Tempers Flare After House Passes Gun Background Check Bill Again

by Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin
May 23, 2024

It was a dramatic 15 minutes on the House floor Thursday afternoon. First, the House likely picked a fight with the Senate by voting overwhelmingly to revive and send back to the Senate a gun background check bill senators tabled last week. This time, the House attached it to one of the Senate’s priority bills, which would put $40 million toward a new prison. Moments after the House vote, the bill’s sponsor confronted another House member for allegedly yelling “liar” at him while he was speaking. Rep. Terry Roy, the Deerfield Republican who sponsored the bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks, responded to questions from the Bulletin via text messages after the House resumed its work.

Eagle-Tribune Owner CNHI Plans to Sell 10 Southern Newspapers

CNHI, the Montgomery, Alabama-based parent company of the Eagle-Tribune and other area newspapers plans to sell 10 southern publications to Carpenter Media Group. In a statement, the two companies said Thursday they have reached a preliminary agreement for Carpenter to buy 10 newspapers spread across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, as well as a printing plant in Valdosta, Georgia. The papers include Alabama papers, Athens News Courier, Cullman Times and St. Clair News Aegis; Meridian (Mississippi) Star; and Georgia newspapers Dalton Daily Citizen, Milledgeville Union-Recorder, Valdosta Daily Times, Moultrie Observer, Thomasville Times-Enterprise’ and Tifton Gazette.

Finegold Says Unanimous Senate Vote to Increase Education Aid Shows Unified Commitment

Haverhill and area communities running into shortfalls when it comes to paying for schools during the next term may receive a bit of relief if a state Senate bill becomes law. The Senate this week voted unanimously to increase minimum state aid to schools from $104 to $110 per pupil during debate on the budget for the year that begins July 1. Sen. Barry R. Finegold, a co-sponsor of the budget amendment, said he advocated for the resources both as the child of public-school educators and the product of a public education. “This increase in funding reflects modern-day costs and will help schools continue to serve its students at the highest level. The Senate’s bipartisan action on this issue demonstrates a unified commitment to our student’s wellbeing and academic success,” said Finegold.

Groveland Police and Fire Work Together to Help Deliver Baby Girl Tuesday at Home

Members of Groveland’s police and fire departments worked together Tuesday to help safely deliver a baby girl. Groveland Police and Fire were dispatched about 8:45 a.m. to a home for a report of a woman actively in labor. Fire Chief Robert Valentine, firefighter/EMT Jeff Dalton, firefighter/EMT Dan Manning, Groveland Police Lt. Heather Riley and Sgt. Steven Petrone arrived within two minutes. Valentine, Dalton, Manning, Riley, and Petrone used their experience and training to keep the mother calm and assist with the delivery.

Sandown, N.H., Recalls Native Son Who Died in America’s Civil War

A son of Sandown, N.H., who gave his life to preserve our nation’s unity and defend democracy for his own generation and those who followed, will be remembered during the town’s Memorial Day celebration. Sgt. Daniel Marston, whose mother’s family—the Flanders—had lived in Sandown since before the American Revolution, grew up in town. He ran a local wheelwrights shop, but during the Union’s lowest point in the war, left to fight. He and other Sandown men joined one of New Hampshire’s nine-month infantry regiments.

Finegold to Moderate State House Panel Today on ‘Deepfake’ Tech

A panel of experts will explain today how “deepfake” technology works, how its proliferation might affect the digital future and what other states are doing about it. Participating panelists at the State House presentation are Google Senior Policy Manager Joe Dooley; Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Geoff Foster; Heather Morton, director of Financial Services, Technology and Communications for the National Conference of State Legislatures; and Amanda Hainsworth, senior legal advisor to Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell

State Sen. Barry R. Finegold, who has filed legislation to require disclaimers when an artificially generated image of a political candidate is used, will moderate the panel. “Artificial intelligence is rapidly evolving and with it, the ability to distort information at lightning speed. I am concerned about the federal government’s pace on this issue and look forward to joining experts in discussing how artificial intelligence—especially deepfake technology—is and will continue to affect the work we do,” said Finegold. His proposal would require synthetic media, or “deepfakes,” depicting a candidate or political party to include a disclaimer that clearly identifies the media as artificially generated or modified.

Whittier Tech Honors 125 Northern Essex Community College Early College Students

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School honored 125 participants for completing the Early College Program during a ceremony last week at Northern Essex Community College. The ceremony included addresses by Northern Essex Community College Associate Dean of PK12 Partnerships Aaron Altman; alumni speaker Osaym Omar; Northern Essex Provost of Academic and Student Affairs Paul Beaudin; faculty speaker Dawn Wheaton; and student speaker Gabriella Ortiz of Haverhill, a Whittier Tech senior studying marketing. “As all of us graduates come together this evening to reflect on our accomplishments, we can also recognize the perks that this program has offered us,” said Ortiz. “An invaluable and priceless benefit of taking Early College courses, is that we are able to get a real taste of what college will be like. We now know what it means to get assignments in on time, be independent, and learn the routine of a what it takes to be successful in college each semester.

Methuen Observes Memorial Day with Parade, Ceremonies

Methuen’s Memorial Day observance will start at the American Legion Post 122 on Broadway, and end at VFW Post 8349 on River Street. The parade will wend its way to the World War II monument on Charles Street and Walnut Grove Cemetery’s American Legion monument for brief ceremonies, before returning to the Legion post at 200 Broadway. The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization picks up the observances at Elmwood Cemetery on North Lowell Street (Route 113) before returning to the VFW post at 26 River St. for sandwiches and soda. All veterans, active-duty military members, National Guard members, reservists, civic organizations, Scout troops, school groups and clubs are invited to march.