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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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Updated 5:50 PM — State lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto of a bill that would get rid of the three-month waiting period before a patient can get prescribed medical marijuana from a provider.

It was the lone bill overturned this week by both the House and Senate. 

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Democrats have offered, and Governor Sununu has rejected, what Democratic state lawmakers are calling a compromise on the state budget. The budget process has been at an impasse since Sununu vetoed the budget passed by lawmakers earlier this year.

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Lawmakers will return to Concord this month to try to salvage more than 50 bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, but the odds don't look good based on a review of past votes.

While Democrats control both the House and Senate, they need some Republican support to reach the two-thirds majority required to override a veto. Only three of the 53 vetoed bills originally passed the House by that margin. One of them — abolishing the death penalty — already has become law after lawmakers overrode the veto in May.

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The governors of Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are planning to meet to discuss transportation issues.

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is hosting the National Governors Association infrastructure summit in Boston on Monday and Tuesday.

It's the first of four summits pushed by the organization's chairman, Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, to help explore ways to improve Americans' quality of life with a well-functioning infrastructure.

The Executive Council on Wednesday approved Martin Honigberg to serve as a Superior Court judge. The vote came more than a month after Gov. Chris Sununu froze the nomination in response to Democrats blocking his pick for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Honigberg will leave his current post as chair of the state Public Utilities Commission. He previously worked in the Attorney General’s office and as counsel for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.

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Saying they would not "prevent evil individuals from doing harm," Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed three gun bills Friday.

Gun control advocates were calling on the governor to sign them into law, and to take action after last weekend's mass shootings.

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While Governor Sununu and Democratic lawmakers say they want to make a deal on the state budget, neither is giving much ground, and both are working to frame a debate that doesn't look likely to end soon.

In June, Governor Sununu vetoed the state budget passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed his 39th and 40th bills of the year. These bills aim to undo recent election law changes backed by the GOP.

Related: Click here for our veto tracker, which is detailing bills vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu

One bill, HB 105, aims to repeal the law known as Senate Bill 3.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau remains a “pinnacle” of the state’s business community, even as Rondeau faces accusations that he helped create a hostile work environment for female employees of the Hampton-based company.

New Transitional Home for Mothers Opens in Rochester

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Governor Sununu cut the ribbon Wednesday for the opening of a new transitional home for mothers recovering from substance abuse.

The new facility in Rochester is named Abi's Place after Abi Lizotte, a young mother who died of substance abuse in December 2017.  She played a critical role in the opening of Hope on Haven Hill, a substance abuse treatment center for homeless women with children, also in Rochester. 

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Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican who has found himself at odds with the Democratic-controlled Legislature this year, has vetoed another ten bills, including a few priorities for New Hampshire's Democratic lawmakers.

One bill was designed to identify whether campaign donations from LLC members exceed contribution limits, which allows wealthy donors to skirt campaign finance limits by channeling donations through multiple limited liability corporations.

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Governor Chris Sununu rallied Republicans on July 4th by playing auctioneer and selling off memorabilia of a veto.

At a time when the governor says he's eager to reach common ground with Democrats on the state budget, his message at a Republican breakfast in Wolfeboro was a departure.

"This is the veto of Senate Bill 1. You guys know what Senate Bill 1 was," Sununu said. 

What Sununu was selling was a copy of his veto message against paid family leave.

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Local health care providers facing the loss of federal money beacuse of Trump administration rules on abortion say their patients will be hurt by the state budget impasse.

Top Democratic budget writers say that’s one reason they want a quick resolution with Governor Sununu, who vetoed their budget last week.

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