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5:29 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Photo Identification of Voters Becomes Law

The Legislature has overridden Governor Lynch’s veto of a voter ID law. The bill allows a variety of forms this fall—including student IDs. Starting next year, only government issued identifications, including driver’s licenses, military ID’s and passports will be accepted.

Representative David Bates of Windham told colleagues that tighter restrictions are needed to ensure fair elections.

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Statehouse
12:34 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

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NH News
2:56 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Veto Day Arrives at Statehouse

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With 15 vetoes, the most ever by a Governor in a single session, John Lynch hasn’t been shy about wielding his power. Now, Republicans will work to override some of those measures when they gather in Concord on Wednesday.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Governor Stubs Medical Marijuana Law

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Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.

The governor vetoed a similar measure in 2009.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Looking back at the 2012 Legislative Year

Sara Plourde NHPR

We sit down with a panel of Statehouse leaders to discuss the 2012 Legislative year.  We’ll hear from top members of the State House and State Senate about what they say are their biggest accomplishments and disappointments of this session.  We’ll also get their thoughts on how what happened at the Statehouse this year will affect what happens at the ballot box this fall. 

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Amendment To Ban Income Tax Goes To Voters

New Hampshire voters will decide in November whether or not to add a ban on personal income taxes to the state’s constitution.

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NH News
11:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Redistricting

The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning on a challenge to a plan to redraw the districts for the State’s House of Representatives.

The five petitioners representing towns across the Granite State argue that the House plan is too rigid in its interpretation of the US constitution’s one-man-one-vote clause. A lawyer for the petitioners, Martin Honigberg, says that a looser interpretation is not only legal, but required by an amendment to the New Hampshire constitution.

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10:38 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Education Funding Amendment Fails

Sara Plourde NHPR

This year’s effort to pass a school funding constitutional amendment failed where such efforts tend to fail – the New Hampshire house. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Education Amendment Saga Nears Conclusion?

Since the Claremont decision of the mid 90s, New Hampshire has debated the locus of authority and responsibility in funding our K-12 public schools. Over 80 proposed amendments have seen their way to a vote in state legislative chambers over the past several years. Last year marked the first time any such amendment passed the house and the senate passed a version of its own. The two chambers failed to reconcile their differences, however, and the issue was tabled.

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NH News
7:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ed Funding Amendment Faces Big Test In House

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Sara Plourde NHPR

Enacting any constitutional amendment is tough. It requires a three-fifths vote by both House and Senate, and two-thirds support from voters at the polls.  Add to this the fact this amendment deals with school funding and that lawmakers have killed 80-odd  Claremont-inspired amendments over the past 14 years, and the guardedness of even the boldest of lawmakers is understandable.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Statehouse Check-in

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.  

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NH News
4:04 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawmakers Agree On Voter ID Bill

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to take turns when it comes to legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Live from the N.H. Statehouse
10:13 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawmakers and Governor Lynch Reach Historic Compromise on Education Funding Constitutional Amendment

Legislative leaders and the governor have reached a deal on language for an education funding constitutional amendment.

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