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.   

day care regulations

Delay on new day care rules

Aug 15, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu and the Department of Health and Human Services have requested a delay before finalizing new rules for day care in New Hampshire.

New day care regulations in the works

The rules were scheduled for an August 17 vote before the Joint Legislative Committee on...Read more

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beer on the beach

Should NH allow alcohol consumption on public beaches?

Aug 14, 2017

Want to crack open a cold brew on the beach? You could end up in legal trouble. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on New Hampshire state beaches, and most New Hampshire towns have bylaws that make it illegal to drink in public, including town beaches and parks.

The rules are different in...Read more

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expanded Medicaid payments

Is NH’s expanded Medicaid funding illegal?

Aug 14, 2017

According to representatives of President Trump’s administration, New Hampshire’s funding for expanded Medicaid eligibility may violate federal law.

Donations are part of NH’s expanded Medicaid funding

The problem is “voluntary provider contributions” from hospitals and insurance...Read more

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Florida gives parents, residents power to challenge books

Aug 13, 2017

Earlier this summer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law that grants both parents and local residents more power to challenge textbooks and other course materials being used in Florida schools.

Florida’s new law strengthens powers for parents, residents

Under the new law:...Read more

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school lunch money

If you owe money for lunch, you may have to sit out celebrations

Aug 12, 2017

School administrators in Londonderry, New Hampshire are considering a policy that would prevent students from participating in graduation, senior week, or other non-academic, end-of-year activities if they owe money for school lunches.

School lunch debt is climbing

Right now...Read more

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high school sports safety

NH ranks 44th on high school athletic safety

Aug 12, 2017

A new study ranked New Hampshire 44th for keeping high school athletes safe from life-threatening injuries. 

The study came from the Korey...Read more

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Northern Pass

Dept. of Energy recommends Northern Pass approval

Aug 11, 2017

On Thursday, August 10 the U.S. Department of Energy issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Northern Pass transmission line.  The FEIS recommends the federal government grant a permit for the project.

Permitting process for the Northern Pass

The...Read more

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Trump and Kasich

Poll puts Kasich ahead of Trump in presidential primary

Aug 10, 2017

An August poll from the American Research Group, Inc. found 52% of respondents would vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich if a presidential primary was held in New Hampshire tomorrow.  40% would vote for current...Read more

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NH sues over OxyContin marketing

Aug 10, 2017

The New Hampshire Attorney General is suing the manufacturer of OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

According to the court filing, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, violated New Hampshire law by:

good samaritan bystander

Does NH need a stronger ‘Good Samaritan’ law?

Aug 09, 2017

Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.

New Hampshire has a Good Samaritan law (...Read more



Towns to vote on keno

Aug 09, 2017

Franklin is the first New Hampshire town to put keno on the ballot for voters this November.  Nashua is also considering a vote on keno.

Under the law signed by Gov. Sununu this July, businesses that serve alcohol may also offer keno games – if their town votes to allow keno.

The...Read more

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drug addiction treatment funding

More state funding for drug treatment?

Aug 08, 2017

Treatment for drug addiction is expensive. For some addicts, private insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost. New Hampshire residents covered under the state’s Medicaid expansion can also get treatment paid for, while more limited benefits are available to standard Medicaid patients...Read more

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