Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 21, 2019

Jun 20, 2019

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State lawmakers continue working on the budget, removing a controversial paid family and medical leave program that was certain to prompt a gubernatorial veto. Meanwhile, more than 120 bills, including several addressing gun laws, are headed to Governor Sununu's desk. And an 80-year-old hiker may be charged for prompting a rescue on Mount Washington.  Those are just some of the stories on the show this week.

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Top N.H. Stories of the Week

The Statehouse:

The state budget makes its way through the legislature, with some changes along the way.

More on budgetary negotiations: areas of contention, possibilites for common ground, and what's at stake for leaders in both parties.

More than 120 bills are headed to the Governor's desk, including several addressing gun laws that he is expected to veto. 

A rocky beginning for New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirement:

Confusion seems widespread about the new requirements, which take effect this month, with many beneficiaries overwhelmed by new roles, exemptions, and forms. 

NH DHHS is working to spread information about the new work requirements, also knowns as community engagement requirements, but the message may not be reaching 50,000 Granite Staters enrolled in the program, called Granite Advantage.  

A few candidates visit N.H. this week, ahead of next week's big debates:

Several candidates visited the Granite State this week, including Senator Elizabeth Warren,  Congressman Seth Moulton, and author/lecturer Marianne Williamson

 

Additional stories:

N.H. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, nominated to become Chief Justice of the N.H. Supreme Court, has plenty of  support but some abortion rights activists have voiced concern

An 80-year-old hiker was rescued on Mount Washington recently and the N.H. Fish and Game Dept. is considering charging him.  

Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States, is now a state holiday, signed into law by Governor Sununu this week.  New Hampshire joins 45 states and the District of Columbia in recognizing June 19 as the Juneteenth state holiday.