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This week lawmakers heard testimony in favor of increasing funding for domestic violence prevention.

There are two proposals in the New Hampshire House to increase funding against domestic violence.  First, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) proposed giving $100,000 of the state's general fund to domestic violence shelters as part of next year's budget. 

A different bill, HB 681, would add $5 to the marriage license fee for domestic violence prevention.

Representatives of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence say that due to the recession and state budget cuts in 2012, victims need more help than ever.  Shelters turned away roughly 1,000 alleged victims last year.

Additionally, roughly half of homicides in New Hampshire are related to domestic violence.

However, there are other budget priorities for lawmakers that may trump domestic violence prevention.  For example, the state must increase mental health funding as part of a lawsuit settlement.

Domestic violence shelters also receive funding from the federal government and private grants.

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CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Concord Monitor.

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Reconsidering NH's "energy crisis"

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Last winter New Hampshire's energy prices skyrocketed due to a shortage of natural gas in New England.  This year analysts predicted another spike in electricity bills, but wholesale energy prices are roughly half what they were last year.

A key difference is the low price of oil.  Most natural gas power plants can convert to oil fuel, and natural gas prices tend to decrease when oil prices decrease.

For some policymakers, the experience this winter proves that the government should avoid subsidizing new energy infrastructure projects, such as the Northern Pass transmission lines or a new natural gas pipeline.  Instead, the market can be trusted to correct electricity price spikes.

On the other hand, the past two winters also show that New Hampshire is vulnerable to trends in the international energy market.  The low price of oil this year may have benefited New Hampshire, but the state has no way to repeat that result next year.  Additional domestic energy sources - such as a new pipeline - might help stabilize electricity prices.

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CLICK HERE to learn about the debate over the Northern Pass transmission line project.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHPR, or CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHBR.

Committees: No wage hike, yes RTW

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On Tuesday New Hampshire House and Senate committees considered several bills related to employees.

First the House Labor Committee voted against a minimum wage increase. Later in the day the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on SB 261, a Senate bill to increase in the minimum wage. 

Republicans in both chambers generally oppose a minimum wage increase.

"When wages go up, unemployment goes up, workers’ compensation goes up," said Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster).

Democrats point to other states that have increased the minimum wage without any apparent negative effects on the economy.

Later on Tuesday the House Labor Committee voted in favor of a Right-to-Work bill.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on its own Right-to-Work bill this Thursday.

Right-to-Work supporters argue that employees should never be compelled to pay union dues.  Right-to-Work, according to supporters, ends union intimidation and encourages new business.

Right-to-Work opponents argue that the legislation is an attempt to dismantle unions, which protect employees.  Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has vowed to veto Right-to-Work legislation.

Committee votes are not binding; all of these bills will go before the House or Senate for a vote.  However, given the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the committee recommendations will likely stand.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about the debate over New Hampshire's minimum wage, or CLICK HERE to learn more about Right-to-Work legislation.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHBR.

Local fee for hotels and motels?

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The New Hampshire Senate is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to add a fee, up to $1 per night, for hotel and motel rooms.

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) was asked by Portsmouth city officials to sponsor the bill.  They argue the fee will help off-set the costs of police, fire and public works related to hotels and tourists.

Fuller Clark's bill is an alternative to proposals that would redistribute more meals and rooms tax revenues to cities with lots of tourist activity.  Right now meals and rooms tax revenues are shared between all municipalities based on population.

However, Fuller Clark's bill has the opposition of some hotel owners who see the fee as a backdoor way to increase the already high meals and rooms tax.

"Essentially we're trying to stick it to the tourists," said Dan Innis, co- owner of Hotel Portsmouth.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about the debate over the meals and rooms tax in New Hampshire.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from Seacoast Online.

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The LFDA will update our reports on a weekly basis.

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Dozens turn out at domestic violence hearing article

WMUR  — 3/06/2015

Dozens of people turned out at a budget hearing at the Statehouse Thursday to urge lawmakers to provide more money for programs and services to fight domestic violence.
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Feds approve NH Medicaid expansion plan

LFDA Virtual Town Hall — 3/06/2015

The federal government has approved a key aspect of New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion plan.

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The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is hearing arguments on a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, reduce criminal penalties for higher amounts, and make it a misdemeanor to grow up to six marijuana plants.
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A new bill would make NH a "right-to-work" state, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that force employees to join unions. Gov. Hassan has said that she is against right-to-work; a similar bill passed the legislature in 2011 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Lynch.
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Rich Angell
Licence, by definition, is permission. When people started complying with drivers' licensure, that was the camel's nose under the tent. People stopped exercising their rigth to travel, and started asking permission. That's not freedom. I long for the day when the people wake up and say 'screw the licence altogether, then plead not guilty and refuse to pay. What are they gonna do? Lock us all up?
Katie Brown
Why not give people the option? It would be a major inconvenience to not comply should the rest of our nation move in this direction. Who totes passports around to travel to Florida, for instance?
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