Medicaid, hospital tax are top legislative wins

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Legislation expanding Medicaid to an estimated 50,000 poor adults and settling lawsuits by hospitals worth hundreds of millions of dollars are the 2014 New Hampshire Legislature's most significant accomplishments.

Lawmakers also raised the gas tax 4 cents for highway improvements, especially finishing the expansion of Interstate 93 from Salem to Manchester. They passed legislation that prohibits fuel dealers from marketing pre-buy contracts before May 1 in response to complaints about deliveries last winter and voted to ban hand-held cellphone use.

But the Senate refused to go along with the House and repeal the death penalty in a major defeat for opponents of capital punishment. And the House rejected casino gambling twice.

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