The Week in Review carefully examines the past week and what it means to the citizens of New Hampshire.

Past and present editions of The Week In Review:

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The Week in Review - Jan. 31, 2015:

The state was preoccupied for most of the week with snow -- from a small storm last Saturday, a blizzard on Tuesday and Wednesday, and another small storm on Friday into Saturday. And, by the way, predictions are for more snow on Sunday.

The blizzard came with enough warning that Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency in advance of its arrival Tuesday evening. She ordered state offices closed on Wednesday and, while not declaring a travel ban, encouraged people to keep off the roads. Schools -- all schools including colleges and universities, canceled classes.

Utilities had their crews on stand-by and brought more crews from out of state just in case of power outages.

As storms go, it was a beaut in some places, particularly along the Seacoast and in Nashua, which recorded its largest snowfall ever at more than 30 inches. Power outages, however, were few and far between.

The recent snow has taken a big bite out of state Department of Transportation snow and ice budget. WMUR reported the state has spent about $26 million on winter maintenance operations so far this season. That means the department has used about 61 percent of its $42 million budget.

In the State House

As Granite Staters dug out mid-week and state operations got back to normal, the state Legislature committees were in session on Wednesday and Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, told the Judiciary Committee that the Legislature should repeal the current requirement to get a permit to carry a concealed gun.

It’s called “constitutional carry” and Bradley argued that since residents already have to get a license to purchase a weapon they shouldn’t have to get an additional permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"(This bill) doesn't expand the number of people that are legally entitled to carry weapons, nor does it expand the number of weapons that are already legal in the state," he said in a Seacoast Online posting of an Associated Press story.

He said the change would make New Hampshire safer, but law enforcement officials at the hearing  argued the change would make it easier for dangerous or unstable people to carry concealed guns.

On Wednesday, the House Labor Committee heard the pros and cons of HB 361, which seeks to better define “employee” to loosen the rules on home-based workers. The state says that someone working from home for someone is an employee. Rep. Will Infantine, R-Manchester, wants a looser interpretation. This is not for some law firm to send
their paralegals home to work on their computers and call them independent contractors. That’s not the intent,” he said.

Labor advocates oppose it. Mark Mackenzie, president of the New Hampshire chapter of the AFL-CIO, said, “This is fraught with danger here. How do you define workweek and breaks and benefits and vacation?” See a New Hampshire Business Review story here.

A House committee also took up a bill to create guidelines for election officials to judge a voters domicile. Its sponsor, House Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, said local election officials need a way to determine whether someone is domiciled in New Hampshire, and not as a student. The measure has the support of the Secretary of
State. See an NHPR story here.

Also, advocates for the homeless testified at a legislative hearing against a bill that would permit landlords to collect last month’s rent on top of a deposit and first month’s rent. See a Concord Monitor story here.

Government transparency

The governor’s Commission on Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency issued its final report this week.

“In order to protect taxpayer dollars and improve state services, we must always strive for an innovative and efficient state government,” Gov. Hassan said after its release. “This report highlights how we can strengthen our institutional commitment to these goals.

The recommendations include: improving operating performance through the creation of an Office of Operating Performance and the adoption of performance standards and metrics; modernizing the state’s approach to information technology; reorganizing in certain areas of state government to enhance efficiency; and incentivizing innovation
and efficiency within state agencies.

See a Concord Monitor story here.

Also

Fourteen applications have been submitted to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The applications are being reviewed by the state Department of Health and Human Services. See an NHPR story here.

The state Fish and Game Department held a hearing on the use of certain electronic devices, including drones, while hunting. Hunters in attendance say they support a ban on drones and so-called “smart rifles.” See an NHPR story here.

Some of the topics covered this week on Facebook include a proposal to change car inspections to every two years and the use of drones in hunting.

Join us there to offer your thoughts and join us next week for another look back at the news that was. Enjoy the Super Bowl. Go Pats.


