June’s longer days also signal the end of the legislative session, but critical votes remain before the summer break. The House and Senate have been trying to work out their differences on some difficult policy issues and on top of that, the House had a sudden change in its leadership team, with the resignation of Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt. We'll get the latest on what's going on at the Statehouse as lawmakers wrap up their final month of law making.
Politics usually take a break over Memorial Day weekend, but not this year in New Hampshire. State House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt abruptly resigned after admitting he had falsified documents for a law school internship.
NHPR’s Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest on the Bettencourt story, the potential political fallout for House Speaker William O'Brien, and the newly named majority leader, Rep. Pete Silva of Nashua.
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.
A busy day at the statehouse today - House lawmakers voted to send money to the "rainy day fund," and on a raft of other bills. The State Senate, meanwhile, passed a redistricting map and unveiled what Senate President Peter Bragdon called a bipartisan education funding constitutional amendment.
NHPR's Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to discuss the day's action.
We sit down with a roundtable of House and Senate leaders on the New Hampshire Legislature from 2012. Only two weeks in, and the statehouse is full-steam head with debates on guns, education, redistricting, and it’s only just begun. We’ll talk about their hopes for 2012, and where they may find common ground which could be hard to find in an election year.
Every ten years, with new census data, states need to re-draw their political lines and it’s never pretty. This year is no exception, with competing partisan maps and legislative approval on a final plan due in January. We’ll see where the new lines may land and how that could affect New Hampshire voters this fall.
A minor bill to make technical corrections to the budget has caused a rift between Senate and House Republican leadership. The Senate President says the House’s actions yesterday will cost taxpayers several million dollars.
On Wednesday House lawmakers approved a bill that reduces the number of people of eligible for welfare assistance.
The change would save the state about a half a million dollars a month.
The Senate was on board with that move.
But then the House added a completely unrelated amendment, which puts the bill in limbo.