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NH News
4:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes, Then Tables, Business Tax Cuts

Sen. Jeb Bradley
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The business profits tax (BPT) stands at 8.5%; the business enterprise tax (BET) at .75%.

Under these bills, those would drop every year  until 2019, when the BPT would be 7.9% and the BET  .675%.

Senate majority leader Jeb Bradley told colleagues the cuts are an overdue recognition that N.H. isn’t as business friendly as it needs to be.

“To ignore the fact that we have an uncompetitive corporate tax rate is nothing worse than the most myopic short sightedness that we could have.”

Democrats, like David Watters, countered that cuts are ill-conceived.

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NH News
12:46 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Senate Democratic Leader Larsen To Retire

Sylvia Larsen
Credit New Hampshire State Senate

A surprise announcement in the Senate today, as Democratic leader and former Senate president Sylvia Larsen told colleagues she will retire from the body.

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Health
3:58 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question

Senators Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester) during a legislative meeting on Wednesday.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The first public meeting between House and Senate negotiators working to fix the state’s Medicaid enhancement tax lasted all of 20 minutes, but parties are optimistic a deal can be struck.

Representative Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, used the hearing to reiterate the House’s position that despite court rulings declaring the tax unlawful, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will see otherwise.

“We continue to believe that our Medicaid enhancement tax is constitutional,” Rosenwald told colleagues. She says it adheres to both federal and state law.

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Ad Audit
9:32 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate

Credit Sara Plourde

It was only a matter of time before Scott Brown’s involvement in a failed energy bill backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would get the political-ad treatment.

Sure enough, on Thursday, the Senate Majority PAC launched a television spot that cites “news accounts” that Brown lobbied Senate Republicans to block the bill in order to deny Shaheen a legislative victory.

The 30-second ad is scheduled to run until at least June 4 on WMUR, at a cost of $224,000, as well as on some cable stations.

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Newscast
3:23 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate.   Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again.  The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. The Senate has the option of passing the amended bill, killing it or asking the House to compromise.

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NH News
4:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Senate Kills Bill Allowing Electronic Keno

 

New Hampshire's Senate has killed a bill that allowed electronic keno games in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

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NH News
12:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

N.H. Senator Pushing Revised Casino Bill

 A state senator who has tried for years to persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to legalize a casino is going to try again despite a House vote to reject one last week.

Sen. Lou D'Allesandro plans to ask the Senate to amend his bill Thursday to add the regulatory scheme in the defeated House bill and send it to the House in hopes his proposal will have a different outcome.

Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Legislative Roundtable - Look Ahead To 2014

Credit lindalu23 / Flickr Creative Commons

We’re sitting down with a panel of leading lawmakers to talk about their top issues for 2014.  These will include some repeats from last year such as Medicaid expansion, a gas tax increase, and casino gambling.  Other major debates will include guns and mental health, as well as cell phone use while driving.

GUESTS:

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NH News
12:08 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

N.H. House and Senate To Hash Out Separate Medicaid Expansion Plans

House and Senate committees are holding public hearings and work sessions on rival plans to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire this week.   The House holds its public hearing Tuesday morning while the Senate's hearing on its plan is that afternoon. The committees working on the bills will vote on a recommendation Thursday, but whatever they decide may be superseded by any compromise negotiated behind closed doors by legislative leaders and Gov. Maggie Hassan.   The House and Senate plans are essentially the same for the first year, but take different approaches after that.

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NH News
12:07 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Sen. President Peter Bragdon Will Step Down

Sen. Peter Bragdon
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

Senate President Peter Bragdon is stepping down from his post, saying it’s the right thing to do after taking a position as executive director of the Local Government Center.

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North Country
4:50 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Hassan Signs Bill To Study Site Evaluation Committee

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed Senate Bill 99, which calls for a study of the state’s important Site Evaluation Committee’s “organization, structure and process.”

The committee  reviews major utility projects, which would include Northern Pass Transmission. Without its approval the project to bring hydro-electric power from Canada could not move ahead.

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Politics
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

On The Political Front For June 24

Before going into recess, lawmakers in Concord will vote this week on the state budget and other deals reached during committees of conference, including Voter ID and medical marijuana. The Democratically-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate have been at odds over a number of policy issues, but areas of disagreement over the budget were smaller than possibly expected, with the final budget including provisions sought by both chambers and Governor Hassan.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Governor, Legislative Leaders Hail Common Ground In Budget Plan

The gold dome of the New Hampshire State House.
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

State budget negotiators reached accord today on a $10.7 billion spending plan.

The budget still needs approval from the full legislature, but leaders in the House and Senate, as well as Governor Maggie Hassan, agree the proposal meets many shared goals.

NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the negotiation process, what's in the final budget deal and its chances when it goes before the full House and Senate next week.

