With high court poised to overturn Roe, N.H. legislation protecting abortion access remains tabled

BY: - May 3, 2022

This story was updated May 3, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. to include a comment from Gov. Chris Sununu. As the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and delegate abortion law to states, New Hampshire lawmakers have blocked legislation that would enshrine abortion rights in state statute. If a bill reaches his […]

Ray Buckley

New Hampshire Democrats race to pull first-in-the-nation primary from uncertainty

BY: - May 3, 2022

This story was updated at 8:40 a.m. to correct Bill Clinton’s finishing place in the 1992 New Hampshire primary. He finished second. It’s no secret how revered Bill Clinton’s 1992 New Hampshire presidential primary comeback is by the state’s Democratic Party.  But in case anyone forgot, the party built a shrine.  Inside the Anita Freedman […]

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House committee proposes overhaul of Sununu-backed workforce housing legislation

BY: - May 2, 2022

House Republicans have made significant changes to a workforce housing bill championed by Gov. Chris Sununu, throwing the future of the bill into doubt.  An amendment to Senate Bill 400 recommended by the House Municipal and County Affairs Committee last week would remove a proposal to give preferential state infrastructure funding to towns that speed […]

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New Hampshire to receive $26 million in new carbon-reduction program

BY: - May 2, 2022

New Hampshire is set to receive $26 million over five years through a new carbon-reduction program announced by President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation in April. Nationwide, the program includes $6.4 billion in spending and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It aims to “fund projects that help fight climate change […]

Lawyer representing hundreds criticizes state’s plan to settle their YDC abuse claims

BY: - May 2, 2022

This story was updated May 2, 2022 at 4 p.m. to more fully explain the position of the New Hampshire Association for Justice. As the House did in March, the Senate on Thursday gave its overwhelming support to a bill that would create a $100 million settlement fund for the hundreds of people who’ve said […]

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Democratic leaders in Congress want more power for regulators over high gasoline prices

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – Democratic leaders in Congress critical of soaring gasoline prices say they will push legislation to allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to go after oil companies that engage in price gouging in times of crisis.  “Big oil has profited in this (and) has exploited the market,” House Speaker Nancy […]

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Senate votes down cannabis legalization bills, dashing supporters’ hopes for 2022

BY: - April 29, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate voted down two bills to legalize cannabis Thursday, likely heading off the last opportunities for legalization in the Granite State this year.  In a series of heated interactions on the chamber floor, senators brought up concerns around children, drivers, and irresponsible residents using cannabis if it were to be legalized, and […]

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U.S. to lend and lease military supplies to Ukraine under bill cleared by Congress

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to use the framework of a World War II-era program to allow the federal government to lend and lease military equipment to Ukraine as it resists Russian troops. The legislation, called the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, would remove red tape and require the White House to […]

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Senate rejects lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers

BY: - April 28, 2022

Lobsters were the unlikely subject of a lively debate on the Senate floor Thursday, culminating in the chamber voting down a bill that would have granted lobster licenses for recreational scuba divers. Opponents of House Bill 1297 said it could harm the state’s commercial lobster industry, which makes up 70 percent of the value of […]

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Senate committee recommends interim study for ‘right of conscience’ bill

BY: - April 28, 2022

A House bill that would allow physicians and pharmacists to refuse to perform abortions and sterilizations or prescribe contraception will face a challenge in the Senate.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted, 4-1, Wednesday to recommend interim study for House Bill 1080, saying it was too broad and unnecessary given existing federal protections […]

Grappling with war: Ukrainian community in N.H. mounts aid efforts while awaiting resettlement  

BY: - April 28, 2022

Since the war broke out in Ukraine, Kateryna Kelly has discovered the Ukrainian community in New Hampshire is bigger than she thought, as people have come forward to join the aid effort. Now, they are getting organized, mounting grassroots aid campaigns throughout the state as they await refugee resettlement proceedings with the hope of bringing […]

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‘I-93’ congressional district map passes House committee

BY: - April 27, 2022

House Republicans have taken another stab at redrawing the state’s congressional districts. The latest attempt – the so-called “I-93 map” that groups communities along the interstate corridor – passed the House Special Redistricting Committee Wednesday in a party-line vote. Committee Republicans were undeterred by Gov. Chris Sununu’s opposition to the map, which would create a […]