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.