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

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The Week in Review - July 26, 2014:

Gov. Maggie Hassan went on a signing spree of sorts this week, making note of four bill she signed into law, including a big one related to the use of cellphones in a motor vehicle.

HB 1360 makes hand-held cellphone use illegal while driving and in signing it into law Hassan said: “Distracted driving was one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in New Hampshire and across the nation in 2013, and it is an increasing danger that we must address in order to keep our roads safe. By reducing distracted driving, this bipartisan legislation will help save lives.”

The three other bill she signed into law include:

  • HB 1400, which establishes a New Hampshire’s presidential primary centennial anniversary commission and adding Millsfield to a certain election law;
  • SB 246 redefines speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour as reckless driving and thus subjects offenders to a more stringent penalty;
  • SB 317, which makes various changes to the law on trafficking in persons and authorizes a person injured as a result of trafficking to initiate a civil action for damages or injunctive relief.

There are still some high profile bills from the 2014 legislative session she hasn’t acted on, such as a measure that allows a limited driver's license for first-time drunken drivers (HB 496).

Also awaiting action are HB 1282 (relative to prepaid contracts for home heating fuel) and HB 1630 (which tightens charity gambling rules).

One of the bills she signed into law - SB 319, establishing the buffer zone around abortion clinics -- is being challenged in court by the same group that successfully challenged a Massachusetts buffer zone law in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Enforcement of the law, which was supposed to start July 1, has been put on hold pending a determination on the legality of the N.H. law.

Meanwhile, right to work, a measure that allows workers to get union benefits without joining or paying dues, could come up again in the Legislature next session, depending on what happens in the November elections, according to WMUR.

House Democrats have held back right to work legislation the last two years. The Republican majority of House lawmakers passed right-to-work legislation in 2011 but failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch.

And one more law to speak of from two years ago -- a residency requirement in order to vote, specifically targeted at out-of-state college students - was ruled unconstitutional yesterday by a state judge.

An NHPR story said Friday's ruling, which makes permanent a preliminary order issued in September 2012, found that the language added to the voter registration form was "confusing" and "not reasonably necessary to advance any interest the State has set forth.”

NH support for ousted Market Basket CEO

Consumers in the state have been keeping an eye on developments in the corporate offices of Massachusetts-based Market Basket grocery store chain.

The contentious family company ousted Arthur T. Demoulas as its CEO in June, a move that upset employees at Market Basket stores throughout region. Work slowdowns by employees have impacted supplies on the shelves, rendering them nearly empty, which brought the issue home to consumers, who are also turning out at demonstrations to support Demoulas’ return to the company.

Some consumers are boycotting the store and several N.H. politicians have expressed their support of the ousted Demoulas.

See a Seacoast Online story here.

Missing teen returns to N.H.

When 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez of Conway disappeared after school nine months ago, the state marshaled a lot of resources to find her ... to no avail.

This week she re-appeared home in Conway as mysteriously as she disappeared.

On Thursday officials released a sketch of a man they say they are seeking in connection with her disappearance.

While the investigation remains ongoing, law enforcement authorities are still attempting to ascertain and confirm information as to whether this man or any others who may have been involved with Abigail’s disappearance took her against her will, enticed her away, detained her or concealed her whereabouts for the last nine months, according to a story in Foster’s Daily Democrat.

Slow start to medical marijuana law

A  group of politicians, patients and others presented a list of “grievances and requests” to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office Wednesday morning in response to the very slow roll-out of the year-old law that allows the use of medicinal marijuana in the state.

State officials say they’re trying to move quickly to roll out the rules for ID cards, dispensaries and other provisions that go along with the law.

See a Concord Monitor story here.

Over on our Facebook page we’ve had a lively week of discussions about such topics as how competing Obamacare rulings might affect health coverage in the Granite State and the situation in the Ukraine. Join in. See you next week.

Past Editions - Week in Review

July 2014
- 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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