Latest New Hampshire State General Court News

O'Brien drops out of US Senate race, endorses Messner

Apr. 3, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Bill O’Brien has dropped out of the U.S. Senate race to unseat Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, saying his campaign doesn't have enough financial resources, and has endorsed fellow Republican Bryant “Corky" Messner, O'Brien, a businessman and former...

6 new cases of virus in New Hampshire; broad school shutdown

Mar. 15, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The number of cases of the new coronavirus in New Hampshire has nearly doubled to 13 and dozens more tests are pending, state officials said Sunday. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and other officials said all of the new cases are believed to be travel related, and none of the infected...

House, Senate pass bills targeting teacher sex assaults

Mar. 14, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House and Senate each passed legislation inspired by a former high school teacher's ongoing sexual assault case, but victim advocates say one of the bills falls short of closing an abuse-enabling loophole in state law. Primo "Howie" Leung, a teacher at Concord High...

New Hampshire House grapples with coronavirus concerns

Mar. 11, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concerns over the coronavirus outbreak are playing out in the New Hampshire House, where at least one member is in self-quarantine and the chamber is being repeatedly sanitized. Three of the 400 House members missed the start of Wednesday's session because they had been told to...

New Hampshire House votes to eliminate child marriage

Mar. 11, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House voted Wednesday to raise the age for marriage in the state to 18 in an effort that supporters say could keep more girls in school and reduce the risk of domestic violence. The vote to end the practice of child marriage was approved by a vote of 207 to 132. If...

Lawmaker fights gun ban at New Hampshire House

Mar. 10, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker took his fight against a rule banning firearms inside New Hampshire's 400-member House of Representatives to the state supreme court on Tuesday, asking it to weigh in on the issue. For the last decade, rules on allowing guns in Representatives Hall, including the...

Committee backs bill bolstering conflict of interest rules

Mar. 5, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire House committee is backing legislation that would strengthen rules about conflicts of interest. The bill, drafted by Republican Rep. Ned Gordon, received unanimous support from the committee, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. It would require lawmakers to recuse...

House approves bill allowing voter registration at DMV

Mar. 5, 2020 2:50 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House on Thursday approved a bill that would allow residents to register to vote when they get or renew a driver's license. The bill would implement a system named the Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology Act (SMART). When someone applies for or renews a...

Lawmakers vote to advance report on state employee contracts

Mar. 3, 2020 5:39 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers voted to accept a report on state employee contracts that had been rejected by the governor. The state's Joint Committee on Employee Relations voted Monday to send the fact-finder's report recommending workers get a 4% raise over two years to the full House and...

New Hampshire mulls providing treatment for animal hoarders

Feb. 29, 2020 9:19 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hoarders being prosecuted for animal cruelty could get some help under a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers. The proposal before the House Environment and Agriculture Committee doesn't make animal hoarding a crime, but would define it within the state’s animal...