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.   

Online lottery ticket sales

NH Lottery to sell tickets online

Jun 25, 2017

Online lottery tickets will soon become a reality in New Hampshire, thanks to a rider in the recently-passed state budget.

The move will allow the NH...Read more

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free speech

Firefighter sues Farmington after he is fired for comments on social media

Jun 24, 2017

The town of Farmington fired firefighter Alexander Morin after he got into a debate with residents on social media. Now Morin, with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing Farmington for violating his First Amendment right to free speech.

On July 18, 2015, Alexander...Read more

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House Speaker Shawn Jasper after the budget passed

House, Senate pass budget

Jun 23, 2017

The New Hampshire House and Senate passed a final version of the state budget on Thursday.  It now heads to Governor Chris Sununu for his signature.

Here are some of the highlights in the budget:

Spending Increases...Read more

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Planned Parenthood

Executive Council approves Planned Parenthood contract

Jun 22, 2017

With little fanfare, the Executive Council approved another state contract with Planned Parenthood and the Equality Health Center (formerly known as the Concord Feminist Health Center).

$275,000 will go to Planned Parenthood and $165,000 to the Equality Health Center to provide early...Read more

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smartphones for children

Colorado considers smartphone ban for children

Jun 22, 2017

Citizens in Colorado are working on a ballot initiative that would ban smartphone sales for children under age thirteen.

If the ballot initiative wins a majority...Read more

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valedictorian and salutatorian

Should NH high schools eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian distinctions?

Jun 21, 2017

Throughout New Hampshire and the rest of the country during June, high schools celebrated their graduations with speeches from the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked students in the senior class -- the valedictorian and salutatorian.

But in many American high schools, the valedictorian and...Read more

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school funding

Report: NH education funding still very unequal

Jun 21, 2017

According to a new report, spending per student in each town is just as unequal now as it was when the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled against the state’s education funding...Read more

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feline aids and leukemia shelter cats

Should NH repeal its ban on adopting cats with feline leukemia and FIV (feline aids)?

Jun 20, 2017

Current NH law prohibits shelters and rescue organizations from offering felines with feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for adoption. The Granite State is one of only two states that ban the adoption of infected cats, which comprise roughly 2% of the feline population.

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New Hampshire safety

NH ranked 5th safest state

Jun 20, 2017

According to a recent ranking, New Hampshire is the fifth safest state in the U.S.

The report from WalletHub used 37 different measures of safety, divided into five categories: personal and residential...Read more

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involuntary commitment for drug addiction

Involuntary commitment for opioid addicts

Jun 19, 2017

In Massachusetts, it’s becoming an increasingly common practice: relatives or doctors petitioning courts to forcibly commit addicts at risk of opioid overdose for treatment. In fact, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced in May that he would seek to expand the policy, pushing for a bill...Read more

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heroin needle

Needle exchange bill now law

Jun 19, 2017

On Friday, June 16 Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 234 into law, allowing needle exchanges in New Hampshire. 

SB 234 allows community health organizations to collect needles with trace amounts of drugs and dispense clean needles, without any state funding...Read more

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PFC contamination in drinking water

Bill for lower PFC limits in water dies in committee

Jun 17, 2017

A conference committee of representatives and senators failed to agree on a final version of a bill to set stricter limits on the amount of PFCs in water.

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are chemicals used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpeting, and many other...Read more

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