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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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NH News
5:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms

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The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill

This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.

Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.

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All Things Considered
6:07 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

O'Brien Names New Majority Leader as Questions Remain About Bettencourt Conduct

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.

NH News
6:45 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

N.H. House Majority Leader Bettencourt Won't Seek Re-election

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt announced Friday that he will not seek re-election and will step down at the end of the legislative session.  The following statement was released by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee:

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Take Up Tax Amendment, But Not Ed Funding Amendment

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.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

"IB Bill" Goes Down in the Senate

The Senate has unanimously voted against a bill that would have prohibited the use of International Baccalaureate curriculum in New Hampshire Schools.

The state's IB program became controversial after parents in Bedford and Merrimack complained that it has political, anti-american overtones.

But even Senators who have concerns, like Republican Jim Forsythe, decided Wednesday not to supersede local schools’ decision to use IB.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

New Pension Plan Backed by NH House

New Hampshire's House has voted to move ahead with a new public pension system for state employees and wants the Senate to reconsider its decision to study the issue instead.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Approves Limits On Landowner Liability

New Hampshire landowners who let the public use their land for hunting, hiking and other recreational activities wouldn't be required to keep the land safe under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday to expand liability protection for those who own, lease or manage land open to hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and other recreational activities. The bill would not protect landowners from malicious acts or if the injury happened while performing services for money.

NH News
1:39 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The New Hampshire House has ignored a veto promise and passed a bill to legalize home cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.

Wednesday's House vote sends the bill back to the Senate to review changes.

The Senate-passed bill would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions or the patient's designated caretaker to cultivate and possess up to six ounces of marijuana, four mature plants and 12 seedlings at a registered location.

NH News
1:37 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Backs Changes To Welfare Verification System

The New Hampshire Senate has voted to allow a new verification system for welfare applicants and recipients as a way to detect fraud and save money, but it wants to see the savings before it pays for it.

The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment to a House bill requiring the state to expand the public databases used to screen applicants. House Speaker William O'Brien says using the technology will root out fraudulent claims and save money.

NH News
1:34 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Approves Reimbursements for Naturopaths

Doctors of naturopathic medicine would be reimbursed by health insurance companies under a bill passed by the New Hampshire Senate.

The Senate voted 16-8 Wednesday in favor of the bill. Opponents argued that the bill amounted to a mandate for insurers that would lead to increased premiums. Supporters argued it was a matter of fairness because insurers already reimburse other health care providers for providing the same services.

Politics
6:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

O'Brien-Vaillancourt Flap At Center of Busy, Contentious State House Session

It's the time of year when the statehouse gets hectic - and, occasionally, foul-tempered.

NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about some of the many bills that lawmakers are taking up this week, and a spat on the House floor between Speaker William O'Brien and Manchester Republican Steve Vaillancourt.

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North Country
5:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

North Country's Gallus Opposed Resolution Applauding Arizona Immigration Law

Senator John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of nine Senators who voted to kill a resolution voicing support of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The motion to kill the resolution failed 15 – 9.

Then, the motion of support was approved on a voice vote for which there is no record of how senators voted.

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