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Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

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The New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on its proposed state budget.

The $11.9 billion budget has opponents on both sides of the aisle, and it’s unclear whether it'll get enough support this week.

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New Hampshire House lawmakers are set to consider a Republican bill that would add new requirements for proving voter eligibility.

The measure, SB 3, cleared the state Senate last week along party lines.

The bill would require those registering close to an election to provide additional documentation, tightening the definition of domicile for voting purposes.

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  A vote is expected Wednesday in the Republican-led New Hampshire House on its proposed state budget.

The two year, $11.9 billion spending plan has its share of critics, with Democrats arguing it doesn’t go far enough.

One of their complaints is the budget eliminates a proposal by Gov. Chris Sununu to expand full-day kindergarten.

But there’s resistance among Republicans, as well, who believe the budget’s price tag is too high.

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Republican House Finance members laid out their budget proposal for lawmakers Monday morning, just days before the spending plan is up for a vote by the whole body.

But not all House members are pleased with how the proposal turned out.

Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand has announced he is again running for governor. The announcement comes more than a year and a half ahead of Election Day.

Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has joined the board of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp, which owns the New York Post, the Wall St. Journal and HarperCollins. 

Kelly Ayotte has kept busy since she left the Senate in January. She's helped the Trump administration introduce Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to her former colleagues and she's been a fellow at the institute of politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Each week, NHPR Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition's Rick Ganley for On the Political Front, a rundown of the week to come in New Hampshire Politics.


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House budget writers will try to sell their new state budget proposal to fellow lawmakers Monday at the Statehouse.

The spending plan will be up for a vote in the full House on Wednesday.

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Governor Chris Sununu told the state’s Commission on Alcohol and Drugs Friday that workforce development and cutting regulation are key in addressing New Hampshire’s opioid crisis.

This is the first time Sununu has attended one of these meetings since taking office.

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U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan was in Nashua Friday highlighting her new proposal to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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The Republican-controlled state Senate killed a bill Thursday that would create an independent redistricting commission for state elections.

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A Republican bill adding new requirements for proving voter eligibility has cleared the state Senate along party lines. The measure would require create more stringent verification requirements for people registering to vote close to an election.

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A bill that would require parents to get advance notice before sex-related course material is taught in the classroom has passed the state Senate and now heads to the Governor.

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  A bill making it easier for people seeking treatment for a substance abuse problem unanimously cleared the New Hampshire Senate Wednesday.

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During an interview on NHPR's The Exchange Tuesday, Governor Sununu insisted that a GOP-led effort to require voters to provide proof they are connected to the community where they vote is not meant to exclude anyone but simply to ensure the integrity of the state's voting process.

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The House Finance Committee officially finished up its work on the next two-year state budget proposal on Tuesday.  The spending plan heads to a vote of the full House next Wednesday.

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House Speaker Shawn Jasper says it shouldn't be a surprise House Republicans aren't backing Gov. Chris Sununu's plan to spend $18 million in the next two-year state budget to fund full-day kindergarten in New Hampshire.

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The House Finance Committee on Monday included in its budget blueprint a proposal to address underutilization at the state’s only juvenile detention center.

The Sununu Youth Center in Manchester has 144 beds, only half of which are being used on a daily basis.

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Gov. Chris Sununu’s unpublicized visit to Washington last week included his attendance at a fundraising gala hosted by a pro-Lebanon advocacy group whose website refers to its “access to senior U.S. and Lebanese government officials.”

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New Hampshire state representative Steve Vaillancourt has died at age 65. Vaillancourt had been battling heart problems and was found dead in his apartment Monday morning.

He was serving his 10th term in the State House representing Manchester’s Ward 8.

Representative Neal Kurk, who served several years on the House Finance Committee with Vaillancourt,  said Vaillancourt’s lively personality will be missed.

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House budget writers this week will be finishing up their version of the next two-year state spending plan before it goes to the full House next week.

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New Hampshire lawmakers met Friday to discuss policy changes to better protect at-risk kids. The effort comes on the heels of an outside review that faulted the state’s child protection agency. 

The Child Protection Act applies to cases when there’s clear evidence of child abuse or neglect, but a special legislative commission hopes to introduce a middle step between unfounded and founded reports of abuse. John DeJoie, with Child and Family Services, was part of a group that suggested another option for state health officials.

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A bill seeking to legalize needle exchange programs in New Hampshire passed the full Senate Thursday and now heads to the House. 

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A bill seeking to open two casinos in New Hampshire passed the full Senate Thursday 13 votes to 10.

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The New Hampshire Senate has passed a measure to send nearly $37 million to cities and towns to repair roads and bridges.

The bill passed unanimously. Gov. Chris Sununu included a similar proposal in his budget plan. 

Senator Lou D’Allesandro told his colleagues on the floor Thursday it’s time the state helped local communities with their building projects. 

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When does a tweet cross the line on government ethics?

That’s the question at the center of a complaint filed this week by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, alleging Gov. Chris Sununu’s recent tweet about his day skiing at Waterville Valley Resort — which is owned by his family and, until recently, was managed by Sununu himself — violates state ethics rules.

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A New Hampshire House subcommittee voted Wednesday to eliminate $18 million dollars in kindergarten funding from Gov. Chris Sununu’s state budget proposal. 

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A bill to legalize the video lottery game Keno in New Hampshire received pushback from lawmakers Wednesday for being too restrictive.

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There’s plenty of debate in New Hampshire right now around the question of who should be allowed to vote here. A big part of that lies in figuring out when — and why — a person calls New Hampshire their home. Answering that question, however, isn’t always straightforward.

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