As we wait for Gov. Sununu to sign the death penalty repeal legislation, my mind turns back to 1986. I was 30 years old and arguing a death penalty case, Gray v. Mississippi, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. An amazing experience and the death
In a filing with the NH Supreme Court on May 31st, Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas argued that HB 1264 is unconstitutional and represents an effort to discourage college students from voting in New Hampshire. The Councilors also argued that the Governor’s request for the Court’s advisory opinion
Transformation of DCYF – our breakfast topic. Councilor Pappas hosted the Council breakfast at the Department of Health and Human Services offices in the Thayer Building and arranged for an extensive briefing by the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Deputy Commissioner Thomas Pristow, Associate Commissioner for Human Services
At my insistence, the Attorney General was asked to provide the Council with specific guidance as to which agency or agencies have authority to accept and display a portrait of New Hampshire’s first woman Executive Councilor, Dudley Dudley. The portrait was commissioned with private funds and donated to the
Will the Executive Council address issues of gender equity? The answer to this question is not unanimous. The Executive Council is the only body of New Hampshire state government that is not subject to a policy that prohibits harassment and discrimination. I have promoted the adoption of a policy for
Does New Hampshire care about its schools and its children?
The answer to this question, as evidenced by the proceedings of January 24, is not clear. On the one hand, despite deep concerns about the process involved, the Council approved $10 million in infrastructure improvements for schools, many related to school security
Today’s Council meeting featured a refusal of the three-member Republican majority (Wheeler, Kenney & Prescott) to allow a vote to accept a $200,000 US Dept of Justice grant to coordinate efforts in NH’s cities to address gang violence and to reduce gun violence. The vote on the grant was