Articles by Kathleen Ronayne

California Lawmakers Release Plan to Extend Cap And Trade

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have released a plan to extend through 2030 California’s cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state’s quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. The deal updates how refineries, …

California Governor Pushing for Cap-And-Trade Deal Before Deadline

Gov. Jerry Brown is working with lawmakers, business groups and environmentalists to reach a deal on extending cap and trade, California’s landmark program aimed at slowing global warming. Brown wants a consensus before lawmakers start summer recess on July 21. …

Police, Advocates Clash Over New Hampshire Pot Decriminalization Bill

With Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on board, advocates for marijuana decriminalization hope this is the year New Hampshire joins its New England neighbors in removing criminal penalties for possessing pot. But the measure is facing challenges in the Senate, where …

New Hampshire House Adds Medical Pot Qualifiers, Backs Decriminalization

The New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in support of decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and expanding access to medical marijuana for people suffering from chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. The bills won support from more than 300 of …

New Hampshire Lawmakers Expected to Create Drug-Focused Task Force

New Hampshire state lawmakers are expected to create a task force aimed at tackling New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis when they return to Concord, New Hampshire, on Wednesday for a special session. If all goes according to plan, the task …

N.H. GOP Leaders Say Substance Abuse Proposals Need More Work

New Hampshire’s Republican lawmakers said they would rather create a legislative task force during a special session planned for next week to study some of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proposals to combat the state’s substance abuse crisis instead of having lawmakers …

N.H. Budget Writers Uphold Changes to Public Risk Pool Oversight

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office plans to continue fighting a proposal in the Senate’s budget that takes away its authority to monitor the state’s public risk pools. The New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday to uphold an …

N.H. Senate Amendment Would Change Who Polices Public Risk Pools

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office could lose its ability to oversee a public risk pool it’s had issues with for years, if a last-minute amendment to the state Senate budget remains in place. The New Hampshire Senate Finance …

N.H. Senate Committee Not Backing Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule

A key policy committee in the New Hampshire Senate is backing a workers’ compensation reform bill that it says will reduce costs by 7.5 percent without imposing a price-fixing mechanism backed by business groups. “This agreement will bring real savings …

N.H. Lawmakers Work to Tackle High Workers’ Comp Costs

If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if …