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 - May 2, 2015:

Gov. Maggie Hassan didn’t get very much of what she wanted from the New Hampshire Legislature this week.

She wanted the legalization of a casino. She didn’t get that. And she wanted the Legislature to hold onto a law that requires a permit to carry a concealed weapon. She didn’t get that either.

The Senate had passed SB 113, the so-called two casino option. Anticipation of the vote in the House was very high because the House -- whether dominated by Democrats or dominated by Republicans -- has never approved a casino bill.

Even though Hassan didn’t think the New Hampshire market could sustain two casinos, she supported the bill because it included language that a second casino wouldn’t be licensed until after the first casino was in operation for at least a year and its operations audited and reviewed.

But the House on Wednesday, by a healthy 52-vote margin, defeated the measure. See a Concord Monitor story here.

The House voted to repeal the requirement for a concealed firearms permit. SB 116 already had the Senate’s approval.

The repeal was opposed by law enforcement and by Gov. Hassan. In fact, in her statement opposing the repeal, she invoked former Gov. Meldrim Thomson, a conservative Republican, saying the late governor “said that the current permitting process for concealed carry is ‘a sensible handgun law that leaves the issuance of handgun permits to the discretion of [local law enforcement]’.  That is as true today as it was then.”

She said she will veto the bill, and it appears there aren’t enough votes for the two-third required to override a veto. See a Union Leader story here.

In other legislative action this week, the Senate passed a measure that says students can’t be forced to give their social media passwords to school administrators. Proponents say the measure helps protect privacy, while opponents say it will inhibit investigations of cyber-bullying. See a Nashua Telegraph story here.

A bill key to the redevelopment of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch in the North Country received a key endorsement from the House Finance Committee. The bill allows the formation of a tax district in the unincorporated area around the closed Balsams Resort. That’s needed so the state’s Business Finance Authority can consider whether to put a state guarantee behind a $28 commercial million loan to developer Les Otten. See an NHPR story here.

And the Senate approved and sent to the governor a law that prohibits the use of indoor tanning booths by anyone under 18 years old. See a Union Leader story here.

As the Senate considers its imprint on the next two-year budget, Gov. Hassan took to the road this week to lobby on behalf of the spending she proposed in her $11.5 billion budget that she presented to the Legislature in February. The House version of the budget stands at $11.2 billion, and in her comments to the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and to a N.H. Department of Transportation garage she encouraged the Senate to restore the cuts. See the Seacoast Online stories here and here.

In the NH Supreme Court

The state’s highest court issued two important decisions this week. It upheld the death penalty verdict of Michael Addison, convicted of killing a Manchester police officer. See an NHPR story here. And it upheld the state’s negligent hiker law in a case in which the measure was challenged by a hiker with an artificial hip whose rescue costs topped $9,300. See a Union Leader story here.

First-in-the-nation primary

Former high tech executive Carly Fiorina was in the state this week to bolster her campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. See a Concord Monitor story here.

And Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. senator from Vermont, declared his candidacy for the presidency, as a Democrat. That means that Hillary Clinton, who’s expected back in the state soon, has some opposition in the primary. A question is whether Sanders, who isn’t a declared Republican or Democrat, can run on the Democratic ticket. Our secretary of state, William Gardner, said he’ll have to register as a Democrat. See an NHPR story here.

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Past Editions - Week in Review

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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