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death penaltyDeath Penalty

The House passed a death penalty repeal bill in March, but the bill died in the Senate in April.  New Hampshire has not come this close to repealing the death penalty since 2000, when Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) vetoed a repeal.

Marijuana DecriminalizationMarijuana Decriminalization

Despite repeated attempts in recent years, the legislature has been unable to pass legislation that would allow adults to purchase and use small amounts of marijuana.  In March the House passed a decriminalization bill, but the bill failed in the Senate.

obamacare"Obamacare" and NH

In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal statute that marks Congress's chief health care reform legislation. In 2014 New Hampshire dealt with two key portions of the ACA: Medicaid expansion and the online health insurance exchange.

RGGIRegional Greenhouse Gas Initiatve

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first cap-and-trade program in the country. Under the agreement, major air polluters in New England must purchase allowances for carbon dioxide emissions. With new EPA guidelines coming down the pipe, other states are considering adopting the RGGI model.

Wind FarmsWind Farms

Three wind farms currently operate in New Hampshire. In May 2014 Iberdrola Renewables announced they were abandoning a new wind farm application due to a hostile regulatory and political climate in New Hampshire.

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