State Lawmakers To Take Up Hundreds Of Bills Amid Pandemic & Political Upheaval
With the pandemic still surging, state lawmakers have had to figure out new ways to meet and vote, let alone how to vote on the substance of hundreds of bills -- addressing education funding, taxes, voting issues, energy and the environment, and more. Also on the agenda: crafting a new two-year budget. Last week, about 400 House members met in a UNH parking lot, voting from their cars to elect Rep. Sherman Packard, a Republican from Londonderry, Speaker of the House. The same day, In Washington D.C., a mob of pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol, leading to to the deaths of several people, including a Capitol police officer. In the aftermath, state capitols have been at heightened alert, including in Concord. We get a preview of what's likely to dominate discussion at the Statehouse in the upcoming months.
Air date: Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Anna Brown - Director of Research and Analysis for Citizens Count, a non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting civic engagement. Read her recent preview of the upcoming legislative session here.
Annie Ropeik - NHPR reporter covering energy, environment, climate change, and the seacoast. She is also lead reporter NHPR's climate change reporting project By Degrees stories. Read her coverage here.