NH Senate http://nhpr.org en 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 The committees working on the bills will vote on a recommendation Thursday, but whatever they decide may be superseded by any compromise negotiated behind closed doors by legislative leaders and Gov.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 On The Political Front For May 13 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-may-13 <p></p><p></p><p>The New Hampshire House makes its first key vote as the casino bill is voted on by a supercommittee comprised of the House Finance and Ways &amp; Means Committees; various amendments will be considered on Tuesday, with a committee vote and recommendation coming Wednesday. The New Hampshire Senate, meanwhile, continues to work on its budget, and the Senate Finance Committee prepares to hear from some of the larger state agencies - Health &amp; Human Services, Transportation, and Environmental Services - on their budget needs.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 13:09:21 +0000 Josh Rogers 27370 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For May 13 Gambling Bill Amendment: A Few More Details On Help For North Country http://nhpr.org/post/gambling-bill-amendment-few-more-details-help-north-country <p>An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.</p><p>Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:</p><p>1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.</p><p>2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:43:47 +0000 Chris Jensen 23106 at http://nhpr.org Senate Democrats Outline Priorities http://nhpr.org/post/senate-democrats-outline-priorities <p>Senate Democrats say job creation and infrastructure investment are at the top of their to do lists, as the legislative session gets under way. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:28:34 +0000 Emily Corwin 20370 at http://nhpr.org New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/new-leaders-call-new-tone-statehouse <p>It's called Organization Day at the Statehouse - it's the day lawmakers are sworn in, leaders are elected, and, as they say, the future is yet unwritten.</p><p>NHPR's political reporter <strong>Josh Rogers</strong> joins <em>All Things Considered </em>host Brady Carlson with more on the House and Senate leaders and whether their calls for a new tone in the legislature were comments on the previous legislative session.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:36:17 +0000 Brady Carlson & Josh Rogers 17990 at http://nhpr.org New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11 http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-swings-democrats-republicans-hold-senate-13-11 <p></p><p></p><p>There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning.&nbsp;As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.</p><p>Prospects of a divided state legislature has both sides singing about bipartisanship.&nbsp;</p><p>Given that many of the races for the NH House are decided by fewer than a hundred voters, there will likely be a couple dozen recounts.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:20:55 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 16459 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11