A legislative committee overseeing implementation of the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire may be taking on new duties.
State Sen. Jeb Bradley, a Republican from Wolfeboro, is sponsoring a bill to increase the powers of the joint health care reform oversight committee to include the state's newly-expanded Medicaid program. The bill would require the committee to provide oversight, policy direction and recommendations for legislation.
We're sitting down with a panel of House and Senate leaders to look back on the year in the legislature. It was a year of victories for supporters of Medicaid Expansion, but of disappointment for casino backers and death penalty opponents. And it ended with several major players announcing they’re getting out of the game and retiring from politics.
The State Senate couldn’t pass the plan favored by GOP leaders, and then rejected a plan embraced by Democrats on party lines. Ultimately, the Senate adopted a second GOP proposal, before laying it on the table. Two hours later it rejected a Medicaid bill passed by Democrats in the N.H. House.
John Reagan is a Republican from Deerfield:
"I can contend with combinations of vagaries and certainties, but my friends to be steered and rushed is an invitation leading to rueful decisions."
Citing seriously ill family members, State Senate Majority leader Jeb Bradley says he won’t seek statewide office in 2014. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, Bradley’s announcement ends months of speculation he would run for US Senate or Governor. Top Republicans were talking up the prospect of Jeb Bradley running for major office right up until Bradley announced he wouldn’t. Bradley told the N.H. Union Leader he only came to his decision over the weekend, after talking it through with family. Bradley is serving his 3rd term as a State Senator. He’s also served in the N.H.
For years the North Country’s Senator - John Gallus (R-Berlin) - has favored turning the Cannon Mountain ski area over to a private firm. But Gallus says on Wednesday he’ll vote against a bill that would explore the idea.