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April 18, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Marijuana may be decriminalized in the state

April 17, 2015
WMUR: After raptor ordeal, lawmakers look at 4th grade bobcat plan
NH1: NH Senators back off on reviving red-tailed hawk controversy - for now
NHBR: Two-part definition emerges in NH independent contractor debate
NHPR: Workers with disabilities will be paid at least minimum wage in NH

April 16, 2015
Union Leader: House: State can't require school districts to adopt Common Core
Union Leader: NH House roundup: Solar energy proponents win one
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire Liquor Commission cautions that new competition south of the border could be drain on sales
Concord Monitor: Legislators hear merits of addiction-centered alternative sentencing program
Eagle-Tribune:  NH law benefits poultry, rabbit producers
Eagle-Tribune: Proposal would end NH ed funding cap
NH1: NH House passes anti-Common Core bill, heading to Hassan's desk
NHBR: Are NH business tax cuts worth the trouble?
NHBR: Industry assails raid on NH’s Renewable Energy Fund

April 15, 2015
Concord Monitor: Balsams bill expected to be amended again
NH1: NH lawmakers hope to change difficulty of getting criminal record information
NHPR: Defense attorneys push back against court efficiency measures

April 13, 2015
Seacoast Online: Panel focuses on living wage
Union Leader: North Country residents head to Concord to push for Balsams expansion support

April 12, 2015
NH1: As NH Senate digs in, House budget plan faces many changes
Union Leader: Are casino hopes coming to an end?
WMUR: State lawmakers to hear testimony on police use of cellphone data
Concord Monitor: End of life legislation gives glimmer of hope for death with dignity

April 11, 2015
Concord Monitor: In mock legislature, discourse, differences of opinions respected; bills range from fun to thought-provoking
Foster's Daily Democrat: Health overhaul advisory group meets in NH
NH1: Repeal of permit to carry a concealed gun in NH gaining steam

April 10, 2015
WMUR: NHGOP chair blasts O’Brien for post critical of Ayotte, Wihby, others article  
Conway Daily Sun: Police chiefs concerned about Bradley's gun bill
Foster's Daily Democrat: State website knocked out for several hours

April 9, 2015
Concord Monitor: A bevy of NH beer bills evidence of growth, change in the market
NH1: Move to preserve NH Rainy Day Fund gets push back
NH1: Seniors protest use of $7 million of nursing home money to balance NH budget

April 8, 2015
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire casino supporters point to expanded gambling as a new source of state revenue
Concord Monitor: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition weighs in on New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization
Eagle-Tribune: House panel hears testimony on casino bill
NH1: Lawmakers consider giving immunity for those who report a drug overdose via 9-1-1
NHPR: NH Senate weighs decriminalization of marijuana
NHPR: Senate ponders bill on overdose immunity
NHPR: Morse pitches Senate's two-casino bill
Seacoast Online: NRA targets Portsmouth rep for concealed-carry bill
Union Leader: Last-ditch effort for gambling presented to House panel
Union Leader: Pot decriminalization proponents target new state senators

April 7, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: NH bill would protect people who report alcohol, drug overdoses
NH1: Will NH Senate agree with House on tax hikes, expanded gambling?
NHPR: Plenty of challenges facing Senate in drafting budget

April 6, 2015
Union Leader: Lawmakers want to know who's financing NERA
Concord Monitor: NH officials weighing another round of voter ID, eligibility changes

April 5, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua mayor concerned about state budget cuts
Union Leader: No free lunch: Meals on Wheels advocates concerned as lawmakers hold line on spending
Union Leader: State House Dome: State senators ready for their budget turn

April 4, 2015
Seacoast Online: Newmarket state rep mockingly suggests euthanasia for disabled
Union Leader: Senate Democrats call for bipartisan NH budget plan
NH1: Lawmaker says his comments over 4th-grader bill wasn't mean-spirited
NHBR: House budget: no business tax hikes, but no cuts either
NHPR: Sen. Forrester: Restoring rainy day fund a priority, raiding dedicated funds not an option

