In many ways, House Bill 71 is a case study in successful bipartisan legislative work. Ring a bell?
The often adversarial nature of politics — this session in the New Hampshire Legislature being no exception — begs the question of what it takes to find common ground. The reality is complicated. For all their public bickering, lawmakers often do get along, especially at the committee level. But that fact of life doesn’t make many headlines.
Enter the pharmaceutical drug take-back program.
We continue highlighting some of the 34 bills and amendments scheduled for a session of the full Senate today.
The proposals include eliminating the state motor vehicle registration surcharge, repealing boating speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee, and establishing a managed care platform for the state’s Medicaid program.
Affordable housing in Littleon, homeless services in Derry and Laconia, and dam removal in Swanzey are just a few items on the 116-point agenda (as of Tuesday morning) the Executive Council will take up Wednesday.
It is the last regular meeting the five-member council will have with Gov. John Lynch before the mid-term elections, when all six of their seats will be decided for another two-year term. All are seeking re-election. You can view side-by-side platform comparisons of each councilor and their challengers through our online Voter’s Guide.
At its last meeting on Oct. 6, the Council approved all 93 items on the agenda. Here is a small slice of what they’ll vote on Wednesday.
All five of Governor John Lynch’s vetoes were sustained yesterday in the N.H. Legislature, although pushing through the bill to repeal certain gun laws (House Bill 1161) was a narrow miss.
Meanwhile (and hardly a dry topic), the Department of Environmental Services is taking its show on the road to explain new rules for road-stream crossings at the estimated 17,000 such locations around the state.
New Hampshire is relatively water rich—somewhat of a luxury in today’s climate of heightened demand for the essential elixir. But the plentiful resource also means there’s more to protect. Two water conservation programs in the state are brimming with growth, yet some controversy still swirls over who should be in charge of the water system that flows beneath the ground.