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House panel OKs amendment on separation of federal, state election processes

BY: - May 19, 2021

This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. on May 19, 2021 to reflect the fact that the bills will be voted on before the House and that Rep. Barbara Griffin is from Goffstown. The House Election Law Committee approved a proposal on Wednesday that would create separate processes for state and federal elections, in response […]

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After a challenging year, educators assess the challenges to come

BY: - May 19, 2021

Ben Lambright could talk about the toll the COVID school year has had on his peers, but he said his teachers aren’t in much better shape.  “I have teachers at school who, I like to joke, they have senioritis worse than I do,” the Nashua 12th-grader joked to a panel of education representatives Monday. “So […]

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House committee rejects police reform bill amendment

BY: - May 18, 2021

A New Hampshire House committee has killed a last-minute Democratic effort to hold police departments and other public bodies liable for their employees.  In a 14-7 vote, the House Judiciary Committee voted to defeat an amendment that would have allowed a person to sue a public employer – including a police department – for any […]

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Lawmakers work on details of proposed Department of Energy

BY: - May 18, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee continued hammering out a proposal to create a new Department of Energy, adding positions to the Public Utilities Commission, and clarifying the so-called firewall between the utilities commission and the proposed department. State Budget Director Matt Mailloux presented an amendment to the panel to add attorney and clerk positions […]

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Sununu says extra federal unemployment benefits to end June 19, announces stipend program

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will end the extra federal unemployment benefits on June 19, including the $300 weekly payment being collected by nearly 35,500 people in the state. He also announced he has set aside $10 million to pay stipends of $500 and $1,000 to people who come off unemployment and get a […]

Democrats say Sununu lacked ‘necessary urgency’ on mental health crisis

BY: - May 18, 2021

Before the Senate finalizes its changes to the House’s budget, Democratic senators want two things noted: Now is not the time to cut mental health funding, and Gov. Chris Sununu had the money in 2019 to make urgent the mental health investments he’s now calling for in Thursday’s executive order. “There was so much that […]

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Federal money could be key to building new Secure Psychiatric Unit

BY: - May 18, 2021

The $17.25 million Gov. Chris Sununu wanted for a new 60-bed Secure Psychiatric Unit was axed from the House budget. But the chairman of a House finance committee knows where he might find it: the state’s nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic relief money. Rep. Jess Edwards, an Auburn Republican who chairs House Finance Committee […]

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Proposed business tax cuts projected to cost state $60 million in first year

BY: - May 17, 2021

A series of tax cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Sununu and Republican lawmakers could cost the state around $60 million in revenue in the first year of implementation, the Department of Revenue Administration said in a presentation Monday.  In a document given to the Senate Ways and Means Committee Monday, the department said a combination […]

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Lawmakers aim to prevent schools, employers from mandating COVID vaccination

BY: - May 17, 2021

A last-minute amendment to a bill that protects the governor’s pandemic-related emergency orders would prohibit private and public K-12 schools, colleges, and employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccination. Dartmouth College and Southern New Hampshire University have said they will require students to have a COVID-19 vaccination. The amendment to Senate Bill 155 would also prevent any […]

Liberty Utilities angles for 20-year natural gas contract

BY: - May 17, 2021

Last year, Liberty Utilities withdrew what had turned into a very contentious proposal to construct a large, expensive pipeline called the Granite Bridge Project. Critics said it was too big, too expensive, and that it would harm the environment. It led to protests and drew fierce opposition from climate-change activists who oppose building new fossil […]

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Senate approves proposal to make ‘cyber-flashing’ a crime

BY: - May 14, 2021

On Thursday, New Hampshire senators moved forward with a proposal that would criminalize cyber-flashing, when an unwanted intimate image is sent as a form of harassment. The bill, HB 296-FN, had been special ordered three times, which set back its passage in the Senate by three weeks. On Thursday, the legislation was amended to clarify that the […]

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Sununu issues ultimatum in mental health crisis

BY: - May 14, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu warned the state’s hospitals and mental health centers Thursday he will replace them with private providers if their patients continue languishing in emergency rooms without timely treatment. Sununu issued a new executive order giving the state Department of Health and Human Services sweeping authority to assess the system and make changes where […]