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.   

car inspection

Should car inspections still be annual?

Jul 31, 2017

In a recent report, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) tried to answer the question, “Why does New Hampshire require annual automobile inspections?” 

According...Read more


gender "x"

"X" gender on licenses?

Jul 30, 2017

This year, Oregon became the first state to allow residents applying for a driver’s license to identify as neither male or female, instead getting an “X” in the gender field on their ID.

Supporters of transgender rights argue the change will make transgender citizens safer in public...Read more


no smoking areas

Towns in western NH tighten outdoor smoking laws

Jul 29, 2017

The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities has worked with nine towns in western New Hampshire to ban smoking at outdoor recreation areas, such as parks.

Many other New Hampshire towns have ordinances that restrict smoking in public outdoor spaces. For example, the town of...Read more

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great dane puppy

Plans for new animal cruelty bills

Jul 29, 2017

In response to the recent Great Dane puppy mill in Wolfeboro, state Sen. Jeb Bradley is planning to sponsor legislation next year that tightens laws related to animal breeding and cruelty.

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young adults

NH has fewer at-risk youth

Jul 28, 2017

According to a new report from WalletHub, New Hampshire ranks 49th among states for the percentage of youth at risk of negative outcomes such as poverty, violence, and health problems. The report...Read more

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transgender citizens in the military

Lawmakers react to Trump’s transgender military ban

Jul 27, 2017

On Wednesday, July 26 President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he is reinstating a ban on transgender citizens serving in the U.S. military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not...Read more

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school funding

Constitutional amendment to change school funding?

Jul 27, 2017

This year the House Education committee held back a bill that would amend New Hampshire’s constitution to give the Legislature complete power over school funding.

That bill, CACR 7, will come up for debate next year.  If it passes the Legislature with...Read more


Native American Mural

Should the post office remove a mural that a state agency says portrays Native Americans offensively?

Jul 26, 2017

There is an ongoing debate over a painting inside the U.S. Post Office in Durham that depicts a scene involving Native Americans that some people deem offensive.

A mural has one panel - called “Cruel Adversity” - that depicts a Native American with a lit torch crouching in view of an...Read more


Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge

Plans to expand wildlife refuge in western NH

Jul 26, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long-term plan to expand the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge, which spans four states around the Connecticut River watershed. 

Right now there are...Read more

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women's prison

Staffing struggles for new women’s prison

Jul 25, 2017

In response to a lawsuit in 2012, the New Hampshire Legislature approved a new women’s prison in Concord.  That prison will be completed this fall, but the Department of Corrections expects it will be a challenge to fully staff the prison.

A shortage of corrections officers

New...Read more

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vasectomy for reduced sentence

Vasectomies for reduced sentences?

Jul 24, 2017

Earlier this year, a county judge in Tennessee raised eyebrows by issuing a standing order, offering inmates in the county jail a 30 day reduction in sentence if they volunteered to get a vasectomy or a Nexplanon implant (a form of birth control that lasts roughly three years).

General...Read more

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Boutin and Cavanaugh special election

Big money in state Senate election

Jul 24, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25 voters will choose a state Senator to replace the late Democratic Sen. Scott McGilvray.

The candidates and various independent committees have spent over $200,000 in advertising for the election.

Visit our Elections page...Read more

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