Past Editions - Week in Review

January 2015
- Jan. 24: State Legislature gets to work on 2015 session
- Jan. 17: Report puts spotlight on STEM needs in NH
- Jan. 10: Gov. Hassan takes oath for second term
- Jan. 3: Start of new year means start of new laws
December 2014
- Dec. 27: NH readies for 2015
- Dec. 20: GOP infighting continues in NH House
- Dec. 13: Jasper builds NH House leadership team
- Dec. 6: House rejects O'Brien in favor of Jasper
November 2014
- Nov. 29: Budget cuts precede new budget
- Nov. 22: O'Brien back as NH House speaker
- Nov. 15: NH budget process begins
- Nov. 8: Voters finally have their say
- Nov. 1: Final polls and forums held before election
October 2014
- Oct. 25: Televised forums put candidates in spotlights
- Oct. 18: Heavy hitters step up in NH
- Oct. 11: Polls show races tightening
- Oct. 4: Budget projections fall short
September 2014
- Sept. 27: Candidates jostle as campaigns seek momentum
- Sept. 20: Hassan's vetoes sustained
- Sept. 13: Tuesday's primary sets stage for November final
- Sept. 6: Debates lead into Tuesday primary
August 2014
- Aug. 30: Arthur T. large and in charge at Market Basket
- Aug. 23: Terror touches New Hampshire
- Aug. 16: Governor declares 'spice' emergency
- Aug. 9: Governor decides on last of 2014 bills
- Aug. 2: Governor vetoes three bills
July 2014
- July 26: Hassan signs more bills into law; a few still await action
- July 19: 2014 election issues dominate
- July 12: NH backs away from buffer zone enforcement
- July 5: Havenstein OK to run for governor
June 2014
- June 28: NH weighs Supreme Court ruling on new abortion buffer zone
- June 21: From the governor's desk
- June 14: Filing period ends, political races set
- June 7: NH Legislature wraps up business for 2014
May 2014
- May 31: State close to solution on hospital tax
- May 24: Gas tax hike is law, starts July 1
- May 17: Death penalty repeal resurrected
- May 10: Senate's GOP majority kills minimum wage bill
- May 3: House deals another blow to casino gambling
April 2014
- April 26: Gas tax hike approved
- April 19: Death penalty remains
- April 12: Brown makes it official; casino bill sweetened
- April 5: Death penalty debated
March 2014
- March 29: Medicaid expansion signed into law
- March 22: PAC money questioned in Senate race, firearms study tabled in House
- March 15: House says no to casino, Senate says yes to gas tax
- March 8: GOP Senate passes Medicaid expansion
- March 1: NH heroin use an 'epidemic'
February 2014
- Feb. 22: Medicaid expansion passes Senate hurdle
- Feb. 15: Senate: Yes to domestic violence bill, House: No to gun background checks
- Feb. 8: Hassan discusses state of the state
- Feb. 1: Senate panel ups the ante with two casinos
January 2014
- Jan. 25: House wants buried transmission lines
- Jan. 18: Against long odds, House backs pot use
- Jan. 11: Legislature gets down to business
- Jan. 4: Snowy start to 2014
December 2013
- Dec. 28: Closing out 2013, looking ahead to 2014
- Dec. 21: Much ado about Senate race in NH
- Dec. 14: Compromise budget gets reps' support
- Dec. 7: Legislature jump starts gas tax
November 2013
- Nov. 30: GOP primary on tap for Executive Council
- Nov. 23: Medicaid expansion for NH fails
- Nov. 16: NH loses a North Country icon
- Nov. 9: Legislature must resolve competing Medicaid expansion bills
- Nov. 2: Health care issues dominate week of headlines
October 2013
- Oct. 26: Death penalty repeal effort renewed
- Oct. 19: NH delegation unanimous in vote to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling
- Oct. 12: Medicaid panel recommends expansion
- Oct. 5: Government shutdown takes hold
September 2013
- Sept. 28: Obamacare and government shutdown loom
- Sept. 21: Another shooting, answers sought again
- Sept. 14: Healthcare takes center stage
- Sept. 7: Syria decision weighs on NH congressional delegation
August 2013
- Aug. 31: NH weighs Vermont Yankee shutdown
- Aug. 24: Northern Pass goes on charm offensive
- Aug. 17: Bragdon out as Senate president
- Aug. 10: 2016 creeping into NH
- Aug. 3: Gambling commission revived
July 2013
- July 27: Governor dispatches last of 2013 bills
- July 20: National issues bear down on NH
- July 13: Capital budget, later last call, 'Pathway to Work' bills signed
- July 6: 70 on I-93 and other bills into law
June 2013
- June 29: Hassan signs budget bills, tuitions freeze
- June 22: Conferees agree on budget; vote next week
- June 15: State budget negotiators narrow differences
- June 8: Senate passes budget, on to conference
- June 1: Senate panel budget in at $10.7b
May 2013
- May 25: House kills casino, Senate kills tax hikes
- May 18: House panel says no to casino
- May 11: Casino panel set for vote
- May 4: Marijuana bill goes up in smoke
April 2013
- April 27: Senate takes up 'stand your ground'
- April 20: Senate has busy week, region shaken by Boston bombings
- April 13: House takes up casino, Senate takes up budget
- April 6: House passes budget, new AG named
March 2013
- April 30: Gas tax bumped, 'stand your ground' dumped by House
- March 23: Casino issue narrows, marijuana gets backing, AG won't re-up
- March 16: Senate approves casino gambling; House nixes legal pot, abortion pause
- March 9: Out of committee
- March 2: Casino questioned
February 2013
- Feb. 23: Casino bills, highways and state vegetable
- Feb. 16: 2014-2015 budget
- Feb. 9: Blizzard of activity
- Feb. 2: Tax credit OK
January 2013
- Jan. 26: Cold outside, hot inside State House
- Jan. 19: Budget revenue
- Jan. 12: On hold
- Jan. 5: The 81st governor
December 2012
- Dec. 29: Hassan inauguration
- Dec. 22: Shootings recoil
- Dec. 15: Hunkering down
- Dec. 8: Less is more
- Dec. 1: Budget prep

