CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s dental hygienists will have to wait a while longer for state permission to expand their skills so they can fill and pull teeth.
The Senate voted yesterday not to allow the hygienists to provide some care now reserved to dentists under a dentist’s oversight. The Senate instead voted to create a commission to study oral health.
Sen. Peggy Gilmour, a Hollis Democrat, sponsored the bill to create a new type of dental provider called a dental hygiene practitioner. She said the idea was similar to the role a nurse practitioner plays in doctor’s offices.
Maine lawmakers just endorsed the same idea.
Gilmour said the study is a step toward improving access and lowering costs.
Two dozen groups supported Gilmour’s bill, but the New Hampshire Dental Society opposed it.
Senate raises limit on campaign spending
CONCORD (AP) — The Senate has voted to raise the voluntary campaign spending limit for people running for governor in New Hampshire to $1 million each election cycle.
The Senate voted yesterday to raise the limit for gubernatorial candidates who voluntarily agree to limit spending from $625,000 in both the primary and the general elections. The bill also would raise the cap on Executive Council races from $50,000 to $75,000 per cycle and for state Senate from $20,000 to $50,000 per cycle.
It also would allow local election officials to accept more forms of photo ID from voters than currently allowed in law. Under the bill, in 2015 officials could verify a voter’s identity without seeing a photo ID.
Mill Pond Dam is officially historic
DURHAM (AP) — The 101-year-old Mill Pond Dam in Durham has been added to the state Register of Historic Places.
The state Historic Resources Council voted Monday to grant the dam historic status, resolving a process nearly six years ago when some wanted to remove it.
The council recognized the 101-year-old dam for having engineering and historical significance.
“People get married there. People’s ashes are buried there,” Andrea Bodo, who serves on the town’s Historic District Commission, told Foster’s Daily Democrat.
Durham resident Edith Onderdonk paid to build the Mill Pond dam in 1913 to honor her stepfather, Hamilton Smith. It replaced a series of wooden dams that powered sawmills and gristmills in the area since the mid-1600s.
The 140-foot-wide dam, which impounds the Oyster River to create the Mill Pond, is visible from Route 108. The town took ownership in 1969.
UNH Wildcats get Hassan’s attention
CONCORD (AP) — The University of New Hampshire’s football team got a commendation from Gov. Maggie Hassan.
She congratulated the players on a successful season. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals and finished ranked No. 5 in the nation.
This season was the 10th straight that the Wildcats qualified for the NCAA FCS Tournament.
Hassan met the team yesterday morning at the Statehouse.