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House, Senate Republicans agree on budget policy bill

BY: - June 17, 2021

After hours of negotiations during sessions throughout the week, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have agreed on House Bill 2 – the budget policy trailer bill – just an hour before the deadline for its completion. Both chambers will vote on the legislation next week before it makes its way to the governor’s […]

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Liberty wants to charge ratepayers $7.5 million for a project that never happened

BY: - June 17, 2021

Liberty is asking the state to sign off on a $7.5 million bill for ratepayers in connection with the company’s efforts to construct the Granite Bridge pipeline, a move the state’s consumer advocate says runs afoul of well-established New Hampshire law. The Granite Bridge pipeline was a contentious project that would have cost $340 million […]

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House refuses to support Medicaid dental benefits

BY: - June 16, 2021

During the Senate’s nine-hour public hearing on the budget last month, two things dominated the testimony: opposition to divisive concepts and support for Medicaid dental benefits. Divisive concepts passed. Dental benefits appeared to die Wednesday A joint legislative committee negotiating the final details of the budget agreed to put a “hold” on the Senate’s $1.5 […]

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Proposal to remove ultrasound requirement from abortion ban legislation rejected

BY: - June 16, 2021

Republican House and Senate negotiators declined to remove a proposal requiring ultrasounds before abortions in New Hampshire Wednesday, closing off the likelihood of any changes to a 24-week abortion ban before the Legislature passes the budget. In an amendment presented to a budget negotiation committee Wednesday, Sen. Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, pushed to remove […]

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House agrees to Senate plan for closing Sununu Youth Services Center

BY: - June 16, 2021

The state Senate prevailed Wednesday in pushing back the House’s closing plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center, giving the state until March 1, 2023, to relocate residents or repurpose the center into a more suitable space for them. The state will also get nearly $18 million more than the House had budgeted for the […]

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Citing unintended consequences of legislation, lawmakers kill intimate image bill

BY: - June 16, 2021

Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to set aside a bill that intended to make sending unwanted intimate images a crime. Negotiations on a proposed amendment fell apart after legal experts raised concerns that the bill would weaken existing laws that are used to prosecute sexual offenses. Plus, legal experts and advocates say that sending unwanted intimate […]

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How many families would use ‘education savings accounts’? It’s hard to say

BY: - June 16, 2021

The proposal is closer than ever to reality: “education savings accounts” in New Hampshire. The program would allow parents to withdraw their child from a public school and take the grant money the state provides to that school with them. The money, which would range from $4,000 to $5,000 per year, would be put into […]

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Bill moving state primary date to August headed for governor’s desk

BY: - June 15, 2021

Lawmakers have approved a proposal to move the state primary date to the first week of August in a compromise between negotiators from the House and the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 98 will now make its way to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it would go into effect in January 2023. That […]

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Senate reaches compromise with House Republicans on abortion funding

BY: - June 15, 2021

House Republicans got a restriction on abortion funding back into the state budget Tuesday, but it is so scaled back it will likely impose no new limits or demands on providers.  Under a compromise crafted by Sen. Jeb Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, abortion providers will have to show they are not using state money for […]

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Lawmakers reach agreement on net metering, cost shifting

BY: - June 15, 2021

In negotiations on Tuesday, lawmakers reached agreement on two key energy policy bills – hammering out crucial details about cost shifting and net metering. Both proposals are now one step closer to becoming law and will make their way to the governor’s desk. Language about cost shifting was the main point of contention in Senate […]

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State unemployment rate falls to 2.5 percent

BY: - June 15, 2021

This story was updated June 15, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. with new information and to correct the unemployment rate. Fewer Granite Staters are collecting state unemployment, according to the Department of Employment Security. But the bigger story comes next week, after federal benefits end and 9,300 out-of-work residents are left with no unemployment assistance. First, […]

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House negotiators seek addition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

BY: - June 15, 2021

House Republican budget negotiators appear ready to approve a revised version of New Hampshire’s “divisive concepts” bill – the proposal to ban teachers and government employees from teaching that structural racism and sexism definitively exist in American society. But the House is pushing for one addition before signing on. In addition to the teaching prohibitions […]