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  1. CONCORD — Lawmakers will try something new Friday, holding a teleconference Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting, including a discussion of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.The State House complex, including the Legislative Office Building where the fiscal committee meets, is closed to lawmakers and the public, but budget writers still need to approve money transfers within departments and to accept federal money to help with the infectious [...]
  2. CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire House and Senate each passed legislation inspired by a former high school teacher's ongoing sexual assault case, but victim advocates say one of the bills falls short of closing an abuse-enabling loophole in state law.Primo "Howie" Leung, a teacher at Concord High School, was charged in April with sexually assaulting a middle school student at a summer camp at the Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2015 and 2016. He also was seen [...]
  3. CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire youth advisory council with participants ranging in age from 12 to 25 would make recommendations on policies, laws, and educational programs concerning climate, energy, conservation and recreation, according to a state senator's bill."New Hampshire's youth will be affected by current and future decisions regarding climate change for the rest of their lives," said Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, who introduced the measure. "They rely on their [...]
  4. PORTSMOUTH – The congressional delegations of Maine and New Hampshire joined their legislative peers in voting on a series of measures this week including on the coronavirus and airport security.
  5. CONCORD – Elderly people and those who live far from their healthcare provider may be able to call instead of travel for an appointment under a bill passed in the Senate on Thursday.Senate Bill 555, relative to telemedicine coverage, was unanimously passed, allowing for doctors and medical care providers to be able to bill insurance for such care. It goes to the House next.Sen. Jay Kahn, D-Keene, who sponsored the measure, said the bill was particularly important [...]
  6. CONCORD – To support an annual increase of an estimated $1.5 million for the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, the Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to support an increase of $10 for each transfer, from $25 to $35 at the registry of deeds.Last year, a similar measure was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu because he claimed it was a new tax.Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, offered an amendment that would instead withdraw $250, [...]
  7. CONCORD – The New Hampshire Senate voted Thursday to override Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto on net metering.The vote was 17-7 on Senate Bill 159.All 14 Democrats were joined by Sens. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, Harold French, R-Franklin, and John Reagan, R-Deerfield, to override the veto.In his veto message, Sununu argued it will cost ratepayers millions of dollars.The bill would expand the net metering limit from 1 to 5 megawatts, [...]
  8. CONCORD (AP) — Concerns over coronavirus crept into New Hampshire's long-running debate over paid family and medical leave Tuesday when Senate lawmakers heard testimony on two competing bills.First up was the Democrats' bill that would allow workers to collect up to 60% of their wages for up to 12 weeks to care for a new baby, recover from an illness or injury or tend to a sick family member. Employers would be required to provide benefits or send 0.5% of employees' weekly [...]
  9. Married minors and sexual assaultHouse Bill 1601, "removing the exception for married minors from the definition of sexual assault," is sponsored by Reps. Debra Altschiller, D-Stratham; Ellen Read, D-Newmarket; and Cassandra Levesque, D-Barrington.The House Children and Family Law Committee voted 10 to 7 recommending passage. The committee reported, "The majority of the committee discussed the seven loopholes, or exceptions, to the aggravated felonious sexual [...]
  10. CONCORD — The New Hampshire House spent much of Thursday’s session debating bills similar to ones passed last year that Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed or the Senate killed.Two attempts to increase requirements to purchase a firearm passed the House, but not by large enough margins to override vetoes, and a bill legalizing the personal and private use and cultivation of marijuana similar to one killed in the Senate last year.LegalizationIn the [...]
  11. HAMPTON — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said she was “very, very eager” to make sure federal dollars were bolstering efforts in combating substance misuse during a visit Wednesday at the SOS Recovery Community Organization in Hampton.Hassan hosted a roundtable discussion with recovery specialists and law enforcement officials from Dover and Farmington who are part of the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program.Hassan said the purpose of [...]
  12. CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu nominated three lawyers to be Circuit Court judges on Wednesday, his first judicial picks since last summer when his choice for chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, was voted down on a 3-2 vote along party lines.At Wednesday’s regular council meeting, Sununu nominated Kimberly Chabot of Henniker, John Curran of Londonderry and Thomas F. Reid II of Epsom to be Circuit Court judges, with terms that [...]
  13. CONCORD — The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee tabled a $46 million education grant this past Friday, the third time it has voted on what would expand the number of charter schools in New Hampshire, but the issue isn’t going away soon.After the vote, Grant Bosse, spokesman for the Department of Education, said, “Commissioner (Frank) Edelblut will keep fighting for at-risk students and looking for ways to open up opportunities for their education. [...]
  14. CONCORD — Amidst a pending federal lawsuit against the University of New Hampshire brought by a former professor claiming UNH passed over him for employment due to his veteran status after it chose not to renew his contract, the state Senate took action to better protect veterans from discrimination in the university system.The Senate on Thursday passed SB 455, which amends the state law governing hiring practices, admissions, promotions and recruiting within the [...]
  15. PORTSMOUTH — The congressional delegations of Maine and New Hampshire joined their legislative peers in voting on a series of measures this week including Congressional War Powers and the Equal Rights Amendment.
  16. WINDHAM (AP) — A man has been accused of throwing President Donald Trump campaign signs and slapping a teen across the face outside a New Hampshire polling location during the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.Police said the attack happened just as Patrick Bradley, 34, of Windham, was leaving Windham High School after voting Tuesday. As Bradley was walking by a Trump campaign tent, he allegedly slapped the 15-year-old, then allegedly assaulted two adults who tried to [...]
  17. Temporary driver's licenses for legal immigrantsHouse Bill 1700, "relative to the licensure of non-resident aliens temporarily residing in New Hampshire," is sponsored by Sen. David Watters, D-Dover. It permits non-resident aliens living in the state on a temporary basis to obtain a driver's license when they complete an application for asylum status to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The bill was recommended by the commission studying licensing of [...]
  18. CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire has made significant progress in connecting to a national public safety communications system created in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, state officials said Friday.The inability of some police and fire departments to communicate with one another over incompatible radio systems in 2001 led to the development of the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. The system is being built as part of a public-private partnership by AT&T, which [...]
  19. CONCORD — Marijuana would be sold in state liquor stores under a proposal a House committee heard on Wednesday.House Bill 1663 would legalize retail marijuana sales as surrounding states have done but would not allow advertising or other enticements.The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Jerry Knirk, D-Freedom, said selling cannabis in liquor stores will allow the products to be regulated, limit potency and eliminate pesticide residues.“This would not allow [...]
  20. "Sushi noodles" may not have had publicized plans for a potential presidency, but nonetheless, someone in Rye placed a write-in vote Tuesday naming the cuisine as their 2020 candidate.When taking to the polls each year, for almost any election, a voter can write-in a "candidate" whose name does not appear on the ballot. For some, it's a way to voice their disappointment in those actually on the ballot. For others, it's a creative protest or revolt.But for election officials, [...]