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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 8, 2019


A hearing on proposed red-flag legislation gained national attention after several male lawmakers wore pearl necklaces during testimony on gun violence. The move drew widespread criticism. Rep. David Welch, one of the lawmakers wearing pearls,  said they'd been handed out by members of the Women's Defense League of New Hampshire and he'd worn them in solidarity with their opposition to red-flag laws. In other news, town meeting season is in full swing, and public hearings on PFAs regulations for drinking water began this week. We discuss all of this, and other big stories in New Hampshire this week. 


  • Ethan DeWitt - Statehouse reporter for the Concord Monitor.
  • Dave Solomon -Statehouse reporter for the Union Leader.
  • Dean Spiliotes  - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU.


Related Reading:

"Lawmakers with pearl necklaces at hearing on 'red flag' bill stir social media," from Dave Solomon at The Union Leader.

"In Exeter, A Proposed Tax Cap Turns Into High Drama," from Todd Bookman at NHPR. 

"Capital Beat: Is it time for a zone change in New Hampshire?" from Ethan Dewitt at the Concord Monitor. 

Check out a collection of town meeting coverage from the Concord Monitor

"Public Hearings Begin On N.H.'s Proposed PFAS Regulations for Drinking Water," from Annie Ropeik at NHPR. 

"Chester police respond to Opossum Drive to rescue opossum in grill," from Jason Schreiber at the Union Leader. 

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