Governor Sununu Vetoes Protective Orders for Vulnerable Adults
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CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 1660, a bill establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults.

Senator Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst) issued the following statement in response:

“With the exception of self-neglect, financial exploitation makes up the highest percentage of reports made to the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. Every Granite Stater should be able to age with dignity and live free from abuse. Governor Sununu's veto of HB 1660 means that vulnerable adults will not be afforded certain protections they deserve. HB 1660 was the result of a collaborative process with the Senior Law Project at NH Legal Assistance, AARP, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Disability Rights Center and had been heavily vetted to ensure that it did not infringe on important rights and protections of others. This legislation could have given our most vulnerable adult population a mechanism to adequately protect themselves; instead, they remain defenseless."

Governor Sununu Vetoes Medicaid Dental Benefits
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CONCORD - Today, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 250, a bill establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program.

Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement in response:

“There is irrefutable data that supports the economic and social benefits of preventative dental care. Particularly as New Hampshire faces a workforce shortage, vetoing a bill that would lead to increased employability, financial security, and would save the state money in emergency care costs is illogical and irresponsible.”

Senator Morgan on Passage of HB 1582, Veterans Protections
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CONCORD - Today, HB 1582, an omnibus bill relative to veterans protections, was signed into law. The bill, championed by Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood), previously passed the Senate in a vote of 23-1 and was concurred by the House 290-36.

Senator Jon Morgan (D-Brentwood) issued the following statement in response:

“In my time working in terrorism threat assessments with the Department of Defense, I had the honor of working with our veterans on a daily basis. As elected officials, it is our duty to support those who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. HB 1582 incorporates several pieces of legislation that support the long term success of the veterans living and working here in New Hampshire, including the Veterans Bill of Rights, a bill I was privileged to bring before the Legislature and that passed unanimously through the Senate. This legislation will assist our veterans to start businesses, find jobs and apprenticeships matching their skillset, obtain physical and mental health services, prevent suicide, achieve license and certification reciprocation, access educational opportunities for themselves and their families, and continue the fight to end veteran homelessness. I am grateful to my Senate and House colleagues for their continued bipartisan support of these programs and am glad to see HB 1582 signed into law.”

Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes HB 1234
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed HB 1234, relative to state and local government administration.

A copy of the Governor's veto message can be found here.

Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes HB 1660
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed HB 1660, establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults.

A copy of the Governor's veto message can be found here.

Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes HB 250
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed HB 250, establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program.

A copy of the Governor's veto message can be found here.

Governor Chris Sununu Signs SB 45 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 45, relative to electioneering at polling places, into law.

Governor Chris Sununu Signs SB 44 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 44, relative to election procedures, delivery of ballots, and assents to candidacy, into law.

Governor Chris Sununu Signs HB 1582 Into Law
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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 1582, relative to free tuition at colleges and universities for children of veterans who are totally and permanently disabled; programs to aid veterans' access to employment, housing, health care, and college degrees; educational assistance for members of the New Hampshire national guard; tuition waivers for children in state foster care or guardianship; and prohibiting higher education institutions from discriminating on the basis of military, law enforcement, or veterans status, into law.

DOE Launches iLearnNH for NH Schools
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Creates potential for seamless user experience with University and Community College Systems

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut (r) signs contract to create iLearnNH along with Director Stephen Appleby (l)CONCORD- The New Hampshire Department of Education today launched iLearnNH, a statewide Learning Management System (LMS) that is open at no cost to New Hampshire schools. iLearnNH is built on Canvas, an LMS that gives teachers the ability to build and manage courses based on their local curriculum, manage and grade assignments, and communicate with students.

“Teachers can harness digital tools to improve in-class, as well as remote, instruction,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “It will allow schools to be nimble should they face disruptions to education like COVID-19.”

Through the Kaltura software tool offered as part of the Canvas platform, teachers will be able to create video lessons, and students will be able to create video reports. iLearnNH will also provide an online portal to connect with students should a classroom or school need to shift to remote instruction.

The Department of Education is hosting a series of webinars to help teachers, administrators, parents, and students familiarize themselves with iLearnNH, and the tools it provides:

· Canvas LMS for Students and Families- July 27, 28, 29, 30, 12:00 PM

· Canvas LMS for Teachers- July 20, 21, 22, 23, 10:00 AM

· Canvas LMS for Teachers- July 27, 28, 29, 30, 1:00 PM

· Canvas LMS for Administrators- July 21 & 23, 12:00 PM

· Canvas LMS for Administrators- July 20 & 22, 2:00 PM

The Community College System of New Hampshire’s seven colleges are already using Canvas as CCSNH’s single LMS, which has afforded efficiencies and a common platform for all CCSNH students and faculty, and this summer the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) made the decision to consolidate its four institutions to Canvas in order to improve the consistency and scope of online learning. The Department of Education has signed a contract with USNH to provide free access and support to iLearnNH to all New Hampshire schools. For districts that choose to adopt the program, the iLearnNH agreement will create a seamless user experience with CCSNH and USNH.

“This LMS contract partnership with DOE and CCSNH is an efficient and innovative approach that leverages the scale and buying power of the DOE and of our State’s two higher education systems and will provide significant economies and opportunity for innovative collaborations,” said Chancellor Todd Leach, University System of New Hampshire.

“Through iLearnNH, we can expand capability in K-12 classrooms across New Hampshire, at no cost to local school districts,” added Stephen Appleby, Director of the Division of Educator Support and Higher Education with DOE.

The three-year, $6.2 million contract supporting the DOE’s iLearnNH is funded through a pair of federal grants and the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the CARES Act.

“Adoption of Canvas by both public systems of higher education is a win-win for students and the state as we expand learning opportunities and pathways,” said Dr. Susan Huard, Interim Chancellor of CCSNH. “It will strengthen ease of use for students as they navigate educational options. Creating similar options for school districts in New Hampshire paves the way for connections that would span K-20.”

USNH, CCSNH, and districts that opt in will use the same technology system for remote learning, which has become an imperative since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of a common LMS for teaching and learning will make for a consistent user experience for students and faculty.

For more information on iLearnNH, contact Stephen Appleby at