By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
CONCORD, N.H. — 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.