News Coverage of NH Legislature Feb. 2

Bill to expand supervised visitation in N.H. spurs disagreement among advocates (Concord Monitor)
A father entered the Greater Nashua Supervised Visitation Center with a loaded firearm in his briefcase but was arrested before ever seeing his child.

N.H. House kills repeal of abortion buffer zone law (Concord Monitor)
An effort to eliminate the use of “buffer zones” outside Planned Parenthood clinics was quashed in the House on Thursday, after lengthy arguments over free speech and privacy.

Families ask for suicide prevention training in N.H. schools (Concord Monitor)
Since their son died, Martha and Paul Dickey have had little time to pause. The two have held fundraisers, launched community walks, made bracelets, and spoken to groups across the state about Jason’s life and the cause of his death: suicide.

· Proponents say ranked-choice voting could keep NH primary from fading (Concord Monitor)
Harvard law professor Larry Lessig has been in New Hampshire often enough for political advocacy that he knows what will get lawmakers’ attention here, and he got right to the point Tuesday. He thinks our presidential primary is in danger.

Bill to invest $9M in mental health beds clears first Senate test (Union Leader)
The state Senate gave preliminary approval on Thursday to an emergency measure that would draw $9 million from the state budget surplus to address a shortage of mental health beds that has patients being boarded for weeks at a time in hospital emergency rooms.

· State Senate OK's $4M in new spending on job training (Union Leader)
The state Senate voted along party lines Thursday to add $4 million to state job training efforts through a bill Democrats are calling the Granite State Jobs Act.

· Critics Of N.H. Marijuana Legalization Rally Opposition (NHPR)
Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana made a pre-emptive strike against a bill that would do just that in New Hampshire.

Bill would give NH town moderators power to postpone local elections (Keene Sentinel)
A definitive, statewide answer to whether town moderators have the authority to postpone local elections is beginning to take shape.

· Democrats' 'carbon tax' bill debated at State House hearing (Union Leader)
Rep. Lee Oxenham, a Democrat from Plainfield, has partnered with Democratic Sens. Martha Fuller Clark and David Watters of Dover to propose a carbon tax on all fossil fuels imported into New Hampshire.

· Families of murder victims remind NH lawmakers the demand for justice hasn't gone cold (Union Leader)
The surviving family members of murder victims whose cases have gone cold offered heart-wrenching accounts of loss at a legislative hearing on Tuesday, hoping to convince lawmakers to expand the state’s Cold Case Unit by adding two more attorneys.

· Republican lawmakers threaten to sue over House weapons ban (WMUR)
The battle over carrying deadly weapons in the chambers of the New Hampshire House could be heading to court.

· Red-tailed hawk bill resurrected (Seacoast Online)
The students gasped as the red-tailed hawk was revealed from within its crate, the children startled by the flapping wings of one of New Hampshire’s apex predators.


Bill co-sponsored by Shaheen would offer health benefit to Guardsmen, Reservists working for federal government.
Tens of thousands of National Guardsmen and Reservists may finally get access to the TRICARE Reserve Select benefit, thanks to bipartisan legislation introduced this month in Congress.

· Kevin Landrigan's Granite Status: Trump gives shout-out to Hassan's surprise medical bill legislation
When it comes to health care reform there is a big change that unites President Trump and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH.