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.   

bear feeding

Feeding Bears

Jun 17, 2017

Earlier this week, a couple in Stoddard were arrested by Fish and Game officials after being caught hand-feeding...Read more

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Texas announces contract for first state-run gold depository in U.S.

Jun 18, 2017

This week Texas selected a private company to build and operate a bullion depository - a gold vault - for the state.

While the United States no longer owns enough gold to back up the value of all the U.S. dollars in circulation, the federal government does keep gold reserves at Fort Knox...Read more

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Committee recommends bill against Common Core

Jun 16, 2017

A conference committee of representatives and senators is recommending the full House and Senate pass a bill that bans the state from requiring schools to use Common Core educational standards. The bill, SB 44, also requires the state Board of Education to consult...Read more

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3D mammogram

Should insurance cover 3D mammograms?

Jun 15, 2017

The Senate Commerce committee is studying a bill that would require health insurers to cover 3D mammograms. 

In a standard, 2D mammogram, doctors can inspect just two images of compressed breast tissue, top-to-bottom and side-to-side.  A 3D mammogram...Read more

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rural broadband internet

Gov. Sununu urges federal funds for rural internet

Jun 15, 2017

On Monday Gov. Sununu sent a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging more federal funding to expand broadband internet access in rural New Hampshire.

It is not very profitable for companies to build internet infrastructure in rural areas, so the FCC...Read more

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Puerto Rico votes to become a state

Jun 14, 2017

On Sunday 97% of voters in Puerto Rico expressed support for the island becoming a state.

The referendum was non-binding, and the United State Congress would have to pass a bill to change Puerto Rico's status from a territory to a state.

As a territory of the United States, Puerto...Read more

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mental health and child abuse

Sununu to sign child protection, mental health bill

Jun 14, 2017

On Wednesday, June 14 Governor Chris Sununu will sign a bill that aims to increase protections for children and people with mental illness in New Hampshire.

The bill, HB 400, adds a new category to reports of child abuse.  A founded report has definite...Read more

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Loaded long guns in vehicles?

Jun 13, 2017

HB 84 is the last of the gun rights bills to go before New Hampshire’s legislature this year.

While the laws on concealed & open carry for different types of guns vary from state to state, current NH law prohibits a loaded long gun in any vehicle.

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Pro-life protester Hyde Amendment

Abortion funding ban in state budget

Jun 13, 2017

When the Senate passed its version of the budget last week, it included the following line: "No state funds awarded by the department of health and human services to a reproductive health care facility ... shall be used to provide abortion services."

This provision mirrors a federal law,...Read more

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Slow Down to Go Around Laws

Jun 12, 2017

Earlier this year, Missouri became the latest state to pass “Slow Down to Get Around” or SDTGA legislation.

SDTGA laws require drivers to go below the speed limit when passing trash or recycling trucks and to give them as much space as possible, preferably by safely moving into another...Read more

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CEOs rank New Hampshire for business

CEOs rank NH low for business

Jun 12, 2017

According to a ranking from Chief Executive magazine, New Hampshire is the 31st state in the nation for business.  The magazine ranked states according to a survey of CEOs.

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tattoo licensing

Tattoo artist license requirements

Jun 11, 2017

Under NH law, tattoo artists are required to get an occupational license from the state Office of Professional Licensure and Certification.

Applicants have to apprentice in a tattoo shop, under the supervision of a licensed tattoo artist, for one year before qualifying for the license....Read more

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