What will happen to the 700+ NH bills waiting for a vote?

Apr 03, 2020
Seats in the Legislature

In March, New Hampshire House and Senate leaders announced the legislature was suspending activity until May 4.  This followed federal guidelines against large gatherings.  While the New Hampshire Senate is only 24 members, there are 400 state representatives. 

Crossover Day for NH House and Senate

Apr 09, 2019
NH crossover day

Crossover Day is the last chance for the House and Senate to vote on bills before they cross over to the other chamber.

It’s a little like Groundhog Day for legislation. If a bill gets voted down, it has to hibernate until the next year before it gets another day in the sun. If a bill passes, it gets to enjoy spring in the other chamber.

This year Crossover Day was April 4 in the House and March 28 in the Senate. Here’s a rundown of which bills have survived the first round of votes and which bills get a whole lot more winter.

What influences partisanship in NH?

Apr 05, 2019
partisanship in Concord

In a recent article Citizens Count explored one measure of partisanship – “party unity” – over the past twenty years of the New Hampshire Legislature. That data generally showed that partisanship is increasing in the New Hampshire House but roughly steady (and lower overall) in the New Hampshire Senate.

Click here to read about party unity in the New Hampshire House and Senate

Is partisanship increasing in NH?

Apr 04, 2019
partisanship in Concord

Beginning with George Washington in 1796, elected officials have a longstanding tradition of warning voters of a partisan apocalypse.

In his farewell address Washington said political parties would enable “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” to destroy democracy.

Gov. Chris Sununu echoed that sentiment in his 2019 inaugural address when he said New Hampshire must “rise above negativity and partisanship.”

Punishment for poor attendance?

Jul 09, 2018
legislator attendance

The New Hampshire House, which has 400 members, experienced its second worst attendance record this past session, according to a Concord Monitor review of 2,500 roll call votes from January 2009 to May 2018.

The review shows an average of 339 lawmakers being present for votes during the 2018 session; the worst was in 2014 when an average 332 legislators were present for votes.

On average, Democratic representatives were present for 87% of recorded votes, and Republicans were present for 84%.

What do you want to ask the candidates?

Apr 13, 2018
elections 2018

In just two months candidates for state representative, state senator, executive councilor, and governor will file for the 2018 election. We send each of those candidates a survey on the issues, so voters know where the candidates stand.

We’ve started drafting our 2018 survey, and we want to ask about the issues most important to you. What do you want us to ask the candidates? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

In 2016 we asked about the following issues:

Gene Chandler nominated for House Speaker

Nov 29, 2017
Gene Chandler

House Republicans have nominated Rep. Gene Chandler for Speaker of the House. Representatives must choose a new speaker now that Shawn Jasper is Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

Click here to learn more about Rep. Gene Chandler.

A peacemaker

Chandler describes himself as a peacemaker, which strikes a contrast to Jasper.

How to make a law in NH: the pre-season

Oct 23, 2017

New Hampshire legislators will not vote on new bills until 2018, but the process of drafting a new law starts months before then. This article is part one in our series about how elected officials create new laws in New Hampshire.

"Legislative Service Requests"

In non-election years, like this year, legislators may start requesting bills as early as September. A request for a bill is called a "Legislative Service Request," or LSR.

Only a legislator can file an LSR, but citizens can ask a legislator to request a bill on their behalf.

Should NH House committees livestream their meetings?

Sep 20, 2017
live stream NH House committees

State Rep. Jim McConnell, R-Swanzey, is sponsoring a bill in the next legislative session that would require all House committees to make live video of their meetings available online. Click here ot learn more

Jasper secures caucus nomination for House Speaker

Dec 01, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30 Rep. Shawn Jasper received a winning vote for Speaker of the House by the Republican caucus.

It took Jasper two rounds of voting to get a majority, and he ultimately won by just one vote. A final vote by the full House will take place in a few days, but with Republicans in a solid majority, their nominee is expected to be a near-certain winner. 


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