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.   

Northern Pass vote date pushed back

Sep 02, 2017

This week, state regulators voted to delay giving their final decision on the controversial Northern Pass power line project.

Learn more about Northern Pass. Visit our issue page.

A final hurdle

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy gave the...Read more

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Prison visit restrictions aimed at curbing drug abuse

Sep 01, 2017

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections implemented a new policy that limits prisoners and visitors from hugging for more than three seconds. The prison system also eliminated...Read more

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Innis calls for change to beer regulations

Sep 01, 2017

In the last two years, the number of breweries in the US has grown by nearly 50%. The popularity of local beer has been a boon to the New...Read more

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School bus shortage leaves students stranded

Aug 31, 2017

A shortage of bus drivers in New Hampshire has left some Northwood students without a ride to school.

While many Granite State school districts have been dealing with a lack of qualified bus drivers, the situation in Northwood intensified last spring when Northwood Transportation, the...Read more

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Driver education for parents

Aug 31, 2017

Rhode Island recently mandated that parents of teens taking driver’s ed attend a class aimed at helping them prepare their children for the open road. Massachusetts and Connecticut already require parents to take similar classes and New Jersey may soon follow suit. Should New Hampshire require...Read more

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Billing hikers for rescue services

Aug 30, 2017

In 2008, New Hampshire adopted a law that allows the state to bill a lost or injured hiker for the cost of their rescue if the hiker was negligent.

The measure, which came in response to the rising costs of rescues in the White Mountains of...Read more

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Corrections contract stalls amid staffing shortage

Aug 29, 2017

Contract negotiations between the Governor’s office and the union representing the state’s corrections officers have been stalled for several months. The impasse is due largely to a disagreement between the state and Teamsters Local 633 regarding funding for officers’ wages.

Low...Read more

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racial inequality

NH ranks 46th for race equality

Aug 26, 2017

A new report from 24/7 Wall Street ranked New Hampshire 46th in the nation for equality of black and white citizens. 

The ranking looked at ten factors, including...Read more

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veterinarians and the prescription drug monitoring program

Prescription monitoring for veterinarians?

Aug 25, 2017

New Hampshire, like most states, has a prescription drug monitoring database, which tracks the history of prescriptions for drugs with a greater risk for addiction and abuse, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Starting in 2016, all...Read more

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gender transition services

Medicaid rule change will cover gender reassignment surgery

Aug 25, 2017

This fall the state Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule change that will allow Medicaid coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

The rule change is prompted by the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits any health care provider that...Read more

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Should NH protect Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from sea level rise?

Aug 24, 2017

A 2016 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicted that in a worst case scenario, one quarter of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be underwater by the end of the century.  The study had similarly dire predictions about sea level...Read more

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voter registration

2 lawsuits against new voter registration law

Aug 24, 2017

The New Hampshire Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, along with three individual voters, have filed lawsuits against the new voter registration law passed this spring.

The law, SB 3, requires new voters to show documentation that proves they intend to stay...Read more

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