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Dec 14, 2014 10:25 AM

Lawmakers expand Medicaid, reject casinos in 2014


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The past year saw New Hampshire's Legislature expand Medicaid, fund road and bridge repairs and settle two lawsuits related to mental health care.

All that despite a power split between the Democrat-led House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.

But the bipartisan lawmakers couldn't agree on repealing the death penalty and legalizing casino gambling. Each of those measures fell short by a single vote in a year when supporters of both felt the environment favored passage of these long-debated issues.

Domestic violence advocates had several wins at the Statehouse, including the passage of Joshua's Law, a bill that reorganizes crimes between family members and intimate partners as crimes of domestic violence.


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