Top N.H. Stories: Medicaid Expansion, Transgender Rights, Voting Eligibility

May 3, 2018

One of the Great Danes seized last year in Wolfeboro. A bill designed to prevent animal cruelty stoked debate this week in Concord.
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With state lawmakers busy chipping away at unfinished legislative priorities today at the New Hampshire State House, here is a roundup of the top stories today and over the past 24 hours on NHPR. 

  • The New Hampshire House of Representatives today passed a bill for Medicaid expansion, where reauthorization of the current program ends at the end of this year. It's a proposed five-year extension. The Medicaid program serves some 50,000 Granite Staters, often low-income individuals and families. It's touted as a key tool, as well, in fighting opioid addiction.
  • It's still unclear whether or not Sununu will sign a bill designed to tighten residency standards for voting eligibility. The Senate passed this controversial measure on Wednesday.
  • NHPR's Jason Moon reports that the House has rejected an attempt today to revive a school choice bill, seen by critics as a costly voucher bill. 
  • Naomi Andrews, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, launched her campaign for the 1st Congressional District.
  • Secretary of State Bill Gardner says there are no "snow days" for elections in New Hampshire. However, legislation moving forward would give local officials leeway to reschedule Town Meetings in the event of major snowstorms.
  • Former state Sen. Molly Kelly of Harrisville, a Democrat running for governor, won the endorsement of New Hampshire's senior U.S. senator Wednesday.

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