After more than ten hours of debate, the New Hampshire Senate passes a GOP-crafted state budget along party lines. The N.H. House will vote on the plan next week. Three significant pieces of voting legislation are up for a final vote in the House. Former Manchester Police Chief David Mara takes over as the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, known as the "drug czar". Mara currently serves as interim police chief in Portsmouth.
- Jeff Feingold - editor of New Hampshire Business Review
- Allie Morris - reporter for the Concord Monitor
- Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital
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Concord Monitor reporter Allie Morris reported on several bills in the legislature: on the marathon Senate session to pass the proposed state budget, and on marijuana decriminalization. The Monitor also covered the fetal homicide bill and education funding bill in the House.
SB3, the bill tightening voter registration requirements, is headed for the Governor's desk.