New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
In his State of the University address on Tuesday, University of New Hampshire president Mark Huddleston addressed a variety of challenges, from past state funding to future state funding to what he sees as a threat to “commodify” higher education.
Huddleston spoke to about 200 people in the…
Added by LFDA Editor on February 5, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments
Lawmakers in Concord heard testimony Tuesday from a woman who said she became pregnant from a rape but then had to fight her attacker off in court when he tried to get custody of the child.
New Hampshire is one of 21 states that don't require termination of parental rights of a rapist even after conviction.Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on February 4, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments
Despite a request by New Hampshire's congressional delegation and the project backer, the U.S. Department of Energy says it can't answer questions about alternative routes for the contested Northern Pass transmission project.
The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on February 3, 2014 at 9:04pm — No Comments
Now that state lawmakers have increased the speed limit on the northern stretch of I-93 to 70 miles per hour, a Manchester Republican wants to make that the limit on two other New Hampshire roadways.
A House committee is set to hear this week bills that would increase the speed limit on most of Interstate 89 and on Route 101 from Manchester to HamptonContinue
Added by LFDA Editor on February 2, 2014 at 10:31pm — No Comments
by Keitha Shideler
I have lived in Milford since August 2013 and am interested in getting to know Milford's people of action. Any guidance or info on meetings that may be difficult to see on the website will be appreciated.
Added by Keitha Shideler on February 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
by Sky McDonough
Marijuana: Ganjahk, Hemp, Cannibis, Tree of Life, Hard Herb, Sensimia, Mary Jane
THC gives a feeling of euphoria, and should not bee seen as a toxic chemical; There are real toxic chemicals in the world we don't think about that we intake through out skin and in the air we breathe that we don't think about: Pollution, Lead, Fluoride, and Second hand cigarette smoke; These toxic chemicals are said to end up in our liver (accounting for 80% of US population…Continue
Added by Sky McDonough on February 1, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
by LFDA Editor
The Senate Ways and Means Committee took a larger political stake in the gambling issue this week by approving a bill that authorizes two casinos in the Granite State.
While many elements of the bill (SB 366) ring similar to the casino legislation that passed the Senate last session but failed in the House, the addition of a second casino ups the…
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on February 1, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
The New Hampshire House's top privacy advocate is back with a second try in two years at regulating the use of aerial drone photography and broadcasts by government agencies and private individuals.
Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, told the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Thursday drones are becoming increasingly prolific as they become less expensive. Many models available for private use cost as little as $50, he said, and either contain or are equipped to carry…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 30, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments
House lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would allow electronic keno games in New Hampshire.
Electronic keno allows players to pick numbers out of a pool of 80 and place a bet from $1 to $30. Twenty winning numbers are picked about every five minutes or so.
By a margin of 61 votes, the House approved a bill that would allow the machines in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Supporters said it would bring at least $9 million in revenue to the state, with most going…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 29, 2014 at 9:33pm — No Comments
New Hampshire's Senate will wait to see whether the House will break a long tradition of rejecting casinos before acting on its own gambling legislation, Senate President Chuck Morse said Tuesday.
Morse, a casino supporter, outlined the chamber's next step after the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 to recommend passing a bill that would allow the state to issue two casino licenses. The House has repeatedly rejected casino legislation, most recently last May when it killed a…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 28, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments
New Hampshire's Legislative Ethics Committee voted unanimously Monday to clear former Senate President Peter Bragdon of using his position to win an $180,000 job with a quasi-governmental organization, but wants his agreement to informally resolve two issues.
The panel voted unanimously to ask Bragdon to agree to informally resolve two complaints as inadvertent violations of ethics rules: that he knew legislative issues would come up affecting his new job at the Local Government…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 27, 2014 at 9:20pm — No Comments
Some parents shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble when their children might be eligible for Medicaid but they are not.
Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can't be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the federal marketplace, a fact that is taking many parents by surprise and causing confusion and problems for others.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 26, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments
A bill that directs the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to “give preference” to buried transmission lines in its consideration of the Northern Pass hydroelectric project this week made a beeline from the House to the Senate.
The House on Wednesday approved HB 569 and normally it would have gone to the House Ways and Means Committee for further review.
But that committee’s chair --…
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on January 25, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments
Gun records would be exempt from the right-to-know law under a bill that seeks to prevent the release of the names and addresses of people with concealed weapon permits.
House Bill 1379, along with seven or eight other right-to-know bills, will be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee at a work session Feb. 11.
At a public hearing Thursday, HB 1379’s prime sponsor, Rep. Jeff Goley, D-Manchester, said he wants to prevent a situation that occurred in December 2012.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 23, 2014 at 11:58pm — No Comments
The House has voted to give in-state tuition to students in the country illegally who attend University System of New Hampshire colleges.
The House voted 188-155 Wednesday to pass a bill that treats the immigrants like residents.
Added by LFDA Editor on January 23, 2014 at 4:40am — No Comments
The parents of two young boys killed during the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut urged New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation expanding gun background checks to include private sales.
Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, died in the December 2012 mass shooting, told legislators that the horrible pain Sandy Hook families are experiencing from gun violence could easily happen in New Hampshire.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 22, 2014 at 12:34am — No Comments
By LFDA Editor
Gov. Maggie Hassan cited “our New Hampshire tradition of collective problem solving” in officially announcing that the Seacoast Science Center will now be responsible for marine mammal rescues along the Granite State coast.
The Seacoast Science…
Added by LFDA Editor on January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
As New Hampshire lawmakers consider a bill that would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for adults, the state Health Department is drawing attention to research showing high marijuana use among 12-to-17-year-olds.
The information based on the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that about one in 10 adolescents in New Hampshire report regular use of marijuana, the ninth highest in the country.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 20, 2014 at 10:25pm — No Comments
By Paul Briand
Hoboken mayor is 1990 graduate of UNH
There were two established ties between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s current political woes and New Hampshire.
One is that a former Christie staffer and current executive director of the state Republican Party has been subpoenaed as part of the probe into a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge ordered by Christie…
Added by Paul Briand on January 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
I don't have any objections to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, although I do believe that for such, a prescription would be necessary in order to obtain it. It should also first be approved, like all other drugs do now, by a board within the health insurance industry, who oversees the legitimate use of prescription drugs. If a person isn't qualified to receive it, then the board would deny the authorization for its use, just as it currently does…