NH Senate http://nhpr.org en 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 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 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. Senator Pushing Revised Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senator-pushing-revised-casino-bill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;A state senator who has tried for years to persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to legalize a casino is going to try again despite a House vote to reject one last week.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:19 +0000 Associated Press 45418 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For January 13 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-january-13 <p></p><p></p><p>This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:36:06 +0000 Josh Rogers 41760 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For January 13 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 N.H. House and Senate To Hash Out Separate Medicaid Expansion Plans http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-and-senate-hash-out-separate-medicaid-expansion-plans <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House and Senate committees are holding public hearings and work sessions on rival plans to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire this week. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The House holds its public hearing Tuesday morning while the Senate's hearing on its plan is that afternoon. The committees working on the bills will vote on a recommendation Thursday, but whatever they decide may be superseded by any compromise negotiated behind closed doors by legislative leaders and Gov. Maggie Hassan. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:08:26 +0000 Associated Press 38272 at http://nhpr.org Sen. President Peter Bragdon Will Step Down http://nhpr.org/post/sen-president-peter-bragdon-will-step-down <p>Senate President Peter Bragdon is stepping down from his post, saying it’s the right thing to do after taking a position as executive director of the Local Government Center. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:07:01 +0000 Michael Brindley 33306 at http://nhpr.org Sen. President Peter Bragdon Will Step Down Hassan Signs Bill To Study Site Evaluation Committee http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-signs-bill-study-site-evaluation-committee <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/SB0099.pdf">Senate Bill 99,</a> which calls for a study of the state’s important <a href="http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/">Site Evaluation Committee’s </a>“organization, structure and process.”</p><p>The committee &nbsp;reviews major utility projects, which would include Northern Pass Transmission. Without its approval the project to bring hydro-electric power from Canada could not move ahead.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:50:15 +0000 Chris Jensen 30187 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 24 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-june-24 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:04:38 +0000 Josh Rogers 30004 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 24 Governor, Legislative Leaders Hail Common Ground In Budget Plan http://nhpr.org/post/governor-legislative-leaders-hail-common-ground-budget-plan <p>State budget negotiators reached accord today on a $10.7 billion spending plan.</p><p>The budget still needs approval from the full legislature, but leaders in the House and Senate, as well as Governor Maggie Hassan, agree the proposal meets many shared goals.</p><p>NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the negotiation process, what's in the final budget deal and its chances when it goes before the full House and Senate next week.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:15:57 +0000 Brady Carlson & Josh Rogers 29850 at http://nhpr.org Governor, Legislative Leaders Hail Common Ground In Budget Plan As Northern Pass Opponents Worry, No Hint From Hassan On Whether She'll Sign Senate Bill 99 http://nhpr.org/post/northern-pass-opponents-worry-no-hint-hassan-whether-shell-sign-senate-bill-99 <p>Some Northern Pass opponents are hoping Governor Maggie Hassan will sign <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/SB0099.pdf">Senate Bill 99,</a> which they think may complicate approval&nbsp;of the controversial hydro-electric project. The bill may reach Hassan's desk this week but she says she hasn’t decided what to do.</p><p>“I haven’t reviewed the bill yet in any kind of detail so I’ll do that and then make up my mind,” she told NHPR Saturday.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:07:41 +0000 Chris Jensen 29611 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For May 20 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-may-20 <p></p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:31:52 +0000 Josh Rogers 27804 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For May 20