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9:16 am
Mon April 22, 2013

On The Political Front For April 22

Credit Sara Plourde

In the wake of the bombings in Boston, NH Senator Kelly Ayotte and other lawmakers are arguing for treating the remaining suspect as an enemy combatant, which would break new legal ground; the national gun bill fails to pass, with Senator Ayotte being the lone New England Senator to oppose the bill; the casino bill backed by Governor Hassan and the NH Senate is now being examined by the NH House Finance and Ways & Means committees; both branches of the NH Legislature continue to work on their budgets.

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5:07 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

House Committees Hear Expert Testimony On Casinos

The joint House committee assigned to hear the casino bill backed by the state Senate and Governor Maggie Hassan got an earful today, as House members spent the day listing to experts.

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4:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.H. Legislator Apologizes For Email Comment

A New Hampshire lawmaker is apologizing for referring to women as "vaginas" in an email to his House colleagues during a debate over repealing a law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves.

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10:05 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Governor Pushes For Casino At House Hearing

The casino legislation endorsed by the New Hampshire Senate and strongly backed by governor Maggie Hassan got its first hearing in the New Hampshire House Tuesday.

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9:44 am
Mon April 15, 2013

On The Political Front For April 15

Credit Sara Plourde

John H. Sununu announces he will not challenge Jeanne Shaheen in the 2014 US Senate race; former Senator Scott Brown visited New Hampshire this weekend, but is not saying yet if he intends to make a Senate run in NH; other possibilities for 2014 include Frank Guinta and Jeb Bradley.

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10:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

N.H. Congresswomen Cite Concerns With President's Budget

Many Republicans are  unhappy with the president’s newly unveiled budget, but so are some of New Hampshire’s Democrats in Congress.

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10:23 am
Mon April 8, 2013

On The Political Front For April 8

Credit Sara Plourde

The House passes their budget, which does not include gambling, but funds some of Governor Hassan's priorities, such as mental health and higher education; the budget-writing process now moves to the Senate, where it is likely to see numerous changes; the Senate hears several high-profile bills this week, including a reinstatement of the state minimum wage; Scott Brown announces he "would not rule out" a Senate run in NH.

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8:58 am
Mon April 1, 2013

On The Political Front For April 1

Credit Sara Plourde

The House votes this week on their State budget bill; an as-yet-introduced amendment to the casino bill seeks to limit any future casino from competing with the Verizon Wireless Arena with a large audience entertainment venue; gambling looks to have staying power in the legislative budget process.

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5:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Rejects Eliminating Gun License Requirement

The House has rejected a bill that would have eliminated New Hampshire's license requirement for carrying concealed weapons.

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5:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Tables Bill To Limit Drone Use In N.H.

New Hampshire's House wants more time to consider whether drones should be allowed to spy on or launch attacks on its citizens.

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8:56 am
Mon March 25, 2013

On The Political Front For March 25

Credit Sara Plourde

The House votes on the "Stand Your Ground" repeal, which would again require people to attempt to retreat before using deadly force, and a bill to increase the state's gas tax; gambling remains a heavily-debated issue, with differing proposals in the House and Senate, and one that could be affected by who replaces Michael Delaney as Attorney General.

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5:03 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. House Votes To Prohibit Privatizing Prisons

The House has voted to prohibit New Hampshire's corrections commissioner from transferring inmates to a private prison except in an emergency.

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10:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

On The Political Front For March 18

Credit Sara Plourde

Some key votes are coming up within a busy House docket: the tobacco tax increase, expected to pass, but at less than the Governor's proposed level; freezing the second phase of the Voter ID law, halting provisions set to take effect this fall that would eliminate some of the current acceptable forms of identification, namely college students' school IDs; a change of the "Stand Your Ground" law, reinstating the requirement that people make an effort to retreat before using deadly force.

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4:53 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. House Rejects Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The House has killed a bill that would have legalized marijuana in New Hampshire.

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4:51 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. House Votes To Reverse Voter Registration Law

The House has voted to change a voter registration law that will make it clear that out-of-state college students have a right to vote in New Hampshire.

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