NH House http://nhpr.org en 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 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. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-committees-hold-hearing-raising-gas-tax <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House highways and tax committees are holding a joint hearing next week on a proposal to raise the tax on gas and diesel by 4 cents. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearing will be held Tuesday. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate-passed bill would provide more money over the next two years for highway improvements, then take some of the tax proceeds to pay off $200 million in borrowing toward completion of the I-93 project. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:00:50 +0000 Associated Press 46281 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax N.H. House Votes To Expand Medicaid http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-votes-expand-medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire House has voted 202-132 to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 50,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move comes after more than a year of debate, and while the vote in the Democratically-controlled chamber wasn’t a surprise, Republicans weren’t exactly ready to concede the point.</span></p><p>They put forward nine amendments on issues ranging from delaying the start date to capping enrollees, all of which failed.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:28:06 +0000 Todd Bookman 45596 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Votes To Expand Medicaid House Kills Under-18 Tanning Ban http://nhpr.org/post/house-kills-under-18-tanning-ban <p>The bill was endorsed by its house committee as a way to protect the minors from skin damage that could contribute to cancer, but on the house floor it provoked a heated debate over parental rights and the proper role of government.&nbsp; Steve Vaillancourt is a Republican from Manchester.</p><p>"A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it."</p><p>Moments later the House voted 175-154 to both kill the bill and bar the issue from coming up again this year.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:48:39 +0000 Josh Rogers 45324 at http://nhpr.org House Kills Under-18 Tanning Ban N.H. House Considers In-State Tuition For Some Undocumented Residents http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-considers-state-tuition-some-undocumented-residents <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:42:58 +0000 Associated Press 42235 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Votes In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana, Bill Goes To Ways & Means http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-votes-favor-legalizing-marijuana-bill-goes-ways-means <p>After hours of debate and despite a promised veto from Governor Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of a bill to legalize marijuana 170 to 162 Wednesday night.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:14:48 +0000 Ryan Lessard 41927 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Votes In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana, Bill Goes To Ways & Means N.H. House Rejects License Plate Scanner Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-rejects-license-plate-scanner-bill <p>The House not only rejected allowing police to use license plate scanners, it then took the extra step of voting 214-135 to forbid that the issue be revisited in any form this year.</p><p></p><p>While supporters argued that plates information would be retained in the scanners for just 3 minutes, and might help solve crimes, critics like Manchester Democrat Joel Winters argued they erode privacy and embolden police to improperly conduct surveillance on the innocent.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:01:08 +0000 Josh Rogers 41894 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 Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House http://nhpr.org/post/minimum-wage-debate-return-nh-state-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.&nbsp; A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.&nbsp; This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1403.html" target="_blank">$8.25 an hour</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:41:58 +0000 Amanda Loder 41425 at http://nhpr.org 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