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North Country
12:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

As Northern Pass Opponents Worry, No Hint From Hassan On Whether She'll Sign Senate Bill 99

Some Northern Pass opponents are hoping Governor Maggie Hassan will sign Senate Bill 99, which they think may complicate approval of the controversial hydro-electric project. The bill may reach Hassan's desk this week but she says she hasn’t decided what to do.

“I haven’t reviewed the bill yet in any kind of detail so I’ll do that and then make up my mind,” she told NHPR Saturday.

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Politics
9:31 am
Mon May 20, 2013

On The Political Front For May 20

The gambling bill goes to the floor of the NH House for a full vote on Wednesday, after receiving a narrow 23-22 supercommittee vote resulting in a recommendation to kill the bill; the recommendation means that none of the amendments being debated in the House will be under consideration unless Wednesday's vote also fails to approve the bill. One such amendment would look to beef up regulation, while allowing for more revenue. Issues on the docket in the NH Senate include the Stand Your Groud repeal, Voter ID, the gas tax, the tobacco tax, medical marijuana, and the minimum wage.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon May 13, 2013

On The Political Front For May 13

The New Hampshire House makes its first key vote as the casino bill is voted on by a supercommittee comprised of the House Finance and Ways & Means Committees; various amendments will be considered on Tuesday, with a committee vote and recommendation coming Wednesday. The New Hampshire Senate, meanwhile, continues to work on its budget, and the Senate Finance Committee prepares to hear from some of the larger state agencies - Health & Human Services, Transportation, and Environmental Services - on their budget needs.

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North Country
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gambling Bill Amendment: A Few More Details On Help For North Country

An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:

1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.

2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Senate Democrats Outline Priorities

Senate Democrats say job creation and infrastructure investment are at the top of their to do lists, as the legislative session gets under way.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse

Terie Norelli appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010. Norelli was elected Speaker of the House for the next legislative session.
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

It's called Organization Day at the Statehouse - it's the day lawmakers are sworn in, leaders are elected, and, as they say, the future is yet unwritten.

NHPR's political reporter Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on the House and Senate leaders and whether their calls for a new tone in the legislature were comments on the previous legislative session.

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

Former House Speaker Terrie Norelli will run again for the job, but will face a strong opposition from David Campbell, D-Nashua. Current House Speaker Bill O'Brien has announced he will not run for mintority party leadership
Credit NH General Court Website

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

Prospects of a divided state legislature has both sides singing about bipartisanship. 

Given that many of the races for the NH House are decided by fewer than a hundred voters, there will likely be a couple dozen recounts.

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NH News
3:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

First Look At State House And Senate Results

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Races for State House and Senate were still wrapping up early this morning. Republicans lost some ground in the House, but we’re still learning how many seats were gained by Democrats.To start with, the Speaker of the House, Bill O’Brien, was reelected. He finished second to a Democrat in a two-member district.

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Elections 2012
12:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Woodburn Takes North Country's Senate Seat

Jeff Woodburn. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has won the senate race in the North Country, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Woodburn had 13,664 votes.

That compared to 9,071 for Republican Debi Warner of Littleton.

The senate seat was vacated by Republican John Gallus of Berlin who chose not to seek re-election.

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Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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State races
7:24 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Breaking Down N.H. State Races

Analyst Dean Spiliotes talks with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about some Granite State Senate races to watch this election season.

Elections 2012
5:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

In District 7, N.H. Senate Seat Is Up For Grabs

Yard signs for Andrew Hosmer, Democratic candidate for Senate in District 7. Hosmer is up against Republican Josh Youssef this November
Courtesy Photo

This year there are nine state senators not returning to their seats. Most of the chairs are being vacated by Republicans, and that’s got Democrats banking on winning some of those seats back. And in district 7, one traditionally red seat is up for grabs.

With eight incumbent Republicans leaving their seats, and only one Democrat, even Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will tell you it’s not an ideal situation.

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Elections 2012
4:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Latest Granite State Poll Predicts Democrats Taking State House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll predicts that if the election were held tomorrow, New Hampshire Democrats would win a majority in the State House and the Senate.

UNH survey center pollster Andy Smith says his model predicts 14 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the Senate, and 204 Democrats to 196 Republicans in the House.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms

Toben Hansen Flickr/Creative Commons

The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill

This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.

Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Take Up Tax Amendment, But Not Ed Funding Amendment

The flurry of activity continues at the New Hampshire statehouse. NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest, including a Senate vote on a constitutional amendment to ban personal income taxes, a proposal to track prescription drugs and several House bills related to abortion.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

"IB Bill" Goes Down in the Senate

The Senate has unanimously voted against a bill that would have prohibited the use of International Baccalaureate curriculum in New Hampshire Schools.

The state's IB program became controversial after parents in Bedford and Merrimack complained that it has political, anti-american overtones.

But even Senators who have concerns, like Republican Jim Forsythe, decided Wednesday not to supersede local schools’ decision to use IB.

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