News Coverage of NH Legislature February 12

· Capital Beat: Lawmaker pushes for voting day holiday(Concord Monitor)
It’s practically an Election Day tradition: hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters swarming the polls on their way home from work. But one Democratic representative is hoping to cut down the stress with a statewide holiday that would give any employee time to cast their vote.

· Sergeant-at-arms abruptly resigns House position (Union Leader)
The man who has served as Sergeant-at-Arms for the New Hampshire House for more than a decade has resigned after being offered a schedule of reduced work hours.

· Lawmakers trying to ease rules on school nurses (Union Leader)
School nurses do a lot more than dispense medication and take temperatures these days, which is why the state Legislature four years ago passed a bill raising their education requirement from a two-year to a four-year degree.

· Amid Election Scrutiny, Dixville Notch’s Midnight Voting Tradition Could Be At Risk (NHPR)
Once every four years, for a brief moment, it seems the whole world turns its eyes to Dixville Notch. Since 1960 , voters in this tiny Coos County community have been casting their ballots just after the stroke of midnight to mark the official start of the New Hampshire presidential primary.

· First Lady Valerie Sununu Quietly Emerges As Advocate For Kids' Causes (NHPR)
Valerie Sununu has kept a relatively low-profile during her husband’s time in office. She rarely speaks to the press or promotes any appearances. Most of what the public gets of the First Lady comes from Gov. Chris Sununu’s speeches, where he constantly praises her. “And it goes without saying, the one who really makes this all happen, my amazing wife, Valerie,” said Sununu during the opening of his inaugural speech at the Statehouse last month.

· Proposed Ban On ‘Bee-Toxic Pesticides’ Buzzes Into State Legislature (NHPR)
New Hampshire lawmakers on Tuesday will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic to bees. The House bill comes from second-term Nashua Democrat Catherine Sofikitis.

· N.H. Lottery Calls DOJ Reversal on Web Lottery Sales ‘Unacceptable’ (NHPR)
The New Hampshire Lottery is exploring legal action after a decision by the Trump administration that would make selling lottery tickets online illegal.The state started selling virtual lottery tickets online in September of 2018, after it was approved in the last legislative session.In that time, it's generated approximately $1.8 million net for the state from web sales.

· What To Listen For In Governor Sununu's 2019 Budget Address (NHPR)
Governor Chris Sununu will deliver his budget address on Thursday. The address will take place in front of the newly Democratic-controlled New Hampshire House and Senate and will provide clues about where the governor and state lawmakers are likely to find consensus - and conflict - during this budget-building session, set to go through June.

CloseUp: The debate over legalizing marijuana in NH
Will New Hampshire move forward with recreational cannabis?