Latest New Hampshire State General Court News

Teacher 'loyalty' law could expand to include race debate

Jan. 20, 2022 17:51 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Cold War-era law targeting “teachers’ loyalty” would be updated with today’s hot button issues under a bill heard by a House committee Thursday. A 1949 law prohibits teachers from advocating communism, but Republican Rep. Alicia Lekas, of Hudson,...

New Hampshire considers changing, repealing abortion ban

Jan. 19, 2022 16:50 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Less than three weeks after New Hampshire’s new abortion ban took effect, lawmakers have moved toward changing it slightly while also being urged to eliminate it altogether. The state budget signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu contained a...

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Jan. 18, 2022 17:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would create a $100 million fund to settle claims of child sex abuse at its state-run youth detention center under a bipartisan bill that lawyers for the victims call offensive. Ten former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester and...

House takes up bill to create police misconduct review panel

Jan. 14, 2022 14:10 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is moving forward with plans to create a statewide independent panel to receive complaints about police misconduct, though some don’t think it would be independent enough. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard testimony...

Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures

Jan. 12, 2022 13:38 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Democratic-led Washington state, just four lawmakers were present in the 98-member House this week as they convened a mostly remote session with an abundance of caution. Anyone working there is required to be tested for COVID-19 three days a week and show proof of...

Morse, Smith to seek GOP nomination to challenge Hassan

Jan. 11, 2022 10:26 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two more Republicans announced plans this week to run for U.S. Senate and a chance to unseat Democrat Maggie Hassan. State Senate President Chuck Morse plans to file campaign finance paperwork this week, followed by a formal announcement later this month,...

Bill to require landlords to notify 90 days before eviction

Jan. 10, 2022 17:18 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposal up for consideration in the New Hampshire legislature will potentially require landlords to give renters facing eviction 90 days to find new places to live before landlords sell or renovate their property. The Democrat-backed bill will add new...

2 New Hampshire House members test positive after sessions

Jan. 10, 2022 12:36 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire lawmakers who attended last week's lengthy House sessions tested positive for the coronavirus a few days later. House members were notified via email Sunday that two colleagues tested positive during the weekend. Close contacts were...

New Hampshire moves to outlaw 'gay panic defense'

Jan. 09, 2022 08:42 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is closer to joining more than a dozen other states in prohibiting defendants accused of manslaughter from using the victim's gender, gender identity or sexual orientation as a defense. The House voted 223-118 on Thursday to outlaw what has been...

House advances 1 juvenile offender bill, kills 2nd

Jan. 08, 2022 10:28 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has voted to shorten the list of crimes that would send children to locked facilities but it drew the line at prohibiting life sentences for minors. The House voted Thursday to remove simple assault and non-violent offenses from those...