April 3, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Seacoast legislators to attend South Church living wage forum
NH1: Rep's heat-of-the-moment comment compares budget cuts to euthanizing disabled
NH1: The political dynamics of passing a budget in the State Senate
NHPR: NH Senate president says new taxes are off the table

April 2, 2015
NHPR: NH House passes budget, cuts $300 million from Hassan's plan
NHPR: Development disability funding loses in House budget
NHPR: House budget nixes proposed funding hike for substance abuse
Seacoast Online: House passes $11.2 billion state budget proposal
Union Leader: House approves $11.2 billion preliminary budget
WMUR: House passes budget with cuts to services article  
Concord Monitor: House budget moves to Senate, but Democrats in near unanimous disapproval
Concord Monitor: Praying for a ‘humane’ state budget
Eagle-Tribune: Bill seeks to notify parents of objectionable school material
Nashua Telegraph: Hundreds gather at NH Statehouse to protest budget cuts
NH1: Hundreds protest NH House budget slash of $6 million in substance abuse grants

April 1, 2015
Concord Monitor: NH health care officials say abortion buffer zone law, though barely enforced, has led to fewer, more civil protests
Concord Monitor: Long day ahead as NH House votes on $11.2 billion budget bill
NH1: Sharp debate over whether to repeal abortion buffer zone law
WMUR: House to vote on multi-billion dollar budget proposal

March 31, 2015
WMUR: Senator may revive 4th-graders' red-tailed hawk idea
Concord Monitor: 300 bodies on the State House lawn to be a ‘wake-up’ call to NH lawmakers
NH1: House budget likely to pass and spending advocates don't like it
Nashua Telegraph: Health and Human Services budget cuts draw concern, dismay
NHPR: House budget a test for divided GOP caucus
NHPR: Abortion facility buffer zone repeal law heads to Senate
Seacoast Online: Surplus symbols? Some say 'bully' NH lawmakers had a point

March 30, 2015
Union Leader: State House Dome: Any budget plan means service cuts

March 29, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Proposed budget plan for New Hampshire could mean less state aid to schools in 2017
Seacoast Online: Utility pole assessment bill concerns communities
WMUR: Child's death leads to day care bill
Eagle-Tribune: Proposed NH budget cuts spark outcry

March 28, 2015
Concord Monitor: Legislators sip on bill to allow alcohol samples at NH farmers markets
Concord Monitor: Senate approves new restrictions on welfare purchases
Eagle-Tribune: NH bill would add 30-day residency requirement to vote
NHPR: NH chapter of conservative group endorses House Finance budget

March 27, 2015
WMUR: House budget plan cuts university, energy-efficiency spending article  
WMUR: Senate passes Balsams bill
Concord Monitor: Plan would take money from renewable energy fund, university system for DOT
Concord Monitor: Senate approves new restrictions on welfare purchases
Concord Monitor: NH Senate approves bill at center of Eversourse Energy settlement agreement
NH1: Red-tailed hawk bill is far from dead, NH Senate plans revival
NH1: State Senate endorses child abuse reforms after Nashua child's tragic death
NHBR: Senate compromise seeks middle ground on Eversource divestiture costs
NHPR: House budget clears committee - again
Union Leader: GOP budget writers reduce state aid to University System of NH, bump aid to DOT

March 26, 2015
Union Leader: NH House reps honor fourth-graders who proposed raptor bill, encourage student involvement
Union Leader: Without gas tax hike, NH House budget stalls
WMUR: Budget process hits snag in the New Hampshire House
WMUR: Sponsor of students' bill apologizes for comments from House members
Concord Monitor: NH lawmakers honor students after raptor debacle
Concord Monitor: Department of Transportation spending plan, and gas tax increase struck down
Eagle-Tribune: House puts hold on NH's gas tax increase
Nashua Telegraph: Debate on NHDOT funding to reconvene Thursday
NHBR: Two sides face off today on workers’ compensation
NHPR: Gas tax falls flat in NH House

