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The Exchange

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 26, 2021

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During a two-day session held in a sprawling indoor sports complex with chairs arranged to allow for social distance, the Republican-led New Hampshire House passed bills expanding the state's Stand Your Ground law, banning some abortions, and allowing patients licensed for therapeutic cannabis to grow their own plants. The House also voted to refund fines issued to businesses that violated COVID-19 orders, prompting a rebuke from some Democrats and from Governor Sununu who suggested in a statement that the bill could "incentivize law-breaking and reward those who do not follow the rules." At times, debate became rancorous, with some Democrats walking out in protest. Party leaders tried to set a somewhat conciliatory tone at the start of the second day.  

Air date: Feb. 26, 2021

GUESTS:

  • Todd Bookman - Senior Reporter for NHPR. Read his reporting, including recent stories on vaccination in N.H., here.
  • Anna Brown - Director of Research and Analysis with Citizens Count, a non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting civic engagement. Read Anna Brown's story on a bill that would require towns to allow "tiny houses" alongside single-family homes. 
  • Sarah Gibson - NHPR's education and demographics reporter. Read her reporting here.
  • Kevin Landrigan - State House Bureau Chief for the New Hampshire Union Leader.  Read Kevin Landrigan's stories, including his coverage of the recent N.H.House session here