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.   

sea level rise coastal property tax break

House to vote on coastal property tax breaks

May 26, 2017

Next Thursday, June 1 the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that enables property tax breaks for improvements to handle storm surge and sea level rise.

The bill, SB 185, is based on a law that allows towns to give property tax breaks for efforts...Read more

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Fish and Game director: canoe, kayak fees “a tough gig”

May 25, 2017

The Fish and Game Department provides a variety of services to New Hampshire, from search and rescue to managing boating access sites. Unfortunately, the department has been battling a budget deficit for years.

Most of the department’s funding comes from license fees and the federal...Read more


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House recommends voting restrictions

May 25, 2017

On Wednesday, May 24 the House Election Law committee voted in favor of a bill that adds new requirements for voter registration. 

The bill, SB 3, is intended to prevent temporary workers – particularly campaign workers – from voting in New Hampshire...Read more

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Should Keno pay for full-day kindergarten?

May 24, 2017

While there is general political consensus among Democrats and Republicans that full-day kindergarten is a good idea for New Hampshire schools, finding the funding has proved difficult.

One idea proposed this week is to finance full-day kindergarten with proceeds from Keno. That means,...Read more


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Senate budget to increase alcohol fund

May 24, 2017

Last week the Senate Finance Committee voted to increase the percentage of liquor sales that go to the alcohol fund for addiction treatment and prevention.

The fund, established in 2000, sets aside up to 5% of liquor tax revenue to fight addiction.  However, the Legislature has almost...Read more

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One gun rights bill remains

May 23, 2017

There is one gun rights bill left in the legislature this year. The bill, HB 84, was written to expand the rights of gun owners to carry a loaded long gun in a vehicle. 

The House amended the bill to only allow a loaded long gun in a parked motorhome.

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bobcat hunting

Should NH bring back a bobcat hunt?

May 22, 2017

According to UNH researcher John Litvaitis, the bobcat population in New Hampshire has rebounded significantly from its low in the 1980s.

Litvaitis has worked with the state Fish and Game Department to study bobcats and understand why the population has increased.

One factor is the...Read more


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School choice bill moves forward

May 22, 2017

Last week a New Hampshire House committee voted in favor of a bill that would let some students use tax dollars to attend private school.

The bill, SB 8, would allow a school district to pay to send a child to a private school if the district does not have...Read more

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No gay conversion therapy ban in NH this year

May 20, 2017

This week Nevada became the eighth state with a law against conversion therapy for minors. The New Hampshire Legislature considered two bills to ban conversion therapy for minors this year, but a House committee voted to keep both bills over the summer for more work.

Conversion therapy...Read more

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Police presence in NH schools?

May 20, 2017

In North Hampton this week, Police Chief Michael Maddocks met with the school board to solicit feedback on whether board members support a police presence in their school district.

Voters in North Hampton recently rejected a proposal to hire a school resource officer (SRO) for the school...Read more


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Food Trucks in NH

May 21, 2017

In April, the Portsmouth Parking and Traffic Safety Committee rejected a proposal to expand a food truck program.

Food trucks are mobile kitchens built into...Read more

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Property Tax Break for Business Improvements

Senate approves local tax break for businesses

May 19, 2017

On Thursday, May 18 the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 316, a bill that lets towns give new businesses a break on local property taxes. The bill now heads to Gov. Sununu for his signature.

Under HB 316, if a business increases the value of property...Read more

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