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Independent redistricting reform passes Senate

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1665, establishing independent redistricting reform, on 15-9 vote. Representative Marjorie Smith (D-Durham), prime sponsor of the legislation, released the following statement: “For the second time in two years Democrats and Republicans have ...

Bradley pleased Senate finally protects N.H. teenagers from sexual predators

CONCORD – the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 1240, relative to the grounds for sexual assault and related offenses. An effort to protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace failed 14-10 with all democrats voting in opposition. Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the ...

Senate passes amended HB 1240, moves licensing forward

CONCORD – The Senate passed HB 1240 in a vote of 23-1. As amended, HB 1240 incorporates text from HB 1599, creating a special marriage officiant license, and HB 1491 as amended by the Senate, updating licensing and policy and fees. The amendment comes following a statement from the House of ...

Sen. Chandley leads charge for medical monitoring

CONCORD - Today, the Senate passed HB 1375 as amended on a voice vote. HB 1375 establishes the elements of a claim for medical monitoring and the damages that may be awarded. The bill next goes to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. After the vote, amendment sponsor Senator ...

Carson, French raise concerns of testing bill

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Senate voted HB 1375, a bill relative to claims for medical monitoring, ought to pass with amendment. The bill passed 14-10 party line vote. Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) and Senator Harold French (R-Franklin) issued the following statements: “This ...

Senate Democrats move for a fair contract for state employees

CONCORD - On Monday, the Senate voted 14-10 to accept the recommendations contained in the fact-finder reports between the State of New Hampshire and seven collective bargaining units representing state employees. The reports were previously rejected by Governor Sununu who refused bring them ...

Senate moves renewable energy forward

CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire Senate concurred with the House of Representatives on a series of amendments to renewable energy legislation, SB 122 (energy efficiency), SB 124 (renewable energy), and SB 166 (net metering). After the votes, Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes (D-Concord) ...

Shaheen urges intelligence agencies to take further action

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, called on the Department of Defense, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigations ...

Documentary to air in July on the Merrimack River

CONCORD – The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Conservation photographer and filmmaker Jerry Monkman have collaborated on a documentary entitled The Merrimack: River at Risk. The film explores the fragility of the Merrimack River and its watershed, the health of which ...

Classic Car Show slated for July 11 at museum

LONDONDERRY – It seems that this year, we’ve had more than our share of cabin fever, to be sure. But now, things are opening up a bit, and the Aviation Museum in Londonderry is happy to step in. On July 11, they will host their fifth annual Classic Car Show in the airfield right outside the ...

Crompton awarded Christa McAuliffe sabbatical

CONCORD – Misty Crompton, a social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, has been awarded the 2020 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The sabbatical, created in 1986 in honor of the Concord High School teacher and astronaut, ...

House session set for June 30

The House will be in session at the Whittemore Center in Durham on Tuesday, June 30 to concur or nonconcur on 26 (to date) bills passed by the Senate. Most of the bills on the calendar are House Bills that have been amended to include language from other House and Senate legislation. Due to ...

Virus visitor bans renew interest in nursing home cameras

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Visitation bans at nursing homes have renewed interest in legislation that would allow families to put remote cameras inside the facilities to help see how loved ones are doing. Before the pandemic, cameras were seen as a way to identify elder abuse and neglect. But ...

More than $300,000 in grants to improve outdoor recreation

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ten towns and organizations will get over $300,000 in grants collectively to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in northern New England. The grants are provided by the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, which is managed by the Northern Forest ...

Court: Some evidence against driver in biker crash allowed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire court ruled Friday that some evidence related to the driving and drug use of the pickup driver whose collision with a group of bikers last year left seven motorcyclists dead was admissible in his criminal case. The Superior Court decided that evidence ...

Hassan asks for action on scammers; wellness kits offered

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has received more than 1,000 reports from New Hampshire of scammers seeking to take advantage of people during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in about $1.5 million in losses, according to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan. "These scams take many ...