The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to ban lead fishing jigs or sinkers that weigh less than an ounce.
The bill had a hard fight to get to this point. Last year it was scuttled in the House after passing unanimously out of the Senate. A big reason for that was opposition from the Fish and Game commission, an appointed body that many see as supportive of sportsmen. That’s why Republican John Burt from Goffstown voted against the bill.
The Executive Council chambers were packed as N.H.'s political class came together to honor what has become one of the best known things about the state, the presidential primary. Bill Gardner.
"This is a special day in N.H., in the old days they’d call this a red letter day."
Bill Gardner is N.H.’s Secretary of State. He came equipped with plenty of historical detail, including the biography of Democratic Rep, Stephen Bullock, who authored law that took effect May 21st 1913.
Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.
Manchester police partnered with State Police on Tuesday to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving.
Lieutenant Jim Flanagan approached drivers as they stopped at the corner of Hanover and Elm streets in downtown Manchester.
He had a smile on his face and an informational pamphlet about distracted driving in his hand.
“We’re just trying to get the word out and let people know before the worst happens. And we see most of our accidents, or a great deal of them, are related to distracted driving, in some fashion or another.”
As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a casino bill this week, NHPR is bringing you a series of stories that look at the implications of opening a casino in the Granite State. Today we turn our focus to the potential social costs related to gambling addiction: how the state is handling problem gambling now, and how it could in the future.
If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.
Merrimack County Superior Court judge has put a hold on all evictions from Concord homeless camps on state lands. The ruling came during preliminary hearing Monday for the suit filed by three homeless Concord men.
The hold on evictions will run for at least 10 days and up to the next court hearing. About 150 homeless people were removed from camps around Concord earlier this month.
New Hampshire will have to wait a little longer for more flexibility from the federal education law No Child Left Behind. The US Department of Education granted three more states waivers today, but New Hampshire was not on the list.
With the addition of Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia there are now 37 states that the DOE has exempted from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. Eight states, including New Hampshire, have waivers pending.