March 25, 2015
NHPR: House budget clears committee, heads to floor
Seacoast Online: Anti-bullying advocates oppose NH student privacy bill
Union Leader: Debate rages on as House panel OKs budget with $340m in cuts
WMUR: House committee passes budget with major cuts, fee increases
Concord Monitor: NH House Finance Committee looks to pull back mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders
Foster's Daily Democrat: House to take up gas tax increase
Nashua Telegraph: NH solar energy bill spurs outpouring of public comment

March 24, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: NH may limit access to students' social media accounts
NH1: NH lawmaker Burt: Death threats came after 'hot dog' comment
NH1: NH House clerk: Too late to discipline Groen for comments on 4th-graders' bill
NHPR: Fate of probable cause hearings in NH unclear
NHPR: NH House budget writers vote to trim state education aid
Seacoast Online: House budget writers approve cuts to Hassan's $11.5B plan
Union Leader: House budget writers begin finalizing their plan
Concord Monitor: Members of House Finance Committee reverse course on Medicaid cuts

March 23, 2015
Concord Monitor: Proposed Health and Human Services cuts create uncertainty across NH
Eagle-Tribune: NH House rolls dice again on casinos
Eagle-Tribune: House will vote on $88 million cut to state DOT
Union Leader: Utility debate turns to consumer protection

March 22, 2015
NH1: Students, parents disappointed in NH lawmakers' reactions to raptor bill
Union Leader: Gas-tax boost has backing from GOP
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: As state changes, budget bypasses big questions
Eagle-Tribune: House will vote on $88 million cut to state DOT

March 21, 2015
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: Rep. Bill O’Brien says Margaret Sanger was active participant in KKK  
Concord Monitor: Senate committee not backing workers’ comp fee schedule
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan defends 4th-graders, blasts lawmakers
Foster's Daily Democrat: State tables 3 UNH construction plans  
Nashua Telegraph: NH lawmakers to propose hike in gas tax
Nashua Telegraph: House speaker wants apology on abortion comment
NH1: Fallout from 4th-graders' failed bill dishes harsh words for NH lawmakers
Seacoast Online: Hassan: House budget cuts are 'draconian'
Union Leader: Speaker: State rep. should apologize for raptor comment
WMUR: Speaker wants apology for abortion comment during debate on students' bill
WMUR: Gas tax hike weighed as solution to DOT budget hole

March 20, 2015
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire students' hawk bill provokes abortion comment
Seacoast Online: NH House seeks court opinion on voter registration bill
Seacoast Online: NH Senate votes not to require teaching of cursive
Union Leader: Officials say 700 layoffs likely with House budget writers' $88m in proposed cuts for DOT
Union Leader: Bill requiring 'conspicuous notification' on electric bills passes NH Senate
Concord Monitor: House Republicans eye gas tax increase after deep cuts to Department of Transportation budget
Concord Monitor: Senate scuttles proposal to make it illegal to smoke in a car with minors
Nashua Telegraph: Fees for retrieving files top 2015 NH Right-to-Know legislation
NHBR: NH Senate workers’ comp compromise gets mixed reviews
NHBR: Realtors, bankers at loggerheads over ‘kickback’ bill
NH1: NH lawmakers brutally kill 4th-graders' bill in front of them
NHPR: NH House finance chair calls on Republicans to back gas tax
NHPR: NH Senate passes, then tables, business tax cuts

March 19, 2015
NHPR: NH House finance chairman says transportation cuts will pass committee
Seacoast Online: House budget writers delay vote on transportation cuts
Union Leader: House proposal to cut $88m from NH DOT budget called 'irresponsible,' 'intolerable' by some reps
WMUR: Budget cut could trigger massive layoffs at DOT
Concord Monitor: NH House budget writers delay vote on $88 million in DOT cuts
Conway Daily Sun: Residents decry cuts to disabled, senior programs

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