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Narrow partisan divide dominates legislative session
06-17-2024 12:30 PM

By RICK GREEN

With Republicans maintaining a narrow majority in the N.H. Legislature this year, they were able to thwart Democratic priorities such as gun safety measures and enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution.But the partisan split is so tight...

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Candidate filing precedes busy election season
06-20-2024 9:56 AM

By RICK GREEN

With open positions for governor and in the U.S. House, this should be a busy political season leading to the Sept. 10 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.The 10-day candidate filing period, which ended June 14, also showed that most incumbents in...


Chances of marijuana legalization in NH appear to dim
05-29-2024 9:49 AM

By RICK GREEN

Differences in the N.H. House and Senate versions of a marijuana-legalization bill are so significant that the legislation may be doomed, lawmakers said Tuesday.State Rep. Jonah Wheeler, D-Peterborough, doesn't think New Hampshire will quickly join...


Bill sponsored by Keene lawmaker would boost state funding for shelters
05-21-2024 11:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

New Hampshire would provide additional money for homeless shelters under a bill by state Sen. Donovan Fenton that has been winning legislative support.The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday approved spending $2.5 million in federal pandemic...


Lawmaker apologizes for comments directed at Walpole Rep. Weber
05-14-2024 10:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

N.H. Rep. Kenneth Weyler apologized to the state House of Representatives recently for making “loud remarks” in two previous general sessions.“I had no right to breach the decorum of this House and its protocol, and I apologize for those remarks. I’m...


NH House passes bill that would boost caps on wrongful death claims
05-10-2024 10:44 AM

By RICK GREEN

Despite opposition from the insurance industry, the N.H. House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill that would increase damages a jury can award for a wrongful death claim.Senate Bill 462 now goes to Gov. Chris Sununu and would become law if he signs...


NH Senate committee backs pot legalization bill
05-09-2024 10:01 AM

By RICK GREEN

A bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults cleared a key hurdle Wednesday with a recommendation by the N.H. Senate Judiciary Committee that the full Senate pass the measure.Voting in favor of House Bill 1633 were Sen. Daryl Abbas,...


NH Senate panel frowns on bill to ease vehicle inspection requirements
05-08-2024 11:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

A state Senate panel pumped the brakes Tuesday on a House-passed bill that would allow motorists to skip inspections on brand-new cars for at least two years.The Senate Transportation Committee recommended unanimously that the full Senate take no...


Legally required expense records still missing for several current, former NH officials
05-06-2024 10:24 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. Attorney General’s Office is in charge of enforcing RSA 14-C, a state law requiring legislators to submit reports after organizations cover more than $50 of their expenses in attending political, charitable or ceremonial events.An...


College due process rights at issue in NH bill
04-24-2024 10:21 AM

By RICK GREEN

An attorney for the University System of New Hampshire testified Tuesday that pending state legislation would disrupt an already effective system for handling disciplinary complaints at higher learning institutions.House Bill 1288 is aimed at ensuring...


Beekeepers, farmers square off in NH Senate committee hearing
04-19-2024 11:43 AM

By RICK GREEN

Farmers and beekeepers seem like natural allies, but they disagreed Thursday on House Bill 1698, which would allow people to spray pesticides from drones without first notifying neighbors.Mary Ellen McKeen, president of the N.H. Beekeepers...


NH Senate defeats bill to ban guns in schools
04-12-2024 10:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. Senate on Thursday rejected, 14-9, a bill from Keene Sen. Donovan Fenton to prohibit people from carrying guns on school property.All the Democrats present voted in favor of Senate Bill 593, and all the Republicans voted against it.Fenton, a...


NH House passes marijuana legalization again
04-12-2024 10:22 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. House of Representatives voted for a second time Thursday in favor of a bill to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use by adults.It now goes to the Senate.This time, the vote on House Bill 1633 was 239-136. All of...


NH senators consider college free speech bill
04-10-2024 1:00 PM

By RICK GREEN

Backers of N.H. House Bill 1305 say it’s an important piece of legislation that is needed to ensure free speech rights are protected at public colleges.Opponents say those rights are already guaranteed by the First Amendment, and that HB 1305 seeks to...


New vote on pot legalization slated in NH House this week
04-09-2024 2:05 PM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a measure to legalize sale and possession of marijuana for recreational uses.This will be the second time for representatives to vote on House Bill 1633.On Feb. 22, the House voted,...


Former Keene Mayor Hansel considering bid for Kuster's seat in Congress
03-29-2024 11:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

One day after Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said she would not seek re-election, former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern threw his hat in the ring for the job, while former Keene Mayor George Hansel said he was considering running.Van Ostern,...


NH House passes bill that would help people cleanse pot records
03-29-2024 10:29 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill by Peterborough Rep. Jonah Wheeler that would allow people to expedite the removal of marijuana possession arrests and convictions from their legal records.Under House Bill 1539, which was passed...


NH House panel recommends against bill to make more kids eligible for free lunch
03-27-2024 11:46 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. House Finance Committee on Tuesday recommended, 13-11, that the full House reject a bill that would expand eligibility for free lunches for children in public schools.It was a party-line vote with Republicans against House Bill 1212 and...


NH Senate passes ‘anti-sanctuary’ bill
03-11-2024 3:43 PM

By RICK GREEN

In a partisan vote, the Republican-controlled N.H. Senate on Thursday passed, 14-10, a bill that would prohibit state and local governments from adopting policies that prohibit or impede enforcement of federal immigration law.Opponents of Senate Bill...


New cars in NH would be exempt from safety inspections under bill
01-16-2024 3:06 PM

By RICK GREEN

A bill pending in the N.H. Legislature began with a constituent asking a lawmaker why the state requires safety inspections on new cars.State Rep. Matthew Coker, D-Meredith, couldn’t find a good answer, so he introduced a measure that would allow...


UNH poll finds liberals more likely to say, ‘Happy Holidays’
12-28-2023 6:50 PM

By RICK GREEN

After a year of weighty political and policy polls, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center ended 2023 on a lighter note.“Nearly half of Granite Staters will have an artificial Christmas tree this year, with many citing lower costs and less work...

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