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3:43 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

House Overrides Governor's Veto of Redistricting Plan

The Republican-controlled New Hampshire House has overridden Democratic Governor John Lynch's veto of the House redistricting plan.

The House voted 246-112 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate which traditionally leaves it to the House to come up with its own plan.

Districts must be redrawn to adjust for population changes over the past decade.

House Speaker Bill O’Brien says more people will get direct representation.

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7:47 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

U.S. DOJ Joins Mental Health Case

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against New Hampshire for alleged violations of the state’s mental health system.

Lead plaintiff attorneys welcome the move.

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NH News
7:05 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

State: Primex Deal Possible Game Changer

This week, state regulators reached what they consider a landmark agreement with a group that provides insurance to cities and towns.

State officials believe the deal could change how other so-called public insurance risk pools are run.

Primex, one of three public risk pools in New Hampshire, has agreed to return at least $16 million dollars back to its clients - cities and towns.

The deal comes after regulators determined Primex is holding excess surplus.

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NH News
4:04 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Transportation Bill Hits Traffic Jam

You can add transportation to the long list of issues hitting a roadblock in Washington. Funding for New Hampshire’s I-93 expansion may get stuck in the beltway traffic jam.

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5:58 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Executive Council May Slow Down Managed Care

The Executive Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a new Medicaid contract worth an estimated $2.2 billion dollars.

It is believed to be the largest contract in state history.

But signs from an Executive Council meeting today suggest that vote may be pushed back.

The state may struggle to meet its July 1stdeadline.

Dan Gorenstein: This Medicaid contract is huge.

It’s huge financially, handing over several billion dollars to three managed care companies to run the state’s Medicaid program.  

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5:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Controversy Surrounds Teacher Preparation

Most people agree that good teachers help students succeed.
But how do good teachers learn to be effective?

One D.C.-based, private nonprofit is asking just that. They want colleges to participate in a study that ranks teacher preparation programs.

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PSNH
5:16 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Major Business and City Leaders Oppose Move To Get PSNH To Sell Power Plants

A house bill that would consider giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to force PSNH to sell its power plants to open up market competition is getting vocal opposition from business leaders and mayors in the state.

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier says the move will raise electric rates and scare businesses away from his community.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Gambling Has Shot In House

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No bill authorizing slot machines or casinos has ever passed the N.H. house, but this plan, which would use the revenue -- projected at 290 million dollars -- to lower business taxes, is seen as having a shot. House ways and means chairman Steve Stepanek (r-Amherst) says N.H. must act.

“The game plan has changed because Massachusetts has expanded gambling passed. And Maine is pushing their expanded gambling. We have got to respond.”

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4:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Sarah Long Bridge Side Railings Hazardous

Another bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery Maine is undergoing emergency repairs.

Side railings on the Sarah Long, or Middle Bridge are so rusty; they present a hazard to any vehicle that accidentally slides into them. So, the two states are taking emergency measures to protect motorists.

Bill Boynton, with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation, says that steel Jersey Barriers will be installed along the length of the 2800 foot span.

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NH News
3:49 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

HHS Officials Campaign for the Affordable Care Act

 

An official with Obama administration came to Manchester today to tout the achievements of the Affordable Care Act.

At an event organized by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire residents told their stories of how the health-care law had improved their lives.

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NH News
1:54 am
Thu March 22, 2012

House Rejects Gay Marriage Repeal

The 211-116 margin was a victory for gay rights advocates. It was also a shock to social conservatives, who thought a 3 to 1 GOP majority combined with a party platform that defines marriage as a between a man and women, would secure the bill’s passage. 

Deep into a debate that lasted 2 hours and included 10 separate votes, Kingston Republican David Welch stated what by then was plain: gay marriage is topic that divides House Republicans.

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NH News
6:29 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Senate Walks Away from Payday Loans

The Senate has blocked the return of so-called payday loans.

An attempt to overturn a gubernatorial veto fell well short of the necessary votes.

The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans.

In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

“Lenders could charge consumers over $1100 to repay a $500 loan, over a 6 month term. I will let that speak for itself.”

Payday loan supporters argued that some need these loans to get through the hard times.

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6:05 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Effort to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Fails

The House on Wednesday decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place. 

Same-sex couples have been able to marry legally since 2009. 

The Republican-controlled House voted 211-116 against a repeal. 

Gov. John Lynch had pledged to veto the repeal bill if it had passed. The debate on the House floor took more than two hours. New Hampshire is one of eight states that allow gay marriage.

NH News
5:33 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Senate Pulls Lever on Another Voter ID Law

Along party lines, the New Hampshire Senate today passed a second, more restrictive voter ID measure. Earlier this month, a bill requiring voters to show valid photo identification or sign an affidavit was approved with the backing of Town Clerks and the Secretary of State.

This new Republican-backed legislation would require those seeking to vote in New Hampshire to also register their vehicles in the State and apply for a New Hampshire driver’s license.

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5:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

School Choice Bill Passes Senate Despite Constitutionality Concerns

 

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill sponsored by school choice advocates that would create a tax credit for businesses that donate to scholarship organizations.

Many public school educators oppose the measure saying that it would sap schools of already scarce resources, but opponents in the senate tried to block the bill by calling into question its constitutionality.

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