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Here's What N.H. Lawmakers Did This Year: The 2016 Legislative Session in a Nutshell

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Coming on the heels of last year's prolonged budget fight, with negotiations stretching months longer than usual, the 2016 session of the New Hampshire Legislature can't help but seem a bit sleepier. But, in fact, it was a busy few months for lawmakers.

Things kicked off early, actually, with a special session in November to address the state's opioid crisis. Lawmakers eventually worked through more than 1,000 bills, wrapping things up late last month. 

Of those bills, 330 became law and 13 were vetoed by Gov. Maggie Hassan. 

Among the more protracted debates was over whether to continue the state's expanded Medicaid program. House and Senate lawmakers agreed to continue the program another two years, and in April, Gov. Maggie Hassan officially signed the measure into law.


There was also plenty of focus on the state's ongoing opioid crisis this session. Measures that passed include increased penalties on fentanyl, increased insurance coverage for substance abuse, the creation of a statewide drug court program and additional funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention.

Vetoed bills include one to nix the state's conceal and carry license requirement and a bill that would have legalized firecrackers.

And notable bills that never made it to the governor's desk include one looking to ban the so-called practice of "conversion therapy" for minors. The controversial practice aims to convert people from being gay. There was also a measure to repeal the state's 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, which also failed last session.

Scroll down below to see other bills this session that became law, vetoed or killed by the legislature.


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