Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Jan. 4, 2019

Jan 4, 2019

Governor Chris Sununu begins his second term, calling for cooperation as he faces Democratic control of the House, Senate, and Executive Council following midterm elections.  House lawmakers vote to ban guns inside Representatives Hall -- a rule that has been reversed over the years, depending upon which party is in charge.  And, after the N.H. House votes overwhelmingly to require its members to attend sexual harassment education training, hundreds of representatives show up for a scheduled hearing on harassment.  

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During his inaugural speech, Governor Sununu outlined his second-term agenda, which includes moving psychiatric care out of the state prison system, investing in low-income renewable energy projects, and improving the state's foster care system. 

In an interview with NHPR's Peter Biello, N.H. Senate President Donna Soucy was pleased with some of what Governor Sununu mentioned during his speech -- including such bipartisan achievements as Medicaid expansion.  But she also differs with him to some extent on business taxes. 

In Kevin Landrigan's profile of Democrat Donna Soucy, the newly elected Senate President outlined her top issues for the coming term, including a three-phase increase in the state's minimum wage. 

Democrats reinstate a ban on guns and other deadly weapons on the House floor, a reversal of rules that has occurred several times, depending upon which party is in control.  

U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas said on The Exchange's Roundup that he  never imagined that the first bills he'd be voting on in Congress would be to reopen the government. Pappas also said he is excited about major legislation called H.R. 1, which addresses ethics issues, such as the influence of special interest money in elections. Read/listen to the interview here