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State House Report: It’s Down to the Wire

 

State House Report

Legislative Halftime 2021: A Strange and Difficult Year

It’s no surprise that the 2021 legislative session has been a strange one. The pandemic has necessitated social distancing measures, meaning that in-person meetings and lobbying haven’t occurred. Instead, NHMA’s staff has spent hours on Zoom, Teams, and YouTube speaking with legislators and allies, and watching the legislature hold committee hearings and sessions. These have stretched to five days a week, despite few House or Senate sessions being scheduled; and we’ve probably been busier than ever switching from hearing to hearing.

2021 Legislative Preview: Get Ready to Advocate!

Despite facing a pandemic that is far from resolved, the New Hampshire General Court begins not only wrestling with hundreds of bills but also on how best to conduct in-person and/or remote hearings.  It’s also that time of year, again, when legislators need to hear from local officials about the concerns of municipalities.

Virtual Town Meetings are More Efficient and Increase Participation

Dean Editorial

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a test of the United States’ public health response capability, it has also been a time where City and Town governments have had to adjust and rethink their meeting structures in ways it never has before. 

Members Drive NHMA's Legislative Policy Process

In April 2014, almost 60 local officials from NHMA member municipalities kicked off the legislative policy process for the 2015-2016 biennium. As always, this year’s process has been driven by a broad base of volunteers, with local officials submitting legislative policy proposals which are then reviewed by committees of other local officials.