NH Legislature http://nhpr.org en Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-promises-review-buffer-zones-after-supreme-court-strikes-down-mass-law <p></p><p>Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.</p><p>Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:33:51 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50934 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law Legislative Roundtable: Reflections On 2014 http://nhpr.org/post/legislative-roundtable-reflections-2014 <p>We're sitting down with a panel of House and Senate leaders to look back on the year in the legislature. It was a year of victories for supporters of Medicaid Expansion, but of disappointment for casino backers and death penalty opponents.&nbsp; And it ended with several major players announcing they’re getting out of the game and retiring from politics.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 49758 at http://nhpr.org Legislative Roundtable: Reflections On 2014 Senate Democratic Leader Larsen To Retire http://nhpr.org/post/senate-democratic-leader-larsen-retire <p></p><p>A surprise announcement in the Senate today, as Democratic leader and former Senate president Sylvia Larsen told colleagues she will retire from the body.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:46:27 +0000 NHPR Staff 49687 at http://nhpr.org Senate Democratic Leader Larsen To Retire N.H. Legislature To Vote On Returning Massachusetts Settlement Money To Towns http://nhpr.org/post/nh-legislature-vote-returning-massachusetts-settlement-money-towns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments.&nbsp; A state&nbsp;House and Senate committee of conference approved&nbsp;a measure&nbsp;addressing&nbsp;back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the </span>Merrimack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 49515 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Legislature To Vote On Returning Massachusetts Settlement Money To Towns Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services http://nhpr.org/post/legislative-committee-approves-waiver-seek-275m-matching-funds-health-services <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire will seek a waiver from the federal government Friday hoping to get $275 million more in matching funds over five years for health care services provided by the state, county and local governments.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The joint legislative Fiscal Committee approved the waiver application Wednesday.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:21:51 +0000 Associated Press 49328 at http://nhpr.org Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question http://nhpr.org/post/little-progress-made-toward-solving-legislature-s-biggest-remaining-policy-question <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first public meeting between House and Senate negotiators working to fix the state’s Medicaid enhancement tax lasted all of 20 minutes, but parties are optimistic a deal can be struck.</span></p><p>Representative Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, used the hearing to reiterate the House’s position that despite court rulings declaring the tax unlawful, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will see otherwise.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:58:56 +0000 Todd Bookman 49317 at http://nhpr.org Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/ad-audit-air-war-heats-campaign-nh-senate <p>It was only a matter of time before Scott Brown’s involvement in a failed energy bill backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would get the political-ad treatment.</p><p>Sure enough, on Thursday, the Senate Majority PAC <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfLYyDWzYvo">launched a television spot</a> that cites “news accounts” that Brown lobbied Senate Republicans to block the bill in order to deny Shaheen a legislative victory.</p><p>The 30-second ad is scheduled to run until at least June 4 on WMUR, at a cost of $224,000, as well as on some cable stations.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:32:46 +0000 Brian Wallstin 49109 at http://nhpr.org Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-tries-again-death-penalty-repeal-loses-senate-supporter <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again. &nbsp;</div><div>The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. Sun, 18 May 2014 19:23:14 +0000 Associated Press 48703 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter N.H. "Paycheck Fairness Act" To Become Law http://nhpr.org/post/nh-paycheck-fairness-act-become-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill designed to close the wage gap between men and women will become law, after it cleared its final legislative hurdle today.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:44:13 +0000 Amanda Loder 48502 at http://nhpr.org N.H. "Paycheck Fairness Act" To Become Law NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-nhs-cell-phone-ban-0 <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/ban-hand-held-cellphone-use-while-driving-heads-governors-desk">illegal to use a hand-held cell phone</a> while driving or stopped in traffic.</p><p>The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48363 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban Senate Kills Bill Allowing Electronic Keno http://nhpr.org/post/senate-kills-bill-allowing-electronic-keno <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire's Senate has killed a bill that allowed electronic keno games in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 47745 at http://nhpr.org Senate Kills Bill Allowing Electronic Keno N.H. Senate To Take Up Heating Fuel Consumer Protection Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senate-take-heating-fuel-consumer-protection-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the New Hampshire Senate is set to vote on a <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1282.pdf" target="_blank">House bill</a> designed to protect home heating fuel customers.&nbsp; This comes after hundreds of <a href="http://www.fullers.com/" target="_blank">Fred Fuller Oil Company</a> customers suffered shortages and late deliveries in January. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 47485 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House To Consider Another Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-consider-another-casino-bill <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's House is voting Wednesday whether to legalize two casinos about a month after representatives said `no' to one casino. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:41:21 +0000 Associated Press 47483 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House To Consider Another Casino Bill News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-nhs-cell-phone-ban <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/ban-hand-held-cellphone-use-while-driving-heads-governors-desk">illegal to use a hand-held cell phone</a> while driving or stopped in traffic.</p><p>The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:21 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48362 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-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 The Sidebar: Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue