UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES

This section provides information on the policy issues facing New Hampshire.  Click on a category below to see a list of issues, or explore issues by clicking on one of the following links:

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY
Gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the death penalty are some of the many issues included in this category.

Was NH right to revise the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act to hold schools responsible for activities online and/or off school grounds?
Should annulled criminal records stay sealed to the public?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH lower the drinking age?
Should NH have state laws regulating the use of drones?
Should NH impose stronger penalties for DUI?
Should NH loosen restrictions on fireworks?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH do more to protect privacy by limiting law enforcement surveillance?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Is police brutality an issue in NH?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Should NH reform sentencing and/or parole laws to decrease the prison population?
Should NH do more to prevent sexual and domestic violence?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH repeal "stand tour ground" and return to the castle doctrine?

ECONOMY, BUDGET & TAXES
From this year's property taxes to next year's budget, this category includes issues related to taxpayer issues.

Should NH government do more to address the aging population?
Should NH take action to protect farmers and farmland?
Do breastfeeding mothers need more legal protection in New Hampshire?
What do you think should take priority in the next budget?
What should NH prioritize in the 2020-2021 state budget?
Should NH lower business taxes?
Should NH stop participating in daylight saving time?
Should NH government invest more in economic planning?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH pass stricter laws prohibiting pay and hiring discrimination?
Should NH create a paid family and medical leave insurance plan, paid for with a percentage of employee wages?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Is income inequality a problem in NH?
Should NH invest more state funds in training programs to increase readiness for certain fields?
Should NH increase legal protections for renters?
Should NH revise the meals and rooms tax?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should nonprofits pay more taxes?

EDUCATION
Curious about Common Core or school funding? Browse these issues related to education in the Granite State.

Was NH right to revise the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act to hold schools responsible for activities online and/or off school grounds?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should NH increase state involvement in kindergarten and early education?
Should NH high schools start later in the morning?
Should NH increase funding for higher education?
Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?
Should NH reduce or eliminate statewide standardized testing in public schools?
Should some immigrants who are here illegally qualify for in-state tuition?

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
This issue category starts with eminent domain and ends with wind farms. Click here to see issues related to your next electricity bill.

Should NH take action to protect farmers and farmland?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should New Hampshire more strictly regulate genetically modified foods?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH promote the construction of new pipelines?
Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?
Should New Hampshire maintain the renewable portfolio standard, which requires public utilities in New Hampshire to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources (25% by 2025)?
Should NH encourage more residential solar installations?
Should the license for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant be renewed?
Should NH invest more in water infrastructure?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?

HEALTH CARE
Do you support the Affordable Care Act in NH? What about the medical marijuana or physician-assisted suicide? This category covers all of those issues and more.

Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH act to increase access to birth control?
Should NH expand its medical marijuana law?
Should NH continue to have the federal government run the online health insurance exchange?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH increase funding for mental health?
Should NH residents be allowed to purchase health insurance policies approved in other states?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Should NH pursue more policies aimed at reducing smoking?
Should NH maintain current vaccine requirements?

POLITICS/POLITICAL PROCESS
Learn about campaigns and voting rights, from SB2 elections at the town level all the way up to the Electoral College in Presidential elections.

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH pass legislation to bypass the Electoral College?
When should free speech be limited in NH?
Should NH restrict the power of towns to pass their own indecent exposure laws?
Should NH keep its "citizen legislature" as-is?
Should New Hampshire keep the current redistricting process?
Should NH allow binding referendums?
Is NH transparent enough in its government operations?
SB2
Do you support the SB2 ballot alternative to annual town meetings?
Should out-of-state students be allowed to vote in NH elections?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?
Should NH abolish partisan primaries and adopt the "Top 2" primary system?
Should NH impose strict residency requirements on registering to vote?
Should NH allow some 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections?

SOCIAL ISSUES
Abortion restrictions, immigration enforcement, and welfare restrictions fall in this category, which covers issues related to social services and morality.

Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH government do more to address the aging population?
Should NH pass stronger animal protection laws?
Should NH lower the drinking age?
When should free speech be limited in NH?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH increase legal protections based on LGBTQ status?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Do you support local laws restricting vagrancy and panhandling?
Should NH restrict the power of towns to pass their own indecent exposure laws?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH increase funding for mental health?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Do NH laws and policies enforcing the separation of church and state go too far?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH do more to help returning veterans?

TRANSPORTATION/RECREATION
NH doesn't require seat belts or motorcycle helmets, but there are boat speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee. Click here to learn about laws affecting travel, infrastructure, and recreation.

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH loosen restrictions on fireworks?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Should hikers contribute to the search and rescue fund, whether or not they are negligent?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH loosen restrictions on motorcycle noise?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH use taxpayer money to build a memorial to the Old Man?
Are NH’s ridesharing regulations sufficient?
Should NH supplement the gas tax with a road usage charge?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should New Hampshire make special regulations regarding the testing and operation of self-driving cars?

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