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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 […]

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Abortion ban, vouchers, ‘divisive concepts’ dominate debate as Senate passes budget

BY: - June 4, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate voted to pass a $13.5 billion budget on party lines Thursday, handing the document back to the House after an exhaustive session stretching from morning into evening. But it wasn’t the state spending items that took up the hours of debate on the floor. A last-minute inclusion of a ban on […]

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By transplanting eelgrass, scientists aim to restore balance to Great Bay

BY: - June 4, 2021

This story was updated June 8, 2021 to state that current wastewater treatment efforts reduce nitrogen to less than 5 milligrams per liter. Great Bay is a complex, convoluted system. That’s the first thing that Melissa Paly will tell you about it. She’s been a waterkeeper there for five years, working with the Conservation Law […]

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ACLU-NH raises concerns about proposed change to ER hold rules for mental health patients

BY: - June 4, 2021

This story was updated June 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. with new information. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire has joined those raising concerns about a last-minute legislative request from state officials that would allow hospitals – in addition to the state – to hold someone against their will for up to three […]

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Commentary: School nurses have a big job – is 1 for every 750 kids really enough?

BY: - June 4, 2021

When many people think of a school nurse, they imagine a person who hands out Band-Aids for boo-boos. But school nurses do so much more. They are school leaders who address the physical, mental, and emotional health needs of students. As the COVID-19 pandemic played out, many school nurses took on even greater responsibilities. These […]

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Thursday House Roundup: From election law and ‘vaccine freedom’ to remote meetings and background checks

BY: and - June 3, 2021

The New Hampshire House was in session Thursday at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s big votes. (You can read a separate story about the defeat of right-to-work legislation here.) House opts for control over local elections A bill that began as a bipartisan effort to address election […]

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House defeats right-to-work legislation

BY: and - June 3, 2021

The House defeated a right-to-work bill Thursday, 175-199, disappointing supporters who thought a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on mandatory union dues would persuade long-standing opponents to back it. House members then defeated a motion to table the bill, which would have meant it could have been subsequently reintroduced. A motion to postpone the bill […]

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The Latest: ‘Communicable diseases’ language stripped from absentee voting bill

BY: and - June 3, 2021

This story was updated June 3, 2021, at 4:13. The New Hampshire House is in session at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford. We will be watching for the vote on right-to-work legislation, Senate Bill 61, among others to come. Here’s a look at some of the votes so far: Communicable diseases as qualifying condition for […]

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Sununu says he wouldn’t veto budget over abortion restriction

BY: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signaled support Thursday for a proposal to criminalize abortions in New Hampshire after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a major announcement that could smooth passage of the Republican state budget this month.  In an interview with talk radio host Chris Ryan Thursday, Sununu said he had no objections to the inclusion of the […]

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All eyes on House Republicans before vote on right-to-work legislation

BY: - June 3, 2021

Since the Legislature last defeated right-to-work legislation in 2017, there have been two significant changes that have both sides predicting victory in Thursday’s House vote. It will be at least the 30th time the Legislature has taken up a right-to-work bill in the last 40 years. Proponents of the legislation point to a 2018 U.S. […]