November 2012
- Nov. 24: Rudman's passing
- Nov. 17: Post-election cleanup
- Nov. 10: The Democratic surge
- Nov. 3: Sandy-fueled urgency
October 2012
- Oct. 27: Last lap in face of storm
- Oct. 20: On the attack
- Oct. 13: Attitude shift
- Oct. 6: Gubernatorial debates
September 2012
- Sept. 29: Hide and seek
- Sept. 22: It's debatable
- Sept. 15: It's on for November
- Sept. 8: Swing state tango
- Sept. 1: Ayotte in RNC spotlight, lost jobs and bulging classrooms
August 2012
- Aug. 25: Money race
- Aug. 18: Presidential campaigns return
- Aug. 11: Eye on student-athletes
- Aug. 4: Battle for battleground
July 2012
- July 28: Clinton for Hassan
- July 21: Campaign rhythms
- July 14: Race for governor reigns
- July 7: Romney's working vacation
June 2012
- June 30: Legislature's last word
- June 23: Lynch on veto tear
- June 16: The governor's turn
- June 9: Ed funding crashes and burns
- June 2: Ed funding agreement
May 2012
- May 26: On to the governor
- May 19: State House abuzz
- May 12: Senate vs. House
- May 5: And then there were seven
April 2012
- April 28: Polls take pulse
- April 21: Shared stage
- April 14: Town's police chief killed
- April 7: Senate takes up bills
March 2012
- March 31: House wins redistricting fight
- March 24: Gay marriage stands
- March 17: Right to work, the sequel
- March 10: Politics of contraception
- March 3: Hail to the chief
February 2012
- Feb. 25: Man with a gun
- Feb. 18: This one or that?
- Feb. 11: Race for governor
- Feb. 4: GOP legislative to-do list
January 2012
- Jan. 28: More babies, less welfare
- Jan. 21: Redistricting the state
- Jan. 14: Circus leaves town
- Jan. 7: Game on
December 2011
- Dec. 31: Showdown on gun bills
- Dec. 24: Ovide won't endorse
- Dec. 17: Untangling redistricting
- Dec. 10: This land is whose land?
- Dec. 3: Right-to-work fails
November 2011
- Nov. 26: Obama comes calling
- Nov. 19: And Smith makes three
- Nov. 12: Retirement records are public
- Nov. 5: Primary is Jan. 10
October 2011

- Oct. 29: Hassan in for governor
- Oct. 22: Nevada bows to GOP pressure
- Oct. 15: Raising Cain
- Oct. 8: High court vacancy
- Oct. 1: 'Whatever it takes'

September 2011
- Sept. 24: Lamontagne is first in
- Sept. 17: Lynch will move on
- Sept. 10: Veto votes
- Sept. 3: The post storm(s) clean-up

August 2011
- Aug. 27: NH GOP in stormy drama
- Aug. 20: NH GOP imploding?
- Aug. 13: Democrats gain a seat
- Aug. 6: Debt deal, debt deja vu


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