DJ Bettencourt en O'Brien Names New Majority Leader as Questions Remain About Bettencourt Conduct <p>Politics usually take a break over Memorial Day weekend, but not this year in New Hampshire. State House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt abruptly resigned after admitting he had falsified documents for a law school internship.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest on the Bettencourt story, the potential political fallout for House Speaker William O&#39;Brien, and the newly named majority leader, Rep. Pete Silva of Nashua.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 22:07:34 +0000 Brady Carlson & Josh Rogers 5765 at Admitting Falsehoods, Bettencourt Resigns Again <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong> The New Hampshire Legal Rights Foundation announced Tuesday that it has severed its relationship with former Rep. D.J. Bettencourt.&nbsp; The foundation had recently named Bettencourt as executive director.</p><p> Sun, 27 May 2012 20:16:44 +0000 Josh Rogers 5641 at Admitting Falsehoods, Bettencourt Resigns Again Lawmakers Consider Education Tax Credits <p>Lawmakers heard testimony Monday about a bill that would give public school students an average of $2,500 for homeschooling or private school attendance.</p><p>The funds would come from a tax credit given to businesses that donate to state-certified scholarship programs.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;In the last decade eight states have launched education tax credit programs to expand educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students,&rdquo; said House Majority DJ Bettencourt, who sponsored the legislation.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:04:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1511 at House Panel Backs Casinos <div class="transcript"><p>Proposal to allow two NH casinos clears ways and means committee by 14-7 margin. NHPR&#39;s Josh Rogers reports.</p></div><div class="transcript"><p>The 14-7 vote by the house ways and means committee runs counter to years of anti-gambling votes in the house. And it comes in the wake Massachusetts&#39; passing bills that call for three resort casinos and one slot machine parlor. House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt of Salem hopes votes on Beacon Hill have changed the changes the equation on gambling for many house members.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:51:00 +0000 Josh Rogers 153 at House Panel Backs Gay Marriage Repeal <div class="transcript"><p>Judiciary committee votes 11-6&nbsp;to&nbsp;replace same-sex marriage with civil unions for any unmarried adults &ndash; even relatives. NHPR&#39;s Josh Rogers reports</p></div><p>By an 11 to 6 margin the house judiciary committee voted to undo the state&rsquo;s 15-month-old gay marriage law and replace it with civil union for any unmarried adults &ndash; even relatives. The bill&rsquo;s lead sponsor, Republican David Bates of Windham, says he expects the full House to endorse the proposal as drafted.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:22:31 +0000 Josh Rogers 120 at