The New Hampshire House today voted to eliminate the Chancellor’s Office within the University System. The bill calls for many of the responsibilities of the Office to be shifted to the Board of Trustees and to school presidents. Created in 1974, the Chancellor’s duties include government relations, purchasing and audits.
The New Hampshire House voted to put off making a final decision on a pair of bills that would withdraw the state from No Child Left Behind, and forego $61.6 million dollars in federal funding.
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt from Salem cited the lost money as he urged collegues to table the bills.
"There are significant and justifiable concerns about withdrawing from this program," Bettencourt said, "concerns regarding the potential loss of significant federal funds currently being received by our local school districts."
After a history of closures, repairs and re-openings which mottle its 88-year lifespan, the Memorial Bridge replacement project has begun. The bridge which crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, is set for completion as early as July, 2013.
The "float-out", which is the removal of the lift span and the first stage of demolition, is scheduled for today.
About 200 people showed up to hold signs and hear speeches by gay marriage critics. House speaker William O’Brien, GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne and Republican national committeewoman Phylliss Woods all said its time to undo the two year old law allowing gays to marry. David Bates, a State Rep. from Windham, wrote the repeal bill and MC'd the rally.
Many proposals encouraging educational choice are pending in Concord this year. One with strong backing would use tax credits to encourage businesses to pay for school scholarships.
Critics say this would starve public schools of much needed funding, but supporters say this is a way to give students more options while avoiding constitutional concerns that have doomed past proposals for school vouchers.
A governor’s commission has released a report detailing surprising levels of prescription drug abuse in New Hampshire. The commission’s findings give weight to a push to create a prescription drug monitoring program in the state.
According to the report, almost 17 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds in New Hampshire say they have abused prescription drugs in the past year. That’s the second highest rate in the country.
The Attorney General Offices of New Hampshire and Massachusetts have settled with UMASS Memorial Health care in a scandal tied to bone marrow testing.
UMASS Memorial Health Care owned the testing lab that housed the Caitlin Raymond International Registry. High testing fees triggered an investigation a bit over a year ago.
Under the settlement, UMASS Memorial agrees to pay a total of about $850,000. About two thirds of that goes to Massachusetts where most of the bone marrow donors lived. The hospital will pay New Hampshire about $250,000.