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Whitley drops out of Congressional race, will not seek State Senate either
06-05-2024 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

First and foremost Becky Whitley will tell people that she is just a regular mom from Hopkinton. And after a brief run for U.S. Congress, in Rep. Annie Kuster’s soon-to-be vacated seat, Whitley is suspending her campaign to do just that: be a mom to...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Senate morphs parking bill to include squatter protections and zoning changes
05-22-2024 4:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

In a bill that was first introduced to limit zoning parking requirements to two spaces, New Hampshire Senators drove several issues back to the House with a series of amendments. Now the proposal includes regulations on parking requirements,...


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...


Landfill legislation buried in Senate citing concerns from DES
05-15-2024 4:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Despite the potential to reshape waste management practices in New Hampshire, the state Senate has decided not to pass two landfill bills, citing concerns raised by the Department of Environmental Services.One of these bills, House Bill 602, proposed...


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...


Opinion: NH should support SB 553
05-07-2024 6:00 AM

By STEVE DUPREY

Steve Duprey is the owner and president of The Duprey Companies. As a New Hampshire native of many generations, I know a large reason this is such an exceptional place to live, work, own a business and raise a family is the way our institutions and...


Senate President Jeb Bradley won’t seek re-election
05-02-2024 3:52 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Senate president Jeb Bradley will not seek another term this fall, ending a 15-year run in the State House for the former U.S. Congressman.Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, informed colleagues of his decision at the end of the Senate session on...


Two democrats with parallel views run for same State Senate seat
04-15-2024 5:23 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Angela Brennan of Bow and Rebecca McWilliams of Concord, both Democratic State Representatives, have entered the race for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 15, to fill the shoes of Sen. Becky Whitley, who is eyeing a congressional seat.The...


Despite continued housing crisis, NH Senate votes to kill two bills to aid tenants
04-07-2024 1:15 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

New Hampshire politicians agree that the state is in an unprecedented housing crisis. Home prices continue to remain at record highs and rental inventory is limited. But when it comes to solutions, protecting tenants’ rights and forcing landlords to...


State lawmakers progress competing school building aid legislation
03-30-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A bill boosting the state’s school building aid program by introducing a funding minimum and removing its cap passed the New Hampshire House Thursday evening, though it faces tough odds in the Senate.With designs underway for a new middle school, the...


Breaking down the NH budget – four categories to note as House and Senate send bills back to Sununu
06-09-2023 4:46 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A state budget is heading to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after a historic level of consensus in both the State Senate and House of Representatives.It’s the first time both chambers have bypassed a Committee of Conference period where House and Senate...


NH Senate rejects marijuana legalization bill, leaving Live-Free-Or-Die state an outlier in New England
05-12-2023 9:47 AM

Associated Press

The New Hampshire Senate rejected a marijuana legalization bill Thursday, leaving it the only state in New England that makes smoking pot recreationally a crime.Republicans, who control the Senate in the Live Free or Die state, dismissed the bill on a...


Commission to study housing density proposed in state legislature 
04-21-2023 4:55 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The mix of storefronts, apartment buildings and historic homes just off Main Street is the fabric of the City of Concord’s downtown. There’s a reason there aren’t large homes with front lawns next to the State House or apartment complexes in the...


Are evictions too hard in NH? One lawmaker says yes, but Senate kills bill
04-17-2023 4:58 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

After a tough legislative session for tenants rights, in which the New Hampshire House killed numerous bills that would have added protections, renters in the state saw support from state senators after they killed a bill Thursday that would have made...


Bill to enshrine abortion rights into state law heard in Senate committee 
02-01-2023 4:57 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Rebecca Perkins Kwoka first discussed access to abortion in the New Hampshire Senate last year, she was 24 weeks pregnant. The 24-week mark holds significance in New Hampshire – it’s the timeframe in which abortion is no longer legal in the state...


N.H. considers eliminating statute of limitations in criminal cases involving sexual assault
03-08-2020 11:13 AM

By ALYSSA DANDREA

Adult victims in New Hampshire have six years to report the most egregious sexual assault crimes to law enforcement before the clock runs out.Children sexually abused before age 18 have 22 years, or until they turn 40, to bring forward an allegation...

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