Brian Wallstin http://nhpr.org en Amid Opioid Crisis, Lawmakers Will Consider Banning A New Painkiller http://nhpr.org/post/amid-opioid-crisis-lawmakers-will-consider-banning-new-painkiller <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers are wading into the debate over the controversial new painkiller </span>Zohydro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>A Senate committee will take up legislation&nbsp;Tuesday that would impose an 18-month moratorium on the new drug, an especially potent formulation of hydrocodone.</p><p>Zohydro hit the market in March and is aimed at patients who need long-term, around-the-clock pain relief. It differs from other&nbsp;hydrocodone-based&nbsp;medications, such as Vicodin, because it isn’t combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:21:30 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46800 at http://nhpr.org Amid Opioid Crisis, Lawmakers Will Consider Banning A New Painkiller Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue http://nhpr.org/post/under-senates-casino-bill-nh-towns-would-see-new-revenue <p>Casino supporters are betting that a plan to distribute more than $25 million in gambling revenue to New Hampshire cities and towns will convince House lawmakers to reverse their historic opposition to expanded gaming.</p><p>Less than a month after it killed a casino bill favored by Gov. Maggie Hassan, the House will begin discussion on Senate Bill 366, which proposes to authorize two casinos in the Granite State.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:57:12 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46469 at http://nhpr.org Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed http://nhpr.org/post/hearing-challenge-anthems-network-postponed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state insurance department has postponed a hearing this week to consider a challenge to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Margaret McCarthy, a patient of Frisbie&nbsp;Memorial Hospital in Rochester, has asked the department&nbsp;to require Anthem to include Frisbie in the network.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:13:47 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46335 at http://nhpr.org Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending http://nhpr.org/post/senate-bill-calls-more-transparency-political-spending <p>As the U.S. Supreme&nbsp;Court handed down a major campaign finance ruling Wednesday, a New Hampshire House committee heard testimony on a bill that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">would&nbsp;no longer allow some political groups to spend money on state elections without disclosing it to voters.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:20:12 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46102 at http://nhpr.org Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't? http://nhpr.org/post/scott-brown-and-outside-money-wont-or-cant <p>As Scott Brown crisscrosses New Hampshire on what his senate exploratory committee is calling a listening tour, he’s repeatedly said it’s “premature” to talk about how he’ll wage any future campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>On one point, though, Brown has already been crystal clear: He doesn’t want this race to be bound by a so-called people’s pledge, an idea Brown himself devised in 2012 to limit spending by outside groups during his race against Elizabeth Warren.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:33:51 +0000 Brian Wallstin 45362 at http://nhpr.org Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't? Town Meeting Voters Weigh In On Political Spending http://nhpr.org/post/town-meeting-voters-weigh-political-spending-0 <p></p><p>Voters at town meetings across New Hampshire approved resolutions urging state lawmakers to join a nationwide effort to overturn <em>Citizens United</em>, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down limits on political spending by corporations, labor unions and special interest groups.</p><p>As of Wednesday afternoon, 28 towns had approved petition warrants supporting campaign finance reform, including Exeter, Amherst, Salem, Deerfield, Hudson, Rindge and Windham.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:35 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44983 at http://nhpr.org Town Meeting Voters Weigh In On Political Spending AG's Office Outlines Pattern Of Harassment and Misused Funds In Complaint Against Reams http://nhpr.org/post/ags-office-outlines-pattern-harassment-and-misused-funds-complaint-against-reams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Attorney General's office has released its complaint for the removal of Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:44:09 +0000 Brian Wallstin & Emily Corwin 44870 at http://nhpr.org AG's Office Outlines Pattern Of Harassment and Misused Funds In Complaint Against Reams Utah House Approves Moving Primary Ahead Of New Hampshire's http://nhpr.org/post/utah-house-approves-moving-primary-ahead-new-hampshires <p>Utah lawmakers have advanced a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary ahead of New Hampshire’s.</p><p>Legislation approved by the House Monday gives lawmakers the option of holding an online election, provided it is “held before any other caucus, primary, or other event selecting a nominee in the nation.”</p><p>If approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gary Herbert, the bill, HB 410, would require the state to fund the Western State Primary, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:09:07 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44826 at http://nhpr.org Utah House Approves Moving Primary Ahead Of New Hampshire's County Commissioner, Former State Lawmaker Vie To Replace Ray Burton in Executive Council Race http://nhpr.org/post/county-commissioner-former-state-lawmaker-vie-replace-ray-burton-executive-council-race <p>Republican Joe Kenney and Democrat Mike Cryans will face off in a special election March 11 to replace longtime District 1 Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died in November.</p><p>A retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps, Kenney spent 14 years as a state legislator, in both the House and the Senate. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008 and lost to Democrat John Lynch. Kenney won a three-way Republican primary in January.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:33:32 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44631 at http://nhpr.org County Commissioner, Former State Lawmaker Vie To Replace Ray Burton in Executive Council Race Poll Finds Strong Support for Medicaid Expansion, Gun Background Checks http://nhpr.org/post/poll-finds-strong-support-medicaid-expansion-gun-background-checks <p>A bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid that is scheduled for a vote in the New Hampshire Senate this week has strong support from Granite Staters, according to a new poll.</p><p>New England College asked 774 registered voters if they would support a proposal backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan and a majority in the New Hampshire Senate “to extend private insurance to low-income residents, without passing the cost of coverage on to businesses.”</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:10:13 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44463 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-gun-bills-statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases.</span></p><p>The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sellers to conduct sales through licensed firearm dealers who, under federal law, must perform background checks on prospective buyers.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 43381 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse Eyes On The State Of The State http://nhpr.org/post/eyes-state-state <p></p><p>Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.</p><p>Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.</p><p>She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:31:31 +0000 Brian Wallstin 43048 at http://nhpr.org Eyes On The State Of The State NHPR News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-legalizing-marijuana <p>Earlier this month, the New Hampshire House became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use.</p><p>The legislation faces numerous – some would say intractable - hurdles, beginning with Thursday’s public hearing before the House Ways &amp; Means Committee.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:19:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42650 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana Jeff Bauman Among Guests to Join First Lady for SOTU http://nhpr.org/post/jeff-bauman-among-guests-join-first-lady-sotu <p>New Hampshire native and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman will be among the guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama during tonight’s State of the Union address.</p><p>Carlos Arredondo, a spectator who helped rush a badly injured Bauman from the scene of the April 15, 2013, attack, will also be among the more than two dozen people invited to join the first lady in her viewing box for the president's speech.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:09:42 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42587 at http://nhpr.org Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation http://nhpr.org/post/latest-nh-casino-bill-builds-failed-2013-legislation <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: The Senate Ways &amp; Means Committee approved</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;S</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">B</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">R-Lempster,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:28:48 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42518 at http://nhpr.org Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation