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 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 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 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 'Halftime' At The Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/halftime-statehouse <p>It’s halftime at the New Hampshire Statehouse, with last week’s so-called “crossover day”, where those bills that have passed the House go to the Senate for a vote, and vice versa.&nbsp; Major issues that remain in play include a gas tax increase, a death penalty repeal, and once again, expanded gambling.&nbsp; We’re checking the score thus far, and seeing where these bills go from here.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45913 at http://nhpr.org 'Halftime' At The Statehouse Lawmakers Consider Ban On Sex Offender Residency Restrictions http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-ban-sex-offender-residency-restrictions <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are considering whether to bar municipalities from limiting where the state's more than 2,500 registered sex offenders can live after recent court rulings said the restrictions are unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;The House passed a proposed ban by a vote of 231-97 in February.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it faces an uphill battle. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:30:06 +0000 Associated Press 45874 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/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 News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse The Sidebar: Eyes On The State Of The State http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-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 The Sidebar: Eyes On The State Of The State