Senate http://nhpr.org en Legislative Roundtable - Look Ahead To 2014 http://nhpr.org/post/legislative-roundtable-look-ahead-2014 <p>We’re sitting down with a panel of leading lawmakers to talk about their top issues for 2014.&nbsp; These will include some repeats from last year such as Medicaid expansion, a gas tax increase, and casino gambling.&nbsp; Other major debates will include guns and mental health, as well as cell phone use while driving.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 41207 at http://nhpr.org Legislative Roundtable - Look Ahead To 2014 Former Sen. Smith Plans N.H. Senate Campaign http://nhpr.org/post/former-sen-smith-plans-nh-senate-campaign <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;">Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith says he's moving back to New Hampshire in an attempt to win back his old seat.</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:41:31 +0000 Associated Press 39378 at http://nhpr.org The Small-State Advantage? http://nhpr.org/post/small-state-advantage <p>In the current American political system, some say larger states can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to political representation in the U.S. Senate and electoral college, to a degree some say the Founders likely never imagined. Some are clamoring for a remedy of some sort, while&nbsp;others suggest the two Senators per State model still plays an important role in balancing political power. We'll look at both sides of this debate.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dean Spiliotes 29672 at http://nhpr.org The Small-State Advantage? On The Political Front For June 3 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-june-3 <p></p><p></p><p>The NH Senate will be voting on its budget this Thursday; their plan calls for $10.7 billion in spending over two years, coming just under the House's budget, which calls for $11b, but doing it with large policy differences. One of those differences is Medicaid expansion, which the Governor and House favor. Looking forward to the 2014 US Senate election, in which incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is expected to run for re-election, Jim Rubens has been added to the list of possible Republican contenders, along with Jeb Bradley, Frank Guinta, and Scott Brown.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:16:44 +0000 Josh Rogers 28693 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 3 U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify Protections for People with Disabilities http://nhpr.org/post/us-senate-fails-ratify-protections-people-disabilities <P>This week the&nbsp;United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities <A href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-usa-congress-disabilities-idUSBRE8B319F20121204">(CRDP) was narrowly rejected </A>on the Senate floor.&nbsp; The treaty, negotiated during the Bush administration, has already been ratified by126 other nations—including China, Russia, and Iran.&nbsp;</P> <P> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:49:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17948 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify Protections for People with Disabilities 25 In 25: U.S. Senator Warren Rudman http://nhpr.org/post/25-25-us-senator-warren-rudman <p>In 2007, The Exchange ran a special series taking a look at 25 influential people in the Granite State, <strong>25 In 25</strong>. As part of that series, we spoke to former U.S. Senator for New Hampshire Warren Rudman. We are reposting this episode as a special memorial, following Senator Rudman's death on Monday, November 19th.</p><p>From the original episode:</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:59:42 +0000 Laura Knoy 17212 at http://nhpr.org 25 In 25: U.S. Senator Warren Rudman Internet Tax Ban Takes a Step Forward http://nhpr.org/post/internet-tax-ban-takes-step-forward <p>The Senate Finance committee has voted unanimously to recommend banning a so-called &ldquo;internet tax&rdquo;.&nbsp;The bill would clear up the confusion surrounding the state&rsquo;s Communications Services Tax.</p><p>Salem Senator Chuck Morse says two months ago, internet providers approached him to say that the state was starting to get serious about collecting taxes on internet. So he decided to do something about it.</p><p>&quot;The amendment is very simple,&quot;&nbsp;Morse says, &quot;New Hampshire is making a statement, it will not tax the internet, that&rsquo;s it.&quot;</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:58:55 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3678 at http://nhpr.org Internet Tax Ban Takes a Step Forward Senate and House Divisions Crystalize over Abortion Bills http://nhpr.org/post/senate-and-house-divisions-crystalize-over-abortion-bills <p>All eyes were on the State Senate today, where lawmakers voted down a bevy of bills that would regulate abortion and allow employers to opt out of covering contraception.</p><p>State lawmakers have traditionally rejected such measures, but the issue has become a point of friction between the house and Senate.&nbsp;That friction is set to continue. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:39:46 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3605 at http://nhpr.org Senate and House Divisions Crystalize over Abortion Bills Senate Committee: No to Refugee Moratorium http://nhpr.org/post/senate-committee-no-refugee-moratorium <p>&nbsp;</p><p>A senate committee has voted to send a bill that would allow communities to ask for a one year moratorium on refugee resettlement for further study.</p><p>The committee voted 3-1 to refer the bill to interim study, with Senator David Boutin from Hooksett dissenting. That vote is a polite way of asking the full senate to let the measure die quietly.</p><p>Committee Chair Senator Jack Barnes says he doesn&rsquo;t think the state legislature has the authority to pass this bill.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:14:45 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3179 at http://nhpr.org Senate Committee: No to Refugee Moratorium Congressional Redistricting Moves Forward http://nhpr.org/post/congressional-redistricting-moves-forward <p>New Hampshire&nbsp;lawmakers have reached agreement on a Congressional redistricting plan.&nbsp;With two incumbent Republicans in Congress, both wanted to keep their districts as GOP-leaning as possible.</p><p>Under the <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0202.html">final plan</a>, six towns will switch districts. Sanborton, Tilton and Campton move east from District 2 to District 1; while Deerfield, Northwood and Center Harbor will shift west to District 2.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:49:32 +0000 Todd Bookman 3067 at http://nhpr.org House Committee Votes Against Sex Offender Board http://nhpr.org/post/house-committee-votes-against-sex-offender-board <p>After sailing through the Senate, a <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0277.html">bill </a>that would have created a &lsquo;Sexual Offender Management Board&rsquo; hit a wall in the House today.</p><p>The bill calls for the creation of a 19-member board that would evaluate policies toward sex offenders.</p><p>Advocate Chris Dornin told the House Criminal Justice Committee that laws are often rushed through after a high-profile child murder or molestation.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:22:13 +0000 Todd Bookman 2907 at http://nhpr.org House Committee Votes Against Sex Offender Board