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Controversial House Bills Die in Senate

The New Hampshire Senate has killed half a dozen controversial measures supported by the House.

With little debate, Senators dispatched several hot-button issues that came up this session.

The measures were tied to completely unrelated bills.

Senators shot down a bill to require a 24 hour wait before an abortion could be performed, a 1 year moratorium on refugee resettlement in the state and a plan to weaken collective bargaining rights.

Senate President Peter Bragdon says on each of those measures the Senate had made its voice clear.

“I think the Senate generally felt that on issues related to business and taxes, distracting it with some of the social issues was not something the Senate wanted to revisit.”

Bragdon doesn’t believe the Senate’s action will derail on-going negotiations with House lawmakers on dozens of other bills, including an education funding constitutional amendment.