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State’s mayors seek restoration of revenue sharing

BY: - April 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s 13 mayors are turning to the Senate for an ambitious ask: a boost in municipal aid in the budget. In a letter sent Wednesday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Gary Daniels, mayors from Claremont to Rochester urged Senate budget writers to restore revenue sharing to cities and towns – a once-standard budgeting approach […]

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Support for closing Sununu Center stops at jail as an alternative

BY: - April 15, 2021

State lawmakers and juvenile advocates have long wanted to close the Sununu Youth Services Center, believing a youth detention facility is the wrong place to hold and rehabilitate children. They also oppose spending the governor’s proposed $13 million a year for the approximately 17 children held there at any given time. They’re divided, however, on […]

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Budget dispute: House Finance chairman issues ultimatum to Senate colleagues

BY: - April 15, 2021

A week after passing New Hampshire’s two-year budget onto the Senate, one prominent House Republican is urging his Senate colleagues to keep some of its most controversial items in place – or risk defeat on the House floor. In an email Wednesday, House Finance Chairman Ken Weyler urged the Senate Finance Committee to keep a […]

Efforts waylaid to make Indigenous People’s Day an official state holiday

BY: - April 15, 2021

When a proposal about Indigenous People’s Day in New Hampshire came out of a House committee, Paul Pouliot of Alton was surprised by what he saw – and not in a good way. It had changed so much that Pouliot was glad when the proposal was ultimately tabled.  Pouliot is the council chief and speaker […]

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Pause extended for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will be relying […]

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Seventy-three bills killed after House crashes against mid-session deadline

BY: - April 14, 2021

Seventy-three bills failed to get a vote in the New Hampshire House after lawmakers missed a key deadline Friday, angering Democrats who accused House Speaker Sherman Packard of setting up the schedule to fail. In one fell swoop, as the House session came to a close Friday, bills ranging from voting to criminal justice died […]

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Merrimack Republican Boyd wins House seat

BY: - April 14, 2021

Republican Bill Boyd captured one of the New Hampshire House’s 400 seats Tuesday evening, beating back a high-intensity Democratic challenge to succeed the late Republican Speaker Dick Hinch. In a 2,531 to 2,144 vote, Boyd prevailed against Democrat Wendy Thomas to win one of eight House seats in Merrimack. The town held a special election […]

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State pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 14, 2021

(This story has been updated to include additional comments from Gov. Chris Sununu.) The state is pausing use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has received it and experienced serious side effects within three weeks is urged to contact their health care provider. Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement follows guidance from the […]

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Why are children who need mental health care still ending up in ERs?

BY: - April 14, 2021

During their three-day wait in an emergency room with an 11-year-old son in a psychiatric crisis, a couple watched an agitated adult patient pace the hallway, cursing, threatening people, and exposing himself. They weren’t allowed to close their son’s door. A 12-year-old girl in a nearby bed didn’t even have a door. “It’s just so […]

The New Hampshire State House dome

Bill moves state primary from September to June

BY: - April 14, 2021

New Hampshire’s state primary is currently one of the latest in the country. It is one of only four states that hold primaries after August. Last week, the House passed House Bill 98, which would move the primary up from the second Tuesday in September to the fourth Tuesday in June. Some political analysts say […]

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Progress uneven as lawmakers work toward policing reform

BY: - April 14, 2021

Joseph Lascaze didn’t need to sit on a commission to become acquainted with racial discrimination in New Hampshire policing. The reality came to him uninvited. Last year, the smart justice organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire bought a white Mercedes. Since then, Lascaze, who is Black, has been pulled over at […]

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Bill seeks to address shortage of meat-processing facilities

BY: - April 14, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously passed a bill that would create a study on the shortage of animal slaughter and meat-processing facilities in the state. The study would also look at implementing a meat-inspection program. There are only four USDA facilities in New Hampshire, and no poultry facilities, according […]