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N.H. Legislative Session Expected To Open With Debates On Leadership, Guns

N.H. State House
Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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Fights over Republican leadership and whether to allow guns in the House chamber will take center stage during the opening day of the New Hampshire legislative session.

House and Senate members meet Wednesday to officially begin the session. Sparks are likely to fly among two factions of House Republicans, as backers of Rep. Bill O'Brien will attempt to install him as the majority leader by changing House rules and going against Speaker Shawn Jasper. House members will also vote on whether to allow concealed weapons in the chamber.

Republicans control both chambers, setting up a showdown with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who will be inaugurated Thursday. Legislation will not start coming to the floors for several week as House and Senate committees must first work through the bills.

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