State House http://nhpr.org en N.H. Senate Committee Recommends Gas Tax Increase http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senate-committee-recommends-gas-tax-increase <p></p><p>A state Senate committee has recommended passage of a gas tax increase in New Hampshire.</p><p>The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of the increase.</p><p>The 18 cent tax would rise about 4 cents per gallon in July under the bill. It has not been increased since 1991 and is the lowest in New England. That increase is projected to raise $32 million annually for road improvements and the Department of Transportation.</p><p>The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill March 13.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:33:24 +0000 Associated Press 44514 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Senate Committee Recommends Gas Tax Increase House Bill Calls For New Drug Testing Rules At N.H. Hospitals http://nhpr.org/post/house-bill-calls-new-drug-testing-rules-nh-hospitals <p>The New Hampshire House has passed a drug testing bill inspired by the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill, approved 289 to 48 by the House on Wednesday, would require hospitals to set up policies to prevent misuse of drugs by employees to maintain their licenses. It would also require they test employees for drugs if there was a reasonable suspicion of drug use.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 42381 at http://nhpr.org State House Moves Recreational Marijuana Bill Forward http://nhpr.org/post/state-house-moves-recreational-marijuana-bill-forward <p>The State House has narrowly approved a proposal on recreational marijuana that it voted down earlier in the day.</p><p>The bill would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older; it would also allow people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment</p><p>The House first voted down the measure this afternoon, by a vote of 170 to 168. But lawmakers immediately took up a motion to reconsider that vote, and it passed, which restarted debate.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:54:42 +0000 NHPR Staff 41920 at http://nhpr.org State House Moves Recreational Marijuana Bill Forward House Backs 'Hike Safe' Cards To Cover Costs Of Potential Rescues http://nhpr.org/post/house-backs-hike-safe-cards-cover-costs-potential-rescues <p>New Hampshire's House has given its preliminary OK to giving negligent hikers a chance to buy a hike safe card that forgives rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe the state.&nbsp;</p><p>Under current law the Fish and Game Department can seek reimbursement for its rescue costs if a person acts negligently and then needs rescuing.&nbsp; Those costs can run from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:07:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 41750 at http://nhpr.org 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 On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 21 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-monday-oct-21 <p></p><p>NHPR’s Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the political impact of the shutdown resolution for New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>Rogers also talks about Shaheen’s fundraising efforts with her reelection coming up, and action at the State House in Concord.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:23:58 +0000 Michael Brindley 37112 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 21 On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 7 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-monday-oct-7 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NHPR&#39;s Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about the state&#39;s $76 million surplus and what it means for Governor Maggie Hassan politically. &nbsp;Rogers also touches on the government shutdown and the reaction</span>s among members of New Hampshire&#39;s Congressional delegation.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:35:31 +0000 Michael Brindley 36315 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 7 On The Political Front For Monday, Sept. 30 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-monday-sept-30 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On the Political Front this morning, NHPR&#39;s Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley&nbsp;about the state of Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire and how the race is shaping up in the 1st Congressional District.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:00:33 +0000 Michael Brindley 35888 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For Monday, Sept. 30 New Hampshire House And Senate Leaders Reflect On The Legislative Year http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-house-and-senate-leaders-reflect-legislative-year <p><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>It was six months of battles, bargains and balancing. Debates on medical marijuana, voter ID, and taxes all took center stage. A proposed casino was nixed, and after months of number crunching, a biennial budget was built, and&nbsp;all of this done&nbsp;under the watchful eye of a new governor. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dean Spiliotes 30972 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire House And Senate Leaders Reflect On The Legislative Year 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 On The Political Front For June 17 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-june-17 <p></p><p>A Thursday deadline is looming for House and Senate lawmakers to come to an agreement on the next two-year state budget. NHPR's&nbsp;Josh Rogers gets us caught up on the state of the negotiations, and what chance there is of Medicaid expansion being wrapped into the final deal.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:20:56 +0000 Josh Rogers 29594 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 17 On The Political Front For June 10 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-june-10 <p></p><p></p><p>It's committee season at the State House, as the legislative year nears its end. In the next couple of weeks, the budget will be getting the most attention, with some contention over Medicaid expansion, school building aid, charter schools, and personnel cuts. Other bills to watch for include medical marijuana and voter ID. US Senator Kelly Ayotte announces she supports a bipartisan immigration bill.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:08:16 +0000 Josh Rogers 29173 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 10 On The Political Front For June 3 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-june-3 <p></p><p></p><p>The NH Senate will be voting on its budget this Thursday; their plan calls for $10.7 billion in spending over two years, coming just under the House's budget, which calls for $11b, but doing it with large policy differences. One of those differences is Medicaid expansion, which the Governor and House favor. Looking forward to the 2014 US Senate election, in which incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is expected to run for re-election, Jim Rubens has been added to the list of possible Republican contenders, along with Jeb Bradley, Frank Guinta, and Scott Brown.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:16:44 +0000 Josh Rogers 28693 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For June 3 By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan http://nhpr.org/post/199-164-vote-nh-house-says-no-senate-casino-plan <p>The State House has rejected a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire, by a vote of 199 to 164.</p><p>NHPR’s <strong>Michael Brindley</strong> was on hand for the debate today in Representatives Hall. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with the latest.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:15:02 +0000 Brady Carlson & Michael Brindley 28012 at http://nhpr.org By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan 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