Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Statehouse lawmakers make decisions on a number of contentious issues, including Medicaid Expansion, education freedom accounts, voting eligibility, transgender rights, and marriage age.  The House-passed version of an animal cruelty bill conflicts with the Senate version - compromise is necessary, but is it likely?  And two more candidates enter the crowded race for Congress in the first congressional district.

GUESTS:

  • Casey McDermott -  NHPR State of Democracy and health reporter
  • Dave Solomon - New Hampshire Statehouse reporter for the Union Leader newspaper.
  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.

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  • A late-night maneuver in the New Hampshire Senate revived the school choice bill, SB193.
  • The New Hampshire House of Representatives quickly 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.
  • A controversial anti-animal cruelty bill won the blessing of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, but its differences will have to be worked out with the Senate.