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2022 Legislative Preview: Raise Your Hometown Voices Webinar

In the second year of the session, the New Hampshire General Court will quickly begin work on several hundred bills of interest to municipalities after a quick couple of days focused on overriding vetoes.

Join NHMA's Government Affairs Counsel, Natch Greyes, and Government Finance Advisor, Katherine Heck, to hear about some of the bills that may of major concern and/or to municipalities this year. Some are good, but, as with last year, most are bad.

NHMA Gears Up for 2023-2024 Legislative Policy Process It’s Never Too Early to Submit Policy Suggestions

Your voice is power

Our Advocacy Efforts Matter!  Your Voice Matters More!

Established in 1941 as a voluntary association of New Hampshire’s cities and towns, the New Hampshire Municipal Association has served as the primary legislative advocate for New Hampshire’s municipalities, representing its members at the state legislature and before numerous federal and state administrative agencies.

2022 Legislative Preview: Time to Raise Your Hometown Voices

State House Report

And so, we begin the second year of the two-year legislative term. It’s early yet but having now digested the bill titles that were released in the fall, it’s fair to say that it’s shaping up to be a session very similar to last year. Once again, we can expect to be on the defensive throughout the 2022 term. There are a few bills of particular note on that front:

2021 Legislative Update: What A Year It Has Been!

What a year it has been. The turnaround from January to June has been quite remarkable, and I don’t just mean with the pandemic.

State House Report: It’s Down to the Wire


State House Report

Executive Director Message

Our unusual 2021 legislative session will come to an end very soon; in fact, by the time you are reading this issue of Town & City, the session will be over, and we are hopeful the state budget will have been adopted and signed by the governor. From June 10 – 17, many bills will go to a Committee of Conference, including the state budget (HB 1) and the state budget trailer bill (HB 2). The official end date of the session this year is June 24.

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 Half-time Report

It's legislative half-time and time for teams to swap ends of the field of play.

Join Executive Director Margaret M.L. Byrnes, Government Affairs Counsel Cordell Johnston, Municipal Services Counsel Natch Greyes, and Government Finance Advisor Becky Benvenuti for a look at the status of legislation affecting municipalities after "Crossover." Crossover is the date by which a bill must pass either the House or the Senate in order to "cross-over" to the other chamber for consideration.

The 2021 Legislative Session

After a bit of a delay, the legislature is finally in full swing and things are a bit different this year. As of this writing, those of us wishing to testify are no longer required to trek up several flights of stairs. Instead, we’re merely required to trek to a room with a suitable background to Zoom-in.

State House

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.