All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session – and how they ended up passing or failing to pass.
This year's casino debate may have seen some new lines of argument, but the outcome was the same as in years past: casino proposals won support in the State Senate, but came up short in the State House.
Reporter Norma Love of the Associated Press explains the dynamic behind this year's casino debate to NHPR's Brady Carlson.
New Hampshire lawmakers have passed legislation that includes household pets in orders designed to protect victims of domestic violence.
Wednesday's vote sent the bill to the governor. It expands the orders to include pets in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow judges to grant custody of any domestic pets or farm animals to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal.
Supporters argue abusers sometimes take their anger out on a pet or attempt to intimidate victims by targeting a pet.
As he filed for office, Scott Brown said he was focused on the issues that matter.
“And what matters right now is making sure that people are getting a good value for their dollars and they are not paying an exorbitant amount of many for their health care, and their medical care, obviously, and their energy prices.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.
In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.
This week All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session.
One of the most high-profile bills at the statehouse this year was a plan to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
Garry Rayno covers the statehouse for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He explains to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson how the bill came to pass the House and Senate, and some of the details of the measure.
New Hampshire residents have one more day to register to vote in the September primary elections.
Tuesday is both the last day for new voter registration and the last day those already registered can change their party affiliations. Undeclared voters may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries.
The primaries will be held Sept. 9. Candidates can start signing up to get on the ballot Wednesday. The filing period ends June 13.
State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments. A state House and Senate committee of conference approved a measure addressing back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the Merrimack and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday.
Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll introduce legislation after the Memorial Day break that will improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The comments from the Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee follow allegations that some Veterans Administration hospitals have been providing substandard care to their patients and falsifying records. Sanders says his legislation would make it easier for a secretary of veterans affairs to remove a senior executive due to poor job performance.
House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a bill that creates a program to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire if they were negligent.
The deal reached Friday still must be approved by the full House and Senate.