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 - Aug. 1, 2015:

New Hampshire is in the midst of a heroin addiction crisis.

Communities are wrestling with ways to combat the problem. This week, the city of Manchester held a community forum to discuss the problem. As Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard noted (in a Union Leader story): “There have been 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” Manchester’s chief Nick Willard said. “We’ve responded to more than 250 overdose-related calls this year as well.”

Manchester was not the first community to hold such a forum; it won’t be the last.

Political leaders have sought, in part, to address the issue through a measure passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan that makes Narcan more readily available to doctors and emergency responders. Narcan is a lifesaving drug used in cases of heroin and opioid overdoses.

Said Lt. Jason Bean with the Laconia Fire Department:”... it’s probably one of the more important drugs we are carrying now, especially with this epidemic.” See an NHPR story here.

The state named its first ever drug czar - Jack Wozmak -- whose job is to help coordinate a statewide response from a variety of stakeholders to the drug addiction crisis in the Granite State.

But Wozmak came under fire this week as his continued funding came due. The money for the position comes from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, but is administered by the state and came before the Legislative Fiscal Committee, which, like the Legislature itself, is dominated by Republicans.

Wozmak became a political issue. Republican Sen. Andy Sanborn demanded this week that Wozmak, who was appointed to the position by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in January, step down. He said he hasn’t seen any evidence that Wozmack has coordinated anything.

But Wozmak, according to an NHPR story, told the committee that he has talked to more than 140 stakeholders in the state and is making a difference. Wozmak specifically pointed out his work in crafting a statewide standard for prescribing opioids, which he expects to release soon. Currently, roughly 12,000 people are licensed to prescribe opioids in the state.

Lawmakers approved $112,500 to fund the position through December, but there are lingering doubts about Wozmak and the job he’s doing.

The governor applauded the funding, saying in a statement: “The heroin and substance abuse crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state, and we all need to continue working together to strengthen prevention and education efforts and to expand access to treatment and recovery services.”

Less engaged

With Granite Staters hosting visits by any number of candidates for president this year, we like to think we’re politically engaged. But we’re not, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics.

The report measures the state’s democracy index in voting, civic engagement, election funding, lobbying, electoral competition and diversity of representation.

According to the report, most voting-age Granite Staters don’t turn out to the polls for midterms and primaries – never mind municipal elections – and can’t name their U.S. senators or their state representatives.

See a Concord Monitor story here.

Uniform Securities Act

Gov. Hassan this week signed the Uniform Securities Act - a measure that had been suggested by the Live Free and Start Initiative she created to help spur high tech start-ups in the state.
http://livefreeandstart.com/

“One of Live Free and Start’s top priorities, the Uniform Securities Act modernizes our securities regulations with a focus on investor protection and reducing hurdles for businesses trying to raise the capital that they need. This important bipartisan measure will support the growth of innovative businesses, while also fairly balancing the state’s interest in regulating securities transactions, creating a synchronized and modern law that reflects current thinking and the way business and entrepreneurs work,” the governor said in her statement.

This and that

Armed guards started showing up at military recruitment centers across the country and in New Hampshire in response to the shootings and killings of soldiers at a center in Chattanooga, Tenn., earlier this month. Officers in those recruitment centers aren’t allowed to carry weapons, so the armed civilians appeared and have stayed, despite a request from the Pentagon that they back down. Gov. Hassan said she doesn’t support the arming of N.H. National Guard recruiters. See an NHPR story here.

Residents are turning out by the hundreds in several southeastern New Hampshire communities to oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through their communities. One such protest was held this week in Milford. See a WMUR report here.

The University of New Hampshire removed from its website a "bias-free language guide" that warned against using the word "American" because it fails to recognize South America. According to an Associated Press story on Seacoast Online, the guide was developed in 2013 by several advocacy groups whose members are appointed by the university president. It was mentioned in an annual report submitted by at least one of those groups in 2014, but the university said administrators did not know about it until this week, when it was criticized in the media. On Wednesday, President Mark Huddleston said the guide was not campus policy and that he was offended by many of its entries. On Thursday, he ordered a review of the university's online posting policies.

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Past Editions - Week in Review

July 2015
- July 25: Hassan budget trial balloon popped by GOP
- July 18: NH primary revs into high gear
- July 11: Hassan vetoes constitutional carry, signs capital budget
- July 4: Fiscal year starts without state budget
June 2015
- July 27: Battle of political wills continues as Hassan vetoes budget
- June 20: Hassan will likely veto GOP budget
- June 13: Bills signed, vetoed and overridden
- June 6: Senate passes budget; Hassan wields pen
May 2015
- May 30: Senate panel approves $11.3 billion budget
- May 23: Guinta takes heat for campaign violation
- May 16: NH Senate acts on bills
- May 9: Hassan acts on legislation
- May 2: House kills casino measure
April 2015
- April 25: Casino for NH close to reality?
- April 18: Hassan gets anti-Common Core bill
- April 11: Cruz announces - then Paul - with visits to NH
- April 4: House-passed budget moves to Senate
March 2015
- March 28: NH House in budget turmoil
- March 21: NH DOT faces 'draconian' cuts to budget
- March 14: House gives schools Common Core out
- March 7: Hassan and lawmakers tussle over budget
February 2015
- Feb. 28: Election 2016 activity warms up
- Feb. 21: No casino from Hassan, but she still supports one
- Feb. 14: Governor delivers budget to Legislature
- Feb. 7: Commuter rail promoted for NH
January 2015
- Jan. 31: State digs out while Bradley digs in on guns
- 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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