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The New Hampshire Legislature has suspended full operations until at least May 4th, but a key panel of lawmakers is planning to meet remotely in two weeks in an effort to start addressing anticipated declines in state revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Governor Sununu has issued an emergency stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The order goes into effect this evening at midnight and is scheduled to last through May 4.

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Gov. Chris Sununu issued an expansive stay-at-home order Thursday, requiring all New Hampshire residents except for those employed by “essential” businesses to stay put until at least May 4 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Chris Sununu is nominating Capt. Nathan Noyes to lead the New Hampshire State Police.

Sununu was nominating Noyes at Wednesday's Executive Council meeting. Noyes is commander of a field operations bureau in the state police.

He has served as a state trooper since 2001, previously holding the ranks of troop commander, assistant troop commander, patrol supervisor, and trooper.

Noyes has received several honors, including the Congressional Law Enforcement Award.

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New Hampshire reported its first death from COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus rose above 100. The person who died was a Hillsborough County man above the age of 60 who had several underlying medical complications, according to state health officials.

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Gov. Chris Sununu issued a series of orders Tuesday morning aimed at softening the financial blow for New Hampshire residents dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

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All New Hampshire public schools will be closed for three weeks, the most sweeping response yet by state officials to the spread of coronavirus. The order by Gov. Chris Sununu comes as the number of identified cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire nearly doubled in the course of one day, from seven to 13.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu declared a state of emergency Friday in the state’s effort to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. As he did, Sununu argued that the current threat to public safety here is minor and the emergency declaration was merely a precautionary step.

Still, earlier in the day, state health officials sought authority to spend up to $15 million to pay for a broad range of expenses to bulk up New Hampshire’s response to the COVID-19 threat.

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Governor Chris Sununu says he’s directed state agencies to draw up plans on how to reduce spending as COVID-19 affects the economy.

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Democrats and Republicans appear to be at a stalemate over two competing paid family medical leave bills. 

A Senate committee heard hours of testimony on Tuesday inside an overheated conference room, with both sides presenting arguments for and against the differing versions.

That included blunt remarks from Gov. Chris Sununu, who took the unusual step of testifying in support of his preferred paid family leave proposal, Senate Bill 730.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he'd support a budget increase for a popular state conservation fund. It’s the latest turn in a running debate on the issue with state lawmakers.

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A committee of House and Senate lawmakers voted Monday to accept a fact-finder’s report on state employee contracts rejected by Gov. Chris Sununu.

In November, following months of impasse between the Sununu administration and seven bargaining units representing state workers, the fact-finder recommended workers get a 4 % raise over two years, almost twice what Sununu had indicated he would support.

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Gubernatorial candidate Dan Feltes is running ads on Facebook that claim “he isn't taking corporate PAC or LLC contributions, so the public can be sure their governor is working for them — not himself.”

That message is consistent with Feltes’ record in the state Senate, where he’s sponsored bills to outlaw corporate campaign donations and to limit political activities of limited liability corporations.

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Gov. Chris Sununu talked up the economy, touted improvements to New Hampshire's mental health system, and promoted new protections for drinking water during his annual "State of the State" address.

Speaking inside Representatives Hall to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday, Sununu asked Republicans and Democrats to come together, and avoid Washington-style gridlock.

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Governor Chris Sununu delivered his 2020 State of the State address on Thursday. 

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Governor Chris Sununu on Monday vetoed a bill on net energy metering that was held over from last year's legislative session.

It’s his first veto of the 2020 session, on top of a record number in 2019.

The bipartisan bill was one of lawmakers' latest attempts to increase the limit on how much renewable energy towns and businesses can generate themselves and use to save money.

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, Gov. Chris Sununu will deliver his State of the State address before a joint convention of the state House of Representatives and Senate.

NHPR will have live coverage of the address, beginning at 10 a.m. Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, will host the special broadcast. She will be joined in studio by NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers and Anna Brown, director of research and analysis for Citizens Count.

Governor Chris Sununu has joined bipartisan calls for Congress to permanently fund a key federal land and water conservation program.

The decades-old Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, has provided nearly $40 million in grants for hundreds of New Hampshire's state parks, heritage sites and other outdoor preservation projects.

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Lawmakers returned to Concord this week, and Democrats are moving fast to pass their core priorities, including measures Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed last year.

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There appears to be little progress being made in a six-month long partisan stalemate over filling a vacancy on the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

A tax provision designed to boost local economies across the country has been getting a lot of attention in New Hampshire recently - not for its economic impact, but over allegations of political meddling. 

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Public comment is open on a new regional framework for limiting carbon emissions from vehicles – the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the Northeast.

Gov. Chris Sununu already says he won't commit New Hampshire to joining the program, known as the Transportation and Climate Initiative, or TCI.

It would limit and price emissions from vehicle fuel distributors. Revenues from that price would be reinvested by the states – as they are under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that caps and prices emissions from power plants in the Northeast.

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Gov. Chris Sununu's reelection campaign raised almost half a million dollars over the past six months.

That haul was made easier by Sununu's veto of a bill earlier this year that sought to limit contributions from certain corporations. 

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Governor Chris Sununu says he’ll fight a proposal to renumber New Hampshire’s highway exits based on their mile markers.

The state department of transportation has reportedly said it favors changing from sequential exits to exits numbered by mile – as is required by federal law.

Federal regulators could in theory withhold funding from states that don’t obey. New Hampshire already receives the lowest state share of federal transportation money.

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Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky has joined Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes in the Democratic primary for New Hampshire governor.

Both men are Concord lawyers: Volinsky is best known as the lead attorney in the Claremont education funding lawsuits; Feltes spent years as a legal aid lawyer before running for office.

Both men see themselves are leaders on progressive issues.

And both men, in their respective roles at the State House, have the ability to stymie Gov. Chris Sununu’s agenda in the coming year, even before Election Day rolls around in 2020.

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Gov. Chris Sununu plans to create a bipartisan group of lawmakers to review bail reform legislation.

Sununu said in a statement Friday the legislative group will find solutions to not only fix bail reform, but overhaul the system.

Law enforcement officials have called for changes to bail reform since it first went into effect over a year ago.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says that while he continues to oppose the impeachment of President Donald Trump, he does believe the whistleblower who filed a complaint concerning the president’s alleged pressuring of the leader of Ukraine should be “protected.”

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Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two bills Friday, bringing to 57 the number of bills he's rejected this year - a modern record for vetoes by a New Hampshire governor. 

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Governor Chris Sununu signed a compromise two-year state budget into law on Thursday in front of a group of students and teachers at Franklin High School.

 

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The New Hampshire House and Senate are wrapping up their mostly-failed efforts to override dozens of vetoes handed down by Governor Chris Sununu. The record number of vetoes is one byproduct of having divided government in the state.

But there’s also an almost election-year atmosphere at the State House right now. That's not making it easier for lawmakers and the governor to reach agreement on a big job that’s still incomplete – passing a state budget.

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