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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. […]

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Proposal would change ER hold rules for mental health patients

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed last-minute legislation Friday that would allow hospitals – in addition to the state – to detain mental health patients in their emergency rooms for up to three days to determine whether they could be treated without an involuntary admission to the state hospital. Hospitals, which like other […]

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‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts vaccination incentives

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays.  And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

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Supporters of bill to help small businesses puzzled by House committee recommendation

BY: - June 2, 2021

Nearly 7,600 of the state’s small businesses received a lifeline when federal “Main Street” pandemic aid arrived last year – but only if they had opened at least nine months before COVID-19 hit. After hearing from some of those excluded business owners earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate voted, 23-1, in favor of legislation […]

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Diversity council formed by Sununu drafting letter in opposition to ‘divisive concepts’ language

BY: - June 2, 2021

A week after the New Hampshire Senate Republicans unveiled the latest version of the “divisive concepts” bill, some prominent state officials are speaking out against it – including Gov. Chris Sununu’s Department of Safety commissioner. During a last-minute meeting Tuesday, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion agreed to send a letter to Sununu’s […]

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Critics unpersuaded by Senate changes to ‘divisive concepts’ bill

BY: - June 2, 2021

When Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley introduced the latest version of the “divisive concepts” bill last week, he made sure to stress what it didn’t include. The newest version of the controversial anti-critical-race-theory bill does not stop teachers from teaching about racism in American history, Bradley said. It does not prohibit public employers from hosting […]

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Liquor Commission poised to become direct shipper of alcohol

BY: - June 1, 2021

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is close to gaining approval to become a direct shipper of alcohol, with the House set to pass legislation that would send the long-held priority to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  Senate Bill 14 would permit the commission to register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State as a direct shipper […]

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Omnibus environmental bill on renewable energy and utilities moves to the House

BY: - June 1, 2021

The House will take up an omnibus environmental bill on Thursday that would require the state to adopt rules about energy storage, among three other renewable energy measures. The legislation also includes proposals regarding hydroelectric generation, group credits for net metering, and the purchase of energy across states. With battery usage and other energy storage […]

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With new urgency, efforts to address mental health crisis getting back on track

BY: - June 1, 2021

The Legislature’s $20 million plan in 2019 to expand desperately needed mental health services stalled after the pandemic hit. A recent state Supreme Court ruling and stories of kids and adults waiting days in emergency rooms for help has put that effort back on track.  The Senate is poised to reverse two significant cuts to […]

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Summer hiking season begins – and rescue season along with it

BY: - May 31, 2021

Memorial Day kicks off the summer hiking season in New Hampshire, and with it, hikers who need rescuing. If last year is any indication, a lot of those rescues will be done by phone.  Typically, the state Fish and Game search-and-rescue team averages about 50 “non-responsive” rescues a year, meaning someone from the team can […]