The state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. The process of crafting that biennial budget started in October and November against the backdrop of a changing political dynamic in New Hampshire.
The 2015 legislature is sending several bills to Gov. Hassan that would limit the implementation of Common Core. Right now local districts can set different standards but must measure students using tests based on Common Core.
Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) requested a 2015 bill to repeal the death penalty, but withdrew that request before the start of the 2015 legislative session. This spring the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for New Hampshire's only inmate on death row.
Sen. Jeb Bradley is the primary sponsor of SB 116, a bill that would repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm. The House and Senate have both passed a version of SB 116, but Gov. Hassan says she will veto the bill.
Northern Pass is a proposed 180-mile transmission line which would bring electricity from Hydro-Quebec to a substation in Deerfield. Developers tout the project as providing "clean," renewable electricity, but landowners in the area and conservationists object to the project's possible deleterious impact on property values and the environment.