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.   

Laconia motorcycle week

94th Annual Motorcycle Week

Jun 10, 2017

Laconia Motorcycle Week runs from June 10 through June 18 this year. The annual rally is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of riders to the Granite State.

New Hampshire is popular among motorcyclists partly because it does not require adults to wear helmets....Read more

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Common Core math

Should NH review math and English standards?

Jun 09, 2017

On Thursday, May 8 the state Board of Education heard testimony from the public on whether or not the state should reconsider its public school standards for English and math.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut asked the board to consider a review of the standards, which are based on...Read more

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panhandling

Manchester takes new approach to panhandling

Jun 08, 2017

The Union Leader reports that the Manchester Police Department will start focusing on drivers who violate the rules of the road to give money to panhandlers.

In a public...Read more

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child abuse and neglect

Contract approved for review of child abuse reports

Jun 08, 2017

On Wednesday the Executive Council approved a contract to review 100 of 1,500 alleged child abuse and neglect cases prematurely closed last year.

Lorraine Bartlett, then-Director of the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), closed the cases in bulk over two days in February...Read more

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dutch reach

Should New Hampshire add instruction on the “Dutch Reach” to its drivers manual?

Jun 07, 2017

The so-called “Dutch Reach” is a method of opening a parked car door that is intended to keep cyclists safe from getting hit by doors that drivers open unexpectedly.

The technique involves using the right hand instead of the left to pull the latch to open the car door. This action...Read more

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Bobbie Hantz Marconi

Sununu nominates 3rd female Justice

Jun 07, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu announced he will nominate Anna Barbara ("Bobbie") Hantz Marconi of Stratham to serve as the next Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

If the Executive Council approves her nomination, Marconi will be the third woman ever appointed to the court.

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voter residency registration

Should NH require new voters to prove they intend to stay in New Hampshire long-term?

Jun 06, 2017

Over the years the New Hampshire Legislature has proposed many bills aimed at tightening voter regulations. This year, one of those bills is SB 3, which adds new requirements for voter registration.

The bill’s intention is to prevent temporary residents,...Read more

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conference committee

What is a conference committee?

Jun 06, 2017

Both the House of Representatives and Senate can make changes to a bill, but any changes in one chamber have to be approved by the other.  If the House of Representatives does not approve Senate changes – or vice versa – legislators can vote to send the bill to a conference committee.  That...Read more

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miscarriage birth certificates

Miscarriage Birth Certificates

Jun 05, 2017

Last week, Florida governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that gives parents who suffer miscarriages the option of receiving a birth certificate.

“Certificates of...Read more

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New Hampshire tourism

Should NH spend more on tourism marketing?

Jun 05, 2017

Last week the New Hampshire Senate passed a budget over 800 pages long.  One of those pages covered a relatively small item in the state budget: spending on tourism promotion.

The governor and House and Representatives both supported level funding for tourism marketing in the...Read more

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elderly property tax exemption

Tax exemptions for the elderly?

Jun 04, 2017

In Manchester, there is a debate regarding the city's tax exemption for the elderly.

The exemption lets elderly people in three age brackets over the age of 64 to deduct up to $195,500 from the total assessed value of their home, if they meet qualifications based on annual income, value...Read more

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Paris climate agreement

States vow to uphold Paris Agreement

Jun 03, 2017

Three Democrat state governors—from California, New York and Washington—launched a state-based initiative to independently uphold the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate change, hours...Read more

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