmaker is pushing to overhaul “qualified immunity” in New Hampshire in a last-minute amendment to a bipartisan police reform bill.  In an amendment released Tuesday, Rep. Paul Berch of Westmoreland proposed making New Hampshire public employers liable for any actions by their employees that are unconstitutional. The change would mean a town, […]

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Renny Cushing: Dying while legislating

BY: - May 12, 2021

This story was updated 10:25 on May 12, 2021. Renny Cushing doesn’t have a lot of time. Last year, he got the diagnosis no one wants to hear: stage four prostate cancer. Cushing found out after he had been hospitalized for acute kidney failure. By then, the cancer had already metastasized in his bones and […]

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New broadband assistance program to start Wednesday

BY: - May 11, 2021

Starting Wednesday, qualifying New Hampshire households can apply for broadband payment assistance as part of a $3.2 billion temporary federal program. At a press conference Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster urged those who are eligible to sign up for the aid. “We want as many people in New Hampshire as possible to […]

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$1.5 billion in federal relief headed to New Hampshire

BY: - May 11, 2021

This story was updated May 11, 2021 at 5 p.m. with a statement from the governor’s office that was sent after deadline. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March is bringing at least $1.5 billion to New Hampshire. The U.S. Treasury announced Monday that the state will receive $994.5 million. The state’s 10 […]

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More than $350B in federal recovery cash starts rolling out to states, cities, counties

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties can begin to tap their share of the $350 billion in federal funds intended to spur a national recovery from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, White House officials announced Monday. The Biden administration said the much-anticipated money, which was included in the massive relief law enacted earlier this […]