LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

2018 bills

Legislators start filing 2018 bills

Sep 12, 2017

Last week New Hampshire legislators started filing requests for 2018 bills.  Here are some of the highlights so far.

Medicaid Expansion

One of the first bill requests would continue New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program...Read more

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private prisons

Should NH privatize the state prison system?

Sep 11, 2017

Several times this year, New Hampshire’s state prison system has made headlines— most recently, with the resignation of Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn in late August. The Department of Corrections is in the midst of a staffing crisis, which will likely delay the opening of the new women’...Read more

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panhandling

Court strikes down anti-panhandling law

Sep 11, 2017

A federal court struck down Manchester's anti-panhandling ordinance last week.

The facts of the case

The 2015 ordinance forbid anyone from exchanging an item with someone in a motor vehicle.

Manchester passed the ordinance after citizen complaints about aggressive...Read more

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child day care

Stricter requirements for daycare staff?

Sep 10, 2017

Late last month, at the behest of Gov. Chris Sununu, the Child Care Licensing Unit at the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services postponed a presentation of new child care regulations. The Governor’s Office says it wants to further review and vet the agency’s proposal. This delay comes in...Read more

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obesity and healthy lifestyles

NH has 11th lowest obesity rate in U.S.

Sep 09, 2017

According to a new report, New Hampshire has the 11th lowest obesity rate in the United States. 

The report was prepared by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

West...Read more

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out-of-state voter ID and voter fraud

Does new data suggest voter fraud?

Sep 08, 2017

In response to a request from House Speaker Shawn Jasper, the Department of State and Department of Safety compiled data on how many people voted with an out-of-state driver's license in the last election.  Now policymakers are debating whether this report is evidence of voter fraud.

The...Read more

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opioid tax

A tax to stop opioid abuse?

Sep 07, 2017

This year several states - including Massachusetts - have considered a tax on opioid-based prescription painkiller sales.

The proposals vary from state to state, but can involve taxing some combination of manufacturers, producers, importers, and distributors. The taxes can be based on...Read more

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public school and private school vouchers

Committee works on school choice bill

Sep 07, 2017

On Wednesday, September 6 a New Hampshire House subcommittee continued work on a bill that would allow students to spend state funds at private schools.  The full House of Representatives will get a chance to vote on the bill in 2018.

About “education savings accounts”

The bill...Read more

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school start after Labor Day

Should school start after Labor Day?

Sep 06, 2017

Gov. Christopher Sununu wants the state Legislature to enact a statewide policy requiring New Hampshire public schools to open after Labor Day.

"I am strongly considering a proposal to change the dynamic of our education system in a way that works better for our families and for our...Read more

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immigration

Gov. Sununu wants a fix for “Dreamers”

Sep 06, 2017

On Tuesday the Trump administration announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which granted legal status to young adults brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

The Obama administration started the program.  Participants are often called “...Read more

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broken election system

What is a top two primary system?

Sep 05, 2017

A top two primary system is where candidates from all political parties are listed on a single primary ballot. The two candidates who get the most votes, regardless of political affiliation, advance to the general election.

In practice in other states

California adopted the top 2...Read more

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expanded Medicaid work requirement

State seeks work requirements for expanded Medicaid

Sep 05, 2017

The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking a waiver from the federal government to require recipients of expanded Medicaid coverage to work or go to school.

The proposed rule from DHHS specifically requires participants to work, attend a training program, or...Read more

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