Dozens of bills await action in New Hampshire


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan must still act on a number of bills, including a ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving and a measure allowing women who become pregnant after a rape to terminate the attacker's parental rights.

Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Terie Norelli must first sign off on the measures, but they were waiting until Hassan returned from a trade mission to Turkey. Once the bills reach Hassan's desk, she has five days to act or they will take effect without her signature.

Hassan is expected to sign a hospital settlement over Medicaid rates and a tax on hospital revenues that two judges deemed unconstitutional. The governor negotiated the settlement to avoid deep cuts to the state budget to make up for lost tax revenue.

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