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Legislature poised to act on large environmental policy bills

BY: - June 10, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021 at 12:11 p.m. with new information. It was also corrected to clarify that SB 91 addresses small in-state energy generators, not out-of-state generators as was previously stated. Several large environmental bills have made their way through the House, including two omnibus environmental bills approved following floor amendments […]

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Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards.   In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military bases. […]

Governor seeks sole authority to sell former Laconia State School property

BY: - June 9, 2021

This story was updated on June 9, 2021, at 4 p.m. with new information. For five years, the Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission has pursued its legislative charge to prepare and sell the state’s 220 acres overlooking Lake Winnisquam in Laconia to someone committed to creating jobs and promoting economic development. Now, the Legislature is poised […]

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Here’s what’s next for the state budget

BY: - June 9, 2021

The speeches are wrapped and the amendments are finalized. As of last week, New Hampshire’s two sprawling budget bills – House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 – had cleared the Senate on party-line votes after passing the House in April.  But that isn’t the end of the journey. Here’s what’s next for the state […]

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Dalton passes temporary emergency zoning by small margin

BY: - June 9, 2021

At Dalton’s town meeting day, a measure to extend temporary emergency zoning for another year passed in a narrow vote, 135-130. Those in support of the measure hope it will help prevent a proposed landfill from being sited next to Forest Lake State Park.  This issue, which has divided the town, has also become a […]

State looks out of state for children’s mental health care

BY: - June 8, 2021

With approximately 30 children waiting each day in emergency rooms for psychiatric care, the state is talking with three out-of-state hospitals about providing 10 to 15 in-patient beds for their mental health needs. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette has not named the hospitals but told the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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House, Senate debate making FAFSA college aid applications a high school graduation requirement

BY: - June 8, 2021

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are at odds over an obscure education debate: whether to require high school students to fill out federal college aid applications in order to graduate. Members of the Senate have voted to introduce the requirement. Voting 24-0 in March, the chamber passed Senate Bill 147, part of which would […]

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In landfill fight’s latest chapter, Dalton voters to decide on emergency zoning extension

BY: - June 8, 2021

This story was updated on June 10, 2021. 154,000 gallons of leachate were spilled, not tons. It was also updated to clarify that the House vote on SB 103 was 333 to 33 to pass the bill.   During Tuesday’s annual town meeting, Dalton residents will vote on extending emergency zoning for another year, one of […]

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Senate committee unanimously rejects ‘medical protective custody’ proposal

BY: - June 8, 2021

A state proposal to give hospitals their own power to detain people in emergency rooms while deciding their mental health needs was rejected, 4-0, by a Senate committee Tuesday following a two-hour public hearing where no one voiced support.  “While the issues identified in this are important and need a resolution, we’ve run out of […]

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Some worry ‘divisive concepts’ bill could affect college Title IX funding

BY: - June 8, 2021

Update: This story has been updated to clarify that the New Hampshire Department of Justice is taking a neutral position on the “divisive concepts” bill. The anti-discrimination training was nearly over, but one participant was not satisfied. As the group debriefed, he made it known.  “‘I hate coming to these things, because you always make […]

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Remote public hearing on ER hold proposal for mental health patients set for Tuesday

BY: - June 7, 2021

The public will get its first chance Tuesday to weigh in on a controversial new proposal that would let hospitals – as well as the state – detain people in emergency rooms until they can be connected with mental health treatment.  The length of that proposed hold is just one of many unanswered questions surrounding […]

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Foresters, loggers grapple with loss of markets for low-grade wood

BY: - June 7, 2021

Burning wood to create electricity can be a problematic proposition. It’s often highly inefficient, it generates emissions, and it’s expensive. Without subsidies, wood-burning power plants often can’t afford to stay open.   While it’s been billed as a renewable fuel – trees eventually grow back – environmentalists in the Northeast have increasingly opposed inefficient power plants […]