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School meal debt in Concord tops $90K
07-02-2024 5:04 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Before the pandemic, Concord School District expected between $7,000 and $15,000 in outstanding school lunch debt at the end of the year. This past school year, the number hit $93,000.It continues a post-pandemic trend of swelling debt: Federal COVID...

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‘A good possibility’ – Lawmakers say housing committee has more work to do
06-30-2024 6:59 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The rationale for convening a special housing committee was easy for House Speaker Sherman Packard to justify. People across the state told him time and time again how the lack of affordable homes and apartments in New Hampshire was impacting their...


Comprehensive bail reform bill reaches finish line, sent to Sununu
06-17-2024 1:15 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A comprehensive bail reform bill passed by New Hampshire’s state legislature last week will transfer certain responsibilities from bail commissioners to a newly-established magistrate position, require that people charged with any of 12 violent...


State House roundup: Here’s a look at how the N.H. House and Senate voted on the final da
06-13-2024 5:13 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN and JEREMY MARGOLIS

On the final day of the year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed an omnibus bill that includes legislation on squatter rights, parking restrictions and zoning regulations.It was about the only closely-watched bill that both chambers could agree...


Updated: House torches legal recreational marijuana bill by narrow five-vote margin after Senate approval
06-13-2024 2:47 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire’s bill to legalize marijuana got a breath of fresh air after receiving Senate approval, only to be tabled by the House by a five-vote margin, halting its progress towards the Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk this year.Rep. Jared Sullivan said he...


“It’s time” – Marijuana legalization bill heads back to House and Senate after committee agreements
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A marijuana bill is one step closer to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after lawmakers came to an agreement in a committee of conference Thursday.If passed, New Hampshire would become the 25th state to legalize recreational marijuana.House and Senate...


Shurtleff to leave NH House after 20 years, seeks county seat
06-06-2024 4:12 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In his 20 years as a state representative, Steve Shurtleff has been minority leader, majority leader, house speaker and his current title of speaker emeritus — the first New Hampshire representative to hold all four positions, according to the house...


All but one landfill legislation in NH fail, industry influence questioned
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the New Hampshire legislative session wraps up, it’s another disappointing year for proponents of landfill legislation.Out of five bills focused on landfill regulations, only one has made it to the governor’s desk. This bill requires notifying the...


Opinion: Let’s keep discrimination out of NH
05-30-2024 4:26 PM

By MICHELLE VEASEY

Michelle Veasey is the executive director of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. This My Turn is submitted on behalf of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) and the 190+ employers listed at nhbsr.org/lgbtq.Given...


N.H. Senate kills school funding bill despite districts, mayors voicing need
05-29-2024 10:26 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A month after a bipartisan group of state representatives united to pass a bill that would increase state education funding, Democrat and Republican senators came together last week to vote it down.The legislation, HB 1583, would have increased...


Attempt to pass Ellison’s free lunch bill fails in the House again with amendment
05-23-2024 3:36 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Friends of late Rep. Art Ellison are trying to bring forward his dying wish – to “feed the damn kids” – by expanding access to free and reduced lunch in New Hampshire. But the latest attempt to do so, by passing an amendment that would have increased...


NH House gives landfill moratorium bill a second chance
05-23-2024 12:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After the New Hampshire Senate killed a moratorium bill that would pause landfill permits, the House of Representatives has given the legislation a second chance by adding it to an unrelated bill, hoping the Senate will pass it this time.“I want...


Opinion: HB 1205 threatens the safety of all our kids
05-22-2024 4:36 PM

By SHANA BRUNYE

Shana Brunye lives in Exeter. New Hampshire’s State Senate voted last week to pass HB 1205, a bill that is purported to ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams but that does much more. The vote was 13 to 10, on party lines,...


At 85, Senate Dean Lou D’Allesandro announces retirement
05-21-2024 12:32 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Among the cacophony of the New Hampshire State Senate, Lou D’Allesandro’s booming voice has often cut through the chaos. On Tuesday, though, the longtime senator was soft-spoken, his voice quivering, as he announced his retirement from state...


Parental notification bill passes Senate
05-16-2024 5:27 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A bill that would require teachers to notify parents at least two weeks before they introduce content about sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression, passed the Senate Thursday, much to the chagrin of its longest-serving...


State senator passes out on senate floor
05-16-2024 12:34 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, midway through a debate on a controversial transgender sports ban, Sen. Denise Ricciardi, a Bedford Republican, passed out at the corner of the Senate floor.Sen. Sue Prentiss, a West Lebanon Democrat and a...


State senate approves constitutional amendment banning involuntary servitude – except for prisoners
05-15-2024 4:34 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

An amendment to New Hampshire’s constitution that would codify a ban on slavery and involuntary servitude could head to New Hampshire voters’ ballots in November  – but it may include a carve out for those convicted of a crime.After the state’s House...


New law allows abuse survivors to end leases, flee unsafe situations
05-14-2024 4:47 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Survivors of domestic violence are now empowered to terminate a lease early, helping them to escape unsafe living situations, under a law signed by the governor Tuesday.“The number one reason survivors are unable or unwilling to leave an unsafe...


Bradley amendment seeks to give property owners faster action to get rid of squatters
05-13-2024 5:55 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Taking cues from other states, New Hampshire lawmakers are pushing for a bill to expedite the eviction of people unlawfully living on private property, but this legislative effort has sparked concerns over its unintended consequences.“This could...


For second time this session, House passes bill to ease lease terminations
05-09-2024 3:50 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A bill passed by the New Hampshire House Thursday will make it easier for landlords to more quickly evict tenants.For the second time this session, representatives passed the bill, which will allow landlords to terminate leases after six months with...


Bradley Haas Act to provide death benefit to all security officers under new amendment
05-07-2024 5:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Lawmakers moved to expand the proposed Bradley Haas Act to provide a death benefit not only to the family of the fallen security officer but also to other security officers who may be killed in the line of duty.Senate Bill 604, named after former...

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