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.   

voting data

NH to turn over public voter records

Jul 03, 2017

This week, controversy was raised when New Hampshire’s governor and secretary of state announced they would comply with a request from the Trump administration for information about New Hampshire voters.

The information was requested by a new election commission, charged with...Read more

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medical marijuana

Gov. Sununu OKs expansion of medical marijuana

Jul 03, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed several bills that increase access to medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

​Deer culling and Lyme disease in New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2017

Lyme disease is a real concern in New Hampshire. The Granite State has the 8th highest incidence rate in the nation, with about 1,400 diagnosed cases a year. The risk of contracting Lyme is lower here than in neighboring Vermont...Read more

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Fewer health exchange plans on offer for 2018

Jun 29, 2017

Consumers who will be looking to purchase health insurance through the HealthCare.gov exchange got a sneak preview of what might be on offer in 2018 when the New Hampshire Insurance Department released its...Read more

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agricultural farm land preservation

More money for NH agricultural land preservation?

Jun 29, 2017

This year the New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that would have dedicated $6 million over the next two years to preserving agricultural land.

The New Hampshire agricultural lands program was established in 1980 to fund agricultural easements. With an...Read more

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Judge retirement age

Mandatory retirement age for judges?

Jun 28, 2017

New Hampshire’s Constitution requires judges to retire at age 70. It is the reason that Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy must retire in July, something she does not want to do

"I...Read more

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grandparents custody

NH becomes 1st state to favor grandparents as guardians

Jun 28, 2017

At a ceremony this week Gov. Sununu signed a bill that gives preference to grandparents for child custody if the parent is abusing drugs. 

According to bill sponsor Mariellen MacKay, the law is the first of its kind in the country.

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DWI OUI sobriety checkpoint for drunk driving

Should the NH legislature ban sobriety checkpoints?

Jun 27, 2017

Since the early 1980s, sobriety checkpoints have been used as a tool by law enforcement officials to help take drunk drivers off the road.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled checkpoints to be constitutionally permissible. However, some state courts have deemed them illegal for violating...Read more

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residential solar power net metering

PUC lifts net metering cap

Jun 27, 2017

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has lifted a cap on payments for surplus electricity generated by customers with solar panels.

Until now, utilities had to pay for the kilowatt hours those customers generated but didn't use...Read more

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drug testing for Medicaid

Medicaid drug testing

Jun 26, 2017

Last month, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced his intention to appeal to the Trump administration to allow his state to drug-test childless, able-bodied adults who apply for Medicaid.

In Wisconsin, these individuals make up roughly 12% of those who receive Medicaid.

All...Read more

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gerrymandering redistricting

Is gerrymandering a problem in NH?

Jun 26, 2017

According to a study from the Associated Press, the borders of New Hampshire’s voting districts favor...Read more

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Affordable Care Act federal health care reform

NH lawmakers weigh in on “Obamacare” replacement

Jun 24, 2017

On Thursday the Senate revealed the bill intended to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” repeals many parts of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, it gradually rolls back expanded Medicaid eligibility and caps state funding for...Read more

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