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Gas tax, Medicaid, marijuana on tap today for N.H. Senate committees

The state Senate’s committees will be busy today as they tackle some hot-button issues.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing this morning at 10 on House Bill 617, the 12 cent increase in the gas tax passed by the Democratic-led House in March. It could be in for a rough ride — Republican Sen. Chuck Morse of Salem described an earlier version of the gas-tax bill as “dead on arrival” in the Republican-led Senate.

That hearing will be held in the State House, room 103.

The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee is also meeting today, starting at 9 a.m. in room 103 of the Legislative Office Building. It may vote on House Bill 573, legislation to allow medical marijuana. (It held a public hearing last month on the bill, which passed the House on a 286-64 vote.)

And in the afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee will take a look at the delayed managed-care system for New Hampshire’s Medicaid program. Commissioner Nick Toumpas and other officials from the Department of Health and Human Services will appear before the budget-writing panel from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 103 of the State House.

For more on managed care, here’s a primer from New Hampshire Voices for Health, a coalition of advocacy groups.

For the full schedule of legislative meetings this week, check out the Senate Calendar and the House Calendar.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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